Brit writer takes over Berlin Fest

Brit writer takes over Berlin Fest


norman lebrecht

October 19, 2014

The Berlin Jazz Festival is has a new artistic director. He is the retiring chief sports writer of the Guardian, Richard Williams.

Richard, 66, has one of the most diverse careers in UK print media. He has been head of artists and repertoire at Island Records,  editor of Time Out and Melody Maker, assistant editor of the Times and sports writer for the Independent and the Guardian.

He said of his new appointment: Ich frage mich nicht, was Jazz war, sondern was Jazz ist und was Jazz werden kann. Für mich stellte das Jazzfest Berlin immer eine Plattform von Möglichkeiten und Provokationen dar.’ I don’t ask myself what jazz was, rather what it is and what it could become. For me, the Berlin Jazzfest has always been a platform for possibilities and provocations.

Further proof that there is life after print media.