Tuesdays in July


In July, Stingray DJAZZ presents a new series consisting of archive footage of the Estival jazz festival. Every Tuesday evening at 21:00, enjoy two concerts filmed in the beautiful Swiss city of Lugano, where every year since 1977, Estival Jazz celebrates music while promoting tolerance and cooperation between cultures. Check out the enviable programming from 1985 to 1987, featuring Miriam 'Mama Africa' Makeba, McCoy Tyner and Freddie Hubbard.

Tuesday, July 3 at 21:00 CEST | Freddie Hubbard & The Satchmo Legacy Live in 1987

This concert of Freddie Hubbard and the Satchmo Legacy in 1987, highlights the bebop legend's classic style and silky tone. Hubbard is an American jazz trumpeter whose unmistakable and influential tone contributed to new perspectives for modern jazz and bebop. He was also a well-known part of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and is primarily known for playing bebop, hard bop, and post-bop styles from the early '60s onwards.

Tuesday, July 3 at 21:50 CEST | Jack DeJohnette's Special Edition at Estival 1985

Jack DeJohnette, an important figure in jazz fusion, was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2007. His style combines elements of jazz, free jazz, world music and R & B, and his versatility makes him a regarded and in-demand drummer. Discover his unique style as part of this breathtaking performance delivered at Estival.

Tuesday, July 10 at 21:00 CEST | Miriam Makeba Live at Estival Lugano 1985

Miriam Makeba, also named Mama Africa, was a South African singer, actress, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil-rights activist. Her career flourished in the US, where she released several albums. Makeba was among the first African musicians to receive worldwide recognition. She brought African music to a Western audience, and popularized the world music and Afropop genres. Her performances at Estival Lugano is beyond incredible. Her voice, the power and the soul summarizes her musicality in 40 minutes, together with her band and extremely talented backing-vocals.

Tuesday, July 10 at 21:40 CEST | Jon Hendricks and Co: Estival 1986

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

Tuesday, July 17 at 21:00 CEST | Tania Maria: Live at Estival Lugano 1987

This performance of Brazilian Tania Maria promises to make you want to dance. The singer, composer and pianist sets fire to the Estival scene with her pop and jazzy song, magnificently put forward on samba, bossa-nova, Afro-Latin and jazz fusion tunes.

Tuesday, July 17 at 21:50 CEST | The Crusaders: Estival Lugano 1987

The Crusaders, an American jazz fusion group that was popular in the '70s employed a two-manned front-line horn section. The group’s sound was rooted in hard bop, with an emphasis on R&B and soul. Their performance at Estival is beyond soulful and an amazing show to watch.

Tuesday, July 24 at 21:00 CEST | Astrud Gilberto Band Live at Estival Lugano 1985

“The Girl From Ipanema”, Astrud Gilberto’s second name. The Brazilian bossa-nova and samba singer gives an outstanding, swinging performance at Estival Lugano. The band features Marcello Gilberto, David Sacks, Gil Goldstein, and Eduardo da Fonseca. Astrud started to record her own compositions in the '70s. She has recorded songs in Portuguese, English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, and Japanese.

Tuesday, July 24 at 21:40 CEST | McCoy Tyner Trio live at Estival Lugano

McCoy Tyner’s first main exposure came with Benny Golson, being the first pianist in Golson’s and Art Farmer’s Jazztet. He’s also known for his work with the John Coltrane Quartet. Tyner’s style is easily comparable to Coltrane’s maximalist style of saxophone. Though a member of Coltrane’s group, he was never overshadowed by the saxophonist, but complemented and even inspired Coltrane’s open-minded approach. McCoy Tyner is considered one of the most influential jazz pianists of the 20th century, an honour he earned both with Coltrane and in his years of performing following Coltrane’s death.

Tuesday, July 31 21:00 CEST | The Mel Lewis Orchestra live at Estival Lugano

The Mel Lewis Orchestra was arguably the most influential big band since the swing era. They were an unusual band, creating new styles, succeeding in an era when big bands were unpopular and remaining integrated during racially tense periods.

Tuesday, July 31 21:50 CEST | Jimmy Witherspoon Quartet & Rozaa Wortham 1985

Jimmy Witherspoon and Rozaa Wortham, two incredible brilliant jazz musicians. Rozaa Wortham starts off the show with the Jimmy Witherspoon Quartet. Swinging and full of energy she performs ‘It Don’t Mean A Thing’. Jimmy Witherspoon, known for the song “Ain’t Nobody’s Business” ends the show with some astounding lean-back blues.