Jazz Around the World 2 – 14 April – Israel

Posted in Blog, Jazz, Jazz Around the World with tags , , , , , , , on Sunday, 14 April 2019, by Stan

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Welcome to Israel. We will have a full day today so let’s get right into it.

 

Kicking things off is pianist/composer/vocalist Tomer Bar. Bar began playing drums at the age of three. From there, he added piano at age eight. At age 13, he released his first album titled “Memories”. His successive releases have shown a progression from straight-ahead to fusion to jazz pop and several other styles along the way. You’ll frequently find him on Israel’s festival circuits.

 

Please welcome to the stage, Tomer Bar:

 

 

Bm

 

 

 

 

Passion for Truth Part I

 

 

 

 

 

Memories

 

 

 

 

(Title is in Hebrew)

 

This Body

 

 

 

 

Our next artist is another musician boasting a very impressive résumé. We’re talking about saxophonist/composer/bandleader Eli Degibri. Degibri started his musical career playing mandolin. It was after attending a Jazz concert that he fell in love with the saxophone and made the switch to the instrument. He earned scholarships to the prestigious Berklee College of Music and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. That led to a three-year stint with Herbie Hancock, prompting Hancock to comment that Degibri “…has the potential to be a formidable force in the evolution of Jazz,” according to Degibri’s website.

 

It is an honor to welcome to the stage, Eli Degibri:

 

 

Mambo

 

 

 

 

Twelve

 

 

 

 

Live at the Tokyo Jazz Festival – “The Troll”

 

 

 

 

The Spider

 

 

 

 

Dear Hank

 

 

 

 

 

We are very fortune to have our next artist, clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen, join the tour. Cohen, a product of Berklee College of Music, has won a seemingly endless number of awards for her ability on the clarinet and on the saxophone, including Clarinetist of the Year 11 years running. She can play in and feel comfortable in a variety of musical styles, leading to her worldwide recognition and performances. On the Biography page of Cohen’s website, it mentions that one of her heroes and frequent collaborator, Paquito D’Rivera, introduced her at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola as “one of the greatest players ever of the clarinet.”

 

It is a distinct honor to present to you, Ms Anat Cohen:

 

 

Jitterbug Waltz

 

 

 

 

As a guest with Daniel Freeman – “All Brothers”

 

 

 

 

With special guest Paquito D’Rivera – Live at Sixth and I Synagogue – “And the World Weeps”

 

 

 

 

With Trio Brasileiro – “Choro Pesado”

 

 

 

 

With The 3 Cohens – “Freedom”

 

 

 

 

At Jazz at Lincoln Center – “China Boy”

 

 

 

Anat Cohen Tentet – “Happy Song”

 

 

 

 

IsraelThank you for joining us here in Israel. I hope you enjoyed the concert. We’ll meet at the Internet Airport for our flight into Europe. Next stop on our Jazz Around the World 2 tour: Ukraine.

 

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 – 13 April – Lebanon

Posted in Blog, Jazz, Jazz Around the World with tags , , , , , , on Saturday, 13 April 2019, by Stan

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Welcome to the Lebanon. Our first guest is pianist/composer Ziad Rahbani. Rahbani composed his first music at the age of 17. Not only is Rahbani an accomplished musician, but he is also a playwright and actor. His musicals and commentary made him an extremely influential artist during the time of his country’s civil war. Rahbani’s orchestrations make good use of traditional influences and instruments.

Coming to the stage now, Ziad Rahbani:

 

موسيقى سهار بعد سهار

 

 

 

“Ouverture 1983”

 

 
Live in Abu Dhabi – (Unsure of title)

 

 

Live in Abu Dhabi – “Relatively Calm”

 

Closing out our show tonight will be trumpeter, composer, arranger, and producer, Ibrahim Maalouf. Maalouf began his career with a foundation in classical music. His improvisational skills enabled him to fluidly move through Jazz, pop, and other styles. His recordings and lush orchestral arrangements reflect his ability to incorporate all of these styles, framed by Arabic influences. He plays a microtonal or “quarter tone trumpet”, invented by his trumpeter father, which allows Maalouf to recreate melodic modes used in Arabic music. Through his career Maalouf has garnered numerous awards and has been knighted twice by the French government.

