Jazz
2014/15 season

Jazz

Copyright: Shawn Peters
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Copyright: Shawn Peters
Gregory Porter simply loves jazz. “I like the freedom it gives you,” he says by way of explanation. “In pop music you have to stick with a melody. With jazz you’re practically forced to create it. That appeals to my nature. I just like doing it a little differently every time.”

The 2014/15 season sees us keeping faith with jazz by putting together a varied programme comprising a range of different styles. The concept has been modified slightly, with the series Jazz at midnight being renamed Jazz STUDIO and now beginning – like the other concerts – at 7.30 pm. Our jazz series featuring young bands and the WDR Big Band will continue, as will the cooperation with the Leverkusen Jazz Days.

In our Jazz STUDIO series we are delighted to welcome at the very start of the season the Louis Stapleton Trio, a young band who have already notched up numerous performances despite only being formed in 2012. They are followed in November by our stART artist Olivia Trummer, who will be performing the CD sponsored by Bayer Arts and Culture – accompanied of course by the New York musicians she recorded the album with. Benjamin Schaefer – another former stART artist – then takes the stage with his newly formed band Quiet Fire, which is notable for including a harp in its line-up. Rounding off the series is the young German-Lebanese band Masaa, who were runners-up in the future sounds competition in 2013.

Our Jazz in the KULISSE on Sunday mornings regularly attracts a family audience who enjoy listening to a variety of different bands while partaking of brunch. The opening act this year is oui d’accord. They are followed by the Henning Wolter Trio, whose programme, based on their album Undercover Job, takes us into the clandestine world of secret agents. In February 2015 it’s the turn of DuckTapeTicket, winners of the future sounds competition in 2013. The three musicians provide convincing evidence that it’s also possible to play jazz on string instruments. Bringing the season in the Kulisse to a close are Masha Bijlsma and Band, who deliver straight-down-the-line jazz that is firmly rooted in tradition and yet at the same time contemporary.

35th Leverkusen Jazz Days

As part of our cooperation with the Leverkusen Jazz Days in 2014 we are particularly pleased to present an absolute highlight in the form of Gregory Porter. Not since Kurt Elling has a jazz singer made such a spectacular start to his career as Porter. His first two albums, Water (2010) and Be Good (2012), were rapturously received by the critics, and established Porter as one of the world’s best contemporary jazz singers. As confirmation of this status, both these albums were nominated for a Grammy award. He recently released his third album, entitled Liquid Spirit. “I firmly consider myself a jazz singer, but I enjoy blues, black southern soul, and gospel,” says Porter. “Those elements make their way inside my music. And I’ve always heard them in jazz.”

We will of course be continuing our cooperation with the future sounds competition and the stART programme.

Find out more at http://www.leverkusener-jazztage.de/ 

MON 10.11 | 7.00 pm | Forum, Leverkusen
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