Featured Artistes in the production – Sounds of the Caribbean
Gil Goldstein contributed arrangements and compositions for the Sounds of the Caribbean production.
This dynamic SONERO is currently the lead singer of the “Eddie Palmieri Orchestra” , where he is featured on five cd’s with the nine time Grammy Award Winner & Master Pianist including “Masterpiece/Obra Maestra” with the late, great Tito Puente which garnered two Grammys.
He is constantly requested by such legendary producers as: Phil Ramone, Jay-Z, Arif Mardin, Randy Jackson, Barry Eastmond and Narada Michael Walden. He is currently one of the most in demand trumpeters and arrangers in NYC having recorded on over 350 CD’s. He is a prolific writer and producer whose music is used throughout the media industry including CBS, NBC, HBO, Showtime, A&E and MTV.
Barry has also been a regular fixture on the NYC Broadway scene having played in the orchestra for “42nd Street”, “Bring on the Noise Bring on da funk” “The Color Purple” “Bye Bye Birdie” “Promises, Promises” “Movin’ Out” “On Your Feet” among many others.
He has released two CD’s as a solo artist. “Common Ground” released in 2004 received much critical praise and his latest, “Metaphorically Speaking” released in 2013.
Born in Oakland, California, Handy attended North Texas State University from 1981 to 1984, and following this played with Art Blakey, Wynton Marsalis, Roy Haynes, Abdullah Ibrahim, Elvin Jones, Joe Henderson, Betty Carter, George Adams, Ray Drummond, Conrad Herwig, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and David Weiss among many others. He is a member of the Mingus Big Band, Mingus Dynasty, and Mingus Orchestra.
Handy plays the role of Coleman Hawkins in the 1996 film Kansas City. He is credited for performing the Cosby Show season 6 theme.
Herwig is an alumnus of the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, where he performed in the One O’Clock Lab Band. He also attended Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Afro-Caribbean ethnomusicology, and Queens College, CUNY, with a Master of Arts in Jazz Studies. Herwig is professor of jazz trombone, jazz improvisation and jazz composition/arranging at Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts, where he serves as the Artistic Director and Chair of Jazz Studies. Conrad Herwig performs exclusively on Michael Rath Trombones, England.
Oscar is also a Professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston since 1988. He’s been largely responsible for the school’s development of Latin education, instituting several courses on Latin and world bass styles. He also teaches Latin Jazz Ensembles and Jazz Improvisation in the Latin Jazz Idiom at the New England Conservatory of Music.
Oscar is the co-author of the “Latin Bass Book” published by Sher Music. He has also written the Afro Cuban Slap Book published by Berklee Press/Hal Leonard and is currently working on another book for Bass, Drums and Piano.
Oscar is a contributing writer for the Magazine “Musico Pro” for the monthly articles “Latin Bass Masters,” and “Bass Concepts.”
Ludwig is currently working with various artists in the New York area including Yosvanny Terry, Samuel Torres, Eldar Djangirov, Manuel Valera, The Rodriguez Brothers and Richard Bona.
The SYWE is an off-shoot of the Swiss Youth Jazz Orchestra (SYJO). It is formed to give the selected young talents the opportunity to play and experience the music of other cultures around the world from a jazz fusion perspective. This year the ’Sounds of the Caribbean’ production is dedicated to the array of styles such as the Calypso, Mambo, Reggae, Merengue, Bachata, Salsa, Afro-Cuban Jazz Rhumba, the Mini Jazz Haitian Gospel and such that reflect the complex origins that make up the cultural melting pot of the Caribbean islands. Since the ensemble will also feature vocals, it is an opportunity to present songs in the various colonial languages that had a strong impact on the Caribbean people, such as Spanish and English.
Click here for more details on the Caravan Quest production with the SYWE.
Music Composers & Arrangers for Jazzaar 2016 Productions
Having Bob Freedman on the Team is truly an Honor for Jazzaar Festival. Bob is a composer, songwriter, conductor, saxophonist and arranger. After his high school education, he became a saxophonist in the dance orchestras of Serge Chaloff, Vido Musso, Woody Herman, Herb Pomeroy and Maynard Ferguson. He joined ASCAP in 1958, and his popular-song compositions include “And We Listened”. Throughout his life Bob worked for Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Lena Horne, Wynton Marsalis, Grover Washington, Miles Davis, Arther Blythe, Thad Jones & Mel Lewis, Herbie Mann, Michael Brecker, Billy Joel, Renee Rosnes, Dianne Reeves, won a Grammy together with Quincy Jones for The Wiz and conducted hundreds of Productions around the Globe. He also taught at the Berklee School of Music and was the chairman of their Arranging department until his retirement while being the music director at a Boston recording studio. In 2010 Bob wrote the arrangements and directed the recording sessions for this truly GREAT Big Band led by master bassist Ron Carter. It was released on Sunnyside Records on Sept 13, 2011 and worldwide in November 2011. The Japanese release (March 2011) is on EMI-Toshiba. Visit www.SomerledCharitableFoundation.org for more information and audio clips.
