International stars to perform at Bansko Jazz Festival 2022 in Bulgaria – The Sofia Globe

Stars from Israel, the United States, Ukraine and many other countries will perform at the 2022 Bansko International Jazz Festival in the Bulgarian mountain resort from August 6-13.

Among the big names is drummer Billy Cobham – born in Panama, but at the age of three moved with his family to the United States.

In the 1970s, he played with Miles Davis and then in the Mahavishnu orchestra conducted by John McLaughlin.

He has worked with the greatest in jazz and the music world at large, from George Benson and Stanley Clarke to James Brown, Roberta Flack, Peter Gabriel and Quincy Jones.

Also on the program, the American George Cable, Salvador Sobral, who won Portugal victory at Eurovision in 2017 with the soft jazz Amar Pelos Dois, the Brazilian Igor Wilcox and his quartet and one of the queens of the bossa nova Rosalia de Sousa, and Israeli star Dafna Levi.

Dafna Levi will be accompanied on stage by Tamir Miler (piano), Asaf Sirkis (drums), Ventsi Blagoev (trumpet) and Mihail Ivanov (double bass and bass guitar).

The program is:

August 6:

Angel Zaberski Big Band and Militsa Gladnishka

Radz (Ukraine)

Electrical shock

August 7:

Kamelia Todorova and Quartet

Arpi Alto and Lyubo Denev (Armenia/Bulgaria)

The essence of trombone funk

August 8:

Ediz Hafizoglu (Turkey)

Rosalia de Souza (Brazil)

August 9:

Marina and the Kats (Austria)

Dafna Levi

August 10:

Soulcrane (Germany)

Igor Willcox Quartet (Brazil)

August 11:


George Cable Quartet

August 12:

Masterclass by Vicky Almazidou

Hristo Vichev/JP3

Billy Cobham (USA)

August 13:

The National Guard Unit Marching Band

Ada Montellanico (Italy)

Salvador Sobral (Portugal)

During the festival, you can also watch a cooking demonstration by Vered Elron, who will prepare sabich, a traditional Israeli dish. The event will take place on August 9 at 1 p.m. at the Dedo Pene Tavern, 1 Aleksandar Buinov Street in Bansko.

For more details, in English, on the program and tickets, please visit

(Photo by Dafna Levi via Bansko Jazz Festival website)

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