Jazz
2013/14 season

Jazz

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In March 2008 the FAZ newspaper asked Paul Kuhn what had attracted him to jazz in 1945. His reply: "The pulsating nature of the music, which was something quite new in Europe. And the fact that jazz is living, more than any other kind of music, and conveys a sense of freedom."

The pulsating nature of jazz, the sense of motion inherent in its rhythms, and its intensive yet spontaneous interactions have long found a place in the European scene. Today, jazz is no longer associated exclusively with New Orleans, Dixieland or swing. We are equally familiar with the charismatic nature of free jazz, world jazz, M-base, smooth jazz, electroswing and a host of other styles.

That diversity is clearly reflected by the rediscovered jazz treasures presented by Bayer Arts & Culture this season.

We are continuing our jazz concerts with young formations and the WDR Big Band, as well as our collaboration with the Leverkusen Jazz Days.

Our Jazz at midnight series features two recent winners of the future sounds competition: Three Fall and the Jan Prax Quartet. Other highlights are the Susanne Weidinger Trio and our new stART artiste Olivia Trummer, who follows in the tradition of Nina Simone, Shirley Horn and Lauro Nyro. Through the stART programme, Bayer Arts & Culture will enable Olivia Trummer and her band to record a new CD. The trio's performance in Leverkusen will include some of the pieces from that recording, along with contemporary arrangements of jazz standards.

The Jazz in the Kulisse series on Sunday mornings attracts a family audience for brunch to the sounds of a variety of jazz formations. This year's line-up starts with smart metal hornets & dix, followed by Hot Club d'Allemagne, presenting a selection of swing numbers from the 1930s and 1940s, and saxophonist Alexandra Lehmler with her band. As the season draws to a close in May 2014, you can look forward to our grandiose stART musicians Valentin Radutiu and Benjamin Schaefer, joining forces for a virtuoso performance based on the motto "the musician's desire for maximum freedom“.

34th Leverkusen Jazz Days

We are proud to present the top act in the Meeting Point series at the Leverkusen Jazz Days: Brazilian Grammy winner, composer, pianist and vocalist Ivan Lins, who will be appearing with the SWR Big Band and calls this project the best he's ever done. The outstanding drummer and composer Sheila E., who was discovered by Prince in 1983, is among the list of performers. She has played with the likes of Ringo Starr, Natalie Cole, Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder. Last but not least, on the same evening you can hear renowned Dutch saxophonist Candy Dulfer. She and Sheila E. first met when working with Prince. Dulfer has also backed musicians such as Maceo Parker, Dave Stewart, Marcus Miller, Van Morrison and Blondie on stage and in the studio.

Naturally the cooperation between future sounds and the stART program is continuing.

For more information go to http://www.leverkusener-jazztage.de/

SUN 10.11 | 6 p.m. | Forum, Leverkusen
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