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, Rick Rosato – 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.
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, Arthur Hnatek – bicí
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.
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, Pierre Demange – drums, Mathias Allamane – double bass
ROZHLASOVÝ BIG BAND GUSTAVA BROMA 80. LET FEAT. DAN BÁRTA
Americký časopis DownBeat ho zařadil mezi deset nejlepších big bandů světa. Na jeho koncertech hostovaly největší hvězdy jazzu i popu. Letos Rozhlasový Big Band Gustava Broma slaví 80 let a na koncert ke svému jubileu si pozval zpěváka Dana Bártu.
Hudba pro big bandy patřila odjakživa k nejprogresivnějším směrům jazzové tvorby. Skladby v sobě spojují důmyslnou kompoziční práci detailně zapsanou do partitur se spontaneitou jazzových improvizací. V českých zemích a na Slovensku mají tato tělesa skvělou tradici a Big Band Gustava Broma patřil k těm nejvíce uznávaným doma i v cizině. Na jeho koncertech hostovali mimo jiné Maynard Ferguson, Dizzy Gillespie, Diana Ross and The Supremes, Ray Conniff či Ray Charles.
Dan Bárta, jedenáctinásobný držitel Ceny Anděl v kategoriích Zpěvák roku a Zpěvák čtvrtstoletí, se zapsal v devadesátých letech do širokého povědomí s kapelou Alice a účinkováním v muzikálu Jesus Christ Superstar. Stal se také neodmyslitelnou součástí kapely J.A.R. V roce 2000 překvapil fanoušky s vlastní skupinou Illustratosphere. Jazzovým fanouškům jistě utkvěla jeho spolupráce s triem Roberta Balzara, kterou jsme si mohli v roce 2017 užít i na festivalu JazzFestBrno, navíc okořeněnou o zvuk brněnské filharmonie. Nezaměnitelný hlas Dana Bárty okouzluje už dlouhá léta příznivce jazzu, soulu, rocku i popu. Těžko tak mohl Rozhlasový Big Band Gustava Broma ulovit v českých vodách vhodnějšího hosta svého slavnostního koncertu.
Dirigent: Vladimír Valovič, zpěv: Dan Bárta, line-up orchestru: TBD
KAREL RŮŽIČKA QUARTET
7. 30 pm
Cabaret des Péchés
Saxofonista Karel Růžička žije přes dvacet let v New Yorku. Na svoji domovinu ale nezanevřel a pravidelně se do Česka vrací. Jeho koncerty vynikají na první dojem nezkrotitelnou energií. Růžička však vždy drží otěže večera pevně ve svých rukou.
Karlovi Růžičkovi se podařilo něco, co jen hrstce jeho krajanům před ním. Plně se etabloval na newyorské jazzové scéně. Nic ale není hned. Karel jako mladý talent zazářil v 90. letech minulého století na jazzové scéně v Česku. Do povědomí se dostal už svým debutovým albem You Know What I Mean, úspěch slavila i deska Flight, kterou natočil se svým otcem stejného jména, pianistou. Pak se rozhodl zkusit štěstí v New Yorku, a jelikož mu šel svým talentem a úsilím naproti, neztratil se. Ba právě naopak. Vybudoval si zde hudební kariéru jako vyhledávaný spoluhráč a pedagog. Vystupoval s mnoha muzikanty, jako jsou George Benson, Dean Brown, Mike Stern, Ravi Coltrane, Hiram Bullock a mnoho dalších.
V roce 2018 vydal Růžička po dlouhých čtrnácti letech autorské album, a že dokáže kvalitu nabídnout nejen v pozici sidemana, ale i jako skladatel a kapelník, potvrdila mimo jiné nominace na cenu Anděl, kterou si s deskou Grace & Gratitude vysloužil. Ostatně kontrabasista John Patitucci, klavírista Jon Cowherd a bubeník Nate Smith Růžičkovi vytvořili vpravdě „all stars“ tým. Do Brna přiletí s Karlem Růžičkou zpoza Velké louže bubeník Clarence Penn. Kvarteto pak dotvoří polský pianista Piotr Wyleżoł a kontrabasista Tomáš Baroš.
