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2015

Marcus Miller - Afrodeezia Tour
Marcus Miller was still in his mother’s womb when his future mentor Miles Davis was recording “Kind Of Blue” with Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Wynton Kelly (Marcus’ cousin) and Paul Chambers, the future idol of our soon-to-be-born bassplayer who first caused his (vocal) chords to vibrate on June 14th in Brooklyn, New York.

1971
By now, little Marcus was dancing in front of his TV, watching the Jackson 5. He was the same age as the youngest and most gifted of them, Michael. He didn’t know it yet, but one day he’d be playing one of his songs on the bass, I’ll Be There. While Marcus was growing up in the Jamaica neighbourhood of Queens, NY, he started by blowing into a recorder, and then a bass clarinet, which remains one of his favourite instruments. But from the day he picked up an electric bass, he would never put it down.

1974
Although much more talented than average, Marcus perfects his technique, playing over and over the legendary intro of Hair, a funk-manifesto propelled by the earthquake-bass of Larry Graham, the master of slap. In those days, young Marcus was listening just as passionately to Robert “Kool” Bell from Kool & The Gang; James Jamerson, “Mister Bass” at Motown’s studios; Rocco Priesta, the man who patented groove with Tower Of Power; Gary King, who was playing bass with Grover Washington, Jr.; and Stanley Clarke, whose first, eponymous LP went straight onto Marcus’ turntable in 1975.

1976
At the same time as he was learning to play Jaco Pastorius’ first album by heart, Marcus started hanging out at recording studios in the Big Apple. The great names in soul, jazz and pop were quick to snatch him up: this versatile youngster was a virtuoso who could decipher any score they put in front of him... But Marcus was already looking much further ahead than the neck of his bass. His attractive melodies and his producing-talents seduced musicians of all genres: Lonnie Liston Smith, David Sanborn, Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, and later Boz Scaggs, Al Jarreau, George Benson, Take 6, Wayne Shorter.

1981
Miles Davis had been holed up in his New York apartment for five years. He was brooding, and hardly touched his trumpet. But the phoenix finally rose from his ashes… The young bassist in his new band was making an impression on the crowds, and people could finally put a face to the name they’d seen so often on album-sleeves: Marcus Miller! Five years later 1986] Marcus wrote and produced “Tutu”, the trumpeter’s great last classic. In 1989, Marcus composed the poignant Mr. Pastorius in homage to his hero, two years after his tragic passing. Miles, touched by the solar beauty of that tribute’s melody, agreed to record it. Emotion.

1993
“The Sun Don’t Lie”, Marcus Miller’s first instrumental album, brilliantly launched his second career. A born catalyst with a gift for revealing new talents, Marcus had matured as a musician; sure of his art, he had become a fully-fledged leader. Numerous world tours had given him an increasingly wide audience who found in Marcus Miller a charismatic figure, a generous musician who was both a natural player and collaborator and an authentic creator.

2012
After two Grammy® Awards, nine albums  six in the studios and three “live”  came “Renaissance”; true to its title, it opened a new chapter in the life of Marcus Miller. Marcus now embodies jazz history, the traditional and the contemporary. As for “Afrodeezia” his first Blue Note opus, it reflects his new aspirations as an ambassador and messenger of the great black music forms with his stamp as always, that contagious musicality, that unique groove and that instantly recognizable bass sound, often imitated, never equalled. Today, in 2015, let there be no doubt: the adventure is only beginning.

Liv Warfield w/ Prince’s NPG Hornz
In the beginning of her career, Liv Warfield collaborated with a myriad of local musicians in Portland which provided the platform to demonstrate her vocals across genres. In 2006, Liv’s self-released debut album Embrace Me, was well received and offered the world a glimpse into her distinguished sound.

However, it was 2009 which brought the pivotal change of her career. The legendary performer Prince watched a video on YouTube of Liv singing “Gimme Shelter” and three months later, he called her to invite her to audition for his vocal backing group, the New Power Generation (NPG). Nowadays, Liv has been singing, touring and blazing stages with Prince and the NPG for the past several years. Liv also sang on Prince’s 2010 album Lotusflow3r and since then, the rest is history – in the making.

She has been nominated for three 2014 Soul Train Music Awards, where she is also scheduled to perform along with Chris Brown, Jodeci and more. With the dedication and tremendous talent evidenced in her journey so far, it is realistic to speculate that a future Liv Warfield Grammy nomination would not be unexpected.

Dianne Reeves
Dianne Reeves is among the pre-eminent jazz vocalists in the world. In her first studio album in five years, Reeves delivers what is destined to become a soul-jazz classic. The album, Beautiful Life, also marks a new relationship with Concord Records —which is not entirely new: Reeves was featured in George Clooney’s six-time Academy Award nominated “Good Night, and Good Luck,” and performed every song on the Grammy-winning soundtrack which was released on Concord Jazz.

