International Jazz Day

April 27 to 30, 2017

Jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock is the lead UNESCO Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue, as well as Chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz – the driving force behind International Jazz Day. April 30 brings together schools, artists, music fans, and countless others to celebrate jazz and to learn about its history, cultural impact, and future. Jazz is an international art form that promotes peace, intercultural dialogue, and freedom of expression.

Stingray DJAZZ’s program tells the story of jazz - on Thursday night, April 27 at 21:00 CEST, the documentary Play Your Own Thing brings you the story of Europe’s jazz pioneers. On Friday night at 21:00 CEST, Ron Carter, Taj Mahal, Lou Donaldson and other Blue Note stalwarts discuss their tenure at the illustrious record label.

On Saturday, April 29 at 21:00 CEST, Bluesland offers a touching, authentic and informative overview of the blues genre in the United States. On April 30, International Jazz Day, Stingray DJAZZ brings you the crowning episode of the Masters of American Music series: The Story of Jazz. This entertaining and informative film delivers a string of performances, expert commentary, and relevant historical insight.


Thursday, April 27 at 21:00 CEST | Play Your Own Thing: A Story of Jazz in Europe

Traditional Jazz has never been associated with Europe. Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker are all American jazz greats, but who knows Miroslav Vitous, Pierre Michelot, Krzysztof Komeda, Palle Mikkelborg, Tomasz Stanko, or René Urtreger? Play Your Own Thing is a tribute to these champion performers, who after World War II, became infected by the jazz virus from overseas and created their own paths. Containing myriad distinctive qualities that include the traditions of their respective countries and musical heritage, they invented a new form of musical expression and a distinctively European jazz identity. These artists became true musical pioneers, paving the way for European avant-garde artists. Play Your Own Thing traces the varied encounters and exchanges of musical cultures that have nourished each other. The film describes the development of jazz in Europe musically, visually and spiritually, including its emancipation and expertise, its freedom and individualism, and the development of numerous styles and variations, specific to Europe. It is influenced by the history, mentality and politics, as well as by shades of light and native music – a triumph of individualism.

Musicians: Louis Armstrong, Chris Barber, Stefano Bollani, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Till Brönner, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Jan Garbarek, Bud Powell, Enrico Rava
Provider: EuroArts Music International
Composer: Julian Benedikt
Year: 2007


Thursday, April 27 at 22:25 CEST | MaiJazz Festival: Jan Garbarek Group

Saxophonist Jan Garbarek is one of Norway’s greatest jazz artists. His sound delights audiences and inspires musicians all over the world. Garbarek’s style incorporates a sharp-edged tone; his keening, sustained notes and generous use of silence are often associated with Middle East sounds. His first solo album Esoteric Circle, released in 1967, helped secure Norway a spot in international jazz history. In 2013, Jan Garbarek played one of his rare concerts on Norwegian soil, visiting the Stavanger Concert Hall and the MaiJazz Festival with his band - a concert of intense and beautiful music. He is accompanied by pianist Rainer Brüninghaus, bass player Yuri Daniel and percussionist Trilok Gurtu.

Musicians: Trilok Gurtu, Jan Garbarek, Rainer Brüninghaus, Yuri Daniel
Producer: NRK
Video director: Torstein Vegheim
Location: Stavanger Concert Hall, Stavanger, Norway
Year: 2013


Friday, April 28 at 21:00 CEST | Blue Note: A Story of Modern Jazz - First Part 

Friday, April 28 at 22:00 CEST | Blue Note: A Story of Modern Jazz – Second Part

Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk... these names are synonymous with the great Jazz Age. But how many people know Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, to whom we owe the recorded memory of our jazz legends? Two German Jews who immigrated from Nazi Germany to New York ‘discovered’ an American art form, which at the time received little serious attention from mainstream America: jazz music. Without money or connections, and poor English, the two men began to record practically unknown musicians, following their own taste and judgment. Today this list of artists reads like a who’s who of Jazz. Blue Note: A Story of Modern Jazz tells the story of Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff and their record label. It is the story of the rise of modern jazz, of a friendship in exile and of uncompromising artistic excellence. Told by the musicians, friends, associates and fans of the Blue Note recordings from all walks of life, the film recreates an era of American cultural history.

Musicians: Ron Carter, Max Roach, André Previn, Herbie Hancock, Bertrand Tavernier, Carlos Santana, Taj Mahal, Karim Abdul Jabbar
Producer: EuroArts International
Director: Julian Benedikt
Year: 1997


Friday, April 28 at 23:00 CEST | The Blue Note Masters

Ron Carter, Bobby Hutcherson and Joe Chambers are legends of Blue Note Records. They have established themselves as forward-thinking and inventive band leaders, composers and studio musicians, astonishing audiences around the world with their creativity and technical versatility.

