November Music: R. Frerichs/H. Alizadeh/Cello8ctet
The November Music festival in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands is the ultimate event for experiencing a broad range of music. It features a wonderful variety of contemporary and experimental pop, sound art, non-Western music, jazz and free improvisation. The closing concert for the 2016 edition offers a great example of this musical wealth - Dutch composer and pianist Rembrandt Frerichs’ fantastic trio play a wonderful set with Cello8ctet Amsterdam and renowned Iranian tar player Hossein Alizâdeh. Rembrandt Frerichs studied in New York and lived in Cairo for several years. His music has the drive of American jazz, the lyricism of Middle-Eastern music, and the sensitivity of the chamber music of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel. The combination of Frerichs’ trio with Cello8ctet and Alizâdeh is unique. Their music is a miracle of organic creativity, and a shining fusion of old and new world music.
Jon Hendricks and Co: Estival 1986
Since 1977, Estival is a summer jazz festival in Switzerland, Lugano. Estival offers a thrilling and particularly surprising line-up that explores the rich world of contemporary music whilst promoting the understanding of different cultures, tolerance, and co-existence. John Carl Hendricks is one of the instigators of "vocalese", an art form that aims to add lyrics to existing instrumental pieces and replace several instruments with singing. He flaunts this technique at Estival, where he "scat" while playing double bass. Hendricks is known for his mastery of scat, a form of vocal jazz that uses onomatopoeia rather than lyrics
TorTube: Dual City Concert Band ft. Hermine Deurlo
Jazz fans in television land have come to the right place for their dose of first-rate world jazz: TorTube! Jazz club De Tor in Enschede is one of Europe’s most authentic jazz venues, with an absolutely unique ambiance. Some of the best musicians from Holland and the rest of the world find their way to De Tor to perform for an appreciative audience of jazz fans. Foot Together is a TorTube episode featuring Dutch jazz icon Hermine Deurloo on the chromatic harmonica, in collaboration with the Dual City Concert Band led by Rini Swinkels. The spirited big band plays swinging and powerful jazz, with the incredible Hermine Deurloo adding a touch of Toots Thielemans as she plays her Hohner Toots Mellow Tone mouth organ.
Keita, Tinariwen Maal & Sangare: Africa Live!
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 are bringing the catastrophic malaria crisis that is currently gripping Africa to the attention of the world.
Mestrinho - Da Pá Virada Sessions
Da Pá Virada sessions bring the best musicians of contemporary Brazilian jazz, and beyond. Filmed in São Paulo, each session offers a unique experience by giving a fresh look into Brazil's music scene. The artists for each session are selected in consultation with Stingray DJAZZ's music editor. One of the artists taking part in this series is accordionist Mestrinho, seen in performance with Cainã Cavalcante on guitar, Alex Buck on drums, and Carlinhos Noronha on bass. They combine the subtle rhythms of Brazilian music with the leader's instrumental virtuosity.
Daniel Erdmann's Velvet Revolution - 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, Velvet Revolution, redefines what music can be in the 21st century: vivid, live, and unafraid to use force and power when the music asks for it. Led by saxophonist Daniel Erdmann, the ensemble is part of the 13th edition of the jazzahead! lineup.
Joonas Haavisto Trio - 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, Joonas Haavisto Trio, is highly praised for the individuality that results from the original compositions written by the group’s leader, Finnish pianist Joonas Haavisto. Showcasing a free form of expression, the ensemble is part of the 13th edition of jazzahead! lineup.
Agnes Gosling Quartet - 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 Agnes Gosling. She has matured as a writer and arranger. The vocalist is unafraid to show her vulnerability. With her quartet, Gosling honors the tradition of great acoustic jazz while exploring new sounds and styles from the contemporary music world.
Thomas Carbou: Spectacle Au Bleury
Thomas Carbou and Patrick Graham share an almost telepathic rapport, blending spontaneous improvisation, electronic looping, and Brazilian and Indian musical influences to create ecstatic groove pieces and dream-like soundscapes. They use a wide array of instruments, including a custom-built 8-string guitar, cuatro, bouzouki, cajón, frame drums, berimbau, udu, and metal percussion instruments, as well as samplers and laptops, adding their own hypnotic vocals to the mix. This concert was recorded at Montréal’s Le Bleury Vinyl Bar, near the Place des Festivals, known worldwide as the venue for the Montreal International Jazz Festival.
Tel Aviv Sessions: Eli Degibri
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. Eli Degibri played during this concert with the prodigy Gadi Lehavi at the Enav Cultural Center. This duo is a great tribute to the music and produces an incredible emotion in this unique encounter between saxophone and piano.
Visions of Music: The Latin Tinge
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, Tito Puente explains the origins of Latin jazz, a trend founded in the '30s and' 40s by Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo. Gillespie has always been inspired by Latin music and tried to combine it with jazz. Tito Puente, nicknamed the "pope of music", traveled around the world to perform with Latin jazz musicians such as Gillepsie and Pozo. This American songwriter, musician, and producer played timpani and vibraphone. Thanks to Puente, it is now acceptable to play more than two timpani. Indeed, this innovative musician was often seen on stage with seven or eight timpani.
Memoirs of a Hip ‘Ole Black Man
His hands move with the speed of light, and his warm voice caresses his listeners’ hearts and minds. He’s a true artist, passionate for his art: Vinx De'Jon Parrette. During his lectures and workshops at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Vinx often asks his students: “What do you do better than anyone else?” Of course, the best answer is: “I’m best at being me”. As a musician, songwriter, athlete and professor, Vinx has always fought to remain true to his own version. The multi-talent says that he built his career on his never-failing commitment. The film ‘Memoirs of a Hip ‘Ole Black Man’ offers us an insight in the life and career of Vinx De'Jon Parrette. It teaches us a lesson about perseverance, humility, hard work, focus, and the importance to be loyal to yourself by choosing your own, personal path through life.
