Launching in 1999, Paradise Jazz Festival is an annual non profit cultural event, normally in August. The venue is the wonderful Paradise Place in Pomos Village, which btw is up past Polis in Cyprus, its for jazz lovers and landscape lovers, coz this place really is paradise …
It’s all about the love of Jazz, experiencing live jazz shows in the highest standards and it’s just as much about the great fans, the passionate musicians, oh and the invisible’s behind the sets …
Socratis Efstathiou, decided he needed a challenge and set his hat down at Paradise Place back in 1994, it soon became one of the best known beach side restaurants in Cyprus, much as it’s up high on the West Coast and a long way from anywhere it’s the perfect venue for a weekend Jazz Festival !
To some it must have seemed a crazy idea to invite renowned jazz artists from England to a border area of Cyprus and so far from anywhere, but Paradise Jazz Festival took off immediately and was loved by the audience from the very beginning, first by the British ex pats of the area, and then then by the musicians from Cyprus, Netherlands, Bulgaria, Greece, Israel, oh and then by all the island’s nationalities, giving it a truly international image!
As the festival evolved, with the support of the association, ‘Cyprus Jazz Musicians’ and the addition of the eminent George Koulas as art director, the festival gained an institutional character who’s proposal was not only to represent island’s best quality music with jazz roots, but also to support the progress and the authenticity of our island’s musicians, oh and to encourage collaborations with international artists. Naturally the success is also down to the loyal fans who think this event is the best thing in Cyprus and I have to say its gotta be in the Top 3. Many fans have been coming from all over Europe, attending the Jazz Festival for up to 19 years!
Kept for Love
Socrates decided to take life a little easier in 2012 and let Paradise Place go, but just had to keep the Paradise Jazz Festival going … it’s a big team event now and organised to perfection and so we still meet every summer, 19 years later, in the beautiful Paradise Place, at Pomos village. Jazz lovers or not, students, tourists, locals, from all cities, all ages, all nationalities just as jazzed up as the musicians, in fact everyone is there!
Most people tend to go camping as its such a drive and you can stay at Paradise Place or the nearby Camping Site at Polis …
On Friday 17th August … Three Shows starting with …
A Cypriot fusion of Andrea Polyzogopoulos on Trumpet, Ermis Micheal on Guitar, Giorgos Koulas on Drums and Andreas Rodosthenous on el. Bass
A Cuban, Brazilian collaboration of Rhythms, that will leave you wanting more … Rodrigo Casares el. bass, Elias Ioannou on trumpet, Giorgos Morfitis on Piano and Rodos Panayiotou on Drums & Percussion …
Salsa Session Ft. Alberto Mendez
12 pm Midnight
Cyprus Jazz Musicians will close the night with a jam session that’s always everyone’s favourite and will make you come back tomorrow
Saturday 18th August
Three more shows starting at …
Pavel Skornyakov Leonid Nesterov Quartet …
with Pavel Skornyakov on Sax, Leonid Nesterov on Piano, Omiros Miltiadous on Drums and Kyriakos Kesta on Double Bass … Here to warm you up, and they will !!!
Gilad Atzmon & Koullouras Trio
with Gilad Atzmon on Sax, Andreas Panteli on Piano, Stelios Xydias on Drums and Irinaeos Koullouras on Double Bass who’ll get you well in the mood for …
12 pm Midnight …
Jazz Session Featuring Odysseas Toumazou
Singing with a jazzy collaboration from Cyprus Jazz Musicians which will definitely jazz things up a bit, hmm a lot !!!
Next on the ‘things happening’ agenda is The Orange Train … More info here
Tickets only available at the door … So, head for Polis and from Polis North along the coast road, past the brilliant ‘Fly Again Pub‘ in Argaka and just stay on that road for about 30 minutes until you get to Pomos … See map below
Coz we love Jazz & beautiful places !
See our Blog for photos and Videos from the festival …