Tuesday 16th August 2016
£20.00 - £37.50
Doors open 6pm, Chestnut,Williams,White: 7.30-8.45pm // Mozdzer,Danielsson,Fresco 9.15-10.30pm // Late Late Set: Kate Williams Trio 11pm-late
Leszek Możdżer is something of a hero in his native Poland, widely considered to be Polish Jazz’s greatest revelation of the last decade. American mainstream great Cyrus Chestnut was one of the stars of the inaugural festival in 2014 and we are thrilled to have him back for the opening night of this year’s festival.
MOŻDŻER DANIELSSON FRESCO TRIO: LESZEK MOŻDŻER piano, LARS DANIELSSON bass & ZOHAR FRESCO drums
Leszek Możdżer – a distinguished pianist and composer has managed to trigger a mental and stylistic revolution in Polish jazz that has never been achieved by any other jazzman before. Challenging jazz phrases, sophisticated improvisations, the melodics of standards and the subtlety of composition were put together into the framework of specific jazz that – without any exuberance towards the audience, commerce or pugnaciousness – is known as tense with expression “Leszek Możdżer's jazz”. Jazzy imagination, an interesting sense of improvisation, the subtlety of Chopin Etudes and Mazurkas and inspirations with Komeda’s music – offer a new tone in piano jazz chamber music. He is one of the most interesting phenomena in Polish jazz of the last decades. Initially associated with Miłość (“Love”) “yass” group. Later on, he appeared in various jazz configurations: the ensembles of Emil Kowalski, Zbigniew Namysłowski, Tomasz Stańko, Buddy de Franco, David Friesen, Archie Shepp, Michał Urbaniak, Adam Pierończyk or Arthur Blythe. A vast discography of the pianist consists of over one hundred albums recorded as his individual projects or in collaboration with remarkable artists.
He records and plays concerts with such artists as, among others, David Gilmour, Nana Vasconcelos, Marcus Miller, John Scofield, Tan Dun or Pat Matheny. The pianist has gained great popularity and recognition by concerts, recordings and cooperation with composer Zbigniew Preisner. Their mutual projects, such as “Requiem for my Friend” or “10 Easy Pieces for Piano” turned out to be outstanding artistic events. The album entitled “Impressions on Chopin” (recorded in 1999) is already a part of a specific canon of recordings inspired by the work of the ingenious Polish composer. Leszek Możdżer cooperates also with Jan A. P. Kaczmarek (recordings for the Oscar-winning original score for “Finding Neverland” and the “Kaczmarek by Możdżer” album) and he also composes music for films and theatre himself. The pianist feels best in his solo projects and the original projects of Lars Danielsson and Zohar Fresco Trio (“The Time” album recorded in 2005 achieved the status of a Diamond Record while “Between Us And The Light” (2006), “Live” (2007) and “Poland” (2013) achieved the statuses of Double Platinum). Furthermore, Leszek Możdżer runs large-scale festival projects (The Solidarity Of Arts or Enter Music Festival). Thus, he turns out to be a creator of a new stylistics in jazz music where the sound and ambience are built up by impression and mood as well as the unique individual style of a performer. Maybe that is why he is perceived as an exquisite jazz artist of the new generation: a refined artistic proposal embracing musical fascinations and findings by Leszek Możdżer – the most popular jazz musician in Poland today. © Dionizy Piątkowski, The author of Polish Jazz Encyclopaedia
Lars Danielsson - The Swedish cellist and bassist Lars Danielsson (born 1958) has an inimitable sound, which comes both from his background and from his classical education. Danielsson is one of the most in-demand bass players in the world and has played with a virtually endless phalanx of international stars like Michael and Randy Brecker, John Scofield and Charles Lloyd.
His singing, warm, melodic and highly cultivated sound is recognisable in an instant.His music as leader is characterised by his unparalleled talent for simple and catchy melodies, by his feel for sounds and arrangements, and by his flair for putting together very special groups of musicians – with major stars the likes of Leszek Mozdzer, Tigran, Magnus Öström, Arve Henriksen, Bugge Wesseltoft, Nils Petter Molvaer, Eivind Aarset, Jan Bang, Eric Harland and many more, appearing on Danielsson's albums time and time again.
