Jazzaar’s15th Anniversary theme „Classics” has a triple significance. Firstly, part of the music to be presented belongs to the library of Jazz Classics that legends like Miles Davis and Gill Evans have contributed so much to. Secondly, Classics is referred to the art or the classical music of Europe as well as the afro-American Gospel traditions that will be presented respectively on 2 evenings. The third significance is a personal one that connects Jazzaar’s own selection of original compositions that have been premiered in the past 15 years. Hence, this 15th anniversary of youth development will see the components of Classics characterised in a variety of performances.
Anniversary Gala Night (Alumni Concert)
Twelve of Jazzaar’s own alumni, will assemble in Aarau from around the globe to present the audience with a programme of 15 compositions, an original from every year that had been premiered up to now. The alumni would be sharing the stage with Gary Burton, Makoto Ozone, Christian Jacob, Bob Bennet, Marius Bröchin and Bardia Charaf.
Gary Burton & Makoto Ozone The Guardian Review 2002
It will be a grand occasion to finally have Gary Burton and Makoto Ozone to join us at “jazzaar concerts”. The duo will render music that give definition to the word ‘Classic’ in a night’s performance of truest sophistication, thus a concert of highest degree imaginable.
Hommage À Miles Davis
Two of Miles Davis’ and Gil Evans’ collaborations that have contributed richly to Jazz literature are the classics Porgy and Bess and Concierto de Aranjuez (Sketches of Spain), which original arrangements will be performed in Aarau for the first time and in collaboration between professionals and the Aargau Youth Jazz Orchestra. This evening will present trumpet virtuoso and Grammy winner Randy Brecker to fill the late Miles Davis’ chair. Other dedicated musicians and role-models for the youth orchestra will be Dave Taylor (bass trombone), Adam Nussbaum (drums) Steve Reid (lead trumpet), Tom Garling (trombone), Wolfgang Drechsler (french horn), Matt Marvuglio (flute), Eliane Zweifel (harp), Gildas Boclé (acoustic bass), and Christoph Schnyder (clarinet).
One of the classics of Afro-American tradition is the Gospel music, which has always been a highlight at “jazzaar concerts”. It must once again receive an emphasis this anniversary with brand new compositions that will be premiered by the Aargau Youth Gospel Orchestra through the expert direction of classic role models such as Dennis Montgomery and Adi Yeshaya. Gospel singers from Berklee College of Music who know their trade will lead the choir to give voice to the songs. The performance will also be graced and enhanced by an exclusive rhythm section that usually accompanies international stars such as Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin, among others. They are Shedrick Michtell (Pianist), Reggie Hamilton (Bass), Vernon Ice Black (Guitar), and Michael Baker (Drums).
Kultur und Kongresshaus Aarau (KUK)
15. April – 21. April 2007
Daily rehearsals & workshops
15.04.2007 – 17.04.2007
17.04.2007 ANNIVERSARY GALA NIGHT
Celebrating 15 years of jazzaar featuring the Alumni
directed by Christian Jacob
Also Featuring Gary Burton & Makoto Ozone
18. 4. 2010 GARY BURTON & MAKOTO OZONE
In Concert at Auditorium of Freie Christengemeinde, (Aarau – Delfterstrasse 4)
19. 4. 2010 HOMMAGE À MILES DAVIS
Porgy and Bess and the Concierto de Aranjuez
Aargau Youth Jazz Orchestra directed by Fritz Renold
20. 4. 2010 2007 GOSPEL NIGHT
Aargau Youth Gospel Orchestra directed by Adi Yeshaya
Tribute to Miles – Buzzard Song
Featuring among others, our friend and mentor, the late Barrie Lee Hall Jr. on trumpet (1949 -2011) RIP