Nisville 2009

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Bohem Ragtime Jazz BandBohem Ragtime

Probably the world's most versatile jazz band

"A bunch of wonderful and dynamic musicians, fun to watch and great to listen to" (Mimi Blais, Queen of Ragtime)
The eight members of the Bohém Ragtime Jazz Band own fifteen instruments and they even play all of them! Not to mention other specialties of their unique features like other instrument-like tools for making musical noise with, a cappella singing or occasional dancing. The band plays almost as many styles as instruments.

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Eyot (Niš)

Eyot is the band founded in Nis about 2 years ago. Apart from their regular shows in clubs all around Serbia, they also had a chance to play in the final of Umbria Jazz Balkanic Windows competition.

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Mingus DynastyMingus Dynasty

Mingus Dynasty (USA)

This unique band is part of a complex project (within which there are two line-ups: Mingus Big Band and Mingus Orchestra) which has been presenting legacy of Charles Mingus, the great contrabassist and one of the most significant jazz musicians, besides Duke Ellington.


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Jazzex (UKR)

The vocal group JAZZEX was created in 2005 by the group of like-minded people.  In the first place, these musicians have been united by their love to a cappella singing. To the moment of their meeting, each participant of the group has accumulated his own experience and unique knowledge in this genre.

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Candy Dulfer BandCandy Dulfer

Candy Dulfer Band (NLD)

One of the biggest names from Dutch jazz scene, great alto saxophonist Candy Dulfer is the daughter of Hans Dolfer, a respected jazz tenor saxophonist. As a six-year-old she started to play on a soprano saxophone, because her father's tenor saxophone was too heavy When she was 12, she began playing in a band with Rosa King, an American expatriate who lived in Holland . At the age of 14, Dulfer started her own band Funky Stuff. In 1988, Funky Stuff was booked as the supporting act for three Prince concerts in the Netherlands. After that, Prince canceled the supporting act, but he introduced her to the world via his video for "Partyman.".

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Boban & Marko Marković OrchestraBoban & Marko

Boban & Marko Marković Orchestra (SRB)

The quintessential brass Balkan band, originating from Vladicin Han, Southern Serbia, once again captures the mantle of leading band of Serbia (a title for which they have remained crowned since the late 80’s). Their music, performed by a twelve-piece strong band, is wholly defined by their own gypsy lineage whilst giving a knowing nod towards other musical and cultural backgrounds closely related to that of the Romani’s.

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Lala TrioLala Trio

Lala Trio (SRB)

Was formed in 2005. and it's style is the closest to the gipsy-jazz music. Our idea is to promote our authorship songs. Within the repertoire there are also the workouts of the famous jazz authors. The good side of the instrumental music is that it doesn't have the language barrier, thus the listener of the various cultures can interpret it in their own way. The art is the thing which connects the people around the world. On the january of 2009 band released first CD “Journey”.
LalaTrio are:  Milan Lepedat - Solo Guitar, Zlatomir Putnik - Rhythm Guitar and Ivan Knežević - Double-Bass

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Michaela Rabitsch & Robert Pawlik QuartetMichaela/Pawlik

Michaela Rabitsch & Robert Pawlik Quartet (AUT)

Michaela Rabitsch, singer, composer and Austria’s only and top female jazz trumpet player and her ingenious partner – composer and guitarist Robert Pawlik are pleased to release their junior release Moods.  This album presents ten songs that reflect the passion, energy and emotions of their life. 
Moods is their first recording with exclusively original compositions presented by both leaders, reflecting the core of their current work. The album was recorded and mixed in their private studio, which they try to optimize always according to their needs, constantly looking for and achieving the ultimate sound using vintage and only the finest gear in recording.

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Miroslav Vitous & Ratko Zjača BandVitous & Zjača

Miroslav Vitous & Ratko Zjača Band (CZE, USA, NLD, CRO)

Miroslav Vitous played music with his brother Alan and Jan Hammer while attending the Prague Conservatory, and played in a Dixieland band with trumpeter/singer Jírí Jerinek.  Winning first prize in an international music competition in Vienna gave Miroslav the opportunity to study in the U.S., at Berklee College of Music.  It was during this time that he was asked to play in Cannonball Adderley's group, but turned it down in order to complete his studies at Berklee.   In the summer of 1967, Miroslav moved to New York to get involved in the vibrant music scene of the mid-sixties.

