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Jazz Around the World 2 – 21 April – Egypt

Posted in Blog, Jazz, Jazz Around the World with tags , , , , , , , on Sunday, 21 April 2019, by Stan

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Welcome to Egypt. Today we will take a step back into the past, then come back and see what’s happening on Egypt’s Jazz scene right now.

First up, we have drummer Salah Ragab. The start of Egyptian Jazz is credited to him. In 1968, Ragab created one of Egypt’s first big bands called the Cairo Jazz Band, which will join him on this set. Sadly, Ragab passed away in 2008 at the age of 72, but thanks to the Internet, we can still hear his music.

From the early days of Jazz in Egypt, let’s hear from Salah Ragab and the Cairo Jazz Band:

 

Calling You

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kahn el Kahleeli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Egypt Strut


This next group brings us back to today. Up next is keyboardist/arranger Akram El Sharkawy. El Sharkawy has been a fixture on Egyptian music since the nineties. He can be found at local and international festivals. In addition to his Jazz concerts, he frequently accompanies Arabic singers and orchestras.

Let’s welcome to the stage, Akram El Sharkawy:
Kahraman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Samba Latino

 

 

 

 

 

 

To close out or concert, we will check in with Eftekasat. Started by keyboardist/accordionist Amro Salah, Eftekasat began as a band in late 2001. Rapidly gaining popularity and positive reviews, Eftekasat debuted at the Cairo Jazz Club in 2002. Then, in 2004, they landed on the international stage at the Bansko Jazz festival in Bulgaria. They have since played to appreciative audiences from the U.S to Japan, to India, and across Europe. As such, they are one of the very few Egyptian groups to gain such worldwide acclaim.

It is indeed a pleasure to introduce to you, Eftekasat. They’ll be playing an extended set for us today:

 

Featuring Naseer Shamma – “La Belle Algérie”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Live at the Nisville Jazz festival in Serbia – “Titre”

 

 

 

 

 

Saba Rakeb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Live at El Sawy Culture Wheel – “Jazzmina”

 

 

 

 

 

Live at El Sawy Culture Wheel – “Deep South Blues”

 

 

 

Greeky

 

 

EgyptThank you for joining us here in Egypt. I hope you enjoyed the concert. We’ll meet at the Internet Airport for our flight. Next stop on our Jazz Around the World 2 tour: Uganda.

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

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Jazz Around the World 2 – 20 April – Sweden

Posted in Blog, Jazz, Jazz Around the World with tags , , , , , , , , on Saturday, 20 April 2019, by Stan

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Welcome to Sweden. Sweden is another country that has produced many exceptional Jazz musicians, as we will soon see. A full program awaits us today.

 

Kicking things off will be the Bohuslän Big Band. This fearless, world-class Jazz ensemble actually started out as a military orchestra, whose beginnings date all the way back to the 19th century. These days the band works with arrangers from around the world, plays original music, in addition to performing compositions by artists such as Gil Evans, Lars Jansson, and even Frank Zappa. On tour, they have performed in Japan, China, and throughout Europe. Though their roots go way, way back in the past, they are also developing the next generation of musicians through their various youth programs.

 

Please extend a warm welcome to, the Bohuslän Big Band:

 

 

Begin the Beguine

 

 

 

 

With Monica Dominique – Live at the Stora Teatern, Gothenburg, Sweden – “Quincy”

 

 

 

 

“Sinister Footwear”

 

 

 

 

With the Avishai Cohen Trio – Live at the Sodra Teatern, Stockholm, Sweden – “Madrid”

 

 

 

 

 

Our next artist will take us into the world of Free Jazz. Mats Gustafsson plays six of the saxophones from soprano to contra-bass, flute, flutophone, amplified saxophone, live electronics, and something called a weevil sax. He frequently performs solo work and plays with several ensembles, amassing over 1,800 concerts and 200 recording projects on six continents. According to his website, Gustafsson’s collaborations often find him in the worlds of poetry, theater, contemporary dance, and visual art.

