City of Samobor

Samobor Jazz Festival

Prominent jazz festival organized by the oldest city music band in Croatia - City Music Band Samobor.

Samobor Jazz Festival

In may every year, Samobor becomes the city of jazz, during the festival organized by the oldest city music band in Croatia - Samobor City Music Band.

The Festival is organized on volunteering basis, and the author of the Festival is Dubravko Mihalinec-Miha, Secretary of the City Music Band Samobor. The Festival is based on a combination of small jazz ensembles (young musicians) over the week at the Havana Cafe, while the Big Band of City Music Band Samobor performs outdoors on sunday, at the main Samobor square.

The organizer of the festival is the City Music Band Samobor, the oldest city music band in Croatia, a nonprofit amateur association in culture. The project's author and conceptual initiator is a member of the Samobor Music Band Board of Management, secretary Dubravko Mihalinec. With the help of the conductor of City Music Band Samobor, professor Robert Polgar as a professional advisor, the 2017. Samobor Festival will be held for the sixth time in a row. Under the patronage of the City of Samobor and with the help of the Zagreb County, in the co-organization with Samobor Tourist Board, several donors and with the media sponsorship of Radio Samobor and Glasnik Samobora i Svete Nedelje, the festival traditionally brings together domestic and foreign jazz groups in their performances during the last weekend in may. Combined with Big Band performances, this amateur-organized Festival is unique in Croatia for its structure and duration. It brings an additional content to the cultural and musical tourism offer in Samobor.

So far, the following musicians have performed during the Festival: "Just The Pine", "Jazz Me Do", "Ivan Kapec Trio", Maja Grgić, "Jam Band", "The Trio", Jadranka Juras, Matija Dedić, "Black Coffee", "Elvis Stanić Group", "Western Jazz Quartet" (USA), "Matija Dedić Trio", Kristina Oberžan, "Mildreds", Zrinka Cvitešić, Goran Navojec, Ivana Starčević, Vanda Winter, Jacques Houdek , "Igor Geržina Sax Lounge Quartet", Marko Tolja, Mila Elegović, Hana Hegedušić, Ricardo Luque, "Valerija Nikolovska Trio", Marija Husar, "Waveform", "Joe & Maja Kolektiff", "Dixieland Ansambl Gradske glazbe Samobor", "Big Band Krško", "Big Band Gradske glazbe Samobor" and "HGM Jazz Orkestar Zagreb".  As a part of the Festival in 2009., a hairstyle show of the Hairdresser's Section of the Samobor Crafts Association "Jazz Note U Kosi 2009," was held on sunday afternoon in combination with the jazz music.