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Joseph „Mister Defunkt“ Bowie & The BastardzMister Defunkt

Joseph „Mister Defunkt“ Bowie & The Bastardz (USA, CRO)

Joseph began his career in St. Louis, Missouri where he was born in 1953 and raised by his father William Lester Bowie, Sr. & mother Earxie L. Bowie. Joseph’s father was a music teacher and he was greatly influenced by his older brothers Byron (saxophonist & arranger) and older brother Lester, internationally acclaimed jazz trumpeter.

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Omri Ziegele Brother HoodOmri Ziegele

Omri Ziegele Brother Hood (CH)

The Trio (Omri Ziegele -altosaxophone, voice, Herbert Kramis doublebass and Dieter Ulrich – drums)exists since 1998. Founder Omri Ziegele wanted to create a more traditionalsound than in his other projects. Brother Hood so started off playing mostly American Songbook classicals. The tunes were played in an own handwright and thereforeOmri Ziegele did lot of arrangement work. Later on Ziegele started to write tunes forthe trio and today the program consists of a mixture of old and new tunes. The trio sees itself in the tradition of classical Jazz-Trios such as the ones of Sonny Rollins,
Lee Konitz ort he early Ornette Coleman.

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The Four BonesThe Four Bones

The Four Bones (HUN)

The Four Bones Trombone Quartet (Magyar Péter, Villányi László, Halász Ágoston, Gyetvai Péter)was formed in 2002. The members are truly committed to their elegant and special instruments.
With background in classical music, the quartet has been engaged with a wide variety of musical styles from modern contemporary to jazz.
In the past couple of years, Four Bones became a unique and particular formation and it deservedly gained a great recognition in Hungary.

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Darko Rundek & Cargo OrkestarDarko Rundek

Darko Rundek Cargo Orkestar (FRA, CRO)

Haustor was formed in 1979 by Srđan Sacher-bass, and Darko Rundek-guitar/vocals, with Zoran Perišić-drums and Ozren Štiglić-guitar.
Damir Prica-saxophone, Nikola Santro-trombone, and Zoran Vuletić-keyboards, completed the original Haustor line-up.
They were open to reggae, Croatian, South American and African folk influences and were one of the top bands of the rock scene in ex-Yugoslavia, performing numerous concerts to thousands of spectators.
The band released four studio-recorded albums during the 80’s: Haustor 1981, Treći Svijet (Third world) 1984, Bolero 1985 and Tajni Grad (Secret Town) 1988; three singles: Moja prva ljubav (My first love) 1980, Zima (Winter) 1981 and Radio 1982.

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DOk-e ConnectionOk-e Connection

Ok-e Connection (SRB)

The current line-up of the band, which has been changing line-ups for ten years, represents a fusion of tradition, embodied in saxophonist Rista Trajković, the original member, and young musicians from Niš, each individually involved in the Niš music scene. The band is devoted to creating original music which is envisioned as a connection of tradition and fresh ideas in jazz music of this region.

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Jamie DavisJamie Davis

Jamie Davis (USA)

"Chocolate-voiced": baritone Jamie Davis is considered one of great male jazz vocalists of his generation. Touted as "the successor" to Lou Rawls and Joe Williams, Davis has sung with Tony Bennett, George Benson, Jimmy Cobbs, Patty Austin, Rosemary Clooney and Billy Cobham.
By the way, Jamie Davis is favourite singer of Clint Eastwood – famous film maker and expert for jazz who directed excelent movie biography of Charlie Parker “Bird” and documentary films about history of jazz.

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Richard Galliano Tangaria QuartetRichard Galliano

Richard Galliano Tangaria Quartet (FRA)

One of the biggest names in jazz in the second half of the twentieth century is going to present his fantastic style on Nisville Jazz Festival..
Richard Galliano was born in Cannes on December 12, 1950. He studied piano and accordion with his father, Lucien Galliano, before pursuing his musical studies at the Nice Conservatory, presided at that time by organist Pierre Cochereau. He studied counterpoint, harmony, and trombone, graduating with a 1er Prix d' Excellence in 1969. In parallel with this musical apprenticeship he took part in international accordion competitions. Playing J.S. Bach, Tchaikovsky, Ravel and Gershwin, he won first prize in the accordion "World Cup" two years in a row (1966, Valence, Spain and 1967, Calais, France) as well as the President's Prize in 1968 (under President Charles de Gaulle).

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Szillard Mezei Septeta & Matthias SchubertSchubert

Szillard Mezei Septeta & Matthias Schubert (SER, GER)

Szilard Mezei was  born February 12th, 1974 in Senta, Serbia (then Yugoslavia) as a member of the Hungarian minority in the multiethnic region of Vojvodina. Completed his violin studies in Senta and Subotica and studied composition for four years at the University of Arts in Beograd under prof. Zoran Eric.

