By the team of http://berlinerfestspiele.de
Each November for more than 40 years now, JazzFest Berlin has transformed the German capital into a grandiose meeting place for international jazz musicians and jazz lovers. The 2011 edition takes place fromNovember 2nd – 6th, once again under the artistic direction of Nils Landgren.
The sedulous and sought after trombonist from Sweden, whom his friend Joe Sample once aptly described as “the hardest working man in show business since James Brown” is bidding the festival adieu. His farewell parade is lined by a cohort of musical “friends and relatives” first and foremost led by theNDR Big Band, with two different programmes; a Saturday afternoon family fun concert, featuring the tale of Volker Kriegel’s hooting coati ‘Erwin’, and in the evening, as an upbeat to the national radio live broadcast, ‘Children of the Sun’ – a project with Joe Sample, who achieved worldwide celebrity with theJazz Crusaders.
This year’s musical attention focusses on Poland as a jazz nation. Initiated by the exhibition ‘Side by Side. Poland – Germany. A 1000 Years of Art and History’ at Martin-Gropius-Bau we take the opportunity to shift our well-practiced West-to-East perspective in order to discover this lively jazz scene. Predating the festival, on October 15th and 21st, the Polish ensembles IRCHA Mikołaj Trzaska Clarinet Quartet and the Atom String Quartet will tune us in to the theme at the exhibition site.
Polish artists Leszek Możdżer, Adam Pierończyk, the Oleś Brothers, and not to forget iconic Tomasz Stańko pay tribute to the legacy of the pianist and (film) composer Krzysztof Komeda, ‘house composer’ for Roman Polanski until his early death in 1969, and until this day a source of inspiration to the Polish jazz scene.
Another homage will be dedicated to Nino Rota, contrived and performed on the occasion of the prolific film composer’s 100th anniversary by Richard Galliano.
Maria Farantouri with Charles Lloyd, Lizz Wright, Cæcilie Norby, Ida Sand and Gregory Porter: all will strike the right chord at JazzFest Berlin!
Carla Bley with the Swallow Quintet and Colin Towns and his Blue Touch Paper sextet, two dear almost regular guests and welcome friends of the festival, round out the “mainstream” in the big hall at Haus der Berliner Festspiele – which however also has a side stage. Enjoy the intimate atmosphere and discover musical gems like PELbO or Josef och Erika after hours – you won’t regret it!
Close-to-the-action jazz is served up “In the Heat of the Night”, at A-Trane and Quasimodo. On the menue: performances of (ao) the Stanton Moore Trioand, from Chicago, the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – 8 brothers, all sons of Sun Ra musician Phil Cohran. Big Sam’s Funky Nation from New Orleans will draw the funky (partyparty!) line under the era of “Mr. Redhorn”.