Beautiful Life is comprised of 12 songs that have touched Reeves’ spirit in different ways and are rendered in such a way that will appeal to jazz and non-jazz fans alike. Mixing in her love of collaboration, the four-time Grammy Award-winning vocalist has now teamed up with a stunning array of peers including Esperanza Spalding, Robert Glasper, George Duke, Gregory Porter, Gerald Clayton, Lalah Hathaway, Richard Bona and her producer Terri Lyne Carrington.

At JazzTM 2015, she will perform alongside her band on the 5th of July 2015 starting at 22:30

Aufgang
Aufgang's debut album drops in 2009, what follows is 'Istiklaliya', released under the French independent label Infine. At this time, Aufgang is a trio.

People like to say they're 'Electro-Classical'. But that falls too short.

The reality is, Aufgang is much more.

You'd be warmer describing the sound as piano melodies, electronic music and trance, thrashed out with energy of hardcore rock.

Aufgang is the child of free improvisation. But, the result is anything but abstract. It's the peoples' music - able to inhabit the body of clubbers, while also appealing to the sensibilities of classical music lovers and vica versa.

That said, trying to peg Aufgang into a box of any sort would be an ill fit. No matter how we put it.

Simply put, Aufgang is music around a drum set, a piano and synths, fronted by two seriously good musicians and composers.

Take Rami Khalife, Augang's piano, synth and voice guy - at his tender age he's already composed 'Requiem' and 'Chaos' for the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra in Doha, and you can also catch him on stage with his father, world renowned oud player, Marcel Khalife. Aymeric Westrich - our drums, synth and voice guy, is one of the best rhythm drivers in music today, having worked alongside Cassius, Kery James and Phoenix, just to name a few.

It's from these experience that Aufgang is what it is.

The Ruff Pack
Based in New York City and Vienna, THE RUFF PACK (TRP) consists of three musicians: Stephan Kondert, Matthias Löscher, and Daru Jones; blending the improvisational nature and compositional complexity of Jazz with the rustic groove and frenetic energy of Hip-Hop.

Modeled after the “classic” jazz guitar trio, TRP visualizes instrumental Hip-Hop through live instrumentation. To date, TRP has released two Studio albums: “WITH YOU“ (2013), and “Introducing THE RUFF PACK“ (2010), and their live-concert DVD, “THE RUFF PACK LIVE“ (2011).

Since 2009 they have been touring regularly on both sides of the Atlantic and have been featured at countless jazz, hip-hop clubs and festivals, including: the “Blue Note Jazz Club (NYC),” “Catch A Fire Festival (Germany),” the “Red Bull Brandwagen Geheimkonzerttour featuring Aloe Blacc (Vienna)” and the “Living Colour: VIVID 25th Anniversary at The Fillmore (San Francisco),” amongst countless other Jazz, Hip-Hop and various clubs.

As a musical collaboration between Kondert, Löscher, and Jones, the trio has succeeded at weaving together a high musical sophistication with deep soulful grooves. THE RUFF PACK takes listeners on a journey that stimulates mind and heart

Guillaume Perret + the Electric Epic
The Electric Epic is a band composed of four jazz and progressive rock musicians, who got together on the initiative of Guillaume Perret. Assuming the legacy of progressive pop of the 1970’s, Electric Epic is an innovative fusion of contemporary jazz, funky grooves and howling heavy metal.

At the crossroads of different aesthetics, the original repertoire of the album combines ambitious themes and wild improvisations, while the hypnotic loops are boosted by a rhythmic section that has that unusual warmth and efficiency.

In order to reveal the power and the subtlety of this extreme, contemporary and hybrid music, Dominique “Dume” Poutet was in charge of producing the album (Laurent de Wilde, DTC Records, Ti’Fock…)

“Simply an extraordinary music, nay unbelievable. This quartet, their setlist and performance are enthralling, like a great fresh draft that will literally stun you when looking at the sudden range of possibilities of what we call music, in addition to bringing great smiles of satisfaction to the faces of the fortunate ones this evening.” Culture Jazz

Guillaume Perret & the Electric Epic will perform in Timisoara on the 5th of july from 21:00 before Dianne Reeves.

Brum
Electro experimental trio band undergoing a mixture of modern styles with live bass and drums, aggressive or ambient guitars and synths, minimal voices perfectly framed in spatial arrangements.

Derived from Brum Conspiracy and Bumbapa, well known to the Romanian scene by their opening concerts for bands like Unkle, Tricky, Sofa Surfers, Pink Martini, Brain Damage and from many festivals and clubs in Europe. In late 2014, BRUM was nominated for "Best Electro" at Sunete Magazine Awards.

Ana-Cristina Leonte
This project brings together five of romanian jazz's most interesting names: singer/songwriter Ana-Cristina Leonte , pianist Albert Tajti , sax player Alex Munte, bassist Michael Acker and drummer Tavi Scurtu. Although they represent a new generation, they have all had a very rich presence in various musical situations, harvesting precious experiences and cultivating their skills . Each of them contributes to the group with their sensibilities and influences, the defining traits of their artistic personalities .

