Nišvil: Hodočašće ljubitelja umetnosti i brana neukusu

U Beogradskom kulturnom centru u galeriji “Artget” održana je pres konferencija povodom 34. Internacionalnog jazz festivala Nišvil koji se ove godine održava od 10. do 13. avgusta. Na konferenciji se velikom broju novinara obratila Bisera Veletanlić, dobitnica Nagrade za životno delo, Ivan Barčić, muzičar i Ivan Blagojević, direktor festivala.

Dobitnica ovogodišnje Nagrade za životno delo “Nišvila” pevačica Bisera Veletanlić kaže da je iznenađena i da nije mogla da veruje kada su joj javili pre dva meseca.

“Veoma se radujem i veoma sam iznenađenja. Prvo sam ustvari iznenađena da su se uopšte setili mene. Mene uglavnom nema kad treba da se nešto hvali. Na to sam navikla i od toga više ne bežim. Bilo bi mi smešno da se desi drugačije. Nešto tu ne bi štimalo. U svakom slučaju jedva čekam da se susretnem sa niškom publikom. Imala sam tu čast i zadovoljstvo da budem dva, tri puta ispred njih i Nišlije su me uvek izuzetno razumele. Ja to tako objašnjavam. To je suština. Razumeli su to, šta, kako i zašto ja radim”, kaže Bisera Veletanlić.

Direktor festivala Ivan Blagojević je istakao da Nišvil jazz festival ide preko svojih granica u misiji da, kao i do sada, bude hodočašće za sve ljubitelje umetnosti i brana neukusu.

“Ove godine smo malo i preterali, imaćemo 130 koncerata na 12 bina, 700 muzičara, 16 pozorišnih predstava, 100 filmova, 20 akademskih slikara i vajara, 20 strip crtača, sijaset promocija, izložbi. I dalje smo na barikadama zaštite nacionalnog bića, svi mi koji se bavimo kulturom i to je poslednja linija odbrane. Mogu da kažem da imamo dobru saradnju sa Gradom i sa Ministarstvom turizma. I dalje nedovoljno sa Ministarstvom kulture i na žalost potpuno smo izopšteni sa konkursa Ministarstva omladine i sporta, tako da će naših 300 volontera biti uskraćeno za neke stvari”, kaže Blagojević.

Blagojević dodaje i da Nišvil Nišu višestruko vraća ono što se u njega ulaže. To se najviše ogleda, kaže on, u popunjenosti svih smeštajnih kapaciteta u gradu i rasprodatim letovima.

Darko Rundek & ‘Apocalypso Now’ na Nišvilu

Darko Rundek & ‘Apocalypso Now’ na Nišvilu

Jedan od najznačajnijih kantautora sa ex Yu prostora – Darko Rundek, nastupiće sa svojim sastavom ‘Apocalypso Now’ na predstojećem Nišvilu u subotu 12. avgusta.   Rundek je ovog leta ponovo okupio veliki bend za regionalnu turneju povodom 20 godina od izlaska svog prvog samostalnog albuma “Apocalypso”. “‘Apokalipso’ izlazi remasteriran na dvostrukom vinilu i u bogato opremljenom boksu sa nikad objavljenim snimkama Haustorovih ‘Dovitljivih malih čudaka’ iz 1990. godine, a taj ćemo rođendan proslaviti i ograničenom serijom koncerata sa za tu priliku okupljenim velikim bendom i hepeningom pod naslovom ‘Apocalypso Now'”, objasnio je Rundek. “Apocalypso Now” je produkcijski zaokružen muzičko-scenski projekt, sa sedam pratećih muzičara, autorskim videom i svetlosnim efektima namenjen velikim scenama sa više hiljada posetilaca. “Apokalypso Now” će predstaviti svu intimnost, lepotu i raskoš Rundekove muzike i poetike, koja je postala delom života više generacija publike, od tinejdžera do ljudi koji su za sobom ostavili više od pola veka. Rundek je za ovu turneju okupio muzičare raznih generacija, od izvrsne dvadesetogodišnje saksofonistkinje Ane Kovačić i večnog mladića Igora Pavlice na trubi, preko mladih pripadnika nove zagrebačke scene Roka Crnića (Porto Morto) na basu, Mire Manojlovića (Cul-de-Sac) na udaraljkama i Janka Novoselića (TBF, Chui) na bubnjevima, do članova Cargo Trija Isabel i Duce Vranića. “U izboru pjesama, težište je na slavljeničkom albumu ‘Apocalypso’ i onim pjesmama unazad tih 20 godina, koje nam danas najviše znače”, kaže Darko. Vođa uticajnog zagrebačkog Haustora, Darko Rundek predstavio se samostalno 1997. godine albumom “Apokalipso”, na kome je sarađivao sa oko 20 muzičara, ponudivši istinski kaleidoskop različitih stilova koji je brzo stekao veliko poštovanje publike i kritike. Na albumu su se našle pesme “Apokalipso”, “Grane smo na vjetru”, “Senor”… Prethodno, “Dovitljivi mali čudaci” trebali su biti peti album Haustora, ali pre nego što je završen, bend se raspao 1990. godine. Pesme planirane za “Čudake” kao što su “Ista slika”, “More more”, “Šuvar i varivo” završile su na kraju na “Apokalipsu”. Rundek je zatim objavio “U širokom svijetu” (2000), a za sledeći album “Ruke” (2002)  iza sebe je okupio mnogoljudni Cargo orkestar sa kojim je snimio i “Mhm a-ha oh yeah da-da” (2006), da bi potom sa Rundek Cargo Trijom objavio “Plavi avion” (2010) i “Mostove” (2015). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=of43nEwrw8s

