Technically perhaps the most progressive living saxophonist and, without exaggeration, a cult figure among jazz saxophonists.
This won’t be Chris Potter’s first appearance in Brno. He made his local debut with Pat Metheny’s Unity Band, the concert which took place in 2012. Potter helped make that performance spectacular with his dynamic playing. In 2017, he performed again in Brno with his own quartet. In addition to working for other bandleaders, he has long since emerged as a respected composer and leader himself, and as it is widely believed one of the leading jazz musicians of his generation.
Potter was born in the early 1970s and was shaped primarily by the music of 1980s and 1990s, the age of the resurrection of straight-ahead jazz. His prodigious beginnings in Red Rodney’s band are known to many jazz fans, but what made him famous were his apprenticeship years in 1990s. When he totally mastered his skills in the 2000s, he began composing much more complicated structures, largely under the influence of his other employers, Dave Douglas and Dave Holland. It is more than certain that Holland influenced Potter’s composing nature so much that we can still hear it in Potter’s work today. Indeed, he confirmed it years ago in an interview with Harmony magazine: “I’ve actually been interested in the odd metres for quite a long time, but the fact that I could be in Dave’s band certainly provoked my more intense thinking about them, because I was, broadly speaking, in permanent contact with them.”
Chris Potter is one of the busiest jazz musicians of the day. Although he performed in Brno a few times, the audience can look forward to some new surprises with his current trio.
Chris Potter – saxophone, Craig Taborn – piano, keyboards Nasheet Waits – drums
Husa na provázku Theatre
A singer for whom singing is as simple as breathing. An artist overflowing with imagination and creativity. A woman who, at a time when everything was available on the internet, was still able to create a sensation with her videos. Camille Bertault, however, is by no means a temporary online phenomenon. After all, see for yourself.
Her father is an amateur jazz pianist with whom she often sang. She began playing piano at age 8 and later gained experience at the music conservatory. She listened to singers such as Jeff Buckley, Björk or Serge Gainsbourg as well as Brazilian vocalists. At the age of twenty, she changed direction. She switched to drama and writing and playing sketches for children. “I started singing in cabaret, where I was something between a storyteller and an actor. But it was jazz that had me under its spell,” she recalls. She headed for the Paris Conservatory, which provided her with a solid grounding in harmony, composition and jazz singing.
The next phase of her musical career developed naturally. She recorded herself singing part of Coltrane’s standard Giant Steps. She put the video on YouTube which soon amassed hundreds of thousands of viewings. She then wrote and performed French lyrics to numerous other jazz standards and newer songs. She definitely has no intention of creating music in which the voice serves only as an instrument. She loves lyrics that catch your attention. Camille Bertault’s latest album, Pas de géant, testifies to her appetite for vocal cascades, silky sensitivity, leaning towards acrobatics and overt exuberance. John Coltrane wasn´t able to be around for her arrival, but he´s certainly looking down, smiling.
Camille Bertault – vocals Fady Farah – piano Minino Garay – drums Christophe Minck – double bass, bass guitar
MATHIAS EICK QUINTET
DANIEL BRANDT & ETERNAL SOMETHING
1. 11. 2021
Husa na provázku Theatre
Trumpeter Mathias Eick is a rather untypical representative of Nordic jazz. He stands out from the local scene mainly due to his atmospheric melodies, in which he tends to avoid melancholy. Ravensburg, his latest album, crowns his journey from alented youth to mature artist with unique musical expression.
On his most recent album, as is sually the case, the Norwegian musician draws inspiration from his own life. Where his earlier albums evoked a lifestyle full of travel, discovery and search for new goals, Ravensburg’s leitmotif is now the family: „My inspiration was my family, my beloved wife, my little children who never cease to amaze me, and all the emotional situations that we experience on stage with my other family – the band,” explains ick. The trumpeter, composer and bandleader also played a new role on the new album by adding vocals to is portfolio. His singing is all the more emotional for being wordless. “I‘ve been singing to my children for seven years. And I thought it might be nice to try adding the human voice. Although I have always argued that my voice is my trumpet, singing, especially in conjunction with the violin played in our band by Håkon Aase, works perfectly. Håkon’s playing is a perfect fit for my voice,” said Eick in an interview with UNI magazine, and his words are confirmed by numerous positive reviews on his fourth album with the prestigious ECM label. Though Eick’s work has been changing under the influence of his life experiences, one thing has not changed ever since he started; Mathias Eick is a musician who confirms with each new composition that jazz, as a genre, is open to the full range of life’s influences.
