18 March 2015Auditorium of Piazza della Libertà – 8.45 p.m.Appunti per un film sul jazz by Gianni Amico1965, 35' b/n
Filmed in Bologna during this year’s jazz festival. In the film we see and listen to Gato Barbieri, Don Cherry, Cecil Taylor, Steve Lacy, Mal Waldron and others. An act of love for jazz.
Kansas City by Robert Altman Auditorium of Piazza Libertà | 8.45 p.m. USA 1996, 115'
with Jennifer Jason Leigh, Miranda Richardson, Harry Belafonte, Dermot Mulroney, Michael Murphy
In 1934 Kansas City is one of the few American cities not involved in the recession oppressing the country. Favourable to gamblers and adventurers, it exercises an irresistible attraction on all those who enjoy taking risks. Jazz in this city represents something that joins together all classes. It is in this universe that the Blondie affair takes place. She is a young telegraph operator who intends saving the life of her husband by kidnapping the wife of one of the most influential politicians in Kansas City.
Almost totally concentrated in one night and the following day, marked by a soft and nocturnal photography, the film is a classical Altman’s. The parade of old and new members of the jazz world include Nicholas Payton, James Carter, Joshua Redman, Geri Allen, Ron Carter, Mark Whitfield, Christian McBride.
Teatro Sociale | 9.00 p.m.
Stefano Battaglia Trio
Stefano Battaglia (piano) Salvatore Maiore (double-bass)Roberto Dani (drums)
One of the best piano jazz trios on the stage today: Stefano Battaglia, Salvatore Maiore and Roberto Dani together form a vital and dynamic musical ensemble, where interplay rules.
From the middle of the Eighties the Milanese pianist has never failed to demonstrate his expressive rigor, improvisation imagination and compositional depth. Qualities that underlie a research into sound as a material to be examined from various points of view and in various spheres, from the solo piano (also in a classical-contemporary context) to the duo with various percussionists (Pierre Favre, Tony Oxley, Michele Rabbia), from the trio to wider organics, including laboratory orchestras, the fruit of teaching activity during Siena Jazz.
With Maiore and Dani, Battaglia recorded two albums for the German ECM, the prestigious recording label to which he has been linked since 2004: The River Of Anyder and Songways, both full of a music in constant development which in concerts is enriched by further surprising tones.
Gianluigi Trovesi (clarinet) Gianni Coscia (accordion)
“The Trovesi-Coscia Duo is a Symphonic Orchestra with all the colours of music. An orchestra that sails the seas of the world on ships of the beginning of the Twentieth century and which collects, as it travels, the perfumes and humours of the world. It is intelligent curious music. Cultured and popular. Amusing but at the same time profound.
It sails the seas of the Mediterranean passing the Columns of Hercules and going on as far as the New Continent to return to Italy passing through the Central Europe.
Too many voyages, humours and too much baggage for a simple duo... If Trovesi and Coscia do not seem to be it because of their richness and complexity, it is the Orchestra of their instruments that returns us to the airy intimacy of the bows and reeds making them one of the most interesting and creative projects of recent years”.
There is little to add to these words of Paolo Fresu in order to present the well-oiled association between the player of many instruments from Bergamo and the accordion player from Alessandria, two authentic ballad singers, two extraordinary musicians without borders.
Teatro Donizetti | 9.00 p.m.
Jeff Ballard Fairgrounds
Lionel Loueke (guitar, vocal) Kevin Hays (piano, keyboard, vocal) Reid Anderson (live electronics) Jeff Ballard (drums)
The series of exhibitions at the Teatro Donizetti of “Bergamo Jazz 2015” starts with the new project of one of the most versatile drummers currently on the scene. A native of California, Jeff Ballard cut his musical teeth playing in the orchestra of Ray Charles.
After moving to New York, he made a name for himself as one of the best musicians of his generation, later (in 1999) joining the Origin group of Chick Cata, with whom he also played in a trio. He also collaborated with Eddie Harris, Bobby Hutcherson, Maria Schneider, Pat Metheny, Joshua Redman, Enrico Rava and Stefano Bollani.
In 2004 he joined the trio of Brad Mehldau, playing alongside the double-bass player Larry Grenadier, with whom Ballard set up the Fly Trio, completed by the saxophonist Mark Turner.
In 2014 his first album as leader come out, Time's Tale, made together with the saxophonist Miguel Zenon and the guitarist from Benin, Lionel Loueke. The latter, one of the most interesting guitar-player specialists of recent decades, is now involved in Fairgrounds, together with the keyboard expert Kevin Hays and Reid Anderson, the habitual double-bass player of the Bad Plus but in this case in charge of live electronics.
Dianne Reeves (vocal) Peter Martin (piano) Romero Lubambo (guitar) Reginald Veal (double-bass) Terreon Gully (drums)
Winner of four Grammy Awards, one of which was for the sound track of the George Clooney film Good Night and Good Luck, in which she herself appeared in her usual capacity of singer, Dianne Reeves is the sophisticated lady of contemporary jazz.