Art to Go Jazzy – Artistic colonization of Nis Fortress

Art to Go Jazzy – Artistic colonization of Nis Fortress

Nisville and ARTEF invite young artsists Nišville Foundation and the Association of Artist ARTEF invites young artists up to 36 years, which are expressing in the form of sculptures, paintings and drawings, to apply for the participation on the second, artistic colonization of Nis Fortress called “ART TO GO JAZZY”. From our participants will be expected to adapt their work to the idea of the festival. Thematic determinant is the jazz as freedom of artistic expression, as the name of the project says “ART TO GO JAZZY”. The competition is aimed at artists from home and abroad, because we aspire to this project in a truly compelling way to introduce and implement the idea of multiculturalism, and multi universalism, different expressions and form in one place.We also encourage the authors who are working in the form of the performance and multimedia to send their proposals and suggestions to our email address arttogojazzy@gmail.com The competition is open until 20 July 2017. It is necessary to submit a brief biography and three works in the field of drawings, sculptures and paintings with information on the name, size and technique in PDF format to the email address: arttogojazzy@gmail.com. Incomplete applications will not be considered, as well as those received after the expiry of the competition. All artists will be provided with accommodation, food and tickets for the festival.The results will be announced by the end of July, at the official website of the Nisville jazz festival www.nisville.com and on the official Facebook page of the Association of Artist ARTEF www.facebook.com/artef.nis. This year the venue of the colony will be the third corridor of Niš Fortress in front of the burned-out studios. With that we continue our fight for their renewal, because since the time they were burned-out (since 2003. Year) they stands as a mockery and ugly reminder of the attitude and the way in which the competent institutions treat artists and authors with the reputation of prominent artists whose works were burned along with the walls.   We are expecting your applications, Nisville and ARTEF team.

Nišville Jazz Theater – Opening Year

Nisville Jazz Festival is from this zear starting- International Nisville Jazz THEATER FESTIVAL 6-13.08.2017.This year the topic for it  is UNDER THE RHYTHM OF LONGINGS. Performances will take place in the Niš Fortress, the House of Officers, amphitheater-scene Saban Bajramovic, the bridge near the Niš Fortress, in the  tent,in the park closed to Haouse of Officers, on the streets and squares of Nis.

This year our guests are: Theatre En Vol-GERNIKA (I) Street Theater Parade-Y (SRB) Theater Fire- Circles (SRB) DAH Teatar-DADA’S WOMEN – ONE IMAGINARY EXHIBITION (SRB) Ruth Margraff  and Café Antarsia Ensemble –TEMPTATION O F THE FRESH VOLUPTUOUS,USA Littel Theater Dusko  Radović- Book of Wondering (SRB) IUI TRANSITION DANCE COMPANY -Triptih Nušić (SRB / PL) ADA Contemporary dance – IN Between (BGR) No  doctor for Dead-Grenland Friteater (NOR) Masquerade-co-production: of Subotica  Theater for children and Segedin’s Puppet theater (SRB / HUNG) Edit Piaff-THREEPENNY (SRB) Packed-CIRKUSFERA (SRB) Moro-Voix Polyphoniques (F)

Alice in the land of Zmaja ( kite,dragon,Serbian poet)-DAH Teatar(SRB) Circus-Papepet  scene Pepino (SRB)

    The Festival will organise 3 theter’s workshops and 3 talks on a specifick teams. YOU ARE WCOME!