 

Coming to the stage now, Mats Gustafsson:

 

 

How to Raise an Ox

 

 

 

 

Solo concert at Fríkirkjan, Reykjavik, as part of the Reykjavik Jazz Festival

 

 

 

 

With The Thing – Live at the 35th Skopje Jazz Festival – “Red River”

 

 

 

 

Next up is bassist Massimo Biolcati. Biolcati has recorded and toured with some of best Jazz artists, among them Ravi Coltrane, Lizz Wright, Terrence Blanchard, Michael Bublé, Herbie Hancock, and Paquito D’Rivera. His album, Persona, was awarded Best Jazz Album at the 2009 Independent Music Awards. Not only is Biolcati an accomplished musician, but he is also an entrepreneur. His attempts to stuff pdf-formatted images of the Real Book onto the original iPhone motivated him to develop his own music-related app; the iRealBook.

 

Please give a warm welcome to Massimo Biolcati:

 

 

 

With the ELDAR trio – “Rhapsodize”

 

 

 

 

With the Lionel Loueke Trio, aka Gilfema – “Tin Man”

 

 

 

 

With the Tyler Blanton Electric Trio – “GreenWood Jam”

 

 

 

Peace

 

 

 

 

 

Closing out our concert tonight is trombonist Nils Landgren. Langren began studying classical trombone in college. From his classical studies, he moved on to improvisation. That led to him developing his own sound and style. Soon he was touring and playing in such varied genres as big band, funk, hip-hop, soul, and of course, Jazz. Landgren has been involved in one manner or another on over 500 albums. You can’t miss Landgren when he performs. He’ll be the one playing the red Yamaha trombone.

In addition to his record label and talent agency, Landgren is dedicated to helping those less fortunate through his Funk for Life Project and The Wings of Life Centre.

Now, on stage, Mister Nils Landgren:

 

 

 

With NDR Bigband – Live at Jazz Baltica Festival – “Space Calzone”

 

 

 

 

With NDR Bigband – Live at Jazz Baltica Festival – “Silent Way”

 

 

 

 

With Joe Sample – “Soul Shadows”

 

 

 

 

Live at the 25th Internationale Jazzfestival Viersen – “Redhorn”

 

 

 

 

With the NDR Bigband – Live – “Brown Blues”

 

 

 

 

Thank you for joining us here in Sweden. I hope you enjoyed the concert. We’ll meet at the Internet Airport for our flight to Africa. Next stop on our Jazz Around the World 2 tour: Egypt.

 

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

Jazz Around the World 2 – 19 April – Norway

Posted in Blog, Jazz, Jazz Around the World with tags , , , , , , , on Friday, 19 April 2019, by Stan

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Welcome to Norway. Norway has been making itself known on the Jazz scene for quite a number of years now. We’ll be spending time with several artists today. Sit back, bundle up, and enjoy these unique musicians.

 

Leading off today’s program is trumpeter Arve Henriksen (http://www.arvehenriksen.com). If you close your eyes and listen to the first song, at times you’ll be convinced he is playing a shakuhachi flute. Rest assured, it is a trumpet. Add his vocalizations to the mix and you can see why he is “a major representative of a golden generation of Norwegian Jazz musicians.”

 

Please welcome, Arve Henriksen:

 

 

Groundswell

 

 

 

Blue Silk – Live

 

 

 

With Per Jørgensen – Live at the Oslo Jazz Festival – “NYI”

 

 

 

 

Next, we have trumpeter Nils Petter Molvær (https://www.facebook.com/nils.petter.molvaer/). Molvær is a pioneer of a style of music called “future jazz”. He has made such a name for himself in Norway and abroad that he is simply referred to by his initials: NPM.

 

Up now, Nils Petter Molvær:

 

 

Frozen

 

 

 

Only These Things Count

 

 

 

“Solid Ether” – Live

 

 

 

Coming to the stage now is vocalist/songwriter Silje Nergaard (https://www.siljenergaard.com). Nergaard has been on the Jazz scene since the young age of 16. Her recordings have enjoyed international success. According to Wikipedia, her 2001 album At First Light went on to become the best-selling Norwegian Jazz album ever recorded.