Daniel Brandt, co-founder of Germany’s electroacoustic ensemble Brandt Brauer Frick, joins the Erased Tapes family with his solo debut album Eternal Something – released worldwide on March 24th 2017.
What started off as a more simplistic idea soon evolved into something a lot more complex as the London and Berlin based music producer travelled across the world, experimenting with various other artists and different instruments. From his father’s cabin based in the German countryside with access to nothing but cymbals, to being surrounded by guitars in Joshua Tree, his unexpected journey soon progressed into what became his first solo album. Daniel played nearly all instruments himself with the only exception being fellow musicians Florian Juncker on trombone, Manu Delago on hang drum and Andreas Voss on cello. Using his Berlin studio as his main base for recording, Brandt created an album that encapsulates the idea that despite setting out with a particular creative vision, external influences and environments will always shift the process, and create an Eternal Something.
“The initial idea was to make a cymbal album. I wanted to surround myself with all types of cymbals. I locked myself into my father’s cabin in the woods for three days. That was the moment I realised it was not possible for me to make an album just with cymbals because other ideas and instruments imposed themselves on me. I had a clear sense of what I wanted to do now. The intention was to let the songs evolve by themselves and not edit too much, keep it raw and have an explosion-like energy to them.”
Daniel Brandt – drums/synthesizers, Pascal Bideau – guitar/bass, Florian Juncker – trombone
GUSTAV BROM RADIO BIG BAND FEAT. DAN BÁRTA: GUSTAV BROM 100 YEARS
The American magazine Down Beat ranked it among the top ten big bands in the world. Its concerts hosted the biggest stars of both jazz and pop. This year, Gustav Brom Radio Big Band celebrates 100th birthdayof its founder and has invited Dan Bárta to sing at the anniversary.
Vladimír Valovič – conductor, Dan Bárta – vocals Gustav Brom Radio Big Band
KAREL RŮŽIČKA QUARTET
7. 30 pm
Cabaret des Péchés
Saxophonist Karel Růžička has lived in New York for over 20 years. He has not renounced his homeland, though, and regularly returns to the Czech Republic. His concerts excel at first impression with untamed energy, but Růžička always holds the reins of the evening firmly in his hands.
JOEY ALEXANDER TRIO
7. 30 pm
Cabaret des Péchés
Name a brilliant musical talent with only nine letters… The answer is: Alexander. Pianist Joey Alexander is historically the youngest Grammy-nominated musician in the jazz category, and in part due to his teenage years, he has enjoyed media attention – appearing on 60 Minutes and on the main page of the New York Times. But he doesn’t represent a marketing gimmick – since it is his music that makes extraordianary.
Joey Alexander – piano John Davis – drums Kris Funn – double bass
DAVE WECKL / TOM KENNEDY PROJECT
7. 30 pm
Dave Weckl belongs in the Modern Drummer magazine Hall of Fame, which has also ranked him among the top 25 drummers of all time. Guitarist Tom Kennedy has maintained his aura as a progressive jazz creator since the mid-1980s. Both of their careers have been intertwined for decades, and their onstage interplay is so very finely tuned.
Tom Kennedy – bass guitar Bob Franceschini – saxophone Stu Mindeman – keyboards Dave Weckl – drums
BERNHARD WIESINGER QUARTET feat. DAVID KIKOSKI / LUKÁŠ ORAVEC ORCHESTRA
7. 30 pm
Cabaret des Péchés
he Austrian jazz saxophonist Bernhard Wiesinger casually combines the originality of his own jazz language and timeless sound into a homogeneous blend of tradition and modernity. His new band will be adorned by the phenomenal piano player David Kikoski.
Bernhard Wiesinger – saxofon, Dave Kikoski – piano, Milan Nikolic – bass, Christian Salfellner – drums
The Slovak trumpeter Lukáš Oravec is a frequent guest of the JazzFestBrno festival. This time he‘ll be premiering with his new international Big Band.
