Big Band Saturday

July 15


Enjoy a world of contrasts on Stingray DJAZZ the weekend of July 15 and 16. Six cutting-edge big bands feature on July 15 with the following day showcasing an assortment of eclectic jazz acts. On July 15, following Quincy Jones’ 1960 dream band at 15:35 CEST, enjoy two of today’s most cutting edge ensembles - the Avi Lebovich Orchestra and the Brussels Jazz Orchestra.

Big bands play an important role in jazz, giving us plenty of reason to dedicate a day to the most electrifying jazz groups. Historical footage of Quincy Jones leading his “dream band” kick the day off with an 18-piece orchestra featuring jazz legends such as Clark Terry, Melba Liston, and Phil Woods.

At 16:55 CEST, one of the finest orchestras from Latin America takes the stage as John Neschling conducts the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo in unique interpretations of Latin-American music. 

Israeli trombonist Avi Lebovich (*1972) has collaborated with jazz icons such as Chick Corea, Bootsy Collins and Roy Hargrove. He spent two years touring with British acid-jazz band Incognito. After returning to Israel, Lebovich founded his own orchestra. This 13-piece ensemble plays an updated version of traditional big band music, combining jazz with fusion and rock. Tune in to Stingray DJAZZ at 18:45 CEST for a taste.

At 21:00 CEST, Caribbean big band Mizikopéyi combines traditional rhythms and melodies from Antillean and Afro-Caribbean music with New Orleans harmonies.
The Brussels Jazz Orchestra featuring vocalist David Linx (22:20 CEST) closes Stingray DJAZZ’s Big Band Saturday with a bang!

Saturday, July 15 at 15:35 CEST | Quincy Jones: ‘Q’ conducting his ‘Dream Band’

Jazz Icons: Quincy Jones spotlights a young ‘Q’ conducting his ‘dream band’—an 18-piece orchestra of world-renowned players such as Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Sahib Shihab, Budd Johnson and Benny Bailey. This recording features 17 songs and is one of the finest examples of big band jazz ever to be captured on film. Shot in Switzerland and Belgium in 1960, these two concerts are the only known visual documents of this legendary tour.

Musicians: Quincy Jones, Porter Kilbert, Phil Woods, Budd Johnson, Jerome Richardson, Sahib Shihab, Benny Bailey, Clark Terry
Producer: Reelin’ in the Years
Video director: Tom Gullota
Location: Belgium & Switzerland 
Year: 1960

Saturday, July 15 at 16:55 CEST | 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.

Musicians: John Neschling, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, Banda Mantiqueira & Monica Salmaso
Provider: EuroArts Music International
Location: Sala São Paulo, Brazil 
Year: 2008

Saturday, July 15 at 18:45 CEST | Tel Aviv Sessions: Avi Lebovich Orchestra

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 Stingray 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. The legendary Yellow Submarine Jazz Club in Jerusalem presents trombonist Avi Lebovich and his Orchestra. The Orchestra is a contemporary incarnation of the traditional big band, combining jazz with different musical influences such as funk, rock and ethnic. The 13-man orchestra shows its limitless powers of musical expression.

Musicians: Avi Lebovich, Yair Slutzki, Yaron Ouzana, Dan Varon, Arthur Krasnobaev, Alan Farber, Lior Levin, Amit Friedman, Tal Varon, Yonatan Albalak, Mickey Warshai, Ron Almog
Provider: Paramax
Video director: Amos Rozenberg
Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
Year: 2012

Saturday, July 15 at 20:05 CEST | Jazz de Matosinhos and Sinfónica do Porto: Layas

30 minutes of... Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos and Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música with Dirk Brossé (musical direction), Jason Moran (piano) and J.A. Pereira de Sousa (cello).

Musicians: Dan Weiss, Jason Moran, Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos, J.A. Pereira de Sousa, Dirk Brossé
Producer: OJM
Video director: Luis Araújo
Location: Casa da Música, Porto, Portugal
Year: 2010

Saturday, July 15 at 21:00 CEST | Mizikopéyi Big Band Live à L'Atrium

Mizikopéyi is the first West Indian and Caribbean group to perform contemporary music from Martinique and Guadeloupe - zouk, beguine, mazurka and kompa - with big band arrangements. Together with Martinique artist Tony Chasseur, the big band offers a musical journey through a rich cultural heritage, mixing traditional and popular Antilles and Afro-Caribbean melodies with the harmonies of brass instruments as seen in the great tradition of New Orleans. The talented musicians who form Mizikopéyi focus on the quality of the musical creation and emotion from Martinique, from yesterday to today, in this particular exercise of the big band arrangement.

Musicians: Tony Chasseur, Thierry Vaton, Rody Céréyon, Jean-Philippe Fanfant, Bago, Patrick Boston, Claudine Pennont, Patrick Pennont, Thierry Saint Honorë, Christian Martinez, Philippe Slominski, Érick Poirier, Alain Revaud, Bernard Camoin, Gueogui Kornazov, Philippe Henry, Frédéric Couderc, Pierre Désassis, Julien Raffin, Thierry Farrugia, Olivier Defays, Marie-Francoise Vivares, Micky Télephe
Producer: Tony Chasseur
Video director : Aloès Audiovisuel
Location: Tropiques-Atrium Martinique, Fort de France, Martinique 
Year: 2004 

Saturday, July 15 at 22:20 CEST | Brussels Jazz Orchestra: Changing Faces

This might come unexpected, but the Brussels Jazz Orchestra (BJO) is not the kind of jazz orchestra that sticks to standards. They prefer to achieve the highest level by composing original music, creating unique arrangements, and playing inventively as well as passionately. In fact, it really is jazz with a dynamic orchestral sound, with a classic strength in which each musician is also a brilliant soloist. Call it an ‘orchestrated passion for jazz’ that incites BJO to create world-class music. Founded in 1993 by Frank Vaganée, Serge Plume and Marc Godfroid, the Brussels Jazz Orchestra is recognised and has been subsidised by the Flemish Government since. Brussels Jazz Orchestra is orchestra in residence at Flagey in Brussels. During this project the BJO comes up with David Linx. The Belgian jazz singer will resort to any idiom, any language, any time signature. Occasionally he seems to dispense with bar lines altogether, or he will go beyond lyrics, as he abandons his own words for some free-wheeling scat.

Musicians: David Linx, Frank Vaganéé, Dieter Limbourg, Kurt Van Herck, Bart Defoort, Bo van der Werf, Serge Plume, Nico Schepers, Ruud Breuls, Jeroen van malderen, Marc Godfoid, Lode Mertens, Ben Fleerakkers, Laurent Hendrick, Bart van Caeneghem, Jos Machtel, Klaas Balijon, Hendrik Braeckman
Producer: Simon Scales
Video director: Gerd van Geel
Location : Eurocam Media Center, Lint, Belgium
Year: 2008