 

Let’s welcome, Silje Nergaard:

 

 

Two Sleepy People

 

 

 

“We Should Be Happier Now” – Duet with Al Jarreau

 

 

 

“Tell Me Where You’re Going” (Rio version) – With Pat Metheny

 

 

 

 

Closing out our visit to Norway is saxophonist Jan Garbarek (http://www.garbarek.com). Playing professionally since 1966, Garbarek has covered a wide range of Jazz styles. His collaborations include musicians around the world such as Eberhard Weber, Ralph Towner, and Keith Jarrett, just to name a few. His horn can be heard on works as varied as orchestral recordings, Scandinavian folk melodies, full choir with only his saxophone, and Gregorian chants.

 

Welcome now, Jan Garbarek:

 

 

Once I Dreamt a Tree Upside Down

 

 

 

Rites

 

 

 

Conversation

 

 

 

 

NorwayThank you for joining us here in Norway. I hope you enjoyed the performances. We’ll meet at the Internet Train Station for our train ride. Next stop on our Jazz Around the World 2 tour: Sweden.

 

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

Jazz Around the World 2 – 18 April – Germany

Posted in Blog, Jazz, Jazz Around the World with tags , , , , , , on Thursday, 18 April 2019, by Stan

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Welcome to Germany. Germany has produced many, many great Jazz musicians. Our performances today will give us just a small sample of the magnificent Jazz coming from this country.

 

Leading off is trumpeter/flügelhornist, composer, producer, Till Brönner. Studying under such masters as Malte Burba and Bobby Shew, Brönner has gone on to become, according to his website, Germany’s leading Jazz trumpeter. In addition, his 2004 recording, That Summer, made him “the best-selling Jazz musician in Germany’s history.”  Brönner has worked with such diverse talent as Kurt Elling, Sérgio Mendes, Monty Alexander, Klaus Doldinger, Chaka Khan, Nils Landgren, Aki Takase, and Jeff Goldblum. And in what may he a first for an artist on the Jazz Around the World tour, Brönner is also an accomplished photographer.

 

Coming to the stage, let’s welcome, Till Brönner:

 

 

 

Live with 12 cellists from the Berlin Philharmonic – “’Round Midnight”

 

 

 

 

Live – “Estate”

 

 

 

 

And I Love Her

 

 

 

 

Live – “Just the Way You Are”

 

 

 

 

Live – “Bumpin’”

 

 

 

Live at the International Jazzfestival Viersen – “Give Him What He Wants”

 

 

 

 

 

Joining us now is a group we saw backing up several of our artists on the previous Jazz Around the World tour. The WDR Big Band is the Jazz orchestra of the WDR (Westdeutscher Rundfunk), the public service radio of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The band is a group of musical ambassadors aiming to “[promote] culture to audiences around the world by performing jazz and jazz-related music.” Instead of listing their numerous accomplishments and awards, let’s let the group do what they do best.

 

On stage now, the WDR Big Band:

 

 

Featuring Luciana Souza – “Choros #3”

 

 

 

 

Spring Again

 

 

 

 

God Loved the World

 

 

 

 

Noche Triste

 

 

 

 

Featuring Johan Hörlén and Andy Hunter – “Love Her”

 

 

 

Featuring The Brecker Brothers – Live at Leverkusener Jazztage – “Some Skunk Funk”

 

 

 

 

GermanyThank you for joining us here in Germany. I hope you enjoyed the concert. We’ll meet at the Port of the Internet for our North Sea cruise. Next stop on our Jazz Around the World 2 tour: Norway.

 

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

Jazz Around the World 2 – 17 April – Switzerland

Posted in Blog, Jazz, Jazz Around the World with tags , , , , , , , , on Wednesday, 17 April 2019, by Stan

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Welcome to Switzerland. We will be featuring four artists today. We will also be having two firsts on our Jazz Around the World tour. Let’s get into it.

 

 

Our concert today begins with the Pepe Lienhard. Lienhard started his first band at the age of 12 called The College Stompers Lenzburg. As a university student, he studied law but left without getting his law degree. He then started a group called the Pepe Lienhard Sextet. The sextet was quite successful, scoring several hits. However, 1980 saw Lienhard take a major risk and start another group, this time a big band. That proved to be an inspired decision. Lienhard and his band have since toured the world, accompanied the likes of Frank Sinatra, Donna Summer, Sammy Davis, Jr., and many, many others, and joined Quincy Jones at the Montreux Jazz Festival. According to his website, Lienhard also leads the Pepe Lienhard Orchestra, a dance and entertainment ensemble.

