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TERENCE BLANCHARD:  REQUIEM FOR KATRINA

 

A stunning Terence Blanchard featured its significant project A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina) in Baku. The album, recorded in 2007 by the quintet of Blanchard, won a Grammy Award as “Best Jazz Album” and was nominated for “Best Jazz instrumental

Solo” in the composition of “Levees”.

 

 

 

 

TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON: I DO NOT LISTEN JAZZ TOO MUCH

 

A Grammy award winner Terri Lyne Carrington put

on a concert in  Baku.

 

50 years after the legendary album «Money Jungle» of Duke Ellington, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington released an album dedicated to the work of Duke «Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue», for which she received a sacred Grammy award.

 

DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER'S BAKU CONCERT

 

On 12 February Dee Dee Bridgewater gave a concert at the Heydar Aliyev Palace. The concert was attended by Azerbaijan's First Lady Ms. Mehriban Aliyeva. Bridgewater made a bow and dedicated the first song to her.

 

“I came to Baku with an open heart and soul, with love for music and to give the people of Baku a piece of my heart.”

 

 

JAZZ THING

 

It is known that there are very few magazines highlighting jazz. Our magazine is one of post-Soviet era issues which have been published for nine years. However there are problems of thematic issues which unite us not depending of which country we work for. Without any doubt it depends on consumer market and very low demand for thematic issues, because jazz is not the one to make any kind of profit and in accordance with that the magazine about it is non- profitable too. We shared our point of view with representatives of publishing house of the magazine “Jazz Thing”

 

 

INTERVIEW WITH BARBARA DENNERLEIN: BAKU CONCERT

 

Barbara, tell us about your childhood. How it came out that you began to play such a rare instrument like organ?

 

My grandfather always wanted me to learn to play organ. He liked the instrument very much.  And one day he gave me a small harpsichord. And this was the beginning.

 

 

BRIAN BROMBERG

 

Brian’s application, that evening, of his vast range of techniques on a double bass fashioned by 18th century master craftsmen, Matteo Guersam, produced in me an effect I can only describe as a ‘bombardment’. Brian’s pizzicato and slapping, along with his trademark two-handed tapping, aroused the admiration of all in the audience. His knowledge of the instrument’s phenomenal potential and his level of musicianship have taken him to the highest ranks in the history of double-bass players.

 

 

 

HOWARD LEVY

 

There are some good musicians out there, of whom there are many. There are also outstanding musicians, of whom they are much fewer. Finally, there are super-musicians who are gifted by God more members of the above categories and who use quality as a tool to invent new musical concepts previously unknown to mankind, both a performing and musically composed ones. This something is a gift or rather a set of gifts, such as musical talent, a passion for spiritual enrichment, creative stamina, taste, and so on. In order not to confuse the reader, allow me to formulate my thoughts thus: it is not enough to simply have the natural gift, or even great knowledge, because as this all is not talent yet. Talent is the ability to use and combine these gifts and knowledge properly. And, if you have all these attributes, that makes you a super-musician.

 

 

 

RACHELLE FERREL

 

Rachelle Ferrell opened the Baku International Festival on Saturday 15 October 2011. Shortly before her concert, Jazz Dunyasi was privileged to interview her backstage at the Heydar Aliyev Palace. We anticipated that she would not have had time to absorb much of the local culture, so we took along a few examples, including the Culture catalogue of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Ms. Ferrell was intrigued....

ALEXANDER MASHIN: JAZZ BAKU-MOSCOW

 

Jazz Dunyasi: You perform in Baku as well as in Moscow...it is natural because  there are similarities in Azerbaijan and Russian jazz: they belong to the same school, but there are differences too. For example, the melody. What about Eastern music, is it difficult for you?

 

Alexander Mashin: There are not any difficulties. It is so easy to communicate, because people of Azerbaijan are very sociable. They are very optimistic and that is why it is easy to work together. There are not any problems. When it comes to culture, of course, there are certain differences, but the language of music is so universal that it is always easy to communicate.

 

 

AMINA FIGAROVA'S MOMEMTS OF HAPPINESS

 

Amina Figarova won the competition of Soviet composers in 1987. In 1992, she moved to Rotterdam, Netherlands, and then to the United States. In Rotterdam, Amina started to take lessons as a jazz pianist with Rob van Krefeld and vocal lessons with American singer Coco York. A year later she recorded her first album called Attraction, comprised entirely of her own compositions.

GINA SOUTHGATE

 

I work with the frisson of the music observing the relationship between the musician and instrument

BOBBY McFERRIN: SPIRIT YOU ALL

 

On February 28 in Baku on the stage of Heydar Aliyev Palace was presented the performance of the legendary jazzman, tenfold winner of the "Grammy" Robert "Bobby" McFerrin. The musician arrived in Baku with his band consisting of two guitarists, a pianist, drummer, bassist and two backing vocalists, one of which is the daughter of musician - Madison.