Lukáš Oravec, Adam Gráf, Miroslav Nováček – trumpet, flugelhorn Pavel Klimashevsky – conductor Marek Kotača – alto, soprano saxophone Andy Middleton, Radek Zapadlo – tenor saxophone Pavel Zlámal – baritone saxophone, bass clarinet Petr Hnětkovský, Richard Šanda – trombone Michal Motýľ – trombone, bass trombone Ľudovít Kotlár – piano Tomáš Baroš – double bass Marián Ševčík – drums
Nubya Garcia, a saxophonist and composer, is a distinctive new face of jazz. Her original sound and compelling work earned her a number of awards already at the beginning of her career. The young London woman excels in her ability to reach a wider audience without any musical calculations.
Nubya Garcia has increased the number of distinctive female jazz saxophonists, who include outstanding players such as Melissa Aldana, Tia Fuller, Grace Kelly, and Lakecia Benjamin. “The backbone of what I listen to is dance music and the sound system culture. The point is that people forget that jazz has always been dance music,” she says in an interview with The Red Bulletin. Her debut EP, Nubya’s 5ive, was released in 2017 and was honoured as “outstanding” by The Vinyl Factory. The title track of the following album When We Are (2018) was even labelled one of the “best songs of 2018” by public service broadcaster NPR. In the same year, Garcia also performed in most of the songs on a compilation project We Out Here, which presents and elevates the contemporary progressive and exciting London jazz scene. In 2018, she won an award from Jazz FM and Sky Arts for “Breakthrough of the Year”. Last year she received the “Jazz Band of the Year” award from FM UK. “We begin to blend in every possible way the different kinds of music that we listen to and love. Our power is in the distinctive sound, the type of places where we play, and even in the mix of listeners we get at our concerts. It’s a natural evolution and I like it,” says Garcia.
Line-up – TBD
NIKOL BÓKOVÁ TRIO
LIBOR ŠMOLDAS NYC TRIO
7. 30 pm
Cabaret des Péchés
Nikol Bóková is primarily through her training and in her focus a classically trained pianist, but by her own admission, she has become addicted to the sound of the classical jazz trio. The Czech jazz discography has been enriched, thanks to Nikola’s fascination and thanks to Animal Music, with the CD Inner Place. It has deservedly achieved high acclaim.
“My lectures take place when I go for a pint with jazzmen and listen to their conversation about music, and then I join in the debates,” she recently confessed in an interview for the Czech Radio jazz programme. The interviewer Milan Tesař added briskly: “What is interesting about Nikola’s album is the fact that she approaches her own “jazz” work from a different angle than is common with trained jazz musicians.”
Nikol Bóková regularly collaborates with leading Czech orchestral ensembles; as a nine-year-old, she first performed as a soloist with the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra in Ostrava, with which she still collaborates. Her first self-penned album draws on jazz, classical music and minimalism, and partly also on popular music. Her compositions are simple miniatures, formally precisely polished, with clear traces of the harmonic and melodic refinement of classical piano literature, as well as a way of playing defined by classical interpretation. Perfect technique and control of dynamics are unique in the world of jazz piano. She has invited talented players of the young jazz generation: the double bass player Martin Kocián and the drummer Michał Wierzgoń, who bring a new dimension to her compositions with their experience and jazz background.
Nikol Bóková – piano, Martin Kocián – double bass, Michał Wierzgoń – drums, special guest: David Dorůžka – guitar
The touchstone of every jazz guitarist is playing in a trio with a double bass and drums. It is in this format that Libor Šmoldas, a perennial star of the Czech jazz scene, will perform at this year’s JazzFestBrno. The companions he has invited to his New York trio belong to the absolute summit of world jazz.
Libor Šmoldas – guitar Adam Nussbaum– drums Jay Anderson – double bass
St. Jacob Church
Singer Gregory Porter can fill jazz clubs and the world’s biggest concert halls with his soft baritone voice. He arrives in Brno during the advent period to return to his roots – back to his days as an unknown young singer in American sanctuaries. His future concert at St. Jacob promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. And of course, Gregory’s court Hammond player, Ondřej Pivec, can’t be miss this.
Gregory Porter offers exactly what you would expect from a jazz singer, composer, actor and poet, on top of that you can also look forward to something more distinctive and hard-to-define, something extra. Porter’s image is defined by a mysterious cap that he never takes off, the mystery is almost perfect. It doesn’t matter where Porter performs. Whether it’s a jazz club in New York, a Brooklyn church, or an extraordinary concert hall in some European metropolis. It will cause quite a stir everywhere with its graduated mix of author compositions and carefully chosen standards from jazz, soul, gospel and R&B.