 

Taking the stage now, the Pepe Lienhard Big Band:

 

 

 

Live in Schaffhausen – “It’s Alright with Me”

 

 

 

 

With Al Jarreau – Live at the Montreau Jazz Festival – “Midnight Sun”

 

 

 

 

Live in Zurich – “Caravan”

 

 

 

 

With Jacob Collier – Live at the Montreau Jazz Festival – “I Wish”

 

 

 

 

Our next performer is Rusconi. Led by keyboardist/trumpeter Stefan Rusconi, the band plays a style they call “ueberjazz”. The trio’s friendship is a key component to the band’s sound. In their music, elements of Jazz, electronic music, pop, rock, and avant-garde can be heard.

 

Coming to the stage, Rusconi:

 

 

Live – “The Beginning”

 

 

 

 

With Fred Firth – Live at Moods, Zurich – (No title)

 

 

 

 

Live at the Jarasum International Jazz Festival, Gapyeong, Korea – “One Up Down Left Right”

 

 

 

 

Tempelhof

 

 

 

 

 

Joining us now is pianist Irène Schweizer. Ms. Schweizer developed an interest in music by listening to the dance bands in the restaurant her father owned. As a young teen, she began playing piano, and later, drums. Her influences led to her playing styles such as hard bop, free Jazz, stride; styles very few women played and the first woman on our tour to do so. Her own style can be heard in her numerous solo performances. She also performs in duo, trio, quartet, and ensemble settings. Active in the women’s movement during the late ‘70s and ‘80s, Schweizer became part of the European Women’s Improvising Group.

 

Please welcome to the stage, Irène Schweizer:

 

 

 

Xaba

 

 

 

 

With Louis Moholo – Live in Schlachthof – “Unlimited #29”

 

 

 

 

With the Jürg Wickihalder European Quartet – Live at Taktlos – Jump 4

 

 

 

 

 

Our final performer today is Michael Zisman. Zisman is a master of an instrument called a bandoneon. He began playing the instrument at the age of 8. At the age of 13, he headed to Argentina to continue his studies. There, he is steeped in the tango, performing in his father’s tango ensemble. He returned to Switzerland, earning a degree in composition and arrangement from the Swiss School of Jazz. Zisman has performed with the likes of Al Di Meola, Matthieu Michel, Billy Cobham, Dado Moroni, and Paquito D’Rivera, to name but a few. He has also performed with internationally renowned orchestras and in international festivals.

This will be the first time the bandoneon has been featured on our Jazz Around the World tour. As he comes to the stage, let’s give a warm welcome to, Michael Zisman:

 

 

With the Swiss Jazz Orchestra – “In a Sentimental Mood”

 

 

 

 

With the 676 Nuevo Tango Ensemble – “Piazzolleana III”

 

 

 

 

With the Paquito D’Rivera, Claudio Roditi, and the Swiss Jazz Orchestra – Live at the Bern Jazz Festival – (No title)

 

 

 

 

With the Swiss Jazz Orchestra – “Walking Tiptoe”

 

 

 

 

With the Trigger Concert Big Band – “Tres Minutos Con La Realidad”

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

Jazz Around the World 2 – 16 April – Hungary

Posted in Blog, Jazz, Jazz Around the World with tags , , , , , , , on Tuesday, 16 April 2019, by Stan

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Welcome to Hungary. Let’s get started right away as we have a lot of music in store.

 

Leading off will be guitarist Gábor Szabó. Szabó first became interested in the guitar at the age of 14 after seeing a Roy Rogers movie. His first guitar – a badly made guitar at that – was a gift from his father. Having had only one lesson, he largely taught himself how to play the instrument. He was 20 when he left Hungary and eventually settled in California. He studied at Berklee College of Music for a few semesters, which led to meetings with musicians such as Toshiko Akiyoshi and Bob James. Szabó has moved through many styles of music, including Jazz, pop, avant-garde, commercial, and rock. His unique style kept him at the forefront of Jazz in the 60’s and 70’s, performing with countless musicians along the way. You can hear Indian and Gypsy influences in much of his music.