Alpha Blondy and Solar System at Nišville 2017

Alpha Blondy and Solar System at Nišville 2017

Famous reggae star Alpha Blondy is going to perform at Nišville festival 2017 (friday, August 11th) with his band Solar System. 07 Alpha 2 Alpha Blondy (born Seydou Koné; 1 January 1953 in Dimbokro, Ivory Coast) is a reggae singer and international recording artist. Many of his songs are politically and socially motivated, and are mainly sung in his native language of Dioula, French and in English, though he occasionally uses other languages, for example, Arabic or Hebrew. First son of a family of eight children, Seydou Koné was raised by his grandmother, growing up in what he described as “among elders”, which later was to have a big impact on his career. In 1962, Alpha Blondy went to join his father in Odienné, where he spent ten years, attended Sainte Elisabeth High School, and was involved in the Ivory Coast students movement. He formed a band in high school, but this hobby affected his schooling and he was expelled due to poor attendance. His parents sent him to study English in Monrovia, the capital city of neighboring country Liberia in 1973. He spent thirteen months there and moved to the United States to improve his English. In 1974, Seydou moved to New York where he majored in English at Hunter College, and later in the Columbia University American Language Program because he wanted to be a teacher. In New York he met Rastafarians for the first time, and was also able to see concerts by Jamaican artists such as Burning Spear. Seydou was involved in multiple altercations in New York and returned to the Ivory Coast, where he got into even more trouble until he met up with one of his childhood friends, Fulgence Kassi, who had become a noted television producer. This was the beginning of his real career as a musician, and he began to use the name “Alpha Blondy”. After various TV shows for Kassi, Blondy recorded his first solo album in 1982, entitled Jah Glory. This album was to have enormous success and would become later a symbol of resistance because of the song “Brigadier Sabari,” which documents his experience of being arrested in Abidjan in the 1980s and his subsequent mistreatment by the police.[4] Alpha Blondy became a big star in Abidjan with his African twist of Reggae music, becoming in the eyes of his fans “the Bob Marley of Africa”. Alpha Blondy is spiritual, political and positive just like Marley himself, and recorded a cover of Bob Marley’s song “War”. In order to reach more people with his message, he chose to sing in many languages: English; French; Baoulé, and his native language – Dioula.[5] Later, he also brought new instrumentation to his brand of reggae such as the violin and cello. Soon, the fame of Alpha Blondy spread to Europe. Following the success of an EP entitled Rasta Poué, he went to Paris in 1984 to make his second album, Cocody Rock, with the label Pathe Marconi. The “Bob Marley of Africa” travelled to the island of Jamaica and recorded the title track of this album with Marley’s backing group, The Wailers. Back home in 1985, Blondy went into the studio to record “Apartheid is Nazism”, a call for the end of apartheid. In 1986, he recorded “Jerusalem” at Tuff Gong studios in Jamaica, again with The Wailers featuring legendary Aston “Family Man” Barrett. Blondy tried to promote unity between the religion of Islam, Judaism and Christianity. He drew his arguments and inspiration from his own diverse knowledge of the Bible, the Quran, and the Torah. That same year, he sang in Hebrew during a concert in Morocco. At this point, he was continuously touring. His new album Revolution had a lighter, gentler sound; this album featured cellos in the instrumentation, and the line-up included veteran Ivory Coast singer Aicha Kone. The album also included “Jah Houphouët parle”, a long speech by Ivory Coast president Félix Houphouët-Boigny with only the most minimal beat behind it. Blondy spent the years 1987–89 giving concerts and recording SOS Guerre Tribale in Abidjan. This was promoted by Blondy himself, as he was distancing himself from Pathe Marconi at this stage. This was not to be a real success but it did not deter Blondy and in 1991 he returned to Europe for a concert tour and to record his famous album Masada with the help of musical legends such as Bocana Maiga and UK reggae producer Dennis Bovell. The album, with its hit single “Rendez Vous”, was a huge success, and Blondy was later to receive his first Gold Disc in Paris. At the beginning of 1993, worn out from a world tour, Blondy succumbed to depression and was taken into an institution for psychiatric help. But as his health recovered he recorded the album Dieu (“God”), on which he appears more spiritual and religious, on tracks such as “Heal Me”, about his illness and recovery. Blondy’s psychiatric treatment continued but on 10 December 1994, he was back with the festival in memory of President Houphouet, and later he made his European comeback at a storming concert at Le Zenith in Paris. In 1996, Blondy released a hits compilation and went back into the studio to record the album Grand Bassam Zion, singing in six languages: Malinke; Arabic; French; English;Ashanti and Wolof. After two more years in Paris, Blondy returned to his homeland in 1998, with a new album, The Prophet. Convinced his label was too focused on the international market, he decided to create his own label. Since then he has recorded albums and singles, such as “Yitzhak Rabin”, in memory of the Israeli prime minister who was assassinated in 1995 (this was accompanied by a grueling tour of Europe), the single “Journaliste en Danger” from his 2000 album Elohim. Alpha Blondy celebrated 20 years as a recording artist with the 2002 release of CD MERCI, featuring Ophelie Winter and Saian Supa Crew, which earned him a 2003 Grammy Award nomination for “Best Reggae Album”. However, due to the political situation in Ivory Coast, he was unable to personally attend the award ceremony in New York City. In an unprecedented move, the Grammy Awards permitted him to send a representative in his place of honour. In 2005 Akwaba was released. His CD Jah Victory was released July 2007. It features Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, as well as Tyrone Downie formerly of Bob Marley and the Wailers. “Victory” is in honor of the peace agreement that was reached and implemented in the Ivory Coast in March 2007. One of Blondy’s most popular and successful songs was “Sébé Allah Y’é”. On 19 July 2009, Blondy performed at New York’s Central Park before a crowd of many native Africans, Jamaicans, and Americans. On 13 June 2010, a large crowd was allowed into a Blondy concert in the Ivory Coast to celebrate the peace and unity of the country. Ironically, overcrowded conditions at the concert resulted in at least 20 people being injured, two of whom died. On 27 June 2010, Alpha Blondy was the closing act at Parkpop, The Hague, Netherlands. He replaced Snoop Dogg and Beenie Man. Blondy has also been an important influence on other African reggae artists such as Ismaël Isaac. In November 2014 singer/songwriter Jonathan Wilson released an EP called Slide By featuring the song “Alpha Blondy Was King”. Released in January 2015, the Roots Reggae Library featured an edition on Alpha Blondy with interpretations and translations of songs in all languages, including those in Dioula. Alpha Blondy was born to a Muslim father and a Christian mother, and was brought up by a grandmother “who taught him to love everyone”. Blondy’s respect for all religions and the spirituality he derives from them can be heard on the tracks “God is One” or “Jerusalem” where he sang for unity between all religions in 1986. Alpha Blondy was named United Nations Ambassador of Peace for Côte d’Ivoire in 2005. He made great efforts to bring about a peaceful solution to his country’s political and physical division which was a result of an attempted coup in 2001. As of March 2007 a peace agreement was signed and implemented, due to the hard work of many people including Alpha Blondy. Alpha now reaches out further with the newly created not-for-profit, non-government, non-political, charitable foundation, Alpha Blondy Jah Glory Foundation, which works towards ending social injustice and generational poverty by giving people the tools that they need to help themselves. He strongly believes in helping the poor (Jah Glory), and also that children should not be hurt. The Foundation strives to create and implement grassroots programs at the village level, such as the Women’s Self-Sufficiency Micro Loan Program, to teach women who are caring for multiple orphans how to start and manage their own business, to better provide for their families, as well as other sustainable projects, such as the Tafari-Genesis Retreat Camp for Children (Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso). It especially hopes to bring joy and hope to children who have been affected by civil wars, former child soldiers, and those who suffer from chronic life-threatening illnesses, such as sickle-cell anemia, malaria, asthma, etc. Alpha Blondy continues to fight for peace and unity all around the world through music. A recent example is his single “Who Are You” with Ophélie Winter against antipersonnel mines. He has also participated at many humanitarian and charity concerts, such as the concert in Senegal in March 2006 for the eradication of Malaria in Africa (where he appeared along with many other celebrities). He also continues this work in Ivory Coast itself, at his annual free concert at Bassam beach called “festa”.

