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Blitz The Ambassador - Jazz a Vienne
‘Jazz a Vienne’ is one of the world's most prestigious jazz festivals. Ever since 1981 it has attracted leading jazz artists, with many of them playing return engagements. Unsurprisingly, the festival's 2012 edition did not fall short of expectations: the lineup was filled with the biggest names in music. Among them was Blitz the Ambassador. This Ghanaian hip-hop artist lives in Brooklyn, New York. Together with Sandra Nkake on vocals, Ezra Brown on saxophone, Raja Kassis on guitar, Josiah Woodson on trumpet, Alexis Hountondji on bass, Clemens Braun on trombone, and Sydney Driver on drums, Blitz the Ambassador expresses an amazing mix of sonic emotions on the festival’s stage.
Visions of Music: Buenos Aires Querido
Visions of Music - World Jazz invites the viewer on a journey to the roots of music, introducing the enormous impact that traditional music from around the world has had on contemporary jazz. This program features legendary musicians such as BB King, Dino Saluzzi, Tito Puente, Carlos Santana, Zawinul Joe, Manu Dibango, Abdullah Ibrahim, as well as new generation representatives such as Nicholas Payton, Cyro Baptista, and Don Byron. In this episode of the Visions of Music series, Argentine composer Carlos Franzetti talks about jazz and music from Latin America, such as tango. Tango has a history similar to jazz. This musical style emerged at the turn of the century and combined African and European influences. Tango was associated with forbidden sensuality. Musicians such as Carlos Gardel and Astor Piazzolla played a big role in the development of Argentine tango. Piazzolla has revolutionized traditional tango by creating a new style called nuevo tango, which incorporates elements from jazz and classical music.
Spanish Harlem Orchestra - Moods
Since its opening in 1992, jazz club Moods has developed into one of Zurich’s largest and most prominent cultural venues. At the same time, it has become one of Europe’s prominent jazz clubs which today enjoys a well-deserved worldwide reputation among musicians and critics. The venue books a large variety of genres, ranging from jazz and soul to electronic and international music. Spanish Harlem Orchestra rejuvenates New York-style 'salsa dura', performing razor-sharp arrangements to a tee in this high-voltage show at Moods. Rarely did percussion, horns and singers interact this infectiously!
Belgium Sessions: Cavaliere and Mohy Duo
In this DJAZZ Belgium Sessions performance, which was recorded at AED Studios in Lint, Belgium, we witness Europe’s finest jazz musicians at work. A wide variety of international jazz musicians give a creative, up-close and inside insight into their art of playing jazz music. Young talent and established jazz musicians play to their heart’s content: take for instance this performance by violinist Alexandre Cavaliere and pianist Pascal Mohy. This recording marks the first time that these talented, rising jazz stars share the same stage. They tackle material made famous by, among others, jazz legend Miles Davis.
Jacques Kuba Séguin: Litania Projekt
Trumpeter Jacques Kuba Séguin’s ensemble unites some of Montreal’s most expressive musicians: apart from Jacques Kuba Séguin, double bassist Frédéric Alarie, pianist Jonathan Cayer, and drummer Kevin Warren deliver subtle but strong lyrical moments, that make it hard not to be touched by the musical bond of this group. The experience of their ‘Litania Projekt’ seems to stop time for an instant. Together with his expressive musicians, Jacques presents a program that swings between modernity and tradition.
Patáx: A Night to Remember 2/2
Patáx was heavily influenced by seminal fusion bands like Weather Report and Return to Forever. Don’t mistake this Spanish powerhouse for a carbon copy of either, however, as Patáx presents an accomplished mix of styles, including soul, jazz, funk and hip-hop. The group is led by the passionate Spanish-American percussionist Jorge Perez, who draws his musical influence from both sides of the Atlantic. The tight interplay between Perez and his bandmates as well as the audience’s enthusiasm at Teatro Calderón in Madrid make it a night to remember. This is the second of two parts.
Sabrina Starke - InJazz 2019
Jazz festival slash conference inJazz brings together the supply and demand sides of the Dutch jazz scene, helping artists share knowledge and experiences and stimulating the development of international relationships. The conference program includes inspiring panel discussions, workshops, networking sessions and presentations. During the night, promising Dutch jazz acts as well as more seasoned groups hit the stage to show what they’re capable of. One of the artists performing at inJazz is Sabrina Starke, a self-made, award-winning singer-songwriter, producer and self-empowerment ambassador. She has won an impressive number of prestigious awards for her soul-soothing music.
