Jazz Around the World 2 – 24 April – Mali

Posted in Blog, Jazz, Jazz Around the World with tags , , , , , , , , on Wednesday, 24 April 2019, by Stan

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Welcome to Mali. In the world of Jazz, Mali has produced many musicians that have gone on to tour the world. Today we’ll visit with a couple of these groups that will take us back to the earlier days of Jazz in Mali.

 

Starting us off will be The Rail Band. Known at times as Super Rail Band, Super Rail Band of the Buffet Hotel de la Gare, Bamako, and Bamake Rail Band, the group was formed during the period when Malian government-sponsored cultural events and groups where created during the 1960’s. The group started out playing Cuban-style Latin Jazz, which was popular two decades earlier, and remains popular to this day. Interesting to note that the Cuban Latin Jazz style the Rail Band played came from The Congo. To this, the band added their own style using electric instruments, horns, and a drum kit.

 

On stage now, The Rail Band:

 

 

Kaïra

 

 

 

Mali Yo

 

 

 

Mansa

 

 

 

With Djelimady Toukara – “Marigoundo”

 

 

 

 

Up next is the group Super Biton de Ségou. The group’s beginnings date back to the 1970’s. In one form or another, through hard times and through various members, the orchestra soldiers on still today. They have a 200-song repertoire, and at the height of their popularity, earned the title of Mali’s first ‘national’ orchestra. From the town of Ségou, let’s welcome, Super Biton de Ségou:

 

 

Dongari

 

 

 

Tere

 

 

 

Chie

 

 

 

Recoma

 

 

 

Niénema Miné

 

 

 

 

MaliThank you for joining us here in Mali. 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: Senegal.

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

Jazz Around the World 2 – 23 April – Benin

Posted in Blog, Jazz, Jazz Around the World with tags , , , , , , on Tuesday, 23 April 2019, by Stan

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Welcome to Benin. Located in the heart of West Africa where many internationally acclaimed musicians hail from, the country of Benin has certainly contributed to this list. We’ll be hanging out with two of them today. If we’re lucky, we may be able to get them to share the stage later.

 

Leading off our concert is guitarist and vocalist Lionel Loueke. Loueke started out playing percussion at the age of 9. In his teens he switched over to guitar. His dedication to the instrument is apparent when you hear the story of how long it took to save for his first guitar, and how he had to use bicycle brake cables when the original guitar strings broke. He studied Jazz in Paris, won a scholarship to Berklee College in Boston, and was selected by a panel of judges that included Herbie Hancock, Terrence Blanchard, and Wayne Shorter, to attend the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz at UCLA. Loueke went on to perform with each of the panelists that selected him, and a worldwide roster of A-list musicians.

 

Please welcome Mister Lionel Loueke:

 

 

 

Tribal Dance

 

 

 

 

Blue Note at 75 celebration at The Kennedy Center – “Nonvignon”

 

 

 

 

Solo break during performance with the Herbie Hancock Band

 

 

 

 

With his group Gilfema – “Tin Man”

 

 

 

 

Live at Festival de Jazz de Vitoria-Gasteiz – With Chris Potter, Dave Holland, and Eric Harland – (No title)

 

 

 

 

 

To close out our stay in Benin is singer/songwriter Angélique Kpasseloko Hinto Hounsinou Kandjo Manta Zogbin Kidjo, a lady who really needs no introduction. Her accomplishments speak for themselves. She truly represents the global appeal of Jazz, and the spirit of this Jazz Around the World tour.

 

It is a true honor to welcome to the stage, Ms. Angélique Kidjo:

 

 

Kelele

 

 

 

 

Idjé Idjé

 

 

 

 

Summertime

 

 

 

 

With Roy Hargrove – “Samba Pa Ti”

 

 

 

 

Macumba Salsa

 

 

 

 

 

For her final number, Ms Kidjo will be joined by countryman Lionel Loueke, plus Christian McBride, George Duke, and Vinnie Colaiuta.

 

 

Live at International Jazz Day Inaugural Sunset Concert at the United Nations – “Afrika”

 

 

 

 

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

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

Jazz Around the World 2 – 22 April – Uganda

Posted in Blog, Jazz, Jazz Around the World with tags , , , , , , on Monday, 22 April 2019, by Stan

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Welcome to the Uganda. Jazz was not always a popular style of music in Uganda. Fortunately, that has changed. And, fortunately, we’ll be treated to a performance by one of the musicians who is widely credited with making Jazz more widely accepted in the country.

 

Starting off our evening is guitarist Myko Ouma. Ouma has made quite a name for himself in and around Kampala. He studied Western music in college and has merged what he has learned with traditional Ugandan music and instrumentation. As a result, you’ll find him playing several different styles on many different instruments.

 

Let’s bring to the stage, Myko Ouma:

 

 

 

Live at Kampala Serena Hotel – “Aluru”

 

 

 

 

Live at Kigali Jazz Junction – With Herbert Rock on saxophone – No Title

 

 

 

 

Live at Kigali Jazz Junction – “Aye”

 

 

 

 

 

And now, coming to the stage is the man credited with making Jazz a more prominent art form in Uganda’s music scene, saxophonist Isaiah Katumwa. Katumwa is a self-taught player. The story goes he was given a saxophone as a teen, an instrument that he had never even seen before. Add to that the fact that there was no school for music or even a music store anywhere near his home. But he did not let those barriers stop him.

 

Over his two-decade-long career, he has performed with such world-renown artists as Jonathan Butler, Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Manu Dibango, Erika Badu, in addition to other musicians across Africa, Europe, and the throughout the world. Katumwa continues to spread the word of Jazz across Uganda and abroad through his radio and television shows.

 

Without further ado, please welcome, Isaiah Katumwa:

 

 

 

Live featuring Hugh Masekela – “Sunrise”

 

 

 

Obasinga

 

 

 

 

Ametenda Maajabu

 

 

 

Live featuring James Gogo – “Kilele”

 

 

 

Live – “Pamoja”

 

 

 

 

UgandaThank you for joining us here in Uganda. I hope you enjoyed the concert. Rest up. We have a long flight ahead. Next stop on our Jazz Around the World 2 tour: Benin.

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

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.

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.