Lifetime Achievement Award – Bisera Veletanlić

Lifetime Achievement Award – Bisera Veletanlić

Traditionally, Nišville Jazz Festival awards the greatest Serbian musicians with the Lifetime Achievement Award: This year, the award goes to the renowned jazz and popular music singer Bisera Veletanlić. Bisera will perform at the opening of Nišville 2017, on August 10. Bisera Veletanlić is one of pop music’s biggest names in the ex-Yu region, and certainly one of the most original jazz singer in the Balkans. From her very beginnings – the performances in American clubs in Germany and her first singles and success at pop music festivals, Bisera had always been deep into jazz, influenced by the artists such as Sarah Vaughan, Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. Bisera is also usually accompanied by the best Serbian jazz musicians (which was also the case at her first Nišville jazz festival performance in 1995). On the other hand, when it comes to pop music – Bisera collaborated with some of the best Yugoslav composers (Kornelije Kovač, Arsen Dedić and many others) and also proved her musical abilities in contemporary music in her recent collaboration – both in the studio and in concert with the band Darkwood Dub. Bisera Veletanlić certainly had a significant impact on the development of one of the best Serbian jazz musicians of the younger generation – her nephew Vasil Hadžimanov with which she often performs. 5 Bisera Veletanlic1 Probably the greatest compliment Bisera ever received in her musical career came from the legendary Sarah Vaughan herself. When she heard Bisera singing at the jam session after the concert in Belgrade, she told her: “What are you doing here? Come with me to America.” Bisera thanked her for the compliment and modestly replied that there are certainly much better singers there than she was, after which Sarah said: “But, God, none of them are white! White people in America do not know how to sing like you” .