Porter grew up in Bakersfield, Calif., he was studying architecture and theatrical and musical acting, to which he devoted himself, in addition to singing in churches and jazz clubs, until 2010, when he debuted with the hugely successful album Water, he was 40 years old then. That was the moment when someone asked him for the first time: “Where the hell have you been?”, a question he is being asked regularly from time to time until today.
Porter knows literature very well, that’s why he can accurately target social moods in lyrics, go deep back to childhood memories, revisit the unhappy history of African-Americans, or gleefully toy with the idea of jamming together with legendary jazz musicians and bluesmen from whom he borrows tracks that he sings. His performances are full of love themes and love songs, which are mostly devoted to his wife. Such songs represent the most intense moments of his concerts.
For many years, Czech Hammond player Ondřej Pivec has had an irreplaceable place in Gregory’s band. In 2010, he featured for the first time in a solo project at the JazzFestBrno Festival, 11 years later he arrives on his native land as an equal teammate of one of the biggest global jazz stars – the man that Dee Dee Bridgewater described as a born storyteller. What stories will the second Advent Saturday bring to St. Jacob? That can’t be sure for now, but it’s going to be worth it, we know that pretty much.
Gregory Porter – vocals, Tivon Pennicott – tenor saxophone, Chip Crawford – piano, Jahmal Nichols – double bass, Emanuel Harrold – drums, Ondřej Pivec – Hammond organ
What is the recipe for popularity with listeners? An angelic voice, charismatic presentation, earthy and soulful songs, and a great backing band. Lizz Wright offers all this in anexceptionally balanced combination, spiced up with the tradition of African-American spirituals and blues.
Born in Georgia, USA, she grew up in the family of a pastor who introduced her to gospel music. She made a spirited entrance to the jazz scene at the beginning of the millennium, when she recorded her still admired debut Salt. Since then, five other highly regarded albums have been released. With an increasing number of her own compositions, the artistic truth of Lizz Wright is increasingly revealing itself and her unique ability to blend original colours from the musical palette whilst leaving space for gospel, folk, jazz, pop and blues is increasing. Her project with the Brno Philharmonic and the Baroš-Dorůžka-Šoltis rhythm section provides an extraordinary opportunity to hear, for the first time in the Czech Republic, the resonant voice of Lizz Wright against the background of orchestral colours.
Lizz Wright – vocals Kenny Banks – piano Adam Levy – guitar Ben Zwerin – bass guitar Michael Jerome Moore – drums
Inspired by classical and electronic music, hymnal tunes and telepathic interplay. The GoGo Penguin trio is one of the most interesting bands on the contemporary British scene, and it is no surprise that the trio earned the name “Radiohead of British Jazz”.
With their melodic lines and sophisticated harmonies, GoGo Penguin resemble a typical piano trio based on jazz and classical music, but their rhythms approximate electronic music. This combination of opposites is the reason why some critics labelled the band as post-jazz and although this issue has been widely debated, the same critics also agree that GoGo Penguin’s acoustic-electronic sound is exciting and creates impressive and emotionally charged music. It is inspired by a heady combination of influences from artists like Brian Eno, John Cage or Squarepusher, but also pulls from the atmosphere of the rain-drenched streets of Manchester. It features elements of rock and minimalism, as well as trip hop and dance music.
GoGo Penguin do not get overly concerned with traditions, so while it is usual to name a debut album eponymously, a record called “GoGo Penguin” is out as their fifth one. It is this album, full of musical adventures and released by the prestigious label Blue Note, that GoGo Penguin will present at the JazzFestBrno festival.
Chris Illingworth – piano, Nick Blacka – double bass, Rob Turner – drums
Multi-instrumentalist and singer Jacob Collier, once a prodigious teenager, now a respected versatile artist, who is probably predestined to become a legend, will perform in Brno for the first time in his career.
Few people possess as much imagination and musical talent as Jacob Collier. He was born in London, and with his talent boosted by diligence and creativity, it is no surprise that he is described by many as one of the most innovative musicians of his generation. By the time he was barely twenty, he had already drawn the admiration of the likes of Herbie Hancock and Pat Metheny and eventually signed with producer Quincy Jones.