Please welcome, Ibrahim Maalouf:

 

 

Featuring Wynton Marsalis – Live at Jazz in Marciac 2018 – (No Title)

 

 
Live in Paris – “Ya Ha La”

 

 

Live at the Django Reinhardt Festival – “Beirut”


 

 
Live on L’Heure du Jazz – Overture

 

 

 

With the hr Big Band – Live at the Frankfurt Jazz Festival – “Maeva in Wonderland”

 
LebanonThank you for joining us here in Lebanon. I hope you enjoyed the concert. We’ll meet at the Internet Station for a short drive south. Next stop on our Jazz Around the World 2 tour: Israel.

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

Jazz Around the World 2 – 12 April – Turkey

Posted in Blog, Jazz, Jazz Around the World with tags , , , , , , , on Friday, 12 April 2019, by Stan

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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”

 

 

 

 

Su

 

 

 

 

Icimde Ask Var

 

 

 

Monolog

 

 

 

 

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.

Jazz Around the World 2 – 11 April – Armenia

Posted in Blog, Jazz, Jazz Around the World with tags , , , , , on Thursday, 11 April 2019, by Stan

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Welcome to the island of Armenia. Today finds us in the company of pianist/keyboardist Tigran Hamasyan. Music was ever present in the Hamasyan household. Young Tigran began absorbing everything. As early as age of three, he began plunking out songs on the family’s piano. At six, his classical training began, then Jazz. As a teenager he realized that his native country held a long and rich culture, which he continues to explore. By the time Hamasyan reached 16, he had already performed at the first international Jazz festival in Yerevan, Armenia, and won several prestigious international piano competitions. His parents moved the family to California to provide better educational and artistic prospects for their children, which resulted in even more work with A-List Jazz musicians.

A veteran of 10 albums, Hamasyan’s recordings include forays into time signatures other than 4/4. His childhood heavy metal aspirations occasionally find their way into some of his songs. Somehow he makes it work. And he has not strayed from his roots; he fuses Armenian folk music into his compositions and improvisations. His energetic, passionate, expressive performances show the love of his craft.

 

It is a pleasure to welcome, Tigran Hamasyan:

 

 

Live @ Jazz Sous Les Pommiers – “The Grid”

 

 

 

With the Berklee Middle Eastern Fusion Ensemble – Live at the 9th Annual Middle Eastern Festival – “Love Song”

 

 

 

At KUTX Studio – “What the Waves Brought”

 

 

 

Tigran Hamasyan – “Leaving Paris”

 

 

 

Tigran Hamasyan Quintet – Live at 2014 Montreux Jazz Festival – “Vardavar”

 

 

 

With the Berklee Middle Eastern Fusion Ensemble – “Drip”

 

 

 

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

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

Jazz Around the World 2 – 10 April – Pakistan

Posted in Blog, Jazz, Jazz Around the World with tags , , , , , , on Wednesday, 10 April 2019, by Stan

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Welcome to Pakistan. Nearly a half a century ago, Pakistan had a burgeoning film industry, which came to be referred to as Lollywood. Musicians found plenty of work in film and in theaters. They passed their craft down to their progeny. That all changed after the coup of 1977. Due to several factors, including strict religious controls, the theaters closed down and Lollywood’s lights went out. Jazz, and music in general nearly died out.

Enter entrepreneur and American Jazz lover Izzat Majeed. Majeed was born in Lahore, Pakistan. He moved to the U.K. and made millions in finance. Concerned, he decided to do something about the vanishing art of music in his native country. So he built a new studio complex in Lahore called the Sachal Studios. It was here in 2011 that the Sachal Jazz Ensemble recorded their interpretation of the Dave Brubeck classic, “Take Five”. The video was posted on YouTube and promptly went viral. Brubeck heard the song before he passed and commented that it was “the most interesting and different recording of ‘Take Five’ that I’ve ever heard.” Not long after that, the Sachal Jazz Ensemble wound up performing at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

The music is coming back to Pakistan. The group we are about to hear is one good example of its resurgence.