Funkadelic in the women’s bass clef – Nick West at Nišville Jazz Festival

Nick West (USA) - Nisville Jazz Festival

Funkadelic in the women’s bass clef – Nick West at Nišville Jazz Festival

  Bas player and vocalist Nick West is going to play wizt her band at Nisville 2017, at Fridaz August 11 th . With credits that include work with artists such as, Dave Stewart of Eurythmics fame, Prince, John Mayer, Glee and most recently, special guest appearances on American Idol, bassist, singer and songwriter Nik West is anything more than just another pretty face. Noted music journalist Alex Henderson (Billboard) sums West’s incredible talent up saying «Nik West is one 21st Century artist who isn’t lacking in the chops department.»   06 NikWestGreen She is a 25 year old electric bassist who clearly knows her way around her instrument and plays like she has been inspired by the funky likes of Larry Graham, Louis Johnson (of Brothers Johnson fame) and Marcus Miller. Nik West is also a highly expressive singer. Known for impressively recording a cover of «Back In Black» by AC/DC, Nik shocked many rock fanatics and instantly became a new favorite of legend Steven Tyler. There are many great singers, but only a few have a voice with character that forces all who hear it to listen closely. «I was really surprised to know that Lenny Kravitz watched all of my videos and was impressed so much at my cover of Teen Town that he wanted to meet me in person», she says. West’s musical journey began in her hometown, Phoenix, AZ. It was there that her father — an accomplished guitarist — taught her how to play the rhythm guitar when she was just 13-years-old. Growing up in a household filled with music and creativity, West’s family includes her sisters (keys, drums, violin, and guitar) who were her first band and singing act, and an older brother, a few of which she still records with today. Though she began her musical journey playing the guitar, the left-handed phenom truly realized her calling when she discovered the bass in high school while listening to Michael Jackson’s «You Wanna Be Startin Somethin’». After discovering the instrument there was no stopping her. Music was not the only area West excelled in. The accomplished runway and print model and musician was a straight A student in high school and a track and field state record holder. She’s so passionate about calculus that she has a blog dedicated to her love for it. Unfortunately for the universities that offered her scholarships for her mind and athletic acumen, West chose music as her career path. Although West’s father taught her and her siblings how to sing at a young age she has always considered herself more of a bassist than a singer. So much so that she intended for her debut album — Just in the Nik of Time — to be an instrumental project. «The producer I was working with, told me I have a wonderful voice and I need to sing,» says West. «I ended up doing it and I kind of like it now.» While working on her first album «Just In The Nik Of Time», Dave Stewart of Eurythmics also became acquainted with West’s work, fell in love with her soulful voice, and reached out to her to work with him on several projects. Within days she was performing with Stewart in Los Angeles to capacity crowds. Days later she also began working with Stewart and Grammy-winning songwriter/producer Glen Ballard (Alanis Morissette, George Strait, and Michael Jackson) on a recording project. Since then, Nik has accompanied, recorded with, and jammed with a few well-known artists, such as Prince, John Mayer, Marcus Miller, and more. Her talent has even peaked the attention of Lenny Kravitz, Steven Tyler, and Flea (RHCP). «Nik West is definitely bringing back the funk groovement and I love everything about what she stands for!» ~ Bootsy Collins Before gracing the covers of Bass Musician Magazine and being featured in Bass Player, Bass Quarterly Germany, and Bass Magazine Japan, West’s skill was noticed early on by legendary music company, Fender. They took notice of her standout voice and funky bass playing and offered her an artist endorsement. She was also one of the first musicians to play Fender’s first 6-string bass. West’s string of accomplishments continued as she was selected to endorse SWR’s Black Beauty Amplifiers. The photo of West that is featured in the SWR advertisement was hand selected by legendary bassist Marcus Miller. «Any time someone is called by Prince AND the Musical Director for Michael Jackson (Michael Bearden), you just know they have to be something special!» Nik is the face of a brand new line of basses called the Dimension Bass that Fender came out with in 2013. She was a partner in helping to develop the bass. She is also the brainchild behind the Queen of Strings Competition, discovering, inspiring and teaching young women self esteem and discipline on an instrument. To find out more, visit www.queenofstrings.com QUOTES: «The Female Lenny Kravitz»- ~ Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) «Holy Funkadelic, I felt this girl’s energy the first time I was in her presence, I knew there was something special about her with that hair» ~ Steven Tyler «Great stage presence» ~ Prince «She wears a colorful mohawk shaped like a bass clef on her head» ~ Soul Train Video

Al Foster Quintet at Nisville 2017!

Al Foster - Nišville Jazz Festival 2017

Al Foster Quintet at Nisville 2017!