Karel Růžička – saxofon, Piotr Wyleżoł – klavír, Tomáš Baroš – kontrabas, Gregory Hutchinson – bicí
JOEY ALEXANDER TRIO
7. 30 pm
Cabaret des Péchés
Synonymum pro hudební talent na devět? Alexander. Pianista Joey Alexander je historicky nejmladším hudebníkem nominovaným na Grammy v jazzové kategorii a i díky svému náctiletému věku se těší pozornosti médií – objevil se na titulních stranách 60 Minutes nebo New York Times. Nejde však o žádné marketingové pozlátko. Meritem jeho úspěchu zůstává hudba samotná.
Joey Alexander, vlastním jménem Josiah Alexander Sila, se narodil v roce 2003 v Denpasar na indonéském ostrově Bali. Věnuje se vlastní tvorbě i personalizovaným interpretacím pečlivě vybraných převzatých písní. Jeho nejnovějším počinem je album Warna, kterým debutoval u Verve Records. Alexandrovo mládí může ve srovnání s vyzrálostí jeho projevu mnohé návštěvníky koncertů šokovat, ale jeho hudba především překvapuje sdělností a energií. Člověk má v jeho přítomnosti pocit, že reinkarnace přece musí existovat…
V New Yorku se poprvé v pouhých jedenácti letech, kdy vystoupil na každoročním galavečeru v Jazz at Lincoln Center. Jako hosta jej pozval umělecký šéf Lincoln Centra Wynton Marsalis, jenž Alexandera objevil při sledování kanálu YouTube. Alexander překvapil publikum lyrickým ztvárněním Monkovy Round Midnight a dal vzpomenout na jazzovou legendu Herbieho Hancocka, který taktéž jako zázračné dítě ve stejném věku debutoval s Chicago Symphony. Joey od té doby získal tři nominace na cenu Grammy a dvě ze čtyř jeho předchozích alb se umístila na prvním místě v žebříčku Billboard Jazz Albums. Na udělování Grammy v roce 2016 zahrál před televizním vysíláním i během ceremonie. Téhož roku také vystupoval s Waynem Shorterem a Esperanzou Spalding pro prezidenta Obamu a jeho ženu v Bílém domě jako součást celostátně vysílaného speciálu ku příležitosti Mezinárodního dne jazzu. V říjnu 2019 debutoval ve vyprodané Carnegie Hall. Jeho brněnská premiéra v Cabaret des Péchés je tak zároveň výjimečnou příležitostí vychutnat si tento hudební talent z bezprostřední blízkosti v komorním prostředí.
Joey Alexander – klavír, Daniel Winshall – kontrabas, Tyson Jackson – bicí
DAVE WECKL / TOM KENNEDY PROJECT
7. 30 pm
BERNHARD WIESINGER QUARTET feat. DAVID KIKOSKI / LUKÁŠ ORAVEC ORCHESTRA
7. 30 pm
Cabaret des Péchés
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
Prubířským kamenem každého jazzového kytaristy je hra v triu s kontrabasem a bicími. Právě v tomto formátu se představí na letošním JazzFestu Brno stálice české jazzové scény Libor Šmoldas. Do svého newyorského tria si navíc vybral za parťáky členy absolutní světové jazzové špičky.
Posuďte sami: O generaci starší Američané bubeník Adam Nussbaum a kontrabasista Jay Anderson doprovázeli Michaela Breckera, Marii Schneider, Stana Getze, Mika Sterna, Sonnyho Rollinse a mnoho dalších hvězd jazzového světa. Navíc se nevyhýbají ani nabídkám hudebníků jiných žánrů, o čemž svědčí například jejich spolupráce s Frankem Zappou či Tomem Waitsem.
