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Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and sponsored by Garanti BBVA for 27 years, the Istanbul Jazz Festival will once again present the best and the most recent examples of contemporary music from 3 to 18 July 2024. The headliners of the 31st edition are Gregory Porter and Chris Isaak.

Early-bird tickets for Gregory Porter and Chris Isaak will be on general sale at Passo on Friday, 19 January, following the priority sales for İKSV Tulip Card members on 17-18 January with a discount of up to 25%. Tickets will be available at a 10% discount for all Garanti BBVA credit cards as of 19 January.

Grammy-winning Gregory Porter and his ‘jazz hat’ are back in Istanbul on 8 July

Jazz vocalist and songwriter Gregory Porter embarked on his musical voyage through the songs of Nat King Cole. He started performing on the stages of jazz clubs where he worked as a cook after university. The lyrics he wrote and abandoned in a drawer eventually took him to the world’s most prestigious stages. He became famous with his song ‘1960 What’, from his 2010 album Water, honouring Martin Luther King. He received the Grammy Award for ‘Best Vocal Jazz Album’ twice: in 2014 with Liquid Spirit, the most streamed jazz album in history, and in 2017 with Take Me to the Alley. His distinct style that mixes country, gospel and blues along with jazz, R&B and funk is often cited to have revived jazz. His success lies in his velvety baritone voice and soulful lyrics that stem from personal experiences – all of which, in his hands, turn into a musical healing.

Called “worryingly rare breed” by BBC, Gregory Porter will once again play to sell-out crowds, this time in Istanbul on Monday, 8 July at Harbiye Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Theatre.

The first-ever Istanbul performance of Chris Isaak will be 12 July

Best-known with his breakthrough hits ‘Wicked Game’, ‘Blue Hotel’ and ‘Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing’, Chris Isaak has performed to sold-out crowds across the globe with his longtime band Silvertone. Over the course of his nearly forty-year career, he has packed two Grammy nominations, a platinum record, thirteen critically acclaimed studio albums, twelve chart-topping singles along with several motion pictures. Thirty-five years after the release of Heart Shaped World, featuring ‘Wicked Game’, Chris Isaak remains timeless and eloquent on the darkness of our souls. Despite the comparisons often made to Elvis Presley, his heartbroken and serene music, and the film noir-like atmosphere he evokes earned him a pedestal all his own in the history of rock and roll.

The world-renowned artist’s first live performance in Istanbul for the 31st Istanbul Jazz Festival will be held with the performance sponsorship of Garanti BBVA on Friday, 12 July at Harbiye Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Theatre.


Festival tickets can be purchased through the festival’s official ticket provider Passo or at the İKSV box office.

Priority ticket sales for Tulip Card members: 17-18 January
General sale: Friday, 19 January

Tickets can be purchased with a 10% discount to all Garanti BBVA credit cards as of 19 January.

As part of the Eczacıbaşı Youth Ticket project, student ticket prices will be 20 TL.