It is an honor to introduce to you, the Sachal Jazz Ensemble:
Take Five


Theme from the Pink Panther


Everybody Hurts (Ya Rab)


Live at Jazz at Lincoln Center – “Blues Walk”

 

With the Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra – “Limbo Jazz”

 

PakistanThank you for joining us here in Pakistan. 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: Armenia.

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

Jazz Around the World 2 – 9 April – Sri Lanka

Posted in Blog, Jazz, Jazz Around the World with tags , , , , , on Tuesday, 9 April 2019, by Stan

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Welcome to the island of Sri Lanka. We are very lucky to be able to catch up with one of the music industry’s most sought-after bassists, Hussain Jiffry. Jiffry actually began singing at the age of 10 in school choirs, then took up the accordion a couple of years later. He also learned to play keyboards and guitar. But it wasn’t until he heard the instrument played at a wedding that he became intrigued with the bass. He gigged around Sri Lanka until an opportunity to travel to Europe came up.

Jiffry eventually made it to the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, where he received the Vocational Honors Diploma, the school’s highest award. Word quickly got out about Jiffry, which has led to long-time associations with Sérgio Mendes, and Herb Alpert. The list of people with whom he’s worked is extensive and includes Chaka Khan, Justo Almario, David Foster, Yanni, Whitney Houston, Tom Scott, Tito Puente, Russell Ferrante, Joe Williams, and many, many more. Jiffry holds the distinction of being the first Sri Lankan ever to win a GRAMMY®, awarded for his work on the Herb Alpert/Lani Hall tune “Steppin’ Out”.

Please welcome to the stage, Mr. Hussain Jiffry:

 
With the 25th Street Band – “Jazzira”

 
With Herb Alpert and Lani Hall – Live at Joe’s Pub – “Pararaio”

 
With the Kirk Covington Tiro – Live at La Ve’ Lee – (No title provided)

 
With Yanni – Live at Mandalay Bay Hotel – “Keys to Imagination”

 
With the Rique Pantoja Quintet – East L.A. College Jazz Series – “Coisa a Tôa”

 
Sri LankaThank you for joining us here in Sri Lanka. I hope you enjoyed the concert. We’ll meet at the Internet Airport for our next flight. Next stop on our Jazz Around the World 2 tour: Pakistan.

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

Jazz Around the World 2 – 8 April – Vietnam

Posted in Blog, Jazz, Jazz Around the World with tags , , , , , , on Monday, 8 April 2019, by Stan

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Welcome to Vietnam. Our itinerary today finds us visiting with a pair of saxophonists. We are fortunate in that these are the two most well known sax players in the country.

First up is Quyen Van Minh. Born into a musical family – his mother a singer, his father a guitarist and saxophonist – Minh taught himself to play clarinet and saxophone as a teenager. It was the result of hearing Jazz on the radio during the Vietnam War that prompted him to learn to play Jazz. He built a name for himself playing in military and state art ensembles. Minh is now regarded as the country’s first Jazz star. In 1997 he opened a Jazz club in Hanoi called Minh’s Jazz Club, which he ran for several years.

Coming to the stage now, Quyen Van Minh:

 

Xin Con Goi Ten Nhau

 

Niem Khuc Cuoi

 

Georgia on My Mind

 

Ha Trang

 

Chu Teu (Little Teu)

 

Our second saxman is Tran Manh Tuan. Tuan’s musical beginnings started right at home; he also comes from a musical family in which his mother, father, and sister are all performers. He went on to graduate from the Berklee College of Music. A few of the musicians Tuan has performed with include the Mezcal Jazz Unit, Herbie Hancock, Charlie Bisharat, Dave and Don Grusin, Wayne Shorter, Hans Dulfer, and Rob Mullins. Wearing an entrepreneurial hat, Tuan opened the Sax N’ Art Jazz Club in Ho Chi Minh City.

Please welcome Mr. Tran Manh Tuan to the stage:

 

With Andre Hwang – Live at the Trinh Cong Son Concert – “Diem Xua”

 

Thanh Pho Buon

 

Beo Dat May Troi

 

Anh Con No Em

 

With Unit Asia featuring Koh aka Mr. Saxman – (No title provided)


VietnamThank you for joining us here in Vietnam. 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: Sri Lanka.

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