Legendary drummer Al Foster and his Quintet is going to perform program „Tribute to Charlie Parker“ at Nisville 2017, at Friday August 11th. The members of quinete are: Mike DiRubbo (alt sax), Freddie Hendrix (trumpet), Adam Birnbaum (piano) and Doug Weiss (bass). “I replaced Jack de Johnette on the drums with Al Foster who I first heard at the cellar club on 95th street Manhattan. He knocked me out ’cause he had such a groove, and he would just clay it right in there. That was the kind of thing I was looking for. Al could set it up for everybody else to play off and keep the groove going forever, for what I wanted in a drummer – Al Foster had it all.” Miles Davis, 1989 in his autobiography “Miles” What else to say… 6 foster 2 Al Foster was born in Richmond, Virginia on January 18, 1943. Grown up in New York he was given a drum set when he was ten, and with the encouragement of his father, a double bass player, learned to play jazz by listening to recordings of Max Roach. While still in his teens he met Sonny Rollins, who exerted a strong influence. He worked with Hugh Masekela(1960), Ted Curson and Illinois Jaquet (1962-1964), Blue Mitchell (with whom he made his first recording, 1964), Lou  Donaldson (1966), and Kai Winding. He played jazz-rock for three years as a member of the Miles Davis ensemble (from 1972), with which he toured widely, and toured the USA and recorded with the Milestone Jazzstars in the autumn of 1978. Later (1980) he resumed his association with Miles Davis, touring and recording with him until Davis’ death in 1991. During his long career he also played with such outstanding artists like Cannonball Adderley, Thelonious Monk, Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, Joe Lovano, Junior Cook, Chick Corea, Sonny Fortune, Red Garland, Sam Jones, George Adams, Don Pullen, Bill Evans, Branford Marsalis, John Scofield, Mino Cinelu, Gil Evans, Sting, John McLaughlin, Joe Henderson, Ron Carter, Ray Brown, Joe Chambers, Michel Petrucciani, Michael Brecker, Bobby Hutcherson, Kenny Garrett, Geri Allen, Dexter Gordon – just to mention a few. These days he is the preferred drummer of McCoy Tyner, Larry Willis,and also Sonny Rollins. Respected and admired for his keen sensitivity, Foster is known for his unique ability to listen to and playoff others in an almost telepathic way, responding to them with a style that is at once both charismatic and understated. F oster, is a great believer in the purity of the music, a genuine artist who continues to push the boundaries of creativity again and again, devoted to preserving and perpetuating the highest standards in jazz today. He is a magnificent all-round drummer, and his rhythmic chops are renowned in musical styles ranging from bebop to free form to jazz/rock. Recently he has recorded and toured with his own band. 06 DiRUBBO (3) Today, in an age where media-created young lions are more interested in downloads than down beats, alto saxophonist/composer/bandleader/educator Mike DiRubbo is the real deal. Ever since he arrived in New York two decades ago, DiRubbo has reigned supreme as one of the most durable and dynamic musicians of his generation. That bold statement is augmented by the aural evidence of his work with the brightest jazz stars including Al Foster, Larry Willis, Jimmy Cobb, Harold Mabern, Eddie Henderson, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Tony Reedus, Dwayne Burno, Peter Washington, Carl Allen, John Hicks and Cecil Payne, and as a solo artist, with eight critically-acclaimed CD’s as a leader. DiRubbo has worked in various New York clubs including Smalls, Smoke, 55 Bar, the Kitano, and has also performed in many national and international venues including the Litchfield Jazz Festival, Vizta Jazz in Rio de Janeiro, The Maze in Rio de Janeiro, Ronnie Scott’s and Pizza Express in London, the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, the JVC Jazz Festival in NYC, the Jazz, Blues and Videotape festival in Tel Aviv, Ferrara Jazz in Italy, and Ancona Jazz Festival. On his instrument DiRubbo has it all: from Benny Carter’s mastery of melody, and Johnny Hodges’ ballad mellowtones to Charlie Parker’s light-speed fluency. But what truly sets DiRubbo apart from the rest was his apprenticeship under the legendary alto saxophonist/educator Jackie McLean: the Harlem bebop whiz kid who literally grew up on Miles Davis and Charlie Parker and surged the alto saxophone toward the change of the century with his alto-centric embrace of hard and post-bop, soul jazz and the avant-garde. DiRubbo fell under McLean’s soulful, swinging spell in his home state of Connecticut, where he was born on July 25, 1970. He first heard the music of the spheres in the fourth grade as a clarinetist, before switching to the alto at the age of twelve. In high school, he performed a life-changing concert with the dynamic Dwike Mitchell/Willie Ruff duo. Buoyed by his performance with the pianist and bassist/French horn virtuoso, the largely self-taught, DiRubbo decided to dedicate himself to playing jazz professionally. DiRubbo took a giant step toward his goal of becoming a jazz man, taking that fateful one step beyond from his high school to the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz of the Hartt School, University of Hartford, one of the nation’s finest music schools whose distinguished alumni included saxophonists Antoine Roney, Abraham Burton, and drummer and trumpeter Winard and Philip Harper. DiRubbo came under the direct tutelage of McLean – who moved to Connecticut from New York in 1968. Under McLean’s study, DiRubbo learned the music from a true master of the craft: a syncopated soul survivor who performed and recorded with Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, and with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, and recorded a number of memorable albums including, Let Freedom Ring, Jackie’s Bag and New Wine In Old Bottles. “He dug my sound,” DiRubbo says “I was bare-bones. I had a great sound. I had a good ear. But I didn’t know the language, or the theory [of the music]. But he told me, ‘don’t worry about it, you’ll get all of that stuff together. You remind me of myself when I was your age.’” DiRubbo’s CD’s as a leader include several quintet and quartet dates. In addition to being an improviser of the first order, DiRubbo is an active and engaged educator and teaches at several institutions including Sacred Heart University and The Litchfield Jazz Camp and is a guest instructor at William Paterson University, New York University, Baldwin Wallace University, The New School, Loyola University (New Orleans) and the Jackie McLean Institute. 