In this formula they explore new spheres of jazz, whee modern nuances, combined with modal jazz flavours, subtle folkloric nostalgia and outbursts on free jazz energy result in original compositions with a special sound, that maintains a delicate balance between modernity and tradition, the written and the spontaneously improvised, the simple and the complex. Part of the group s repertoir is based around the "Secret lover" concept, which is also the title of their first album, released by Fiver House Records. It illustrates the different aspects of romantic love, mirroring the singer's experiences.

Exit OZ
Exit Oz is a contemporary jazz project from Timisoara, Romania. It was started when former bassist, guitarist and vocalist, Alexandru Iovan, started playing the tenor saxophone, in 2011. The actual formation of the project happened when he asked for support from Ovidiu Zimcea in recording and adding samples to some of his ideas, thus giving birth to the Apartment Sessions, which spawned later on into the band's first album.

“Împământenit”, the debut LP, was released locally in May 2014 at Sinagoga din Cetate in Timișoara and internationally in July at Gărâna Jazz Festival to great critical acclaim. It focuses on the love-hate relationship with the composer’s place of origin and in doing so, it takes influence from the local folklore both in paraphrasing traditional ritualistic themes and in the conceptual narrative that it develops.

 

2014

Terri Lyne Carrington's Mosaic Project 2 feat. Lizz Wright
GRAMMY® Award-winning drummer, composer and bandleader, Terri Lyne Carrington, was born in 1965 in Medford, Massachusetts. After an extensive touring career of over 20 years with luminaries like Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Stan Getz, David Sanborn, Joe Sample, Cassandra Wilson, Clark Terry, Dianne Reeves and more, she recently returned to her hometown where she was appointed professor at her alma mater, Berklee College of Music. Terri Lyne also received an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music in 2003.

In 1989, Carrington released a GRAMMY®-nominated debut CD entitled Real Life Story, which featured Carlos Santana, Grover Washington Jr., Dianne Reeves, Wayne Shorter, Patrice Rushen, Gerald Albright, John Scofield, Robert Irving III, Greg Osby, Don Alias and Hiram Bullock. Other solo CDs include 2002’s Jazz is a Spirit, which features Herbie Hancock, Gary Thomas, Wallace Roney, Terence Blanchard, Kevin Eubanks, and Bob Hurst, and 2004’s Structure, a cooperative group which features Adam Rogers, Jimmy Haslip and Greg Osby. Both CDs were released on the Europe-based ACT Music label and enjoyed considerable media attention and critical acclaim in the European and Japanese markets.

Carrington’s production and songwriting collaborations with artists such as Gino Vannelli, Peabo Bryson, Dianne Reeves, Siedah Garrett, Marilyn Scott have produced notable works as well, including a special song commissioned by the Atlanta Committee for the 1996 Olympic Games, “Always Reach for Your Dreams,” (featuring Peabo Bryson), and her production of the Dianne Reeves GRAMMY®-nominated CD, That Day, which hovered at the top of the music charts for many months.

Carrington has performed on many recordings throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s thru today. Notable examples of her work include Herbie Hancock’s GRAMMY® Award-winning CD Gershwin’s World, where she played alongside Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder. She has toured with each of Hancock’s musical configurations (from electric to acoustic) over the last 10 years and is featured on his Future2Future DVD.

After a hiatus from the U.S. recording scene as a solo recording artist, Carrington returned in 2008 with More To Say... (Real Life Story: NextGen). Joining her was an impressive all-star cast of jazz and contemporary jazz instrumentalists, including George Duke, Everette Harp, Kirk Whalum, Jimmy Haslip, Greg Phillinganes, Gregoire Maret, Christian McBride, Danilo Perez, Patrice Rushen, Robert Irving III (who also serves as co-producer), Chuck Loeb, Tineke Postma, Ray Fuller, Dwight Sills, Anthony Wilson, Les McCann and a special appearance by her dad, Sonny Carrington, on tenor. In addition, she collaborated with esteemed vocalist Nancy Wilson for the song, “Imagine This.”

Carrington released The Mosaic Project in July 2011, her fifth recording overall and first on Concord Jazz. The critically acclaimed CD, which won a GRAMMY® Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album, gathered a myriad of voices and crystallized them into a multi-faceted whole that far outweighed the sum of its parts. She produced the 14-song set which featured some of the most prominent female jazz artists of the last few decades: Esperanza Spalding, Dianne Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Sheila E., Nona Hendryx, Cassandra Wilson, Geri Allen and several others. Carrington said the emergence of so many great female jazz artists is what made an album like The Mosaic Project possible, more so than in decades past.

On February 5, 2013, Carrington releases Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue, her much anticipated homage to Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Max Roach, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the release of their iconic 1963 Money Jungle album. Her new recording features Gerald Clayton and Christian McBride, with guests Clark Terry, Lizz Wright, Herbie Hancock and others and won a GRAMMY Awards for Best Jazz Instrumental Album.

