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The impresario Norman Granz organised the first Jazz at the Philharmonic in Los Angeles 75 years ago, on 2 July 1944. It was a concert with guaranteed and fair remuneration for all musicians and most importantly no racial segregation on stage or in the auditorium. It was a milestone and the starting point for a series of concerts that lasted for more than two decades and included tours even to the Far East. Today the acronym JATP symbolises the tolerance and open-mindedness that are quintessential features of jazz music. Only in this way could racial boundaries be broken down and also stylistic divisions between America, Europe, Africa and Asia, between west and east, north and south, between tradition and the avant-garde. It's definitely an anniversary worth celebrating and we would do well to remind ourselves of its significance today. So head straight to the Kölner Philharmonie for the Jazz Soloists & Big Bands series with performers including the international WDR Big Band, the very different trios of pianists Bugge Wesseltoft and Jason Moran, the Four Tenors, a quartet of top-class saxophonists, and piano duo Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn with their poetic sound expeditions.