Zohar Fresco - Zohar Izhak Fresco is known as a pioneer of the tof miriam, the ancient frame drum originated in the Middle East more than three thousand years ago. Born in Israel to a family with deep roots in Turkey and as a descendant of Tamburi Izhak Fresco, remarkable, well known Jewish Turkish composer who lived in 18th-19th centuries, Zohar was drawn to music at an early age and revealed a major influence of the music of his origins. Fresco understood the great value and the wide musical range that exists in the tof miriam and dedicated his life to the development of a new fingering technique and a unique musical language by the name MANEGINA.
In doing so Fresco created his own drumming style and became a mentor to musicians all over the world who followed him, learned the secrets of his musical method and adapted his drumming style in their musical work. With the Turkish compositions in his backbones, the intersection of music from the Middle East appeared to carry multiple of fruits. In his numerous original compositions Zohar Fresco expresses a new Middle Eastern style. He draws his inspiration from musicians originated in Asia, Mediterranean as well as from collaborations with musicians from various cultures. As an appealing performer, Zohar Fresco’s solo concerts present his original compositions based on vocal and drums the fascinating combination which is considered as the earliest music form. Fresco is the co-founder of the well-known Arabs & Jews ensemble Bustan Abraham and in the last few years he has been part of an international jazz trio with Leszek Mozdzer and Lars Danielsson with whom he toured the world and recorded three albums. Other co-operations include outstanding musicians all over the world.
CYRUS CHESTNUT, BUSTER WILLIAMS, LENNY WHITE
Born in 1963, Chestnut started his musical career at the age of three, playing piano at the Mount Calvary Star Baptist Church at the age of five in his hometown of Baltimore, MD. In the fall of 1981, Cyrus began jazz education in Boston, MA at the Berklee College of Music, where he earned a degree in jazz composition and arranging. After Berklee, Cyrus began further honing his craft as a sideman with some of the legendary and leading musicians in the business.Some of these great people include; Jon Hendricks, Michael Carvin, Donald Harrison, Terence Blanchard, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson, Curtis Fuller, Regina Cater, Chick Corea, Jimmy Heath, James Moody, Joe Williams, Isaac Hayes, Kathleen Battle, Betty Carter and, Dizzy Gillespie just to name a few. Even the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, asked him to join her on one of her Christmas Concerts in 2013. His association with Betty Carter, which began in 1991 significantly affected his outlook and approach to music, confirming his already iconoclastic instincts. Carter advised him to “take chances” and play things I’ve never heard,” Chestnut says.
As Cyrus was absorbing experiences as a sideman, he was also developing as a leader, recording and playing live around the world. There’s a Brighter Day Coming was his first self-released album, followed by The Nutman Speaks (1992), The Nutman Speaks Again (1992), Another Direction (1993). The records received the prestigious Gold Disk award from Japan’s leading jazz publication, Swing Journal. In the fall of 2014, Cyrus was appointed professor of Jazz Piano and Improvisation at Howard University in Washington, DC. In 2015, he was added to the Yamaha Artist Roster. In November 2015 Cyrus got together with two of his elders, Buster Williams on bass and Lenny White on drums and recorded a beautiful collection of classic trio material. The Trio will be performing at the Jazz Standard in New York City late May in conjunction with the release of ‘Natural Essence’ and will then be on an extended European tour starting at the Istanbul Jazz Festival on July 18 and finishing at Ronnie Scott’s Club London on the 16th of August.
One of jazz's most valuable sidemen, Buster Williams has flourished through many periods of changing fashions in jazz. He played and recorded throughout the 60s with legends such as Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Herbie Mann and became renowned for his solid, dark tone and highly refined technique on the acoustic bass. In 1980, he was nominated for a Grammy Award for his contribution to the album "Love For Sale"/The Great Jazz Trio, with Hank Jones and Tony Williams.
By 1990, Buster had formed his own quintet ‘Something More’, a group which went on to complete numerous tours of Europe including the first International Jazz Festival in Moscow; a tour of Japan and Australia; and countless engagements throughout the U.S
Self-taught Lenny White started his career on top, playing regularly with Jackie McLean (1968) and recording "Bitches Brew" with Miles Davis in 1969. White was soon working with some of the who's who of jazz including Freddie Hubbard and Chick Corea. As a member of Return To Forever during 1973-76, White gained a strong reputation as one of the top fusion drummers, but he was always versatile enough to play in many settings.
He has recorded eleven albums as a leader, and more recently has been taking part in performance panels at Harvard and Columbia discussing the new directions of jazz and hip-hop and the effects they have on our culture.
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