38th Jazz Days 26.10. - 28.10.2012 INCHEBA Bratislava
Bratislava Jazz Days SLSP
Mario Biondi's deep and warm voice recalls the great interpreters of soul and rhythm and blues music. He's Europe's biggest soul jazz nowadays.
Till Brönner is a German jazz musician, trumpet player, singer, composer, arranger and producer. He has a unique jazz approach influenced by bebop and fusion jazz, but also modern pop music, movie soundtracks, country music and even German pop songs.
Kool & the Gang is an American jazz, R&B, soul, and funk group, originally formed in 1964 as the Jazziacs based in New Jersey. They went through several musical phases during the course of their recording career, starting out with a purist jazz sound, then becoming practitioners of R&B and funk, progressing to a smooth pop-funk ensemble, and in the post-millennium creating music with a modern, electro-pop sound. They have sold over 70 million albums worldwide.
Grace Kelly an Asian-American jazz saxophonist, vocalist, songwriter, arranger, and bandleader. Kelly became the youngest ever musician voted to the Down Beat Magazine's Critics Poll at age 16. At 18 she released her sixth album, Man with the Hat, a collaboration with jazz legend Phil Woods. "Grace Kelly plays with intelligence, wit and feeling. She has a great amount of natural ability and the ability to adapt. That is the hallmark of a first-class jazz musician” says about her Wynton Marsalis.
Charles Burrell, the uncle of Dianne Reeves was a bass player with the Denver Symphony Orchestra. He's introduced her to the music of jazz singers, from Ella Fitzgerald to Billie Holiday. She was especially impressed by Sarah Vaughan. Later she has won four Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Performance.
Elif Caglar was born in Istanbul,Turkey. She studied Jazz Composition at Istanbul Bilgi University with Turkey’s leading jazz musicians as professors. She participated in Lawrence ‘Butch’ Morris’s unique “conduction” experience and also focused on “Classical Turkish Music’” with Timur Selcuk for a year.
Simone Kopmajer is young, talented and experienced. The Austrian jazz singer performs from the age of twelve - at first in her fathers band. Her stage debut in the USA in 2000 was stunning. From that moment Simone released nine albums, and played shows with names like George Mraz, Jay Clayton, Ira Sullivan, Terry Myers, Wolfgang Puschnig, Kenny Davis, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, New York Voices, Mark Murphy or Larry Coryell.
Zbigniew Namysłowski is a Polish jazz alto saxophonist, flautist, cellist, trombonist, pianist and composer born in Warsaw, perhaps best known for appearing on the Krzysztof Komeda album "Astigmatic". He has collaborated in the past with such artists as Leszek Możdżer, Michał Urbaniak and Andrzej Trzaskowski.