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9.00 pm | Creberg Teatro


Three champions in their respective instruments: a modern jazz piano teacher, a giant of the double bass and one of the most prominent drummers of the modern jazz. Together, they quickly travel the jazz high road without coming back with nostalgia or by operations of mere historical review. Kenny Barron and Dave Holland have long been a close-knit duo (in 2014 Impulse released the album, with an unequivocal title, The Art of Conversation; they are joined by drummer Johnathan Blake who performed with the pianist at Donizetti for Bergamo Jazz 2016.

Class of 1947, he was born in Philadelphia, city that has given and continues to give to the jazz, Kenny Barron made his debut in the late fifties and then joined Dizzy Gillespie and then collaborated with Stanley Turrentine, Freddie Hubbard, James Moody, Buddy Rich, Ron Carter and others. Together with Charlie Rouse, Buster Williams and Ben Riley, he was founder of the remarkable Sphere quartet. And among the other collaborations we must dutifully mention those with Stan Getz, documented by People Time and other records, Charlie Haden (Night & The City), Regina Carter (Freefall).

Dave Holland, Wolverhampton 1946, has marked some of the most relevant jazz seasons from the 1960s onwards: from Miles Davis’ electric jazz (with which he recorded epochal albums such as In A Silent Way and Bitches Brew) to the post free of Circle by Chick Corea, Sam Rivers and Anthony Braxton. Numerous the recordings which he created as sideman (with all the musicians just mentioned) and as leader (one title above all: Conference of The Birds). He recently formed the Crossurrents trio, along with saxophonist Chris Potter and Indian percussionist Zakir Hussain. Dave Holland’s last appearance at Bergamo Jazz dates back to 2000, in a duo with Jim Hall.

Much younger than the two distinguished partners, Johnathan Blake (1976, also from Philadelphia), is one of the most talented drummers of his generation. He distinguished himself alongside Tom Harrell, Roy Hargrove, Stanley Cowell, Randy Brecker, Jeremy Pelt, Kenny Barron himself and many others.


10.30 pm | Creberg Teatro


80 years old last August, Enrico Rava is experiencing one of the happiest seasons of his long artistic journey. And in the context of this latest youth, the partnership with Joe Lovano, one of the giants of the tenor sax for at least forty years now, fits in. This is confirmed by the quintet that they direct together and that with Roma, album recorded live for ECM at the Parco della Musica Auditorium in November 2018, has set a firm point both in the discography of the trumpeter and the saxophonist from Cleveland. And on the occasion of the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the birth of the famous German record company, the quintet performed at Lincoln Center in New York, lining up on drums Nasheet Waits, instead of Clarence Penn present instead in Roma. Firm in their roles remain the increasingly mature Giovanni Guidi on the piano and one of the strongest bassists of the moment, Dezron Douglas (listened to Bergamo Jazz with the David Murray quartet last year).

Tracing, even in summary, the biographies of Enrico Rava and Joe Lovano is useless, given the popularity of both, even among the Bergamo public, who knows and appreciates the trumpeter well, also in the role of Artistic Director of Bergamo Jazz from 2012 to 2015. Lovano’s appearances on the main city stage were also frequent: the last in 2016, with his Classic Quartet, the first in 1994, always driving a quartet; in the middle those with the Paul Motian project “On Broadway”, with the trio of the same drummer and with Bill Frisell on the guitar (1998), and as a special guest of the trio of the Japanese pianist Yosuke Yamashita (2001). In all cases Joe Lovano has given capital musical tests, as his close companion has always done.