Desire for Spring Jazz week: Lowenthal / Leijonhufvud / Draganic / Marcelli

Mo 22.4. – 21:00 h – Eintritt: frei
Desire for Spring Jazz week: Lowenthal / Leijonhufvud / Draganic / Marcelli
Johan Leijonhufvud (g), Marque Lowenthal (p), Robin Draganic (b), Andrea Marcelli (dr)
…Contemporary, Hard Bop and Latin Jazz.

Music from Freddie Hubbard, Horace Silver, Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis and original compositions. A dynamic quartet of experienced international musicians from the Berlin jazz scene coming from USA, Sweden, Canada/Croatia and Italy, together again to make a tribute to the wonderful history of Jazz. Lyrical Swedish guitarist Johan Leijonhufvud together with groovy American pianist Marque Lowenthal, swinging Canadian bassist Robin Draganic and passionate Italian drummer Andrea Marcelli.

Join us at the magic 6th „Desire for Spring Jazz week“ 18. – 22. April during the Easter vacation at the Kunstfabrik Schlot.
Five different passionate journeys of Jazz dialogues, full of dynamics and rhythms. Accomplished international drummer/composer Andrea Marcelli will bring some of the best soloists of the Berlin Jazz scene with guests. Each evening a different story.
Opening event 18.04 the new album release „Closing the Circle“ of refined pianist Arik Strauss from Israel and his Trio + guest. On 19.04 a quartet proposing „Chet Baker favorite‘ songs“ with talented guest Bill Petry on trumpet and great pianist Reggie Moore. On 20.04 the powerful Ekkehard Wölk / Andrea Marcelli Quartet featuring virtuoso saxophonist Tobias Relenberg. On 21.04 a vintage Hammond Organ Trio with both talented Christian von der Goltz and guitarist Attila Muehl. Last concert on 22.04 a special quartet featuring groovy pianist Marque Lowenthal and intense guitarist Johan Leijonhufvud.
The soloist will bring their own colors representing and respecting different cultures and sensitivities, all together here in Berlin at Schlot!!

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.

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.

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.

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.“