Šmoldasovo NYC Trio není jen dalším případem jednorázové spolupráce evropského muzikanta s americkými hvězdami, kapela koncertuje přes šest let a vydává již své třetí album, které se na brněnském koncertě chystá pokřtít. To první z roku 2015 nazvané Dreamtime bylo natočeno v New Yorku a přineslo kromě intimních verzí jazzových standardů také Beatles, Jamese Taylora či hudbu z filmu Kmotr. V pořadí druhá deska nese název On the Move (2016) a zaujme naopak syrovějším a bluesovějším zvukem plným energie, s jakou všichni tři muzikanti interpretují Liborovy vlastní kompozice. Současná deska pojmenovaná Dusk přináší jemnější skladby, které posluchače provedou jednotlivými fázemi dne od úsvitu k půlnoci. Na koncertě se můžete těšit na průřez repertoáru obou starších desek okořeněný o materiál z desky nové.
Libor Šmoldas – kytara, Jay Anderson – kontrabas, Adam Nussbaum – bicí
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
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.
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 – kytara, James Francies – piano, Joe Dyson – bicí
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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
ERDOĞAN TURUMTAY LIŠKA DÉS
This international all-star quartet brings together musicians with diverse cultural backgrounds into a single, inimitable project. Imaginative compositions draw on individual music worlds, broaden musical horizons and find a unique collective identity.
The Czech-Turkish connection has been an integral part of Tomáš Liška’s life for almost a decade, as his Invisible World project is based on a strong musical connection with the Turkish violinist Efe Turumtay. The current Liška band also relies strongly on international cooperation, with a majority presence from the Turkish enclave. Alongside Turumtay, the guitar phenomenon gets into the spotlight, specifically, its fretless variant, represented by Cenk Erdogan.
Bassist Tomáš Liška is a multi-faceted artist, for whom alternating genres is motivating and inspiring, and at the same time, it is the means of seeking himself. “I enjoy a lot of music and I find myself in a lot of it,” says Liška. “I guess I’m still seeking, though some things are already clear. I also feel it would be a shame to stay trapped in one world and not to look beyond the borders at worlds that can enrich your own. Maybe also test, raise doubts, stimulate, wondering whether where you are is really you.”
Cenk Erdoğan – fretless guitar, Efe Turumtay – violin, Tomáš Liška – double bass, Andás Dés – percussions
MATHIAS EICK QUINTET
Trumpetista Mathias Eick je spíše atypickým zástupcem severského jazzu. Z tamní scény se vymyká především svými atmosférickými melodiemi, v nichž se melancholii spíše vyhýbá. Jeho poslední deska Ravensburg završuje jeho cestu od talentovaného mladíka ke zralému umělci s jedinečným hudebním výrazem.
Norský hudebník se na své poslední desce nechává inspirovat, jak už to většinou bývá, vlastním životem. Zatímco jeho dřívější desky evokovaly životní styl plný cestování, objevování a hledání nových cílů, leitmotivem Ravensburgu je rodina. „Moje inspirace byla moje rodina, má milovaná, mé malé děti, které mě nikdy nepřestaly ohromovat, a všechny emocionální situace, které zažíváme na pódiu s mojí druhou rodinou – kapelou,“ vysvětluje Eick. Trumpetista, skladatel a kapelník si na nové desce střihl také novou roli, když do svého portfolia přidal zpěv. Jedná se sice o zpěv bezeslovný, ale o to procítěnější. „Už sedm let zpívám doma svým dětem. A říkal jsem si, že by bylo možná pěkné zkusit využít i lidský hlas. Sice jsem vždy tvrdil, že mým hlasem je trubka, ale – zvlášť ve spojení s houslemi, na které v naší kapele hraje Håkon Aase – zpěv funguje dokonale. Håkonova hra s mým hlasem krásně ladí,“ řekl Eick v rozhovoru pro UNI magazín a jeho slova potvrzují i početné pozitivní recenze na jeho již čtvrtou desku u prestižního labelu ECM.
Ač se Eickova tvorba pod vlivem životních zkušeností proměňuje, jedna věc se od jeho začátků nemění – Mathias Eick je hudebník, který každou další skladbou potvrzuje, že jazz je žánr dokořán otevřený všem živým podnětům.
Mathias Eick – trubka, Audun Erlien – baskytara, Håkon Aase – housle, Eyolf Dále – klavír, Paal Hausken – bicí
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