4th Desire for Spring Jazz Week: Praskin/Porter/Levi/Marcelli Encounter

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Allan Praskin (as), Larry Porter (p), Yonatan Levi (b), Andrea Marcelli (dr)

…Modern Jazz.

Join us at the magic 4th „Desire for Spring Jazz week“, April 14th – 19th, during Easter, at the Kunstfabrik Schlot.

Six different journeys of music dialogues, dynamics, passion, rhythms and colors of Jazz. Accomplished drummer/composer Andrea Marcelli will bring  some of the best soloists of the Berlin Jazz scene and special guests from abroad.  Each evening a completely different mood and genre. Opening concert 14.04 with the quartet of virtuoso saxophonist Woody Witt from Texas and on 15.04 the quintet of award winner pianist Sorin Zlat from Bucharest, both thanks to the Rumänisches Kulturinstitut. On 16.04 a special quartet presenting the Jazz reunion of the two very talented Allan Praskin and Larry Porter. On 17.04 Film and Classic meets Jazz with whimsical Ekkehard Wölk Quartet and special guest warm guitarist Filippo Cosentino from Alba / Italy, on 18.04 the passionate pianist Arik Strauss from Israel in trio + guest and closing concert 19.04 a specially creative trio with Tino Derado and Lars Gühlcke…

The musicians will bring their own colors representing different cultures and sensitivities, all together here in Berlin at  Schlot. Jazz rearrangements of famous composers and all kind of original compositions and moods.
Expect the unexpected!

Praskin/Porter/Levi/Marcelli Encounter
Allan Praskin (as), Larry Porter (p), Yonatan Levi (b), Andrea Marcelli (dr)
…Modern Jazz.

Die zwei Amerikaner Allan Praskin und Larry Porter leiteten von 1982 bis 1993 eine legendäre Jazzgruppe. Sie spielten überall in Deutschland und Europa in Clubs, Konzerthallen, Rundfunkstudios und auf Festivals, nahmen zahlreiche Platten und CDs auf. Die Band wurde vom Publikum sowohl als auch von Musikern für ihren frischen und fantasievollen Einblick auf das gesamte Spektrum der Jazz-Tradition geschätzt.

ALLAN PRASKIN Der Meister des Altsaxophons, Allan Praskin, in Los Angeles geboren, wurde mit Modern Jazz unter der Ägide von George Morrow (Bassist des Clifford Brown – Max Roach Quintet) vertraut. Durch Morrow`s Unterricht konnte er mit prominenten, in Kalifornien ansässigen Musikern zusammenarbeiten, darunter Bobby Hutcherson, J.R. Monterose und Harold Land. Seine stilistische Offenheit ermöglichte ihm Virtuosität in unterschiedlichsten Spielarten, so war er in den 70er-Jahren auch in der Freejazz-Szene aktiv, u.a. mit Sam Rivers und Gunter Hampel.
Viele Jahre hatte er eine Professur an der Anton Bruckner Universität in Linz inne. Gleich wenig anderen Musikern, hat er die Geschichte, wie auch die Fülle der endlosen Zahl von Kompositionen, die dem Jazz zugerechnet werden, verinnerlicht. Praskin bürgt nicht nur für hohes Spielniveau – sein umfassendes Wissen um den Jazz und dessen Tradition ist verblüffend

LARRY PORTER is an adept in the music of both East and West.  As a jazz pianist, his playing pays homage to the history of  the music, from ragtime through post-bop and into the future.  Porter’s compositions, renditions, and improvisations portray multi-dimensional visionary soundscapes conveying the depth and breadth of emotions that encompass the human experience. He is also involved in projects integrating aspects of jazz and other Western music forms with Afghan, Central Asian, and Indian music.
Larry Porter’s jazz credentials are impeccable. His studies included stints at Eastman School of Music and Berklee College of Music.  Since then he has lived and worked in New York City, Munich, Barcelona, and Berlin, where he currently lives. Over the years he has played with such major figures in the music as Thad Jones and Archie Shepp, including extended periods with Chet Baker and Art Farmer. Porter has also had wide-ranging work with such world-class singers as Sheila Jordan and Mark Murphy.

Talented bassist Yonatan Levi, from Israel, lived in New York where he played also with Jimmy Cobb & Cobb’s Mob and guitarist Peter Bernstein. He is now busy in the Berlin Jazz scene.

AndreaMarcelli_04_17Drummer/composer ANDREA MARCELLI moved to the USA in 1989, spending eight years in Los Angeles and four in New York City. He has resided in Berlin since 2001. Two of his tunes are included in both “The European Real Book“ and “The Digital Real Book part 2“. He is leading an active international musical life, performing with Wayne Shorter, Don Menza, Allan Holdsworth, Mike Stern, Bob Mintzer, Eddie Gomez, Ralph Towner, Eberhard Weber, Markus Stockhausen, Palle Danielsson, John Patitucci, Mike Mainieri, Hiram Bullock, Frank Gambale, Andy Summers and others. He recorded many albums and two critical acclaimed Cds with legendary Major Label Verve/PolyGram.
John Kelman schreibt: „…Marcellis Kompositionen transzendieren simple Melodien, die den Zuhörer zu bekannten und unbekannten Plätzen entführen, versteckte Emotionen ans Licht bringen… Da ist die Reife des Konzeptes, die klare Vision, die ‚Beyond the Blue’ zu einer Art Markenzeichen Marcellis wird.“

 

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