2nd Autumn Leaves Jazz week: Kraef / Lowenthal / Leijonhufvud / Draganic / Marcelli

Sa 30.11. – 21:00 h – Eintritt: € 15 / 10
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2nd Autumn Leaves Jazz week
Kraef / Lowenthal / Leijonhufvud / Draganic / Marcelli
Ben Kraef (sax), Johan Leijonhufvud (g), Marque Lowenthal (p), Robin Draganic (b), Andrea Marcelli (dr)
Contemporary, Hard Bop and Latin Jazz
Music from John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard,
Horace Silver, Wayne Shorter and original compositions

Die große Jazz Koalition
A dynamic quintet of experienced international musicians from the Berlin jazz scene coming from different countries like USA, Sweden, Germany/Montenegro, Canada/Croatia and Italy, together again to make a tribute to the wonderful history of Jazz.

Great saxophonist Ben Kraef with lyrical guitarist Johan Leijonhufvud together with groovy pianist Marque Lowenthal, swinging bassist Robin Draganic and passionate drummer Andrea Marcelli will play a wonderful jazz program from Hard Bop and Latin Jazz to Contemporary jazz.

http://www.blackbird-music.de/en/artists/johan-leijonhufvud/
www.marlomusic.net/
http://robin-draganic.de/
www.andreamarcelli.com

BEN KRAEF is a German-Montenegrin saxophonist and composer based in Berlin. He graduated from the University of Music “Hanns Eisler“, Berlin. In 2007 he relocated to New York City on a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and obtained a Master of Arts from The City College of New York in 2009.
Ben has won international acclaim in form of several prizes and awards, among these most notably the Biberacher Jazzpreis (2006), the “Concours International de Jazz de Fribourg“ (2007), the Yamaha Saxophone Contest (2007), and the Billie Stoller Scholarship to an outstanding scholar and musician from The City College of New York (2008).
He has had the chance to perform throughout Europe, the Middle East, as well as southern Africa and Japan with Lalo Schifrin, Archie Shepp, Phil Woods, John Abercrombie, Fred Hersch, Gunther Schuller, Tania Maria, Jim McNeely, Peter Herbolzheimer, George Garzone, Herb Geller, and John Patitucci.

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Johan Leijonhufvud
Ever since his several years of collaboration with the German star trumpeter Till Brönner, Johan is considered one of the most promising protagonists of contemporary jazz. He has put his name on the list of first-class jazz guitarists, not only as a sideman of Brönner and Nils Landgren but also as a bandleader of his own projects, and has often been associated with the tradition of greats like Joe Pass, Kenny Burrell, Wes Montgomery or John Scofield.

In the early nineties Johan Leijonhufvud was intensively working Malmö’s music scene, he organised sessions and linked up with other musicians. Ten years later he headed for Berlin, willing to explore the local jazz scene. Musically, Johan feels at home both in Malmö and in Berlin. Commuting between these two cities strongly influenced the soundscapes he combines in his compositions: The beautiful melancholy of Sweden meets the radiant variegation of the big city. He finds his inspiration listening to the music of Miles Davis and John Coltrane or hiking through the stunning loneliness of the Swedish countryside.
Yet his playing is passionate, rich and funky.

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MARQUE LOWENTHAL pianist born in the Boston/USA. He is a
Berlin resident since many years he is one of the best pianists in Germany.
He played with Birelli Lagreen, Tony Scott, Ernie Watts and many others.
He is a Sony recording artist with Lyambiko Quartett with whom he has played over 500 concerts in Germany, Europe and The US.

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ROBIN DRAGANIC one of the most requested bassists in Germany, was born in 1963 in Zagreb raised in Canada and studied at University in Montreal. In 1984
he had his first band with Ken Vandermark. He played in Russia and China and many other countries. Since 2003 he played over 500 concerts with the Quartet of singer Lyambiko, with Marque Löwenthal one of the most known Jazz bands in Germany and recorded for Sony BMG.
Since November 1997 Robin Draganic is leading the best known Jamsession
in Berlin. „Robin’s Nest“ at the ‚B-Flat Jazz Club‘ every Wednesday evening.

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Drummer/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. His new album is
„The Invisible Chlid“ 2018

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.“