06 freddie 2 Over the past two decades, Freddie Hendrix has become one of the most in demand trumpeters in Jazz, and beyond. Also an accomplished composer, arranger and educator, the Teaneck, New Jersey native’s skill and versatility has resulted in him working with a wide array of performers that range from the Count Basie Orchestra and The Christian McBride Big Band, to Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys. With the release of his first recording as a leader, JERSEY CAT, Freddie is serving notice that now is his time. One of the music’s most exciting players, Hendrix has forged his own sure footed, full toned sound, out of the tradition of Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Lee Morgan, and Clifford Brown. A powerful septet recording, JERSEY CAT, a scintillating septet debut, impresses from the opening bars of the powerful first track, “St. Peter’s Walk”. At home on fiery, uptempo tracks, or on ballads like “You Don’t Know What Love Is”, Hendrix shows that he can handle any tempo and interpret any song with ease, and when called for, nuance. And on originals like “On The Rise” (one of his first compositions), “Madeira Nights”, (inspired by his first trip to Europe), and “Whims Of A Waltz”, Freddie’s aforementioned composing and arranging talents are on full display. Among the other selections on this well rounded project is a wonderful performance of the Horace Silver classic “Peace”, and a swinging rendition of Freddie Hubbard’s “Hubtones”. A product of the esteemed Jazz program at William Paterson University, with a Masters in Jazz Studies and Performance from New Jersey City University, Hendrix also shares his knowledge and passion for the music by serving as a faculty member at the Hartt School of Music at The University of Hartford (Ct.), The New School in New York, and Jazz House Kids, in Montclair, New Jersey. Whether leading his own groups, or lending his talents as a lead or section player in much larger ensembles, Freddie Hendrix continues to flourish as one of the most exciting trumpet voices on the music scene. 06 birnbaum 1 Adam Birnbaum is emerging as one of the top young voices in jazz piano. Since receiving a graduate Artist’s Diploma in jazz studies from The Julliard School in 2003, he has become a presence on the New York City scene as a leader and sideman, performing in such venues as the Village Vanguard, the Blue Note, Birdland, the Jazz Standard and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. He has also performed on many national and world stages, including the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, the Kennedy Center, the Montreal Jazz Festival, The Spoleto Festival, The Red Sea Jazz Festival, The Rockport Chamber Festival, NPR Jazz Christmas, and the Capetown Jazz Festival. As a leader, Birnbaum has released four albums under his name in Japan and the U.S. His first release, Ballade Pour Adeline, received a Gold Disk award from Swing Journal as one of the top albums of 2006. Adam’s U.S. debut Travels, released in 2009 under the Smalls record label, received enthusiastic reviews in Allmusic.com, All About Jazz and JazzTimes. Birnbaum’s recent release Three of A Mind, featuring bassist Doug Weiss and drummer Al Foster, was hailed as “an eloquent dispatch from the heart of the contemporary piano trio tradition” by the New York Times, and received an Editor’s Pick and four star review in Downbeat magazine. As a sideman, Birnbaum’s wide-ranging versatility and artistry have made him a first call for a wide variety of ensembles. He has performed or toured with established jazz legends such as Al Foster, Greg Osby, Wallace Roney, Eddie Henderson, Eddie Gomez, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis, as well as with young artists such as Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, Pedro Giraudo, Marshall Gilkes, Dominick Farinacci, and Cecile Mclorin Salvant. Birnbaum has appeared as a sideman more than 15 albums Birnbaum is also recognized as a composer and arranger. Allmusic.com reviewer Ken Dryden said “Birnbaum’s compositions prove immediately infectious, each with a hook that draws the listener along for the ride. “A review of Travels in JazzTimes praised the album’s “stellar originals.” In 2009 Birnbaum premiered Dream Songs, a trio suite based on the poetry of John Berryman. The work was commissioned by Chamber Music America. In 2012 Birnbaum was a guest artist at the Chelsea Music Festival in New York, arranging Debussy and Japanese folk songs for his trio, strings, koto, woodwinds and operatic singers. Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, Birnbaum studied at the New England Conservatory of Music before moving to New York City in 2001, one of two pianists selected to participate in the Julliard School’s inaugural jazz studies program. In 2004 he won the American Jazz Piano Competition and became the American Pianists Association’s Cole Porter fellow in Jazz. That same year, he became the first jazz pianist to present a recital at the prestigious Gilmore Rising Stars Recital Series. In 2006, he received the first-ever “special mention” prize at the Martial Solal Jazz Piano Competition in Paris. He has toured West Africa and Asia sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center and the U.S. State Department. Adam has studied with Danilo Perez, Kenny Barron, and Fred Hersch 06 weiss 1 Raised in Chicago, Illinois, Bassist Doug Weiss has lived and performed in the New York City jazz scene since graduating from the William Paterson College jazz studies program in1988. His first International travel was to Japan with the legendary singer Joe Williams in 1991. Also in 1991, Weiss joined the faculty of the prestigious New School University. He has taught Ear-Training, Theory and Performance, and private lessons. He also developed a special ensemble dedicated to the music of Wayne Shorter. In 1995 Weiss recorded the first of two critically acclaimed Blue Note records under the leadership of pianist Kevin Hays. His relationship with Kevin, both intuitive and visceral, continues to the present with 10 cds recorded and many appearances in the United States and abroad. In 1996 began Doug Weiss’ association with legendary drummer Al Foster. Al’s band has toured the world, playing more than 1000 concerts and recording 2 cds to date. In 2003 he was tapped by drummer and producer Brian Blade to record Lizz Wrights’ critically acclaimed debut album “Salt” (Verve) and toured extensively in support of that project. He also toured Europe and played the Village Vanguard with Brian Blade and the Fellowship band. He performs with guitarist Peter Bernstein’s “Monk” project, with long-time friend and section mate Bill Stewart. Their Cd “Monk” was released in 2008 on Xanadu. In 2004 Weiss was invited to join the Faculty at SUNY Purchase, where he teaches private lessons and Ensemble class. Recently, Weiss was featured, along with Billy Drummond and John Scofield, on Eddie Henderson’s release “For All We Know” on Furthermore records