Collier first made himself known to the public about a decade ago, in his teenage years, through social networks and homemade YouTube clips. He recorded his debut album In My Room (2016), not surprisingly, in his room. What happened next? Enthusiastic feedback from the general and professional public was eventually crowned off with two Grammy Awards. This huge success resulted in collaborations with pop and hip-hop artists like Coldplay, Tori Kelly, SZA and many others. Since 2018, Collier has been working on the Djesse series, a project of unprecedented scale – four albums consisting of fifty tracks and in collaboration with more than thirty musicians. Each album represents a completely unique musical world in sound, style and genre. Tracks from Djesse Volumes 1 & 2 earned him two Grammys for Best Arrangement, and another one in the same category in 2021 for Djesse Volume 3, which was also nominated for Album the Year in the main category.
Collier amazes listeners not only with his phenomenal musical ear, deep knowledge of the music craft and the ability to play almost any instrument, but also with his rich and famously wide vocal range. On top of everything else, his charisma easily transcends the boundaries of musical genres.
DELVON LAMARR ORGAN TRIO
A perfect blend of soul, jazz, rhythm & blues and rock & roll directed by the organist Delvon Lamarro.
The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio was founded in the Spring of 2015 by Amy Novo, the wife and today also the manager of the organist Delvon Lamarr. Doesn’t it sound like a fairy tale? She told her husband that she would take responsibility for his musical career so that all he needed to do in the future was to find teammates, write and play music. Many aspiring musicians, especially jazz musicians, dream of such a story.
The trio originally started with another guitarist and drummer. During the first year of their existence, the band was joined by the renowned and unique Jimmy James. The chemistry among the members of the trio was instantaneous and undeniable. With Delvona´s soulful organ sound, Jimmy´s raw guitar sound and a great drum groove, they mixed the perfect blend of soul, jazz, rhythm & blues and rock & roll. They started their career with a weekly “gig” in Seattle, then released their first album and set out on a tour of the United States and finally on a European tour.
The current drummer is an excellent groover Michael Duffy, so the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio is even further shifting its original sound. The traditional organ trio takes on a new dimension.
Delvon Lamarr – B-3 organ, Jimmy James – guitar, Michael Duffy – drums
PAT METHENY: SIDE-EYE
Most fans associate the guitarist and composer Pat Metheny with the popular Pat Metheny Group. However, the musical presence of the twentyfold Grammy winner is reflectedmost of all in the Side-Eye project, which introduces the bandleader’s great musicians of the next generation.
Pat Metheny does not need any lengthy introduction- his significance for jazz is undeniable. He began performing publicly as a teenager, and when he came to the Berklee College, where he wanted to study, he immediately found work as a teacher and a contract with the Gary Burton band – all down to his talent. In the Side-Eye band, Metheny provides space for keyboard player James Francies, and the drummer Joe Dyson. Metheny’s support for younger colleagues is legendary, as he returns the favour he received from his elders in his youth. He is also well aware that the new blood will help his music: “I am inspired by the way they cope with the musical challenges of some of my older songs. At the same time, I was intrigued by the options where the music could go if I wrote new compositions just for them, ” Metheny confirms.
Pat Metheny – guitar James Francies – piano Joe Dyson – drums
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The master of bass guitar is performing in Brno for the first time ever.
Interaction of jazz with other genres has already produced a lot of first-rate and distinctive music. The blending of jazz with flamenco is another pertinent example. This will be confirmed by guitarist Vincente Amigo, the Latin Grammy winner and the man considered to succeed Paco De Lucía. Amigo will perform a concert in Brno for the first time in his career.
The unique artist, composer and producer Vicente Amigo began performing on flamenco stages as a teenager. He has since received numerous awards, even the Latin Grammy or the Gold Medal of the Merit in Fine Arts. Throughout his career, this Andalusian guitarist collaborated with many legends of flamenco music, among them are Paco de Lucía or Camarón de la Isla, but Amigo was equally influenced by jazz guitarists John McLaughlin and Al Di Meola.
In Brno, Amigo will mainly present tracks from the record Memoria de los Sentidos (Memory of the Senses), which was nominated for a Grammy Award in the World Music category. On his eighth studio album, he recalls his roots and the highlight for many listeners is a composition called Requiem, an intimate tribute to Amigo’s great friend, maestro Paco de Lucía. Amigo is an outstanding musician, Pat Metheny called him the best guitarist in the world. His concert will be an exhilarating experience.