Video:
The Mosaic Project - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRhG6RwLpEU
Provocative in Blue - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcxIAD74LS4
Lizz Wright – My Heart - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZDMyMOlB1w
Lizz Wright – Hit The Ground - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8epnzRGdHG4

Al Jarreau

Al Jarreau's unique vocal style is one of the world's most precious treasures. His innovative musical expressions have made him one of the most exciting and critically-acclaimed performers of our time with seven Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Best Recording for Children, Best Pop Vocal Performance (Male), Best Jazz Vocal Performance (Male), Best R&B Vocal Performance (Male), and Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance categories, scores of international music awards and popular accolades worldwide.

It's not surprising that he has perfected his technique to such an art. After all, he has been singing since the age of four.

In 2001 Al Jarreau was awarded a star on the "Hollywood Walk of Fame" commemorating his status as one of the best singers of his generation

Videos:
We’re In This Love Together: - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otVH5cv9z1A
Cold Duck Time [live]: - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBvzvci3hcM
Roof Garden [live with George Duke]: - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLd1Bd4tp3E

Anoushka Shankar

Sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar is one of the leading figures in Indian classical and progressive world music today. She is deeply rooted in the Indian classical tradition having studied exclusively from the age of nine under her father and guru, the legendary Ravi Shankar. In her twenties, after establishing herself as one of the foremost classical sitarists on the world’s stage, she began thriving as a composer, exploring fertile ground in the crossover between Indian music and a variety of genres including flamenco, jazz, electronica and Western classical music. Among various accolades she has been thrice-nominated for a Grammy® award and was the youngest, and first female, recipient of a House of Commons Shield from the Houses of Parliament in 1999.

As a classical sitarist Anoushka Shankar made her professional debut at the age of thirteen and has performed in prestigious venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Carnegie Hall, Barbican Centre, Vienna Konzerthaus, Salle Pleyel, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Palais des Beaux-Arts, KKL Luzern and at the Verbier Festival, Prague Spring Festival and the London Proms. She has championed her father’s four Concertos with the world’s leading orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony, London Philharmonic, Czech Radio Symphony, Bern Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, MDR Sinfonieorchester, Lucerne Symphony and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra under conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Kristjan Jävri and Jakob Hrusa. By the age of 20, she had already made three classical sitar recordings for EMI/Angel under the guidance of her father, and received her first Grammy® nomination, thereby becoming the first Indian female and youngest-ever nominee in the World Music category.

In 2011 Anoushka signed to the prestigious classical label Deutsche Grammophon, and released her sixth album, Traveller, a critically-hailed exploration of Indian classical music and Spanish flamenco. This was the third in a series of breakthrough experimental albums from Anoushka, following 2005’s self-produced and Grammy-nominated Rise. For Traveller, Anoushka created an ensemble of Flamenco and Indian musicians and toured extensively through Europe, the USA, Middle East and India giving over 90 concerts. Traveller earned her a third Grammy® nomination and also a Songlines Best Artist Award (2012).

October 2013 sees the release of her second CD on Deutsche Grammophon: Traces of You produced by multi-instrumentalist Nitin Sawhney. As good friends they worked closely together, coaxing out some of the most intimate and daring music Anoushka has yet released. The music exists in an indefinable space between genres, always with the Indian music Anoushka loves so dearly at its root. Traces of You features Anoushka’s half-sister Norah Jones as the sole vocalist on several songs and showcases Anoushka’s ever-increasing versatility and lyricism on the sitar.

Over the years Anoushka has maintained creative careers outside of music: in 2002 she authored the book Bapi: The Love of My Life, a biographical portrait of her father, and has served as regular columnist for New Delhi’s First City magazine and the Hindustan Times. She also earned a Best Supporting Actress nomination from India’s National Film Awards for her role in Dance Like a Man in 2004.

Today, from her home in London, where she lives with her husband and son, Anoushka’s career reflects her aim to constantly learn and grow as an artist. As Nitin Sawhney wrote, “no one embodies the spirit of innovation and experimentation more evidently than Anoushka Shankar.”

On the 7th of July 2014, at JAZZ™, Anoushka Shakar will perform accompanied by: Manu Delago (hang, drum kit, percussion), Ayanna Witter-Johnson (vocals, piano, cello), Sanjeev Shankar (shehnai), Pirashanna Thevarajah (Indian percussion) and Danny Keane(cello, piano).

Andreya Triana

An experimental and self-taught singer and songwriter originally hailing from South East London, Andreya Triana grew up submerged in a multicultural atmosphere. A unique vocalist, Andreya began singing at the tender age of 7, taking influence from the sights and sounds of inner city London. Her early love and passion for music would see her locked in her bedroom for hours on end writing poetry, making homemade mix tapes and recording tracks - utilising two battered cassette decks to record harmonies. Her early love of improvisation would warp and change over the years, hugely influencing her 'Freeflo Sessions' - a hypnotic one woman show using a sampler to loop vocals, percussive sounds and beats live. To date she has taken her Freeflo Sessions worldwide, dazzling audiences far and wide with her cutting edge and soulful performances.