Born in Detroit, she was brought up on music from an early age: her father, who died when she was just two years old, was a singer, while her mother played the trumpet. One of her uncles, Charles Burrell, who played the double-bass in the Denver Symphony Orchestra, introduced her to the world of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan to whom, in 2001 she dedicated the album The Calling: Celebrating Sarah Vaughan after adopting her as her main stylistic model.
Diane Reeves’ artistic roots therefore are to be found in the most authentic tradition of vocal jazz but her repertory also includes black, soul, r&b, and the more intelligent pop music. In fact, personal versions of “Waiting in Vain” by Bob Marley, “Dreams” by the Fleetwood Mac, “I Want You” by Marvin Gaye and “32 Flavors” by Ani DiFranco appear in her most recent album Beautiful Life.
Dianne Reeves will be accompanied on the stage of the Donizetti by a quartet of excellent instrumentals including the Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo.
Domus Bergamo | 11.30 p.m.
Auditorium of Piazza della Libertà | 5.00 p.m.Vijay Iyer Trio
Vijay Iyer (piano) Stephan Crump (double-bass) Marcus Gilmore (drums)
Born of Indian parents who emigrated to the United States, Vijay Iyer studied the violin, an instrument which he later substituted with the piano. His name has been circulating for years in the most innovative jazz environments, thanks initially to collaborations with illustrious personalities such as the saxophonists Roscoe Mitchell and Steve Coleman. His knowledge of different sound worlds also led him to form associations with the electronic alchemist DJ Spooky and with the poet and performer Mike Ladd.
He also had an important association with the saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa who also has Indian roots and with whom the pianist has recorded the album Raw Materials. The trio with Stephan Crump and Marcus Gilmore made its debut with Historiciy, elected the best album of 2010 in the referendum organised by Down Beat among international critics.
Two years later he made Accelerando, which includes a new version of “Human Nature”, a song initially interpreted by Michael Jackson and later made famous by Miles Davis. More recently, Vijay Iyer joined ECM with Mutations, recorded with a string quartet.
Fred Wesley (trombone, vocal) Gary Winters (trumpet, vocal) Ernie Fields Jr. (tenor sax, flute, vocal) Reggie Ward (guitar) Peter Madsen (keyboard) Dwayne Dolphin (electric bass) Bruce Cox (drums)
The power of funk together with the instrumental mastery of a historic collaborator of James Brown. An excellent trombonist, Fred Wesley was in fact one of the members of the JB’s, the glorious band of which he was also musical director and arranger, which accompanied the legendary “Mr Dynamite” in his best years. But in his carnet of collaborations there are also other icons of black music such as Ike and Tina Turner, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins and the same old friends of the JB Horns, the saxophonists Maceo Parker and Pee Wee Ellis, as well as the big band of Count Basie.
Fred Wesley therefore belongs to the history of funk, but also reflects its modernity: of this music, sweeping and enthralling like few others, he knows every secret and even today, just after celebrating his 70th birthday, he continues to be one of its forerunners.
In 2002 he published the autobiography Hit Me, Fred: Recollections of a Sideman, which recounts the thousands of musical adventures experienced by Fred Wesley.
Bombardieri - Gallo - Calcagnile Trio “Play Duke”
Guido Bombardieri (alto and soprano sax)Danilo Gallo (double bass)Cristiano Calcagnile (battery)
Three musicians with varied experiences give a new analytical and succinct interpretation of the famous and not-so-famous pages of one of the top composers of the twentieth century, Duke Ellington, whose music is a collective wealth of immense value.
Auditorium of Piazza della Libertà | 11.00 a.m.Fabio Giachino Trio
Fabio Giachino (piano) Davide Liberti (double-bass) Ruben Bellavia (drums)in collaboration with Jazz Club Bergamo
The association between “Bergamo Jazz” and Jazz Club Bergamo is renewed with the concert of an emerging talent who has already had success in important competitions: the pianist from Turin Fabio Giachino, winner in 2011 of the “Premio Internazionale Massimo Urbani (International Massimo Urbani Award)” and the “Premio Nazionale Chicco Bettinardi (Chicco Bettinardi Jazz National Award)” of Piacenza and in 2013 of the “Concorso Nazionale Giovani Talenti (National Competition for Young Talents)” promoted by the Bergamo association.
The trio with Davide Liberti and Ruben Bellavia (the latter also a member of the Ossi Duri, a formation which came out as the cover band of Frank Zappa) was launched in 2011 and has two albums under its belt, Introducing Myself, with the saxophonist Rosario Giuliani as guest, and Jumble UP, issued recently by Abeat.
One of the most visionary alchemists of the guitar, or, according to Jazz Times, “the world's most dangerous guitarist”. Known in the environments of the most daring improvisation, but also among the fans of less conventional rock, thanks to his belonging, since 2004, to the Wilcos, Nels Cline is author with the Singers of a music which is not easy to classify, a bit “new music”, a bit “improvised music”, a bit “post-rock”.