Producer: EuroArts Music International
Musicians: Ron Carter, Bobby Hutcherson, Javon Jackson, Joe Chambers, Kevin Hays
Producer: SDR, Opus, EuroArts
Video Director: Andreas Missler-Morell
Location: Jazz Open, Stuttgart, Germany
Year: 1997


Saturday, April 29 at 21:00 CEST | Bluesland - A Portrait in American Music

The blues are a celebration, a joyful, complex and compelling music built on self-expression and entertainment. Bluesland - A Portrait in American Music explores the blues - with all its poetic irony and sly humour, its eroticism and timeless power. A uniquely creative and highly visual look at American blues, Bluesland travels the expansive landscape of the music, tracing its roots from the beginning of the 20th century through the Mississippi Delta to Louisiana, Texas, Kansas City and Chicago. The film features rare and memorable performances by some of the greatest blues performers, including Son House, Bessie Smith, Jimmy Rushing, Big Bill Broonzy, Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters, Joe Turner, T-Bone Walker and B.B. King. Bluesland follows the many tributaries of the genre, exploring the sophisticated jazz of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Count Basie, the rhythm and blues of Louis Jordan and Dinah Washington, and the rock and roll of Chuck Berry and Elvis. Bluesland is a moving, authentic and illustrative overview of the blues - a must-see for all music lovers.

Producer: EuroArts Music International
Director: Ken Mandel
Producer: Toby Byron
Year: 1993


Saturday, April 29 at 22:30 CEST | Muddy Waters: Classic Concerts

The first Classic Concert is Muddy’s performance at the legendary 1960 Newport Jazz Festival, the concert that spawned Muddy Waters at Newport, one of the greatest live albums of all time. Now available for the first time and featuring pristine stereo sound, the five songs in the nearly half-hour set are the finest example of Muddy Waters’ greatness captured on film. Tracks include the definitive versions of “Got My Mojo Working” and “Rollin’ Stone”. The second Classic Concert is a rare, previously unseen, complete set from the 1968 Copenhagen Jazz Festival featuring Muddy’s amazing late-sixties band, including blues great Otis Spann on piano. This show, buried in Danish vaults for 37 years, is one of the few complete Muddy Waters concerts to be captured on film from the 1960s. The third concert is a complete set from the 1977 Molde Jazz Festival in Norway. Filmed 35 years after his first recordings, Muddy and his top-notch band tear through such classics as “Baby Please Don’t Go” and “Prison-Bound Blues”

Musicians: James Cotton, Sonny Wimberley, Pee Wee Madison, Pinetop Perkins, Luther ‘Guitar’ Johnson, S. P. Leary, Muddy Waters, Calvin Jones, Francis Clay
Producer: Reelin’ in the Years
Location: Newport Jazz Festival, Molde Jazz Festival, Copenhagen Jazz Festival
Year: 1960


Sunday, April 30 at 21:00 CEST | Masters of American Music: The Story of Jazz

The Story of Jazz puts the crown on the Masters of American Music series. As entertaining as it is informative, it is a seamless array of performances, comments and compelling historic insight. Many call jazz the greatest art form of the 20th century. The Story of Jazz is a colourful tale of cross-cultural influences that produced a constantly evolving and enduring music. It is a rich 97-minute weave of sounds, rare film clips, stills and interviews. This absorbing mix of sights and sounds shows how this truly American expression spread to become a universal language. A captivating trek through the stylistic changes that have kept jazz fresh over the years: New Orleans traditions, stride, swing, boogie woogie, big band, jump band, the singers, the dancers, the blues, bebop, Afro-Cuban, cool, free-form… it’s all here. Never before have the filmed comments of so many important jazz artists been assembled for one project, and never before has the history of jazz been told as vividly and with such attention to historic detail with personal first-hand observations of dozens of great jazz artists.

Musicians: Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker
Director: Matthew Seig, Chris Albertson
Producer: Toby Byron
Locations: Various
Year: 1993


Sunday, April 30 at 22:40 CEST | Long Tall Dex: Dexter Gordon Live in '63 & '64

Dexter Gordon: Live in '63 & '64 features three concerts filmed in 1963 and 1964 in Holland, Switzerland and Belgium. They highlight the bebop legend's classic style and silky tone. Filmed while Dexter was living in Europe, these shows feature legendary side musicians such as Art Taylor (drums) and Kenny Drew (piano) and jazz classics “Blues Walk”, “A Night In Tunisia”, “Body And Soul” and others. One of the most influential saxophonists in jazz history (both John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins claim him as an influence), Dexter Gordon is captured in sharp form and style on this 70-minute tour de force.

Musicians: Dexter Gordon, George Gruntz, Guy Pedersen, Daniel Humair, Kenny Drew, Gilbert Rovère, Art Taylor
Producer: Reelin’ in the Years
Video Director: Tom Gullota
Location: Holland, Switzerland, Belgium
Year: 1963