2006 saw her selected from thousands to take part in the Red Bull Music Academy in Australia where she further developed her style for improvisation and secured links with some of the best producers and musicians on the music scene.

Multiple collaborations ensued daily at the Academy, with 'Tea Leaf Dancers', a collaboration with glitchy hip hop producer Flying Lotus (released on Warp Records), was a product of this and has been her most successful musical venture to date. Hailed as a classic while getting rave reviews from Benji B and Gilles Peterson while getting airplay on Annie Mac's Radio One show, it was this track that also caught the attention of Ninja Tune stalwart Bonobo.

2009 has been an eventful year for Miss Triana, touring America and Canada with the Bonobo live band, playing on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury showcasing new material and signing a three album deal with Ninja Tune Records.

2010 saw the release of her album 'Lost Where I Belong', produced by Bonobo, with fellow Ninja Tune singer and songwriter Fink also stepping up to co-write two tracks for the album. 'Lost Where I Belong' is a beautifully honest album combining Soul, Folk, Jazz and Bonobo's cinematic magic in a highly anticipated and hotly tipped debut... watch out for Andreya Triana!

Video:
Far Closer [live] - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4dCn29gNfA
Lost Where I Belong - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvp7CAe7j1k
A Town Called Obsolete - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHNDfMOt700
Bonobo ft. Andreya Triana - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wxJu-X0zVo
Manu Delago ft. Andreya Triana - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gl76RiEALv8

Neil Cowley Trio

UK Jazz Artist of the Year (2013), BBC Jazz Award for Best Album (Displaced), resident musician at Derry-Londonderry, UK City of Culture 2013 and.

Neil Cowley studied classical piano and played Shostakovich at the age of 10 at Queen Elizabeth Hall.

In his late teens Cowley moved into being a keyboardist for soul and funk acts Mission Impossible, Brand New Heavies, Gabrielle and Zero 7.

The trio played at some of the most prestigious festival around the world, just to name a few: Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival…

The Observer Music Monthly gave 5 stars and said: "When the energy of Neil Cowley's piano comes booming out of your speakers it's impossible not to think of early Clash."

Manchester Evening News added: "Think punk's energy and the grace of Billy Elliot... trance... funk... the most exciting band since Acoustic Ladyland."

The Guardian: “…it's hard to resist its eager warmth, and invitation to dance.”

The Neil Cowley Trio is not your typical jazz trio. A dazzling composer, pianist Cowley creates deeply engaging, and dynamic music that journeys between poetic and poignant, pomp and splendour to powerful rip-roaring riffs. It is instrumental music that references Debussy and Steve Reich as much as Spiritualized and Arcade Fire, and is powerful enough to break down standard perceptions of genre. It’s sheer emotion and energy touch lovers of all music.

For fans of contemporary jazz, a Neil Cowley Trio show is a most. For others, think of Adele’s Rolling in the Deep and we’re shure you’ll like him.

Neil Cowley Trio will play on JAZZ™ stage on the 10th of July 2014.

Video:
Rooster Was a Witness - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mw2apVXsFXM
Fable - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6skQC4EGPI
Making of The Face Of Mount Molehill - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mN506XFs6LI
Lament - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLCjcylU7dc
Hug The Greyhound [live] - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Szj5_JP1NF0
Hib Nips [live la Jools Holland] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9S--20Q9CQ

The Cat Empire

For over a decade now, The Cat Empire have carved themselves a unique place in the musical firmament, as a band with no guitars, with no easily definable style and no corresponding haircuts, but a band that can step onto any stage in the world and make the crowd move. More than move, in fact. Make the crowd lose themselves in frenzy.

In the early years, and after their first major release (The Cat Empire, 2003), the band found themselves, more often than not, being reduced to a series of slashes. The jazz / reggae / funk / latin / gypsy / hip hop tag grew longer and longer, but it was an apt description. The band would jump from one genre to the next, many times within a single song. It didn’t matter that the music couldn’t be defined, as long as people were dancing.

The question of what to call the music remains as difficult to answer today as it was ten years ago. The long line of slashes just doesn’t cut it anymore, and the music has grown out of its ‘multi-genre’ concept into something wilder, a spontaneous explosion of melody and rhythm that contains many flavours, but is undeniably a new country all of its own.

Always changing, always exploring the boundaries of their mutable and uncertain identity, the band seem to have reached some kind of event horizon on their latest album, STEAL THE LIGHT. But clearly, as always, this music is for dancing. The rhythm is front and centre, with a global beat that has fans all over the world dancing.

“In many ways this record is a return to our original aesthetic, a very simple thing; that the music is for dancing and feeling good; and that the beat of the record belongs to all nations. It should make people smile, make people dance. That's all we want,” says trumpet player, Harry Angus.