 

 

SHAHIN NOVRASLI: ON THE WAY TO GLOBAL FAME 

 

On February 28 in Baku on the stage of Heydar Aliyev Palace was presented the performance of the legendary jazzman, tenfold winner of the "Grammy" Robert "Bobby" McFerrin. The musician arrived in Baku with his band consisting of two guitarists, a pianist, drummer, bassist and two backing vocalists, one of which is the daughter of musician - Madison.

 

 

TERENCE BLANCHARD:  REQUIEM FOR KATRINA

 

A stunning Terence Blanchard featured its significant project A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina) in Baku. The album, recorded in 2007 by the quintet of Blanchard, won a Grammy Award as “Best Jazz Album” and was nominated for “Best Jazz instrumental

Solo” in the composition of “Levees”.

 

 

 

 

TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON: I DO NOT LISTEN JAZZ TOO MUCH

 

A Grammy award winner Terri Lyne Carrington put

on a concert in  Baku.

 

50 years after the legendary album «Money Jungle» of Duke Ellington, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington released an album dedicated to the work of Duke «Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue», for which she received a sacred Grammy award.

 

DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER'S BAKU CONCERT

 

On 12 February Dee Dee Bridgewater gave a concert at the Heydar Aliyev Palace. The concert was attended by Azerbaijan's First Lady Ms. Mehriban Aliyeva. Bridgewater made a bow and dedicated the first song to her.

 

“I came to Baku with an open heart and soul, with love for music and to give the people of Baku a piece of my heart.”

 

 

JAZZ THING

 

It is known that there are very few magazines highlighting jazz. Our magazine is one of post-Soviet era issues which have been published for nine years. However there are problems of thematic issues which unite us not depending of which country we work for. Without any doubt it depends on consumer market and very low demand for thematic issues, because jazz is not the one to make any kind of profit and in accordance with that the magazine about it is non- profitable too. We shared our point of view with representatives of publishing house of the magazine “Jazz Thing”

 

 

INTERVIEW WITH BARBARA DENNERLEIN: BAKU CONCERT

 

Barbara, tell us about your childhood. How it came out that you began to play such a rare instrument like organ?

 

My grandfather always wanted me to learn to play organ. He liked the instrument very much.  And one day he gave me a small harpsichord. And this was the beginning.

 

 

BRIAN BROMBERG

 

Brian’s application, that evening, of his vast range of techniques on a double bass fashioned by 18th century master craftsmen, Matteo Guersam, produced in me an effect I can only describe as a ‘bombardment’. Brian’s pizzicato and slapping, along with his trademark two-handed tapping, aroused the admiration of all in the audience. His knowledge of the instrument’s phenomenal potential and his level of musicianship have taken him to the highest ranks in the history of double-bass players.

 

 

 

HOWARD LEVY

 

There are some good musicians out there, of whom there are many. There are also outstanding musicians, of whom they are much fewer. Finally, there are super-musicians who are gifted by God more members of the above categories and who use quality as a tool to invent new musical concepts previously unknown to mankind, both a performing and musically composed ones. This something is a gift or rather a set of gifts, such as musical talent, a passion for spiritual enrichment, creative stamina, taste, and so on. In order not to confuse the reader, allow me to formulate my thoughts thus: it is not enough to simply have the natural gift, or even great knowledge, because as this all is not talent yet. Talent is the ability to use and combine these gifts and knowledge properly. And, if you have all these attributes, that makes you a super-musician.

 

 

 

RACHELLE FERREL

 

Rachelle Ferrell opened the Baku International Festival on Saturday 15 October 2011. Shortly before her concert, Jazz Dunyasi was privileged to interview her backstage at the Heydar Aliyev Palace. We anticipated that she would not have had time to absorb much of the local culture, so we took along a few examples, including the Culture catalogue of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Ms. Ferrell was intrigued....

ALEXANDER MASHIN: JAZZ BAKU-MOSCOW

 

Jazz Dunyasi: You perform in Baku as well as in Moscow...it is natural because  there are similarities in Azerbaijan and Russian jazz: they belong to the same school, but there are differences too. For example, the melody. What about Eastern music, is it difficult for you?

 

Alexander Mashin: There are not any difficulties. It is so easy to communicate, because people of Azerbaijan are very sociable. They are very optimistic and that is why it is easy to work together. There are not any problems. When it comes to culture, of course, there are certain differences, but the language of music is so universal that it is always easy to communicate.

 

 

AMINA FIGAROVA'S MOMEMTS OF HAPPINESS

 

Amina Figarova won the competition of Soviet composers in 1987. In 1992, she moved to Rotterdam, Netherlands, and then to the United States. In Rotterdam, Amina started to take lessons as a jazz pianist with Rob van Krefeld and vocal lessons with American singer Coco York. A year later she recorded her first album called Attraction, comprised entirely of her own compositions.

GINA SOUTHGATE

 

I work with the frisson of the music observing the relationship between the musician and instrument