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Yehya Khalil Egyptian Jaz FusionYehya Khalil

Yehya Khalil Egyptian Jaz Fusion (EGY)

"Today, Yehya Khalil's music is a unique blend of powerful percussive arrangements, authentic oriental music and legendary Jazz tunes, offer an incredible musical journey that nourishes both mind and soul."

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Grace Kelly BandGrace Kelly

Grace Kelly Band (USA)

Grace Kelly, one of the most talented young saxophonists vocalist, composer and arranger to come along in many years, is going to present his fantastic style on Nisville Jazz Festival. 
She performed and recorded with  Phill Woods, Wynton Marsalis, Randy Brecker, Diane Reeves, Dave Brubeck, Hank Jones, Frank Morgan, Kenny Barron, Cedar Walton, Marian McPartland, Harry Connick Jr., Russell Malone, Rufus Reid, Ann Hampton Callaway, Jerry Bergonzi, Terri Lyne Carrington, George Cables...

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Irving Louis Lattin Blues BandIrving Louis

Irving Louis Lattin Blues Band (USA)

Native Chicagoan Irving Louis Lattin has been playing since he was 13 years old. He grew up on the music of Blues & Gospel like, Mahalia Jackson, the Staple Singers, Muddy Waters, BB King, Motown, Memphis/Stax and the British Invasion. The list of infuences are endless... He began writing songs when he was 17 and also playing piano when he turned 25. He is still making the music he loves which is a blend of Rhythm & Blues, Pop & Funk... Irving has been actively writing songs 9 years for the organization: "Songs of Love Foundation" , which writes personal (one time only) songs for sick children in hospitals all over the United States. He considers it his blessing to do this work...

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Randy Brecker & Radio Sofia Big Band, Feat. Vasil PetrovRandy Brecker

Randy Brecker & Radio Sofia Big Band, Feat. Vasil Petrov  (USA, BUL)

At begining of this year, Randy Brecker, the jazz trumpet player and composer, won the prestigious Grammy Award for his album “Randy in Brasil“ in “The Best contemporary Jazz CD“ category. The list of musicians he has collaborated with includes James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, Parliament-Funkadelic, Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, Charles Mingus, Blood Sweat and Tears, David Sanborn, Jaco Pastorius, Horace Silver, Booker T and the MGs, Art Blakey‘s Jazz Messengers, Frank Zappa, Mingus Big Band and Mingus Dynasty, Larry Coryell, Clark Terry‘s Big Band, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra... With Billy Cobham, John Abercrombie and his brother Mike, he is a founder of the legendary fusion group “Dreams”

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Daniel Marques Trio (BRA)Daniel Marques

Daniel Marques Trio (BRA)

Daniel Marques is a professional Brazilian guitar player. He was born (in 1979) and lives in Rio de Janeiro. He excels both at the electric and acoustic guitar. He has developed his own rhythmic and energic style strenghtened by percussions.
The abundant bagage of rhythms in his music consists of developed variations of traditional as well as modern rythms like maracatu, frevo, choro, samba, bossa-nova, baiao, afoxé...

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Yildiz Ibrahimova BandYildiz Ibrahimova

Yildiz Ibrahimova Band (TUR)

Yildiz Ibrahimova was born in Bulgaria. Since 1993 has been living in Turkey. She is called “the great star of Bulgaria and Turkey”.
The unique combination between her four-octave range and the perfect vocal technique is unbelievable. At the age of 10 Yildiz Ibrahimova started to take piano and solfeggio lessons in a special music school for children. Later she finished Sofia Music School as the best of her year and continued her education in the Theoretical Faculty of the Bulgarian State Music Academy; her subject was opera singing.

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Incognito (GBR)

Incognito - the band who won the largest number of votes at Nisville website inquiry “Nisville - Make a wish”, this year will appear in our town again. Although a rain have fallen down that evening three years ago, both visitors and musicians had a wonderfull time. Founder of the band Jean-Paul Maunick mentioned that their performance at Nisville festival in 2006 was “probably the best performance in their career”.

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E-75E – 75

E – 75 (SER)

E-75 started out as a five piece acoustic blues band “Bootleg Blues” in year 2001 in Belgrade, Serbia. The band grew and now consists of 10 excellent musicians and occasionally 3 backing vocals.
E-75 plays original music which is a mixture of Soul, Funky, Blues, R’n’B, Americana and new acoustic music. The band is known for its excellent performance. Since its very beginnings, the band received excellent revues, both from the music critics and from the public, especially for its excellent live performance.