Video:
Two Shoes - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLZoU417p7E
The Chariot - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gg84LWWJIck
The Lost Song - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrI2oXDTanI
Hello - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sk7N3dhzM1o
The Car Song - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4xau-JRu3I
Days Like This - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKKrXYsudd8
How To Explain Documentary [Live] - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzp7l63qoeU
Montreal Jazz Festival [Live] - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsouPWol42g
The Car Song [Live] - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFVWRuvEygE

JazzyBIT

JazzyBIT is an instrumental trio consisting of Teodor Pop (piano, Hammond organ, Rhodes), Mihai Moldoveanu (bass guitar) and Szabó Csongor-Zsolt (drums, percussion) that approaches music inspired by jazz, latin, funk and blues.

The idea of a band was born in autumn 2011, when Teodor and Mihai have played together in two groups: “Timișoara Big Band” and “Blues Project”. At the end of 2011 Zsolt was recruited, following the band to support first shows in early 2012. In the next years the band performed at festivals like: Gărâna Jazz Festival, Câmpina Jazz Rock Festival, Sibiu International Jazz Festival, Târgu Mureș International Student Jazz Festival, Roland Jazz Festival in Sângeorz-Băi, Timișoara Capital Jazz Festival, Alba Jazz Festival and Green Hours International Jazz Festival in București.

Besides those festivals, the band also had shown in Alba Iulia, Arad, București, Cluj, Oradea, Sibiu, Târgu Mureș, Timișoara, Budapest and Szeged (Hungary). Their repertoire consists entirely of own compositions, both stylistically and dynamically diverse.

In February 2014 JazzyBIT released their debut album entitled “Touch the Sky“.

Blazzaj

Band formed in 1996 currently composed by Tavi Horvath (voice), Vali Potra (drums), Petrică Ionuţescu (trumpet), Uţu Pascu (bass), Horia Crişovan (guitar) şi Lucian Nagy (saxophone).

The band’s name is formed by the words „blazare” meaning surfeit and jazz.

They release 2 albums “Atenţie Blazzaj” (1998) and “Macadam” (2003).

Synonymous with original and vibrant music containing elements of hip hop, funk and rock mixed with powerful messages, Blazzaj is one of the most renowned Romanian acid jazz bands.

Teo Milea

Teo Milea started to sing when he was 6 years old and that is what he’s still doing.

At first he played classical music attending various national and international piano competitions in Romania, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary and United States. In 2010 he had his first major collaboration with Vienna’s prestigious Opera.

In July 2012 he released his first piano solo album: ”on white…and black keys”. The first concert was held at Calpe Gallery in Timisoara, on July 26th 2012 and then he toured in Romania, Austria, Germany and Belgium.

2013

Richard Bona

“Imagine an artist with JacoPastorious’s virtuosity, George Benson’s vocal fluidity, Joao Gilberto’s sense of song and harmony, all mixed up with African culture. Ladies and gentlemen, we bring you Richard Bona!” – Los Angeles Times

“It’s not cool to be impressed by the latest whiz kid to hit town. But even the hippest of the hip give it up when the subject turns to Richard Bona, a slight, shy virtuoso of the electric bass guitar from a mud-hut village deep in Cameroon.” – Newsweek

“His songs assume a virtuosity so complete that it only has to whisper.” - The New York Times

There’s a lot of talk these days about the future of music: the blending of old and new, the cross-pollination of cultures, the blurring of genres. There aren’t many musical artists who inhabit both the past and the future as fully as Richard Bona. There aren’t many people who’ve made themselves at home in so many different places. He’s lived in skyscrapers and chateaus and huts. He’s performed in Paris, Mumbai, and Sydney. He’s run for his life with a panther at his heels. He knows how to operate ProTools through an SSL console and how to trap an animal.

Throughout the 1990s Richard Bona’s musicianship and virtuosity became urban legend in Paris and New York. Bona played with Afropop stars Manu Dibango and Salif Keita. He toured and recorded with: Pat Metheny, Joe Zawinul, Didier Lockwood, Harry Belafonte, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Chaka Khan, ChuchoValdès, Mike Stern, Larry Coryell, David Sanborn, Kenny Garrett, Billy Cobham, Queen Latifah, Branford Marsalis și Bobby McFerrin.

He released eight albums — Scenes From My Life (Columbia, 1999), KazeGaKureta Melody (Sony, 2000), Reverence (Columbia Europe, 2001), Munia: The Tale (Verve 2003), Kiki (Decca, 2006), Bona Makes You Sweat (Decca, 2010), The Ten Shades of Blues (Decca, 2010) and Bonafied scheduled for April 2013 release.

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Kurt Elling

GRAMMY winner Kurt Elling is among the world's foremost jazz vocalists. He has won every Down Beat Critics Poll for the last thirteen years and has been named "Male Singer of the Year" by the Jazz Journalists Association eight times in that same span. Every one of Elling's ten albums has been nominated for a GRAMMY.

Elling's rich baritone spans four octaves and features both astonishing technical mastery and emotional depth. His repertoire includes original compositions and modern interpretations of standards, all of which are springboards for inspired improvisation, scatting, spoken word, and poetry.

The New York Times declared, "Elling is the standout male vocalist of our time." The Washington Post added, "Since the mid-1990s, no singer in jazz has been as daring, dynamic or interesting as Kurt Elling. With his soaring vocal flights, his edgy lyrics and sense of being on a musical mission, he has come to embody the creative spirit in jazz."