Vicente Amigo – guitar, band – TBA
Titular partner of this event is Czech TV.
CÉCILE MCLORIN SALVANT
Let’s celebrate The International Jazz Day with a singer who won a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album three times in four years for three consecutive albums.
The American singer first caught the attention of jazz fans at the age of 21 with her triumph at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2010. While only ten years have passed since then, much has changed in the life of Cécile McLorin Salvant. Shortly before she released her second album, WomanChild, one of the New York Times critics predicted: “Though unknown to a wide jazz audience now, her future fame is unquestionable.” Totally accurate prediction. WomanChild won a lot of awards and was nominated for a Grammy Award. She managed to turn the nominations into a later victory, but with even much larger success – winning multiple Grammy Awards for Best Vocal Jazz Albums in 2015, 2017 and 2018. Such accomplishments can be seen only rarely, much less in world of jazz music.
Cécile McLorin Salvant was born in Florida to parents from France and Haiti, her multicultural roots are important components of her music. Her latest studio album, The Window, was recorded as a duo with pianist Sullivan Fortner; and because of collaborating with larger ensembles in recent years, she claims to enjoy more freedom when working in a duo, which also offers a rich a range of possibilities as if there were a large band on stage.
Cécile McLorin Salvant – vocals, Sullivan Fortner – piano
JOSHUA REDMAN QUARTET
A former “young lion”, the saxophonist, composer and elemental jazz musician Joshua Redman, is now a “lion in the best years”. He is completely at home in his musical territory, and although he likes to push beyond its limits, he still remains mainly a jazz lion.
This is demonstrated by his most stable project, the Quartet, which earned him fame in the 1990s. The features that make this incredibly well-together band instantly recognizable include the unique and irresistible tone of Redman’s saxophone, the unbridled GregHutchinson´s drumming, the soulful and earthy Reuben Rogers´ double bass, and Aaron Goldberg’s piano balanced and empathic accompaniment. The quartet has released a fresh album Come What May, which loosely follows the golden era of the band on the Beyond and Passage of Time albums. Redman, approaching his sixth decade is on optimum creative form, demonstrating with his refined taste, open-hearted approach and global experience why jazz is still such a major force in music.
Joshua Redman – saxofon, Aaron Goldberg – piano, Reuben Rogers – basa, Greg Hutchinson – bicí
GERALD CLAYTON TRIO
Cabaret des Péchés
An original fusion of hip-hop, R’n’B and jazz by a trio of the pianist who has established himself as one of the leading figures in the coming generation of jazz artists. His trio plays so naturally in the tangle of different styles that it creates modern jazz language.
In 12 years of banding activity, Clayton recorded five albums of his own, he was a sideman in many other studio projects and was involved in countless performances around the world. The New York Times entitled him a “prominent and authoritative figure”. Without a question, Clayton will be remembered as a high-ranked musician in the age-old and rich jazz tradition.
Gerald was born in the Netherlands in 1984 and raised in Southern California. He took his first piano lessons at the age of seven with the support of his father, the acclaimed jazz bassist, composer and bandleader John Clayton. Gerald later moved to New York to attend the Manhattan School of Music. In 2006, he won second place in the prestigious Thelonius Monk International Competition. At that time, he was also introduced to the trumpeter Roy Hargrove, he joined his band immediately and was its member between 2006 and 2009. Gerald also appeared on records made by several other major artists, including Diana Krall, Ambrose Akinmusire and the Clayton Brothers Quintet. His latest record, Happening: Live at the Village Vanguard, is a reminder of the artistic freedom of the pre-covid age. It was published by Blue Note, the label representing the family silver of jazz, which Clayton is certainly already part of.
As Clayton does not want to be defined by any particular musical tradition, he will perform in Brno, for the second time in his career, with his long-running trio, and that’s the cooperation which is astonishing the most. “I try to ignore any pigeon-holes, the genre differences. I focus on creating honest music and want to work with people whose ideas resonate within my own,” he says.
Gerald Clayton – piano, Joe Sanders – double bass, Gregory Hutchinson – drums
SHAI MAESTRO QUARTET
Cabaret des Péchés
Izraelský pianista Shai Maestro je v Brně již pravidelným návštěvníkem a jeho vystoupení patří mezi to nejlepší, co Izrael brněnskému JazzFestu doposud nabídl. Jako bývalý spoluhráč basisty Avishaie Cohena tu má zkrátka dveře otevřené dokořán a pokaždé, když do nich znovu vstoupí, oslní.