Leading British soul singer and songwiriter is comig in Serbia – Tony Momrelle at Nisville 2017

Tony Momrelle - Nišville 2017

Tony Momrelle at Nisville 2017

Singer-songwriter Tony Momrelle, currently one of the hottest artists in the R&B / soul scene, is going mto perform wuth his band at Nisville 2017 – at august 10th. Momrelle started studying music from the age of just 8 and would embrace gospel through regular church attendance. At 13, he’d switch to “part-time” rapping with a local hip-hop group and then five years’ later, in 1991, would kick-start his career as a backing vocalist for Gloria Estefan. Momrelle picks the story up. “I was looking at a career in marketing” he explains. “I had been messing around in a hip-hop band, and a few people knew I could sing, but I wasn’t convinced about travelling across London for a random job I knew nothing about. Of course I did go down to Barnes and there was Gloria Estefan in the studio waiting for me.”
Tony Momrelle - Nisville Jazz Festival
Tony Momrelle – Nisville Jazz Festival
They call that a baptism of fire. As a professional singer Momrelle was straight in at the deep end, but Estefan liked what she heard and soon there were other lucrative offers of session work. “I got the pay cheque for my work with Gloria and I was blown away; I realised that maybe I could make a serious go of singing. I was still aware of the risk but, for me, it was worth taking; I’ve never looked back.” Since then he’s been touring with the biggest and best. His association with Estefan has been rather impressively followed by work for Whitney Houston, Sir Elton John, Take That and most recently Sade. He’s also recorded with urban gospel group Seven, and released two artist albums – the first, Freetime, appeared on Art & Soul in 1999; the second, Message In The Music, arrived 10 years later. All of this, however, is to forget Momrelle’s long and fruitful association with those bastions of live soulful groove, Incognito. His consistently tip-top vocals on the road impressed Incognito main man Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick to the extent of offering him a spot on both the band’s 2002 album Life Stranger Than Fiction and their relentless international tour dates. “I was very fortunate to land with Incognito. It was all word of mouth” Momrelle reveals. “I would have started touring with them even earlier than I did but there were issues with my visa. Bluey remembered me though and brought me in; it was amazing to be recognised in that way.” But now Tony is ready to focus fully on himself. His 2015 album Keep Pushing (Reel People Music) launched him firmly into the realm of solo star, with the title track hitting number one on the UK Soul Charts. He also received a nomination for Best Male Vocalist from SoulTracks.   https://youtu.be/hVskalkcJ_Q   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1d-e0ho0II

Famous dutch saxophonist comes in Nis – Candy Dulfer at Nisville 2017

Candy Dulfer - Nišville 2017

Candy Dulfer at Nisville 2017

Dutch saxophonist Candy Dulfer is going to perform with her band at this year Nisville festival  – at August 14th. Candy Dulfer is known around the world for her powerful and highenergy concerts. She collaborates with the biggest artists, performs with her own band across the world in sold-out clubs and on the largest festival stages, received a Grammy Award nomination for her debut album ‘Saxuality’, sold over 2.5 million albums worldwide since, and has had several number 1 hits in the USA. She rose to fame with high profile collaborations with Dave Stewart (‘Lily was here’) and Prince. With Prince she performed at Jay Leno’s Tonight Show, played dozens of shows in the USA and all over Europe, and recorded on several of his albums. Together with Prince and Beyoncé she performed at the Grammy Awards ceremony.
Candy Dulfer - Nišville Jazz Festival
Candy Dulfer – Nišville Jazz Festival
Candy started another exciting new chapter in her versatile career with the release of her album ‘Crazy’ in the Fall of 2011. The close collaboration with Black Eyed Peas musical director and producer Printz Board forms the foundation of the daring new sound of the album. After the album’s release she and her band toured in the USA, Japan, Europe, Russia, the Baltic States, and – for the first time in her career – in South America. She also started a close collaboration with leading fashion brand Mexx, playing special instore shows at their stores across Europe, and releasing a special fashion collection designed by Candy herself. Also, in 2013 Candy was a celebrity judge & talent coach on the Dutch edition of X Factor. At the end of 2013, Candy and her longtime friends Trijntje Oosterhuis, Edsilia Rombley, Berget Lewis and Glennis Grace formed the supergroup Ladies of Soul. In February 2014 – following their hit single “I’ll Carry You” – they performed two massive sold-out showsat the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, entertaining over 34,000 fans. The resulting live album & dvd ‘Live at the Ziggo Dome’, capturing the magic of those nights, was released in April and went straight to Number 1 in the Album & iTunes charts. Following a highly successful tour in 2013 – playing festivals and venues across Europe and Japan – Candy continues to perform with her energetic new band this year, with shows all over Europe, the USA, Japan and Russia. Not only will they perform well-known songs from Candy’s extensive back catalogue, but some exciting covers as well, along with some musical surprises.