The Obama Administration's first state dinner featured Elling in a command performance.

1619 BROADWAY - THE BRILL BUILDING PROJECT, is Elling's new recording which honors and celebrates the locale that the London Telegraph called "the most important generator of popular songs in the Western world."

Elling's interpretations and signature arrangements of songs like "On Broadway," "A House Is Not A Home" and "So Far Away" make this record a must-have for those in search of current great singing.

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David Murray Infinity Quartet
featuring Macy Gray
David Murray offers to his quartet a new repertory and a new name : Infinity Quartet. This new quartet takes root deep into the Jazz tradition, and gathers around David Murray the finest line-up of contemporary jazz musicians. The album also features the soul singer MACY GRAY and the jazz vocal singer Gregory Porter !Indisputably the most creative project of David Murray, where emotions and virtuosity will not let anyone indifferent.

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DAVID MURRAY

For many enthusiasts, David Murray is already a jazz legend, if we look at the number of albums he has recorded, of concerts he has performed and at the number of awards with which his career to date has already been crowned (Grammy Award, Guggenheim Fellowship, Bird Award, Danish Jazz Bar Prize, musician of the 80’s by the Village Voice…). However, just over a quarter of a century into his career, his music still expresses the verve and inspiration of youth, throughout a career which is prolific as much in terms of output as in terms of musical orientation (from the World Saxophone Quartet, of which he is one of the founders, to his octet and quitet, not forgetting his big band and the encounter with the GwoKa Masters of Guadeloupe, amongst many other groups and creations), all of it with the greatest musicians.

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MACY GRAY

Macy Gray is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, record producer, and actress, famed for her distinctive raspy voice, and a singing style heavily influenced by Billie Holiday and Betty Davis.

GRAMMY, Brit Awards and MTV Video Award winner she is a real treasure in the musical landscape. This is attested by the numerous collaborations she had: Bobby Brown, Erykah Badu, Fatboy Slim, Fergie, Jeff Beck, Justin Timberlake, MosDef, Natalie Cole, Santana , The Black Eyed Peas, Will.I.Am, Zucchero…

Macy Gray played in movies like Training Day, Spider-Man, Scary Movie 3, Idlewind, For Colored Girls and Paperboy and offered her music for the soundtracks of Rush Hour 2, 8 Mile, Chicago and Confessions of a Shopaholic.

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Hidden Orchestra

Hidden Orchestra are a quartet from Edinburgh, Scotland, who make music that incorporates and redefines elements of jazz, classical, rock, hip-hop and electronica to form a deeply original and cohesive whole resplendent with layers of energy, emotion and atmosphere.

An intense and rewarding listening experience, both live and on record, their sound encompasses the energy and production techniques of studio-produced beats, but replacing synths and drum machines with natural/acoustic sounds and instruments for an emotionally potent and dynamic style. It is a sonic blueprint built on contrasts – experimental without losing accessibility, electronic and acoustic, complex and simple, dark and energetic whilst intricate and calm.

Hidden Orchestra is the solo studio project of composer/producer Joe Acheson – the core quartet of the live act is formed around the duelling drum kits, percussion and electronic pads of two drummers, Tim Lane and Jamie Graham, completed by Poppy Ackroyd’s distinctive, multi-faceted violin and piano playing, with Acheson on bass and electronics. Hidden Orchestra have seen their star rise steadily and emphatically since the release of their debut album on Tru Thoughts in 2010, Night Walks, with an organic buzz building as they have toured their highly in-demand live show at clubs and major festivals throughout over 20 countries in Europe and beyond.

The music of Hidden Orchestra has been widely broadcast on the radio, with live sessions on BBC R6 for Cerys Matthews and BBC Radio Scotland, plays from Gilles Peterson (BBC R1), Jamie Cullum (BBC R2), Radio Nova & FIP (France), Radio 1 Prague, XFM among the many highlights.

Hidden Orchestra release their second album Archipelago on 1st October 2012, and are preparing to tour the record throughoutEurope in 2012 and 2013. Read on for further insight, press reaction and links to more material from this astoundingly original and exciting band.

Manu Delago Handmade

“amazing percussionist and Hang player” – BJORK

“a virtuoso on the Hang” – The Times

As a two-year-old Manu Delago began what would become a very musically inclined life as he sat behind his first drum kit. Four years later, he took accordion lessons and at the age of ten he started playing the piano. As a teenager Manu Delago mainly played football and drummed for his rock band HotchPotch which won the Austrian Band Contest in 2003. After graduating in classical percussion in his hometown Innsbruck, he moved to London where he studied jazz drums and composition.

When Manu Delago discovered the Hang - an enchanting sound sculpture Manufactured by PanArt in Switzerland - he simultaneously discovered his passion for writing music. His Hang solo piece Mono Desire has become the most popular Hang video in the internet and was in the Top30 music videos on Youtube.