Jane Monheit: Some Other Time
Live recording from the ‘Jazz Open’ 2003, a phenomenal concert featuring Jane Monheit. Monheit was discovered at the Thelonius Monk Institute's Vocal Competition. She has collaborated with Toots Thielemans and Sergio Mendes. Blessed with “a voice of phenomenal beauty” she can now be considered as one of the upcoming stars at the international jazz scene. Jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald is of a great importance to Monheit. Therefore she released a tribute album to Fitzgerald.
Buffalo Sax Hero: Don Menza in New Orleans
Legendary hardbop pianist Cedar Walton’s super trio of bassist Tony Dumas and drummer Ralph Penland is joined by two stellar veterans of the great Stan Kenton’s band: tenor saxophonist Don Menza (yes, the father of Megadeth’s drummer Nick Menza!) and trumpeter Sam Noto, today a mainstay on the Canadian music scene. In this broadcast, these gentlemen play a straight-ahead jazz set in which Menza has plenty of room to bring his legendary command of circular breathing into practice, and in which drummer Ralph Penland shows us just why exactly Gil Scott-Heron, Marvin Gaye, and Ahmad Jamal were all so very keen to hire his services.
Jazz à Antibes Juan-les-pins: John McLaughlin #2
Live Recording from the 1990' Jazz Festival "Jazz in Antibes". Part 2: Pasha's Love, One Night Stand, Mother Tongues.
São Paulo Samba
An exceptional concert from Brazil: the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo proves its position as the most important orchestra in Latin America. Conducted by charismatic Maestro John Neschling since 1997, the orchestra is defined by its emblematic interpretations of Latin American music. With “São Paulo Samba”, the orchestra yet again grips the listener with an electrifying selection of Brazilian and Latin American classics, including works by Heitor Villa-Lobos, João Bosco and Astor Piazzolla. The Banda Mantiqueira and singer Mônica Salmaso complement the show.
NSJ Vocal Selection: Carter, O'Day and Benjamin
The world-renowned North Sea Jazz Festival features a wide variety of genres, including traditional New Orleans jazz, swing, bop, free jazz, fusion, avant-garde and electronic jazz, blues, gospel, funk, soul, R&B, hip hop, world beat and Latin. The festival was founded by entrepreneur and jazz fan Paul Acket, who sold his highly successful pop magazine publishing house to organize and fund the first edition of the festival in 1976. This broadcast from the North Sea Jazz Archives presents a compilation with music of Betty Carter, Anita O'Day & Sathima Bea Benjamin.
The Morgenland Festival: I Will Not Be Sad
Since 2005, the Morgenland Festival, held in Osnabrueck, has dedicated itself to the fascinating music culture of the Near and Middle East. From traditional and classical music to avant-garde, jazz, and rock, the festival program also features art, such as visual arts, dance, and theatre of interdisciplinary projects. Jivan Gasparyan Jr has always been inspired by the folk melodies of his native Armenia. His grandfather, also a musician, taught him the art of duduk, an instrument of Armenian origin.
Africa Live! The Concerts: Corneille
The most spectacular concert of African music ever staged, featuring nothing but Africa’s finest musicians performing before an audience of more than 50,000 at the recent AFRICA LIVE Roll Back Malaria Concert in Dakar, Senegal. Artists include Youssou Ndour (Senegal) with the Grand Orchestra of Cairo (Egypt), Baaba Maal (Senegal), Rokia Traore (Mali), Corneille (Rwanda), Manu Dibango (Cameroon), Angélique Kidjo (Benin), Orchestra Baobab (Senegal), Awadi (Senegal), Tony Allen (Nigeria), Seun Kuti (Nigeria), Tiken Jah Fakoly (Ivory Coast) and Tinariwen (Mali).All bringing the catastrophic malaria crisis currently gripping Africa to the attention of the world.
Seven Eleven: Back to the Source
Dutch band Seven Eleven is a mix of funk, jazz and hip hop. Founded in 1987, Seven Eleven is one of the first Dutch bands to perform with rappers, having collaborated with hip hop crew Dope Posse in 1990. Adding a superb horn section to the original line-up, they were awarded the 1993 Camelpop Award. Over the years, Seven Eleven released eight albums and played countless festivals, including three appearances at the prestigious North Sea Jazz Festival. Collaborations with legendary American funk artists such as Fred Wesley, Dawn Silva, Jeanette Washington and Louis Johnson followed. Guitarist Rob Manzoli of pop group Right Said Fred produced Seven Eleven’s 2015 album Back to the Source in London. Today’s broadcast presents the funkiest moments from Seven Eleven’s Back to the Source tour.
