Jazz around X-mas: Arik Strauss Trio + Joe Kucera and guests

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Jazz around X-mas: Arik Strauss Trio + Joe Kucera and guests
Arik Strauss (p), Jonathan Robinson (b), Andrea Marcelli (dr) + special guests: Joe Kucera (sax), Sigal Adler-Strauss (voc)
…Classical, Latin and Modern Jazz.


Join us on the Christmas Jazz night!! Arik Strauss, from Israel, with his trio and special guest saxophonist Joe Kucera from Prague and delicate singer Sigal Adler-Strauss. They will present famous jazz standards and compositions by Arik written after arriving in Berlin, he lived previously in Jerusalem and New York. Arik Strauss In his refined and passionate music brings together different styles of jazz – classical, latin and modern. Joining him are his usual rhythm section with creative drummer Andrea Marcelli and solid bassist Jonathan Robinson.

„Arik Strauss plays with refined sense of feeling and sensitivity somewhere between Bill Evans and Frédéric Chopin and yet there’s also the charm of the pop song present…“
– Jakob Baekgaard, All About Jazz

Joe Kučera is a Czech jazz saxophonist and flautist.
He was born in Prague in Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia (now the Czech Republic). He began playing clarinet at age of seventeen and later changed his instrument to saxophone and flute. Since 1967, he played with Michal Prokop’s band Framus Five and two years after, he emigrated to Austria with fellow jazz musician Sammy Vomáčka. Later he went to Berlin. He worked with many musicians, such as Jackie Leven, Werner Lämmerhirt and many others. He founded jazz festival Jazz Meeting Berlin in 1997

has enriched already countless albums and bands. He lived  and worked in New Orleans, New York and he is a Berlin resident. He has performed with many artists including Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Moses, Matt Maneri, Archie Shepp, George Garzone, Rick Margitza, Marcus Belgrave, Jeff „Tain“ Watts, John Tchicai, David Gilmore, Daniel Carter, Onaje Alan Gumbs, Gene Bertoncini.

Andrea Marcelli (Rom) Schlagzeuger
Von 1989 bis 1997 lebt er in Los Angeles, danach vier Jahre in New York. Seit 2001 ist Marcelli in Berlin, wo er am Film „Good Bye Lenin“ mitwirkt und mehrere Jazzauszeichnungen erhält. Er hat bis jetzt etwa 190 eigene Kompositionen aufgenommen. Zwei seiner Kompositionen finden Eingang in die bedeutende Sammlung „The European Real Book“ und „The Digital Real Book part 2“.
Er spielt in den USA, Japan, Indien, Brasilien, Indonesia, all over Europe, Tunisia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique; Lebanon etc.
Mit: Wayne Shorter, Ekkehard Wölk, Don Menza, Bob Mintzer, Mike Stern, Bob Berg, Eddie Gomez, Allan Holdsworth, John Patitucci, David Liebman, Markus Stockhausen, Ralph Towner, Eberhard Weber, Frank Gambale, Hiram Bullock, Harold Land, and many others.
Als Bandleader veröffentlicht Marcelli vier Alben mit eigenen Kompositionen: Silent Will und Oneness (Verve/PolyGram/Polydor KK) + Beyond the Blue, Sundance (2012), Stories (2015)


10th Jazz Christmas week / Jazz between the years
Please come and join us December 22nd – 30th!Since ten years, during the Magic Jazz Christmas Time, many different musical journeys full of passion are participating at a very special Jazz initiative at Schlot, with Jazz rearrangements of famous composers and new interesting original compositions. Andrea Marcelli back in Berlin, after a very long tour in the far East Asia, concludes another Jazz Year with an exiting Christmas week at the Schlot.
Many interesting soloists of the Berlin Jazz scene, coming from Israel, Syria, USA, Serbia, Czech Republic, England, Italy and Germany will bring many colors representing their cultures and sensitivity, all together here in Berlin at the Schlot. Expect the unexpected!