Jazzin' Around Europe


The 606 Jazz Club in London

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Ronnie Scott used to joke that the food his jazz club in Soho, London served was delicious because “fifty thousand flies can't be wrong." Four miles west, at the 606 Club in Chelsea where Steve Rubie oversees a business that's one of the biggest employers of jazz musicians in the UK, with a programme that features ten bands a week, a gastronomic theme also emerges. Rubie and “the Six," as it's affectionately known, have a working history that dates back to the early 1970s when, as a student who had decided that playing the flute had more appeal ...


Bimhuis at 40: Older, Better, Business as Usual

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The Bimhuis is turning 40 and is still very much in its prime. Beginning October 1, jny: Amsterdam's venerable jazz club will celebrate this milestone with a variety of concerts, activities and special events. The Bimhuis opened in 1974 after a lengthy search for a suitable venue for improvising musicians. Over the next decades it would become the most important jazz institution in the jny: Netherlands, not only as a venue but also as a crossroads for the leading performers and budding talents of the Dutch and international jazz scene. The Bim's roots derive from improvisational music, ...


Messina Sea Jazz Festival 2013

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Messina Sea Jazz Festival 2013Messina, ItalyJuly 17-21, 2013Messina, the city on the Sicilian side of the Straits connecting the Thyrrenian and the Ionian seas--for the geographically challenged, that bit of sea on the point of the Italian boot--is not on the list of the most famous Italian or even Sicilian touristic locations. Overshadowed, in its own province, by Taormina--and by the cultural as well as environmental riches of other cities--it serves mainly as the point of entry, its harbor busy with ferries for visitors coming by train or car.The Straits area is ...


Ismet Siral Creative Music Studio Istanbul 2006

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The days of the Ismet Siral Creative Music Studio in Istanbul have been so intense and full of meanings to be difficult to describe in an orderly way, so bear with me while I try to organize the information beginning with a bit of background about the Creative Music Studio and Ismet Siral.


The name of Ismet Siral is not familiar to most jazz listeners, but there's a number of fairly well known and very much appreciated musicians who will instantly react to his name: among them Marilyn Crispell, John Lindberg, Cyro Baptista, Trilok Gurtu, Nana Vasconcellos, Dave Holland, ...


Polish Jazz for Dummies: 60 Years of Jazz from Poland

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Index Introduction 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s-1990s Polish Jazz Now Ten Essential Jazz Recordings from Poland

IntroductionAfter 1945, like the rest of the Eastern and Central Europe, Poland fell under the dominance of Stalinist Russia--and the Soviets certainly did not dig the swing!! Consequently, only certain musical forms were allowed to flourish, particularly those with folk rhythm, without syncopation. One tempo was prescribed for everybody and army marching bands rose in importance. The process of political and cultural oppression intensified ...


Jazzclub Singen (Hohentwiel, Germany) 15th Anniversary

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Fifteen years ago Jazz-Club Singen was established in relation to the modest little theatre cum cinema (called GEMS) at the edge of the little industrial town of Singen-am-Hohentwiel, in the handsome German hinterland of Lake Constance (the Bodensee). About halfway through this period I became a part-time resident of the region. I hopped on a train one night in February 1998 and there was one of the concerts of my life: Paul Motian, Joe Lovano and Bill Frisell celebrating Friday the 13th with lots of Monk. A starry concert a few years later had a rave review in ...


Istanbul: Ortakoy European Jazz Weekend

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Istanbul is already home to two major jazz festivals, but the scene registered a meaningful new addition lately. Emin Findikoglu, a pianist, composer and arranger who studied in USA during the '60s and was behind the very first jazz festival organized in the Bosphorous city, was contacted by the Municipality of Besiktas to organize a jazz weekend. Now this is a great surprise and very welcome change, according to Emin, since in the past it was always the other way around: he had to go and plea to the local authorities to organize jazz concerts.

Besiktas is one ...

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