The wonderful ambience of untouched nature, vines and olives, and the aromatic flavor of Istrian cuisine is the experience offered by San Rocco, a restaurant in the heart of Brtonigla, place of magical moments and true gastronomic pleasure. This summer Brtonigla and Grožnjan are enriched with a musical event that will complement the stay in Istria and lead you to the distant roads of jazz music.
Now the traditional jazz festival, which now for the 14th year in a row fills with its sound Grožnjan, this year is taking place with many famous jazz musicians. In honor and with the memory of Boško Petrović, inevitably one of the greatest jazz virtuosos, this year’s festival is completed with names such as Louis Bonilla, John Riley, Elvis Stanišić and Vladimir Samardžić. Luis Bonilla, a member of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, one of the world’s renowned jazz names, has been touring with Phill Collins for the last two years, and has played with giants such as McCoy Tyner, Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Bowie, Tom Harrell, Freddie Hubbard, Astrud Gilberto, Willie Colon, Toshiko Akiyoshi and many others. John Riley, a musician who for several seasons at Drum Camp in Grožnjan conveys his musical experiences gained through collaboration with Thad Jones, Village Vanguard Orchestra and other great ensembles and musicians, will honor us with his skill and enrich this unforgettable jazz festival in the heart of Istria. Vladimir Samardzic, a bass guitarist, composer and pedagogue from Serbia is one of the most versatile bassists in the region. In addition to collaborating with many local musicians, he also worked with world-renowned names such as Louis Bonilla, Karlheinz Miklin, John Riley, Marko Djordjevic, Bojan Zulfikpasic, Thanas Alex, Felipe Salles, Mokhtar Samba, David Rodos and Teodosia Spasova. Elvis Stanić is the most awarded Croatian jazz composer, and the best jazz fusion guitarist and accordion player. His jazz fusion “Elvis Stanić Group” combines contrasting Latin rhythms, Mediterranean melos and contemporary jazz sound, resulting in original jazz music that mixes seemingly incompatible rhythms into one of the top fusion sounds of modern and traditional.
Complete the summer experience in Istria, and after a supreme dinner in San Rocco, visit the unique jazz festival in Grožnjan!