 

Please welcome, Gábor Szabó:

 

 

Gypsy Queen

 

 

 

Thirteen

 

 

 

With Paul Desmond – “Skylark”

 

 

 

Django

 

 

 

Live – “Nightflight”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next up is drummer/composer/educator Ferenc Németh. Németh’s music education began at an early age; he was only 14 when he left home to study classical percussion. He continued his studies at some of the most prestigious music schools in his native Hungary and in the United States. While attending Berklee College of Music, he met Lionel Loueke and Massimo Biolcati (both of whom are featured on our tour) and formed a group called Gilfema. They continue to play and record together. Other musicians Németh has performed with include Joshua Redman, Dhafer Youssef, Dave Samuels, Eli Degibri, Ilayaraja, Eddie Daniels, Bud Shank, Jimmy Heath, Herbie Hancock, Christian McBride, and numerous others. He is the brainchild of an app called “Drum School”.

 

Coming to the stage now, Ferenc Németh:

 

 

Ferenc Németh Trio – The Checkout – Live at Berklee – “Footprints”

 

 

 

Triumph

 

 

 

Silent Stones

 

 

 

With the Ferenc Snétberger Trio – (unsure of title)

 

 

 

 

Ferenc Németh Quartet – Live at Müpa Budapest – (no title provided)

 

 

 

 

 

Our final performer tonight is the Budapest Jazz Orchestra. As the host of this tour, it is hard to admit that it was difficult to find any background information on the BJO. So we will let them introduce themselves to you through their music.

 

Taking the stage now, please give a warm welcome to the Budapest Jazz Orchestra:

 

 

 

Sound check – “Theme from The Naked Gun”

 

 

 

With László Attila, featuring Horváth Charlie – “Egy Szippantás a Jóból”

 

 

 

With Mark Blake – “Misty”

 

 

 

With James Morrison and Harry Allen – Live at the Louis Armstrong Jazz Festival – “Zog’s Jog”

 

 

 

 

With Peter Erskine and László Attila  – Live in Cegléd, Hungary – “Worth the Wait”

 

 

 

 

Featuring Kati Wolf – Homage to the Music of Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody”

 

 

 

HungaryThank you for joining us here in Hungary. 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: Switzerland.

 

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

Jazz Around the World 2 – 15 April – Ukraine

Posted in Blog, Jazz, Jazz Around the World with tags , , , , , , on Monday, 15 April 2019, by Stan

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Welcome to Ukraine. Today we have a pair of pianists performing for you.

 

Starting us off is pianist and composer Mikhail Alperin. Alperin began his musical career studying classical piano. He earned a living playing party and dance music, which often involved traditional music from the past. After he began playing Jazz in Moscow, he found that those traditional elements could be integrated into Jazz. He later became a member of the Moscow Art Trio. Attempts have been made to classify Alperin’s music as folk, classical, Jazz, or something else. The answer to those attempts would be, “yes.”

 

Let’s hear from Mikhail Alperin:

 

 

 

Introduction and Dance in 7/4

 

 

 

 

With the Moscow Art Trio – “Ironical Evening”

 

 

 

 

Our next artist will take us back a bit. Pianist Art Hodes was born in Ukraine, but his family moved to Chicago, Illinois when he was still an infant. Hodes began playing in the clubs in Chicago. As with many musicians, he eventually made the move to New York City. It was there his career gained traction. While there, he performed with Sidney Bechet. In the 1940s he formed his own band and moved back to Chicago. Some of the greats he has played with include Louis Armstrong, Mezz Mezzrow, Wild Bill Davidson, and Gene Krupa. Hodes was posthumously inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1998.

 

For your listening pleasure, Art Hoges:

 

 

St. Louis Blues

 

 

 

Someday Sweetheart

 

 

 

 

From the Just Jazz Series – “Washboard Blues”

 

 

 

 

With the Legends of American Dixieland – Live at The Playhouse, Harlow, Essex, England – “After You’ve Gone”

 

 

 

 

With Wild Bill Davidson – From the Just Jazz Series – “Keeping Out of Mischief”

 

 

 

 

UkraineThank you for joining us here in Ukraine. 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: Hungary.

 

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