With his ensembles Manu Delago Handmade and Living Room he has released several albums and performed in prestigious venues all over the world. The Austrian musician also frequently collaborates with highclass artists such as Björk, Shpongle, BuggeWesseltoft, Didier Lockwood and the London Symphony Orchestra.

In April 2013 Manu Delago will release his new album called “Bigger Than Home”. Collaborators of this album include producer Matt Robertson (Bjork, The Prodigy) and programmer J.Viewz (Moby, Dido, Infected Mushroom).

Bigger Than Home: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjZ57y62Oro
Hang solo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQXn5ba0aT8
with London Symphony Orchestra: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjj0CCIbJGs
with Shpongle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHx-d3-37to
with Bjork: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXFLs6QuJpM
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Ilhan Erșahin Istanbul Sessions

“Hear this! Jazz has changed form" - Le Monde

“Ersahin's effort is a breath of fresh air from the polluted blowing dates that now typify many of his generation.” - Jazztimes

“If Radiohead was playing jazz, they would sound like this” - Eric Truffaz

While he is influenced primarily by American post-boppers, Erşahin has also absorbed the essentials of reggae, hip-hop, and pop in addition to Middle Eastern folk music. The profound impact of these diverse influences is clearly evident in his musical expressions.

This is New York City's East Village meets latenight Istanbul. It is groove jazz - over a steady beat, saxophonist/composer (and Nublu nightclub owner) IlhanErsahin joins forces with trumpeter Erik Truffaz, bassist Alp Ersonmez, drummer Turgut Alp Bekoglu and percussionist Izzet Kizil to create an imaginative series of soundscapes, some hypnotic and totally psychedelic, others closer to a traditional jazz framework. Ersahin brings together the sounds of east and west to produce something new and vital. This muisic is a perfect example of the magic that can happen when the best of cultures meet and something of elusive wonder is created. The sound they created together worked so well that they went on to perform their energetic and fresh show at a variety of prestigious clubs all over Europe. As well as established festivals such as Summerstage (NewYork), Rock N Coke (Istanbul), BanlieuesBleues (Paris), Enjoy Jazz (Mannheim) Skopje Jazz and London Jazz.

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Sebastian Spanache Trio

"Creative and skilled, they freely rain notes upon the audience ...” – jazzhound

Sebastian Spanache Trio was established in the fall of 2011 in Timisoara, Romania with its current line-up (from left to right) - Sánta/Pieloiu/Spanache - since March 2012. The musicians have played together in different groups along the years, including Expanding Time Colors - a project which toured Romania twice and concerted at philharmonic halls and jazz festivals in the country.

The three free-thinking musicians are all individually leaders of the next generation of up-and-coming jazz musicians of the Romanian scene, and together form a group with a new take on modern odd-meter song-based improvisation; this is a group that invites the audience to share the navigation of their own musical future.

After several months of preparing their material, in June of 2012 the trio went in the studio for three days of promotional video recording. From the first bars of 'Argentina' you can tell this is not going to be your usual jazz endeavor: the tunes are skillfully crafted, with intricate meters and complex, unexpected forms. The influences borrow from a wide musical palette, with grooves and atmospheres suggestive of ambient or electronic music. '7 is Your Friend' starts hot only to regain balance within the unique vitality of improvisations, in-the-moment dialogue and attention to the architecture of musical storytelling. And 'Brown' calls to mind an ethereal journey through present-times music that goes beyond what you would typically hear in a 'classic' jazz piano trio.

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Mario & The Teachers

Known as “The Teachers” of ethno jazz, the trio consists of CorinaArdeleanu (flute), Mario Florescu (percussion) and Radu Rotaru (keyboard)

The band was formed in 2010, at Mario Florescu’s initiative with the aim of presenting a fusion of stiles based on jazz and Balkan folklore. Touring throughout Romania, the band will present a special project at JAZZ™.

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Iordache

Iordache was born in 1967 in Bucharest, Romania, and began playing saxophone in 1990. His first influences were Charlie Parker, Lee Konitz and Ornette Coleman.

He describes his music as free funk, where compositions and improvisations are governed by the rules of chance.

His two official albums - "Friday - featuring Tom Smith" and "Dissipatin' " have been released by A&A Records.

Iordache - 2006 to 2011 - included drummer TaviScurtu, bassist Utu Pascu, SorinRomanescu and EugenNutescu on guitars. In 2006 they had the first concerts abroad, in Jerusalem and Luxemburg. Later he became interested in writing for larger ensembles.

In August-September 2011 he recorded an album called "One Life Left" with musicians from Timisoara: PetreIonutescu on trumpet, Lucian Nagy on tenor saxophone, guitarists Toni Kuhn and Dan Alex Mitrofan and of course drummer TaviScurtu and bassist Utu Pascu. "One Life Left" was released on March 29, 2012, in Cluj and on March 30 in Bucharest. One month later it was also released on 150-gram vinyl LP's. This album appeared on Iordache's own label, Fiver House Records.

At JAZZ™ Iordache will play as a septet.

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