4th Desire for Spring Jazz Week: Woody Witt Quartet

Woody Witt (sax), Sorin Zlat (p), Olaf Casimir (b), Andrea Marcelli (dr)

…Contemporary, Mainstream and Latin 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!

Woody Witt Quartet
Woody Witt (sax), Sorin Zlat (p), Olaf Casimir (b), Andrea Marcelli (dr)
…Contemporary, Mainstream and Latin Jazz.


WoodyWitt_04_17WOODY WITT – saxophones. Professor of Jazz Studies at Houston Community College Town and Country campus and an Affiliate Artist at the University of Houston.  He is an impressive saxophonist, a skilled composer, and an influential jazz educator. On the tenor, Woody displays a mastery of modern mainstream jazz, he has developed an energetic and explorative style, and he has his own attractive sound.

He is a Yamaha Performing Artist  (for over 15 years), a 2010 recipient of a Chamber Music America French American Cultural. His extensive performance experience includes the Houston Symphony, The Temptations, Randy Brecker, Ray Charles, Billy Hart, Louis Hayes, Jim Rotondi, Nancy King, Mark Levine, Adam Nussbaum, James Moody, Conrad Herwig,  and Tim Armacost to name just a few. A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Witt earned a Bachelor in Music at the University of Houston, a Master in Music from the prestigious University of North Texas (Jazz Studies), and in 2000, Witt earned a Doctorate in Musical Arts at the University Of Houston Moores School Of Music.

Randy Brecker: „Woody Witt continues the tradition of great ‚Texas Tenors‘ with a big fat sound, fresh ideas and a decidedly modern and original approach to improvisation and composition.“

David Liebman: “Top line contemporary jazz by Woody and his friends, covering all the bases and done with passion and grace.”

Miles Willis “Milestones” on 90.5 KPFT: “a confident storyteller of depth and distinction.”

Frank Rubolino / Cadence: “There is nothing academic about his approach. It is all soul and emotion and his solos ring out with authority.”

SorianZlat_04_17SORIN ZLAT – piano
A seasoned jazz pianist, composer, and arranger, who created a repertoire comprising pieces of standard jazz and personal compositions which range through Latin, jazz, pop, and classical music and are orchestrated to reflect my unique interpretative style. Well known for my imaginative approach to jazz which enabled me, as a soloist or alongside my band, Sorin Zlat Trio, to gain recognition on the European and North American jazz scene. Being a composer has expanded my horizons and stretched my technical capabilities, pushing me to continuously discover new ways to excel in my work. Sorin appeared in numerous festivals, both nationally and internationally, as a solo performer or with his including the Montreux Jazz Festival, with Lee Ritenour, Branford Marsalis, Chris Potter, Chucho Valdes, Sonny Emory, Jeff Ballard, Dave Grusin, Ravi Coltrane, and his mentor, the renowned pianist Leszek Mozdzer.

You can find Sorin performing in the jazz clubs both in his country of origin, as well as across Europe (USA, Spain, France, Turkey, Israel, United Kingdom, Belgium, Monaco, and Switzerland).

Andrea Marcelli_04_17ANDREA MARCELLI – Drummer/composer born in Rome, Italy. He moved to USA in 1989 spending 8 years in Los Angeles and 4 in New York. He is, since 2001, resident in Berlin/Germany.

He performed and/or recorded with Wayne Shorter, Don Menza, David Liebman, Bob Mintzer, Harold Land, Markus Stockhausen, Eddie Gomez,  Mike Stern, Mitchel Forman, Allan Holdsworth, Bob Berg, John Patitucci, Eberhard Weber, Alphonso Johnson, Jeff Berlin, Palle Danielsson, Arild Anderson, Alan Pasqua, Bob Sheppard, Frank Gambale, Hiram Bullock, Andy Summers, Rick Margitza, The Brandenburger Symphoniker Orchestra and others.

During his career he performed in USA, Japan, India, Brazil, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tunisia, Italy, Germany, England, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Russia, Estonia, France, Belgium, Finland, Luxembourg, Lebanon and others.

Andrea recorded many CDS and two acclaimed solo CDs for legendary Major Jazz Label VERVE/PolyGram with his original compositions. He graduated in 1986 from the L. Refice Conservatory in Frosinone (Rome) in Classical Clarinet, Jazz Composition and Arrangement. More than 190 of his compositions have been recorded in CDs. Two of Andrea’s compositions are included in „The European Real Book“ and „The Digital Real Book part two“ by www.shermusic.com.

Andrea has more than 190 of his compositions recorded in CDs and broadcasted world-wide. His credits include:  RAI TV and Radio, BBC England, PBS Usa, Fox Sport Usa and Mexico, ABC Usa and Mexico, Financial Report 5 Australia, CBC Canada, TV5 Canada, RBB Radio Kultur, MDR TV, Deutsche Radio Kultur, WDR TV, Bayerische Rundfunk Radio. BMW, Mercedes,Volkswagen, Deutsche Sparkasse and others.

Wayne Shorter wrote: „Andrea Marcelli’s music is vibrant and thought-provoking as today’s events. Andrea is such a chameleon. When I first heard his music, it struck me that he played drums, clarinet, percussion, keyboards and composed in a variety of styles that defied classification, moreover, his display of sensitivity and creative approach to the work produced.“

OLAF CASIMIR Kontrabass. Nach seinem Studienaufenthalt in New York City 1989 bis 1990 folgten bis ins Jahr 1993 mehrere Europatourneen mit “Duke Ellington`s Sophisticated Ladies” u.a. mit Mercer Ellington.1994 gewann Olaf Casimir beim internationalen Kontrabasswettbewerb in Avignon den 1. Preis in der Sparte Jazz.1995 Debütalbum der eigenen Band „Bass Instinct“. Von 1997 bis 2009 lebte er in Hamburg und war dort freischaffend tätig für zahlreiche Produktionen am Deutschen Schauspielhaus sowie für diverse CD-, TV-, und Rundfunk-Produktionen. Seit 1997 ist er Bassist in der Gustav Peter Wöhler Band und von 2004 bis 2012 gehörte er zum festen Live- und Studioensemble von Annett Louisan. 2009 Umzug nach Berlin. Seit 2013 begleitet Olaf Casimir auch das Konzertprogramm “Wegen mir” von Gustav Peter Wöhler. In seiner Vergangenheit spielte Olaf Casimir u.a. mit Künstlern wie Thomas Quasthoff, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Stanton Davis, Athur Blythe, Till Brönner, Yvonne Catterfeld, Angela Winkler, Ulrich Tukur, Chico Freeman, Buddy de Franco, Lionel Hampton, Mercer Ellington, Idres Muhammed, Mark Murphy, Tal Farlow, Mundell Lowe, Charlie Bird, Herb Geller, Charlie Antolini, Nils Landgren, Tok Tok Tok u.v.a.m.

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