STINGRAY DJAZZ PRESENTS: JAZZ GREATS IN CONCERT
AUGUST 1 – 6 DAILY AT 21:00 CEST
Stingray DJAZZ proudly presents Jazz Greats in Concert. This star-studded series features many of the greatest American names in jazz history. These iconic recordings of legendary live concerts offer some of the best line-ups and all-star collaborations any jazz fan could dream up. On August 1, be amazed by the brilliant pianist and composer Thelonious Monk during his 1966 concert tour of Europe. On August 2, enjoy American jazz trumpeter and bebop legend Dizzy Gillespie live in Denmark in 1970. On August 3, watch an iconic 1964 concert from Milan by jazz pioneer and trumpeter Miles Davis, leading his spectacular all-star band of saxophonist Wayne Shorter, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Tony Williams. On August 4, don’t miss out on saxophonist Stan Getz performing a medley of his bossa nova hits 'Desafinado' and 'The Girl from Ipanema' during a Californian concert from the summer of 1983. On August 5, enjoy American trumpet player and vocalist Chet Baker playing a beautiful set in Belgium in 1964. And lastly, on August 6, groove along with Herbie Hancock and The Headhunters, recorded live in Germany in 1974.
Episode 1: Thelonious Monk - Jazz Greats
MONDAY, AUGUST 1 AT 21:00 CEST
The idiosyncratic pianist and composer Thelonious Monk (1917-1982) is one of the all-time greats of jazz. His music went largely misunderstood for the first 15 years of his career, after which he was rightly hailed as a genius, and received credit as a founding father of bebop. Several concerts from his 1966 European tour were recorded for television, featuring his quartet of Charles Rouse (tenor saxophone), Lawrence Gales (bass) and Benjamin Riley (drums). His quartet performed Epistrophy, 'Round Midnight, and Lulu's Back in Town in Warsaw for Polish television on April 4, 1966. On April 17, the same quartet performed a short set in Copenhagen for Danish television, featuring Lulu's Back in Town, Don't Blame Me, and Epistrophy.
Episode 2: Dizzy Gillespie - Jazz Greats
TUESDAY, AUGUST 2 AT 21:00 CEST
American jazz trumpeter, composer, and bandleader Dizzy Gillespie (1917-1993) was one of the seminal figures of the bebop movement. He fuses all musical forms rooted in African culture, such as music from Cuba, Latin America and the Caribbean, into his music. On November 4, 1970 he played a concert in Denmark with the Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band, performing Con Alma, Brother K, Now Hear My Meanin’, Manteca, Let Me Outta Here, and Things Are Here.
Episode 3: Miles Davis - Jazz Greats
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3 AT 21:00 CEST
American trumpeter Miles Davis (1926-1991) was a pioneering jazz musician from the late 1940s to the late 1980s. His influence on 20th century music is hard to overstate, as he trailblazed bebop, cool jazz, hardbop, modal jazz, and electronic music. On October 11, 1964, Miles Davis performed at Teatro Dell’Arte in Milan. With tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Tony Williams, Davis performed Autumn Leaves, My Funny Valentine, All Blues, All of You, and Joshua.
Episode 4: Stan Getz - Jazz Greats
THURSDAY, AUGUST 4 AT 21:00 CEST
American jazz tenor saxophonist Stan Getz (1927-1991) was nicknamed "The Sound" for his warm, lyrical tone. Performing in bebop and cool jazz groups, he popularized bossa nova in America with the hit 'The Girl from Ipanema'. In the summer of 1983, Getz brought his working quartet to the Robert Mondavi Winery, Napa Valley, California, for a set that included Over The Edge, Answer Without Question, Sippin' At Bells, Tempus Fugit, and a bossa nova medley of Desafinado and The Girl From Ipanema. Getz (tenor saxophone) is joined by bassist Marc Johnson, drummer Victor Lewis, and pianist Jim McNeely.
Episode 5: Chet Baker - Jazz Greats
FRIDAY, AUGUST 5 AT 21:00 CEST
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.
Episode 6: Herbie Hancock - Jazz Greats
SATURDAY, AUGUST 6 AT 21:00 CEST
American keyboard player and bandleader Herbie Hancock (1940) achieved success as an incisive, harmonically provocative jazz pianist in the 1960s, then went on to gain wide popularity as a leader of electric jazz-rock groups. One of these, Hancock’s band The Headhunters, ushered in a new era of jazz that appealed to a far wider audience, making jazz listeners out of rhythm and blues fans, and vice versa. In 1974, The Headhunters appeared on German television, playing Palm Grease, Sly, Butterfly, Spank-A-Lee, and Chameleon. Hancock (keys) is joined by Bennie Maupin (saxophones), Paul Jackson (electric bass), Mike Clark (drums) and Bill Summer (percussion).