The Christian McBride’s Big Band in Pula

Total Croatia News

All images: Copyright Dave Gasson

Jazz comes to Istria.

Pula got a real taste of the forth coming jazz festivals last week when the six time Grammy winner and world’s finest double bassist Christian McBride opened the ”Backstage Live” jazz festival on the 9th of May, 2018, in Pula in style. The American jazz virtuoso has recorded over 300 albums with leading world musicians of various genres. He has also recorded 14 albums alone.


The seventeen piece ”Christian McBride’s Big Band” played a variety of lively and upbeat jazz tunes. They also played several tracks from their latest award winning album ”Bringin’ It”. The album won a Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album.

Throughout the performance, the musicians played some fantastic solo sets and there was a great mix of Latin, funk, old school swing, and at times, bluesy jazz.

The drummer “Quincy Phillips” epitomised the mood of the band and the overall performance. The seventeen incredible talented musicians played with true professionalism, passion, and most importantly of all, enjoyment.

The ”Backstage Live” festival brings together eight concerts to the Croatian city of Pula. The festival spans from May until December and takes place in two of the cities’ most exciting and musical and iconic venues.

In May and June, the Istrian National Theater (INK) with its excellent acoustics is used. In July and August, the festival  then ventures outside to the amazing setting and backdrop of Pula’s 2,000 year old amphitheatre.

To view more concert and festival images taken by the Total Croatia News music photographer David Gasson, feel free to visit his music magazine by clicking here.

For more information on the Pula jazz season and Backstage Live, click here. Tickets are vailable for all these events here.

Other Festivals with their previews on Total Croatia News include:

Sea Star Festival in Umag – 24th of May – 27th of May, 2018

GoatHell Metal Fest – 21st of June – 24th of June, 2018

Seasplash Festival in Pula – 19th of July – 22nd of July, 2018

Dimensions Festival in Pula – 29th of August – 2nd of September, 2018

Outlook Festival in Pula – 5th of September – 9th of September, 2018

Other concerts with their previews on Total Croatia News include:

Lado in Pula – 6th of July, 2018

Iron Maiden in Zagreb ~ 24th of July, 2018


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