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Jazz between the years
Ronny Graupe (g), Reiner Hess (as), Alessandro Di Puccio (vib)
Lars Gühlcke (b), Andrea Marcelli (dr)
Contemporary Jazz and Creative Hard Bop
A dynamic German / Italian Quintet of creative musicians from the prolificBerlin Jazz scene, together to make a tribute to the wonderful history of Jazz.Virtuoso guitarist Ronny Graupe, great saxophonist Reiner Hess, with lyrical vibraphonist Alessandro Di Puccio, swinging bassist Lars Gühlcke and passionate drummer Andrea Marcelli, will play a wonderful jazz program of beautiful arrangements of famous standards and original compositions.Not often is heard a band with sax/guitar/vibes/bass/drums, so expect many colors, dynamics, rhythms and creative sound possibilities.
RONNY GRAUPE – GUITAR Ronny has been touring and playing concerts extensively since 1996 and played concerts all over the globe.Based in Berlin from 2004 on, he had the fortune to work many years with Gropper/Graupe/Lillinger (formerly known as hyperactive kid), Uli Kempendorffs Field, the Rolf Kühn Unit as well as with long-standing ensembles such as Ronny Graupes Spoom, ROWK, Henning Sievert´s Symmethree, Bubaran from Switzerland among others.In 2019 he established Into The Shed – a live-streaming concert series that focuses on the international Jazz and Impro scene in Berlin.In 2021 recordings of his latest quartet Off The Record, the duo Cadotsch/Graupe, the Ronny Graupe Trio and Solo Recordings will be released on his own label Out Of The Shed.In June Ronny received the Jazz Price Germany 2021 in the category „Guitar“.
ALESSANDRO DI PUCCIO, VIBRAPHONIST
From the early ’80s, he has played in the most important clubs, festivals and exhibitions in Italy and Europe, with jazz and world music musicians, like: Toots Thielemans, Albert Mangelsdorff, Mal Waldron, Stefano Bollani, Antonello Salis, Sal Nistico, Massimo Urbani, Tiziana Ghiglioni, Pietro Tonolo, Gianluigi Trovesi, Marco Tamburini, Paolo Birro, The Musipolitana orchestra, Bruno Tommaso, Enrico Pieranunzi, Luca Flores, Gianni Cazzola, Fabio Morgera, Franco D’Andrea, Larry Nocella, Rita Marcotulli, Alberto Marsico and Scott Hamilton.
„Di Puccio is a fine vibraphone player who plays with the energy of a young Hampton, knows the blues like Bags and has listened to Hutcherson as well…“ Larry Holis – Cadence – March 1999
He has conducted and written compositions and arrangements for jazz orchestras and music for theatrical works.
He has founded together with other artists (photographers, musicians, painters and video makers) the Collective Fu.Ori.
They have been presented on numerous occasions including editions of the Florentine Jazz Festival “Settembre in Piazza della Passera” of which Alessandro is the artistic director since 2001.
He has held seminars on Improvisation in jazz in several italian music schools and Consevatories.
From 1986 to 2017 he was the Teaching Director of the Jazz School Centro Attività Musicali and from 1986 to 2003 also of the Municipal Jazz School of Scandicci (FI) and the Jazz Department of the Accademia Musicale in Florence and the Silence JAM Arts Centre in Florence.
REINER HESS – Saxophonist und Maler
Altsaxophon, Sopransaxophon, Tenorsaxophon, Baritonsaxophon, Klarinette und Querflöte.
Studium bei Leszek Zadlo (München) und Vincent Herring ( New York)
Saxophonist bei den Hess Brothers.
Mitglied der Berlin Big Band und Kind of dukish.
Dozent in Doccione, terra musica.
Dozent an der Thür. Sommerakademie in Böhlen.
Leitet Workshops für Saxophonisten in Berlin.
Malt mit Öl, Acryl, Kreide auf Leinwand und Holz, on Tour auch gerne Kaltnadelradierungen. Ca 2 bis 3 Ausstellungen im Jahr. Unterricht bei Otto Sander Tischbein und Volker Altenhof.
LARS GÜHLCKE studierte Kontrabass am Konservatoriumin Amsterdam und Hilversum. Langjährige Zusammenarbeitmit Ed Kröger (“What´s New“, “Movin´On“ und „Another Step“bei Laika Records). Seit 2 Jahren festes Mitglied vonInner Shape einer jungen Jazzformation um denSaxophonisten Roman Ott. CD-Produktion mit Inner Shape MitKurt Rosenwinkel. Nach einem Aufenthalt in New York arbeiteter als Freelancer in Berlin, seit 1999, und gibt Konzerte imIn- und Ausland. Unter anderen mit: Marianne Rosenberg,Scott Hamilton, Till Brönner, Johan Leijonhufvud, Torsten Goods.
ANDREA MARCELLI – Drummer/composer born in Rome, Italy.
He moved to the 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, Ekkehard Wölk and others.
During his career he performed in USA, Japan, India, Brazil, Hong Kong, China, South Africa, Indonesia, 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.
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 200 of his compositions recorded in CDs and
- 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.“