Tel Aviv Sessions: Amos Hoffman
The bustling streets of Tel Aviv resonate in the music of the new generation of Israeli jazz artists, who are making a big impression in the jazz scene. The DJAZZ series ‘Tel Aviv Sessions’ is the thermometer of jazz in Israel in the first decade of the 2000s.The concerts featured in this series were recorded at several Tel Aviv jazz clubs, featuring some of the very best and freshest jazz bands. The series offers an eye-witness account of the incredible inventiveness and diversity of the Israeli jazz scene. This recording features Amos Hoffman, playing in Tel Aviv’s most awesome jazz club: Haezor. Hoffman is seen as the Israeli Django, playing both oud and guitar. Accompanied by Gilad Abro on bass, Aviv Cohen on drums and Ilan Salem on flute, Hoffman show us why he is compared to Django!
The Hammond© Sessions: Rob Mostert Hammond Group
The Dutch Hammond organ player Rob Mostert develops, in cooperation with DJAZZ, the programme ‘Mostert Meets’. In this series, the Hammond B3 organ takes centre stage. Rob Mostert invites the world’s finest jazz musicians for a musical collaboration, in which the Hammond Organ plays a major role. The Hammond B3 is an electric organ, which generates sound by creating an electric current from rotating a metal tonewheel near an electromagnetic pickup. Initially, the Hammond B3 was at home in churches, until it entered the jazz scene in the mid-20th century. In this episode, Mostert performs with his Rob Mostert Hammond Group, of Rob Mostert (Hammond B3), Jurriaan Suring (guitar), Chris Strik (drums), Efraim Trujillo (saxophone), Michael Rorby (trombone) and Michael Simon (trumpet).
Bill Evans' European Tour: Live in '64, '65 & '70
Bill Evans: Live in '64, '65 & '70 features five separate performances by one of the most revered pianists in music history. This collection covers an 11-year span, highlighting Evans’ ever-deepening artistry as he performs with four different all-star rhythm sections, including the stunning duo of bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and drummer Alan Dawson. This recording includes Evans’ renditions of the rarely performed “Sareen Jurer,” “Blue Serge”, and “Twelve Tone Tune Two.” Among the many surprises in this collection is a live performance of “My Melancholy Baby” with saxophonist Lee Konitz.
Kirke Karja Quartet - jazzahead!
The international trade fair, exhibition, and festival, jazzahead!, is one of the most important events in the jazz community. Hosted annually in Bremen, Germany, it brings together musicians, bookers, agents, organizers, jazz experts, and music enthusiasts. This year, jazzahead! pays special attention to Poland by selecting 40 jazz acts from all over the world and inviting them to perform over the course of three days. One of them, Kirke Karja, is a new face on the Estonian jazz scene. Yet, the pianist has become one of the brightest young musicians within the homeland’s jazz circles. Leading her own quartet, Karja’s ensemble is part of the 13th edition of the jazzahead! lineup.
Jane Bunnett & Maqueque - jazzahead!
The international trade fair, exhibition and festival jazzahead! is one of the most important events in the jazz community. Hosted annually in Bremen, Germany, it brings together musicians, bookers, agents, organizers, jazz experts, and music enthusiasts. In 2019, jazzahead! pays special attention to Norway by selecting 40 jazz acts from all over the world and inviting them to perform over the course of three days. One of them is jazz flutist and soprano saxophonist Jane Bunnett. She surrounds herself with an ensemble of talented Cuban musicians, Maqueque. Their two musical universes feed off each other's rich and varied musical heritages. This collaboration leads to fresh, colorful new music, revealing their boundless creativity.
Christian Scott - The Centennial Trilogy
In just a few years, young trumpet player Christian Scott has become synonymous with a new jazz generation. He shakes up the conventions of jazz by taking the genre to new horizons and reaching a wider audience. No doubt, at 33 years old, Christian Scott is already forging his own path. After each record release, he seems even more determined to challenge the rules of jazz with his own avant-garde style. At his 2018 show at La Coopérative de Mai, Christian Scott celebrates 100 years of jazz with the program “The Centennial Trilogy.” Expect a unique performance in an intimate theatre setting, shot in native 4K!
JazzArt Orchestra & Jason Marsalis - Theater Odeon
Jazz, funk, or soul: the JazzArt Orchestra tackles each genre without batting an eye. One of the orchestra’s ambitions is to cooperate with other art disciplines and to contribute to the local cultural climate in the East of the Netherland. For a 2019 concert at Zwolle’s Odeon Theatre, the orchestra is joined by drummer and vibraphonist Jason Marsalis, brother of famous trumpeter and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center Wynton Marsalis. Their creative minds explore various intricacies of modern jazz.