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Jazz Around the World 2 – 12 April – Turkey

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Welcome to Turkey. Our lineup today is varied and ranges from vocalist to big band. All of our performers today are very popular at Jazz festivals throughout Europe.


Beginning our concert today is vocalist Şenay Lambaoğlu. Lambaoğlu was actually born in Germany but came to Turkey at an early age. She has studied both at home in Turkey as well as in the United States. She has performed in numerous Jazz festivals in Turkey and at one point received a “Best Female Artist” award.


Let’s welcome, Şenay Lambaoğlu:




Başka Türlü Bir Şey





Featuring Korhan Futaci – “Her Ne Varsa”










Icimde Ask Var









Joining us now is saxophonist/composer Yahya Dai. Dai is a master of all four of the main saxophones, in addition to flute and EWI. He has worked with Şenay Lambaoğlu, who just performed for us, and our next group, the Istanbul Superband. Dai’s collaborations read like an international who’s who of Jazz: Marcus Miller, Joshua Redman, Dianne Reeves, Michael Franks, Danilo Perez, Christian McBride, to name but a few. That list also includes some of Turkey’s finest musicians.


Taking the stage now is Yahya Dai:



Second Chance to Live





Datça Yolu





Freedom Jazz Dance





Waltz for Ötenel





With music software and a MacBook Pro – “Turuncu Gezegen (Orange Planet)”





Yankee Stay Home





We now move to the big band sounds of Istanbul Superband. According to their website, their music is “great Big Band music with today’s sound; lots of groove, unique interpretations, and the best artists.” ISB, as they are otherwise known, has backed many, many famous Jazz artists when they have performed in Turkey. If we’re lucky, we may get to see a few of them today. Under the direction of Aycan Teztel, ISB has been a fixture on the international Jazz festival circuit.


Join me in welcoming, Istanbul Superband, conducted by Aycan Teztel:




Live at the 16th Izmir European Jazz Festival – Featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater – “A Tisket A Tasket”





Live at Sanat Conert Hall, Instanbul – Featuring Kurt Elling – “Steppin’ Out”





Live the 12th Annual Istanbul Jazz Festival – Featuring Dianne Reeves – “That’s All”





Some Skunk Funk





Live at the 28th Leverkusener Jazz Festival – With Okan Ersan – “It’s Up to You”





TurkeyThank you for joining us here in Turkey. I hope you enjoyed the concert. We’ll meet at the Internet Train Station for our train ride. Next stop on our Jazz Around the World 2 tour: Lebanon.


April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Support the artists. Buy their music. Go out and see some live Jazz today.