Sékouba Bambino - Destination Nuits d'Afrique
The International Nuits d'Afrique Festival invites its audience on a global musical journey in the festive, authentic and cosmopolitan atmosphere of Montreal. Featuring over 700 artists from all over the world, the annual festival blends unique expressions of African, Caribbean and Latin American culture. One of the festival’s participants is Sékouba Bambino. He has been at the forefront of Guinean music since 1983, when he became the singer of the legendary group Bembeya Jazz National. Since the early ’90s he has built a successful career under his own name, gathering a large fan-base across West Africa, and gaining international attention as a member of Afro-salsa super group Africando.
Duke Ellington live at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam
Duke Ellington: Live in '58 features the earliest-known filmed full-length concert by one of the 20th Century's greatest songwriters and bandleaders. Filmed at Amsterdam's famed Concertgebouw, this 80-minute concert features the 16-piece Duke Ellington Orchestra two years after their stunning performance at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival, which Duke considered his second birth. This epic performance includes legendary players Clark Terry, Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Paul Gonsalves, Quentin Jackson and Ray Nance performing some of the most beloved American music ever written.
Solo Piano Summit
When renowned jazz pianists of the old and new school meet at a "Solo Piano Summit," audiences are treated to many an interesting musical surprise. The "Solo Piano Summit" brings together a handful of top pianists with different musical backgrounds: Jacky Terrasson, Junior Mance, Geoff Keezer, Bill Charlap and Alex Wilson. Besides solo performances the all-stars used the occasion for spontaneous interplay, improvisation and a fantastic finale - in short for the pleasure of virtuoso jazz piano playing.
Guy Salomon Group - 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 bands performing at inJazz is the Guy Salamon Group. This Amsterdam-based multi-international band is led by Israeli drummer/composer Guy Salamon. Performing all over the Netherlands, the group presents a highly expressive and energetic set of original compositions, crossing the borders of traditional and modern music.
Sammy Price and his All Star Orchestra
Texan pianist Sammy Price (1908-1992) played everything from blues and boogie-woogie to swing and jump-blues. Starting in Dallas as a singer and dancer in Alphonso Trent’s orchestra, he went to Kansas to form the Texas Bluesicians. At the end of the 1930s, and as a house pianist for the Decca label, he backed many stars, including Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Trixie Smith. Price was equally at home playing the blues in a trio, or leading a bigger band playing the jump-blues people loved to dance to. In this 1958 recording, Sammy plays the Comblain-La-Tour Jazz Festival with his band.
Mont Saint-Michel: Steve Grossman & Peter King
Every year, the Jazz en Baie festival takes place in the beautiful bay of Mont Saint-Michel. Today’s broadcast shows a special gathering between saxophone heavyweights Peter King and Steve Grossman. These experienced musicians’ trip to the bay amounts to much more than a social call. The quintet, which is rounded out by bass player Duylinh N'Guyen, drummer Stéphane Huchard and pianist Alain Jean-Marie, delivers an amazing show. Although the two saxophonists have an average age of 70, these jazz titans will convince you you’re watching young musicians on stage – albeit with 70 years of experience.
Rotterdam’s ‘ BIRD’ is a club, café and restaurant with a live music programme that's deeply rooted in jazz, and also branches out towards soul, funk, hip-hop and electronic music as well. Its name ‘BIRD’ refers to the nickname of the legendary New York jazz saxophonist, bebop co-founder Charlie Parker (1920-1955). BIRD serves Neapolitan pizzas, good wines, no-nonsense beers and an all-round metropolitan rawness. Since 2014, this urban jazz club and DJAZZ.tv have been collaborating for a series of music programmes: ‘BIRD.tv’, allowing you to experience the best BIRD concerts and interviews as from the first row! This episode is a fantastic registration of the after party of the North Sea Jazz Festival: Boogieball. This mega jam session is a great coming together of, amongst others, bassist Bootsy Collins, guitarist Flávio Silva, and drummer/vocalist Sheila E.
Une Soirée de Poche: St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Discover a thrilling performance by St. Paul and The Broken Bones, a soulful sextet from Birmingham, Alabama. Formed in 2012, the band is composed of Paul Janeway (vocals), Browan Lollar (guitar), Jesse Phillips (bass), Andrew Lee (drums), Al Gamble (keyboard), and Allen Branstetter (trumpet) (accompanied on tour a trombone and a baritone saxophone.) The band has two albums and two EPs to their name.
Episode 5: Chet Baker - Jazz Greats
American trumpet player and occasional singer Chet Baker (1929-1988) was one of the most popular exponents of bebop and cool jazz. At the age of 10, Baker was introduced to music in a school orchestra, after which he discovered bebop in the army in 1946. After serving six months in prison in 1953 for drug possession, Baker formed his own quartet with West Coast jazz great, pianist Russ Freeman. His lifelong drug addiction forced him to concertize and record incessantly. Always popular in Europe, Chet Baker (trumpet, vocals) joined Jacques Pelzer (alto saxophone, flute), Luigi Trussardi (bass), Franco Manzecchi (drums), and René Urtreger (piano) for a set in Brussels, Belgium, on May 2, 1964. They performed Bye Bye Blackbird, Isn't It Romantic, Airegin, Time After Time and So What. On September 3, 1979, Baker appeared at the Kongsberg Jazz Festival in Norway. He was joined by Wolfgang Lackerschmid (vibraphone), Michel Graillier (piano), and Jean Louis Rassenfosse (bass) for performances of Blue Train, Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise, Five Years Ago, and Love For Sale.