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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.