Shai Maestro začal hrát na klavír ve věku pěti let a jazzovou hudbou byl poprvé okouzlen, když mu bylo osm. Zaujala ho totiž nahrávka Gershwin Songbook od Oscara Petersona. Od chvíle, kdy se Shai poprvé dotknul klaviatury, se postupně proměnil z nadaného dítěte přes vyhledávaného spoluhráče až k sdělnému lídrovi vlastních projektů. Shai Maestro Trio si vydobylo úspěch u publika v proslulých newyorských klubech i jinde ve světě a vydalo řadu velmi oceňovaných nahrávek – Shai Maestro Trio, The Road to Ithaca, Untold Stories, The Stone Skipper.
Nyní přijíždí do Brna, své oblíbené destinace, představit především repertoár ze svého posledního alba Human, které vyšlo, jak už je u Shaie zvykem, na prestižním labelu ECM. Je to vůbec poprvé, kdy jej uvidíme jakožto kapelníka kvarteta. Triovou formaci totiž rozšířil o trumpetistu Philipa Dizacka. „Když Philip hraje na trubku, zní mi to, jako kdyby šlo o lidský hlas, který ke mně promlouvá. Umí přes trubku i křičet nebo šeptat. Přibrat Philipa k triu nás vyneslo na úplně novou úroveň. Jako kdybychom v automobilu najednou nalezli tajný převod a zařadili na jinou rychlost. Pustili jsme se do zcela nového dobrodružství,“ vypráví Shai a těší se, až se po koncertním půstu stane součástí tohoto dobrodružství i živé publikum.
Shai Maestro – klavír, Philip Dizack – trubka, Joe Sanders – kontrabas, Ofri Neyhema – bicí
Husa na provázku Theater
Double bassist František Uhlíř celebrated his life’s jubilee last year. It was a great occasion to release his record called Story of my life. Of course, the global pandemic thwarted an on-stage celebration of his jubilee. But this fall it can finally happen! A unique septet, with no shortage of foreign guest players, will retell Uhlíř’s story through his own compositions.
František Uhlíř belongs to a generation of players known as the “Czech Bass School”. He was born into a family of musicians as the grandson of a bandleader and the son of a musician, music teacher, composer and bandleader of a jazz big band. He studied piano and played organ in Vladimir Volf’s big beat rock n roll band as a 13-year-old. While studying at the State Conservatory in Brno, he played in the orchestra of Janáček’s opera, the Brno Philharmonic and his father’s jazz quartet.
During his military service in the AUS Symphony Orchestra, he was a co-founder of the jazz quartet (E. Viklický, F. Uhlíř, J. Dušek, J. Růžička) which won the “European extraordinaire” award two years later at the International Jazz Festival in Přerov. Uhlíř himself received the award for the best solo performance. A year later, he became a member of the new SHQ of Karel Velebný and he played mostly in a chamber trio without percussion. By this time, he had totally mastered the double bass and started to compose. His artistic career is astonishing, as he collaborated with prominent Czechoslovak jazz groups and musicians such as Emil Viklický Quartet, Laco Deczi Cellula International, Jiří Stivín Quartet, Karel Růžička, Jana Koubková, Zuzana Lapčíková and Peter Lipa.
TRIO MUH: Roberto Magris – piano, František Uhlíř – double bass, Jaromír Helešic – drums
František Uhlíř – Story From My Life – Music For Septet: František Tomšíček – trumpet, Přemek Tomšícek – trombone, Andy Schofield – alto saxophone, Suzanne Higgins – tenor saxophone, Standa Macha – piano, František Uhliř – double bass, Gregory Hutchinson – drums
A celebration of the jubilee of one of the most important Czech double bass players and who was able to build on his successful Czechoslovak career in Swiss exile. On a unique evening, he will be congratulated by saxophonist Scott Hamilton and singer Jan Smigmator, among others.
