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Live streamed festivals: Moers Festival (Germany) and Bel Jazz Fest (Belgium)

Read "Live streamed festivals: Moers Festival (Germany) and Bel Jazz Fest (Belgium)" reviewed by Henning Bolte

These days, calls/invitations for live streaming pop up in overwhelming high frequency via a diversity of media. It has become a challenging bombardment, challenging to connect to coordinate with your own course of the day and the night. It is more and more difficult to cope with it. Maybe only aleatoric approaches or abstinence remain as ...

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Philip Czarnecki

Hey there! I'm Philip - I'm a guitarist, composer and educator living in Cologne (Germany). Although my guitar-playing and composing is highly jazz influenced, you probably won't argue to hear lots of other influences in my music. What Santana once said about Coltrane: "He´s playing life!" does definitely apply to me as well. My life has always been full with Rock, Funk, Blues, Soul and Hip Hop. So that's all me, I´d say... I started by playing Classical guitar though, then became a youth-student at the Conservatory of Hamburg (Germany), my hometown, first and went on to do my Bachelor and Master Degree in Jazz Guitar at the Conservatory of Amsterdam (The Netherlands).​ During the course of my career I won a bunch of prizes for both my guitar-playing and my (Bigband-) compositions and I was lucky to share the stage with fantastic musicians in numerous European countries and in South Africa and India. I am leading my trio PC ENERGETIC, just released a solo-guitar single and am working closely with the Neo-Soul singer Rakel Salazar and also do other projects & session work.

Three Fall

Just a trio; smaller than you'd think. Is something missing? Less is more. A challenge becomes innovation. Three individuals in a team. A magic triangle between structure and improvisation. Quite ingenious and offbeat. Always good for a surprise. And of course it all has to be fun. Is it even jazz? Hip-hop, rock, world music, reggae, funk and pop. It is everything that works that bonds the Three Fall world at its core. Jazz sounds different. Socially reconditioned. With fresh energy for people who don't believe in limits. Jazz as the great freedom to play what you feel, think and know. No fear of tradition and convention

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Theo Jorgensmann & Albrecht Maurer - Duo Melencolia

20 years of collaboration as a duo. Theo Jörgensmann and Albrecht Maurer met 1992 in a broadcasting project of Deutschlandfunk by the German/Spanish composer Maria de Alvear. Shortly afterwoods Theo Jörgensmann founded his Werkschau Ensemble, a quintet featuring Donja Djember on cello, Rainald Schückens on bass clarinet, Achim Krämer on drums and Albrecht Maurer on violin. This group played on many festivals, did radio productions and released a CD on Konnex Records. It was a leading group in Germany in the early nineties combining jazz, chamber music and free improvisation with a unique sound

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Bruno Leicht

Bruno Leicht studied jazz trumpet in Cologne from 1985 to 1990 and is an examined music teacher. He is currently mostly active as performer in Cologne and Berlin. He gives regular jazz history classes at the Cologne Music College. Career (a rough overview): After some gigs with local small groups he founded "Blue Seven & The Ghosts" which did several productions for the Bayerischer Rundfunk, the WDR, and some Polish radio station (1988 to 1992). "Blue Seven & The Ghosts" was inspired by Leicht's "private" workshop group which he lead subversively parallel to the official "International Jazz Workshop" in Siena under master trumpeter Enrico Rava. The repertoire of the band (trumpet, three saxes, piano, bass & drums) consisted of famous blues compositions (St

Norbert Stein

Norbert Stein is a saxophonist and composer and established the Pata Music label to document his work with a variety of ensembles: Pata Messengers; Pata On The Cadillac; Pata, Horns & Drums; Pata Generators; Pata Masters; Pata Orchestra; Pata Horns; Pata Trio and Pata Blue Chip. Beside performing in Europe, he went on numerous concert tours such as to Brazil, Africa, USA, Australia, Singapore and Indonesia. Several musical encounters were realized in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut. You will find these international music cooperations documented on various PATA CDs. As a bandleader and composer, Norbert's approach is to create structures or atmospheres in which his colleagues can articulate their own ideas

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Matthias Bergmann

Trumpet and Flugelhorn Player Matthias Bergmann (born 1972 in Emden) moved to Cologne in 1997 after his studies at the Hilversum Conservatory/NL. He leads his own Quintett (CDs "All The Light" on Float Music and "Still Time" on Jazz4ever)and works in Duo Settings with Oliver Schroer on Churchorgan and Jürgen Friedrich on Piano. He also co-leads the Paul Heller-Matthias Bergmann Quintett as well as the Marcus Bartelt-Matthias Bergmann NDW Projekt and is a well booked sideman in the bands of Andreas Schnermann, Frank Sackenheim, Florian Ross, John Hondorp and many others. He is a member of the Cologne Contemporary Jazz Orchestra and the Peter Herbolzheimer Rhythm Combination & Brass Big Band and played with Dianne Reeves, Charlie Mariano, New York Voices, Till Brönner, Lee Konitz, Peter Weniger, Wolfgang Haffner, James Morrison, Judy Niemack, Achim Kaufmann, Emil Mangelsforff, Andy Middleton, Jochen Rückert, Rolf Römer Quintett, Tomatic 7, Five, Christoph Eidens Band, Ansgar Striepens - Matthias Bergmann Quintett, J.Moods Quintett, Zabriskie Point, Oliver Leicht- Matthias Bergmann Quartett, Schickentanz 5, Soko, Pablo Held Trio, Stefan Rademacher Group, Stella, Sorry it’s Jazz, Martin Schrack Quintett, Minas Alexiadis Band, Anette von Eichel Band, Thomas Winther Andersen Line Up, Roland Gebhardt Quartett, Lena Bloch Quintett, Johannes Klose Sextett, Rue de Paris, Michael Flügel Quintett, Dejan Terzic, Jan von Klewitz, Nicolas Simion, Nils Wogram, Lilly Thornton, Milan Svoboda, Anke Helfrich, Roger Cicero, Jean Francois Prins, Heiri Kaenzig, Dan Gottshall, Thomas Cremer, Peter Weiss, Matthias Nadolny, Romy Camerun, Hayden Chisholm, Werner Neumann, John Goldsby, Hubert Nuss, Phil Maturano, Andre Nendza, Mathias Haus, Spillwark, Flowriders, NDR Big Band, WDR Big Band, HR Big Band, Rainer Tempel Big Band, Sunday Night Orchestra, Cologne Concert Big Band, Bobby Burgess Big Band Explosion, Jazzorchester Niedersachsen, Paul Kuhn Big Band, Summit Jazz Orchestra, Jam Factory Big Band, Big Band Convention, Tobias Kremer Big Band feat

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Jason Moran and the Bandwagon at Cologne Philharmonie

Read "Jason Moran and the Bandwagon at Cologne Philharmonie" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

Jason Moran and the Bandwagon Cologne Philharmonie Cologne, Germany November 22, 2019 As the sprawling local Christmas markets prepared for a holiday tourist onslaught, Jason Moran and the Bandwagon presented masterful skills transcending any singular celebration. The concert was part of the trio's celebratory 20-year anniversary tour and there was ...

Moers Festival Interviews: Marshall Allen

Read "Moers Festival Interviews: Marshall Allen" reviewed by Martin Longley

The Sun Ra Arkestra are spending a lot of time on the road in recent months, and since this interview was conducted a few weeks ago, their saxophonist and musical leader Marshall Allen has celebrated his 95th birthday. Your scribe met with him following an opening night gig at the Liège jazzfest in Belgium. It was ...


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