Jazz before X-mas: Homage to Chet Baker – Petry / Porter / Casimir / Marcelli

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Jazz before X-mas: Homage to Chet Baker – Petry / Porter / Casimir / Marcelli
Bill Petry (tp), Larry Porter (p), Olaf Casimir (b), Andrea Marcelli (dr)
…Chet Baker‘ favorites tunes.

Bill Petry_12_17BILL PETRY – Trumpet
„Bill Petrys warmer Sound und sein ehrliches, lyrisches Spiel sind unverkennbar von den Größen des West-Coast-Jazz inspiriert. Davon ausgehend hat der junge Trompeter seine ganz eigene, harmonisch raffinierte Sprache entwickelt, die weder auf komplizierte Phrasen noch auf Effekthascherei setzt. Dass Till Brönner ihn als seinen talentiertesten Schüler bezeichnete ist hinfällig, da er über diesen Status längst hinausgewachsen ist.“

larryporter_12_17LARRY PORTER is an adept in the music of both East and West.  As a jazz pianist, his playing pays homage to the history of  the music, from ragtime through post-bop and into the future.
Porter’s compositions, renditions, and improvisations portray multi-dimensional visionary soundscapes conveying the depth and breadth of emotions that encompass the human experience. He is also involved in projects integrating aspects of jazz and other Western music forms with Afghan, Central Asian, and Indian music.
Larry Porter’s jazz credentials are impeccable. His studies included stints at Eastman School of Music and Berklee College of Music.
Since then he has lived and worked in New York City, Munich, Barcelona, and Berlin, where he currently lives. Over the years he has played with such major figures in the music as Thad Jones and Archie Shepp, including extended periods with Chet Baker and Art Farmer. Porter has also had wide-ranging work with such world-class singers as Sheila Jordan and Mark Murphy.

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, Athur Blythe, Till Brönner, Yvonne Catterfeld,  Chico Freeman, Buddy de Franco, Lionel Hampton, Mercer Ellington, Idris Muhammed, Mark Murphy, Tal Farlow, Mundell Lowe, Charlie Bird, Herb Geller, Charlie Antolini, Nils Landgren, Tok Tok Tok u.v.a.m.

ANDREA 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,  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.“

– John Kelman (www.allaboutjazz.com): ….Marcelli’s compositions transcend simple melody, transporting the listener to places known and unknown,  eliciting hidden emotions… Beyond the Blue represents something of a quantum leap for Marcelli as a player, but more notably as a writer. There’s a maturity of concept, a clarity of vision, that makes Beyond the Blue something of a watershed for Marcelli….