Vincenc Kummer graduated as a double bass player from the Brno Conservatory and, as a student, played in many jazz ensembles, including Gustav Brom’s Orchestra. Soon after graduating he moved to Prague and performed with Laco Deczi, Karel Velebný, Jan Hammer, Jiří Stivín, Eva Olmer, Vlasta Průchová, Karel Růžička as well as Emil Viklický. He was a member of the orchestras of Karel Vlach, Ferdinand Havlík and Václav Hybš and accompanied Karel Gott for ten years in the Orchestra of Ladislav Štaidl. Since 1981, Vincent Kummer had been living in Switzerland for 25 years, where he could collaborate on stage with many international jazz legends such as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dizzy Gillespie, Chet Baker, Slide Hampton, Scott Hamilton, Nat Adderley, Eddie Lockjaw Davis and dozens of others. After returning to his hometown, Brno, he is still an active musician and the member of the local jazz scene and has never stopped composing and arranging.
As one of Kummer’s congratulators, saxophonist Scott Hamilton, came to New York as a 22-year-old and did not succumb to the influence of the contemporary idols, Coltrane and Shorter. On the contrary, he continued to cultivate a swing way of playing and accordingly chose his bandmates. Warren Vache and Ruby Braff played the cornet with him, he did “a battle” with tenor saxophonist Flip Phillips, accompanied singer Rosemary Clooney and was a member of similarly traditional all-star bands. He also played with Sinatra and Bennett.
Jazz and swing singer Jan Smigmator, a part of the 21st century music scene with a nobility of his own, embodies the legacy of swing kings such as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, Mel Tormé, Karel Hála and the exceptional Tony Bennett.
Vincenc Kummer is not a musician who stays in his generational bubble and is currently working with a generation of younger musicians. He acts as a repository of highly-valued experience for them and they act as another source of inspiration for him. Quite a functioning musical chemistry. Judge for yourself.
Sound-treasure hunter, precise minimalist, explorer of details, calm force. Guitarist Bill Frisell is synonymous with style-formation.
He was born in Baltimore and studied clarinet playing at Richard Joiner’s when he was a child, later he fell in love with the sound of the guitar and learned to play it so well that he went to the famed Berklee College of Music. In the early 1980s, his residency in the band of drummer Paul Motian was a breakthrough. Thanks to Motian, Frisell started to work as a studio musician for ECM Records company and released his first studio album, In Line, in 1983. The list of his achievements and accounts of the extraordinary musical journey Bill Frisell has since gone on are numerous, so it comes as no suprise that Frisell is writing memoirs, in his 70s, to be published next spring. We can expect widespread reception of this book by his fans, thanks to his love not only of jazz, but also rock, folk, country, bluegrass and world music.
Bill Frisell is returning to Brno three years after an interrupted outdoor concert in 2018, which was stopped by the police due to vandalism.
Alongside Pat Metheny and John Scofield, Frisell is one of the most influential guitarists of his generation. His view of jazz is completely unique.
Bill Frisell – guitar, Thomas Morgan – double bass, Rudy Royston – drums
ERIK TRUFFAZ QUARTET
French trumpeter Erik Truffaz is a well-known music experimenter. Last year he commemorated 20 years since the release of the album Bending New Corners influenced by bebop and drum´n´bass, which moulded the next generation of musicians. But now, true to his reputation as a constant seeker, he is looking ahead again.
Swiss-born trumpeter Erik Truffaz living in France, nicknamed “the Miles Davis of acid jazz”, is considered by many to be Europe’s finest contemporary trumpeter. He combines jazz experiments, drum´n´bass and hip-hop with his quartet. Having recorded nearly 20 albums, he has made a name for himself all over the world: “Jazz with juice and soul, and plenty of open space,” was the comment on Truffaz’s approach to music by Rolling Stone magazine.
Born in 1960, Truffaz was already singing rock and roll with his first band at the age of 13, while discovering Miles Davis and his timeless album Kind of Blue. In 1994 he released his first album under his own name. At the turn of the millennium, he established himself on the American scene, where his recordings are released by the legendary jazz brand Blue Note. The core of Erik Truffaz´s Brno playlist will be songs from the latest released album Lune Rouge, in which he again set out in a new direction. On one hand, he used analogue synthesizers in the studio to a much greater extent than before, and on the other, he entrusted the production of the album to a young drummer Arthur Hnátek, whose distinctive style left a clear mark on the recording. “Intelligent, uncompromising contemporary music, played by virtuoso players with rich imagination and courage,” says the review of the quartet in the Jazz Times magazine.
Erik Truffaz – trubka, Benoit Corboz – klávesy, Marcello Giuliani – baskytara, Tao Ehrlich – bicí