His companions in his adventure are reliable partners and with equally varied curricula: the double-bass player Trevor Dunn has played with the Mr. Bungle and the Fantomas, groups founded together with the vocalist Mike Patton, and has collaborated assiduously with John Zorn; the drummer Scott Amendola has, on the other hand, worked with other guitar players such as Pat Martino and Charlie Hunter. Among the many collaborations of Nels Cline we remember at least the one with his twin brother Alex, drummer, with Charlie Haden, Julius Hemphill, Wadada Leo Smith, Tim Berne, Elliott Sharp, Thurston Moat of the Sonic Youth, the trio Martin, Medeski & Wood, Julian Lage and many others.
Paolo Fresu (trumpet) Glenn Ferris (trombone) Michel Benita (double-bass) Aldo Romano (drums)
A super group, or as they say in English, an all stars band: we cannot define in any other way the quartet which lines up such strong and charismatic musical personalities as Paolo Fresu, former Artistic Director of “Bergamo Jazz” from 2009 to 2011, the American Glenn Ferris (veteran of an infinite number of musical battles, also alongside Frank Zappa), and two pillars of jazz from the other side of the Alps such as Michel Benita and “the Italian in Paris” by antonomasia, Aldo Romano.
The name Palatino was inspired by the train which travels between Paris and Rome, to represent a fascinating musical itinerary through which the sophisticated musical search of the four members moves. Playing astride the old and new millennium, between 1996 and 2001the group can boast three albums: Palatino (Label Bleu, 1996), Tempo (Label Bleu, 1998) and Palatino – Chap. 3 (Universal, 2001). Following this it met only exceptionally, the last time was in 2011, during the series of concerts organised in Sardinia to celebrate the 50th birthday of Paolo Fresu. This time, they are not celebrating a birthday, but the chance to listen to Palatino live is still special.
Domus Bergamo | 6.30 p.m.
Jazz stories told by Paolo Fresu, Enrico Rava and Aldo Romano
Parigi, Chet, Miles. Three great jazz musicians talk to each other, jam and use the art of the word as a real musical instrument.
Domus Bergamo | 7:30 p.m
During the ‘Bergamo Jazz’ festival the structure built in Piazza Dante to host Bergamo Events in connection with Expo 2015 will be a real jazz home, with meetings and musical events both in the afternoon and after the concerts at the Donizetti Theater, all accompanied by fine wine and top quality food.
by CDpM – Centro Didattico Produzione Musica
from 19 March 2015 to 21 March 2015Auditorium of Piazza della Libertà | from Thursday to Saturday 9.00 - 10.30 and 10.35 - 12.00"Jazz, Energia Dal Pianeta (Jazz, energy of the planet)”
The topic Jazz, energia del pianeta (Jazz, energy of the planet) connects with the spirit of Expo 2015 and the International Jazz Day sponsored by UNESCO. With Paola Milzani (vocal), Gabriele Comeglio (contralto sax), Carlo Muscat (tenor sax), Claudio Angeleri (piano), Marco Esposito (electric bass guitar), Vittorio Marinoni (drums).
The voice as an instrument from Africa to Jazz Auditorium of Piazza della Libertà | Thursday 19 March (from 9 to 10.30 and from 10.35 to 12.00 a.m.)
During the meeting, reserved for pupils of the primary school, the links between African musical and cultural elements (polyrhythm, responsorial form, social functions of music, vocality) are demonstrated and the vocal expression of Africans, on American soil first of all (work song, blues, spiritual) and then, through jazz, all over the world, becoming a universally shared language.
Jazz, a path of freedom Auditorium of Piazza della Libertà | Friday 20 and Saturday 21 March (from 9 to 10.30 and from 10.35 to 12.00 a.m.)
During the lesson/concert, for pupils of the first and second level secondary school, various stylistic examples are proposed taken both from the tradition of American jazz and from musical experiences (Gaetano Donizetti), rock and pop (Hendrix, Beatles) and of interdisciplinary research (Le città invisibili of Italo Calvino) so as to provide students with a picture of the directions of contemporary jazz highlighting the elements of continuity of the long historical life of jazz.
Season ticket for 3 evenings at the Teatro Donizetti: from € 20.00 to € 74.00. Renewal of season ticket from 3 to 6 February 2015. New season tickets can be purchased from 10 February 2015 (also online)
Tickets for single evenings at the Teatro Donizetti: full price from € 10.00 to € 34.00; young people under 27 years of age from € 7.00 to € 25.00. On sale from 17 February 2015 (also online)
Concert at the Teatro Sociale and concerts at the Auditorium of Piazza della Libertà: full price € 10.00; reduced price € 7.50 (young people under 27 years of age, festival subscribers, members of Jazz Club Bergamo, LAB80, CDpM). On sale from 3 February 2015 (also online)Information and pre-sale: Teatro Donizetti ticket office: 035 4160601/02/03
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