Bob Freedman contributed arrangements for the Jazzaar Summit production.
Ned Wilkinson graduated from the Berklee College of Music in 1987 with a degree in Commercial Arranging and an emphasis in trumpet performance. He soon found himself in Branson, Missouri, a tourist destination where few musicians read music and fewer trumpet jobs existed. Undaunted, Ned established himself first as a multi-instrumentalist, playing brass, woodwinds, strings, keyboards, and drums at the Silver Dollar City theme park; he moved from there into show production and musical direction at the park, while arranging for shows on the “76 Strip” such as The Osmonds. He is most proud of his work with The Haygoods, fellow SDC alumni and current stars of a cable TV reality series. Ned recently moved to Orlando, Florida to continue production work, to explore comedy, and to launch his original stage musicals; his newest work, “Fosgate: Ferret Loan Officer”, will premier at the Orlando International Fringe Festival in May.
Ned Wilkinson contributed arrangements and transcriptions for Jazzaar 2016 Caribbean and Soul productions.
Forian Ross contributed arrangements for the Jazzaar 2016 Caribbean and Soul productions.
Featured Artistes in the production – Soul Night
He is a founder of this Bandstand Learning with Role Models program at Jazzaar Festival that is now 22 years in operation.
Fritz Renold contributed compositions & arrangements for the Jazzaar 2016 Caribbean and Soul productions.
Panamanian by birth, a New Yorker by upbringing, and a resident of Switzerland for more than 25 years, Cobham has pursued an ever-broadening, ever-deepening engagement with the world not only as a master drummer and percussionist but as a composer, producer, educator, and clinician who gives service through music even as he constantly expands his personal creative expression.
In 1969 Cobham co-founded the fusion group Dreams, which also featured Randy Brecker, Michael Brecker, John Abercrombie, Don Grolnick, Barry Rodgers, and Will Lee. The following year he was invited to join Miles Davis’s group and contributed to four pivotal recordings by the trumpeter, including Bitches Brew (where he collaborated with guitarist John McLaughlin) and Tribute to Jack Johnson.
Mahavishnu Orchestra was formed by McLaughlin in 1971 with Cobham, Jan Hammer, Jerry Goodman, and Rick Laird. They released three acclaimed albums (beginning with Inner Mounting Flame) before the band was dissolved and Cobham chose to launch his solo career with Spectrum, one of the definitive albums of the jazz-rock era.
During the 1970s and ’80s, he recorded steadily as a leader in collaborating with artists ranging from George Duke, John Scofield, and Tony Williams to Jack Bruce and the Grateful Dead, both on stage and in the studio.
In ’93 Cobham performed, recorded, and produced at the WOMAD Festival (World of Music, Arts and Dance) with Peter Gabriel, Nigeria’s Okuta Percussion, and Farafina from Burkina Faso.
By the start of the 2000s Cobham had introduced “The Art of Jazz” series, recording and touring extensively first with the Art of 3 (Kenny Barron, Ron Carter), then the Art of 4 (Carter, Donald Harrison, James Williams) and the Art of 5 (Harrison, Guy Barker, Eric Reed or Julian Joseph, Orlando Le Fleming). He also worked with Culture Mix, recording two albums with them and in 2003 reactivated Spectrum as a band that revisits the music of that genre-reinventing album.
Of late, Billy had working on a series of recordings that are a tribute to his parents and his roots. The project is call “Fruit From The Loom”. The first CD, of the same name, was released in 2009. The second CD – “Palindrome” was released in 2010. In 2013 was released the third recording entitled “Tales From The Skeleton Coast”.
Billy was concentrating upon recording entitled “Billy Cobham Spectrum 40 Live” and released this project at the beginning of 2015.
From 1985 thru 1996 he was a member of the succesful PILI-PILI Band (led by Jasper Van’t Hof ). He has been living in Germany since 1981, Frankfurt am Main since 1993 and working as a soloist in the H. R. Big band – Radio station.
In 2003, Marques began his studies at the Juilliard School under Joseph Alessi, Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic. At Juilliard, he was a member of the award winning Trombone Ensemble “Dease Bones” and The Lionshead Brass Quintet. During his time in New York, Marques was also invited to perform with the American Brass Quintet, Buffalo Philharmonic and New York Philharmonic. He has also had the honor and privilege of performing and sharing the stage with a wide range of jazz legends, including Paquito D’ Rivera, Wynton Marsalis, Randy Brecker, Terri Lyne Carrington, James Morrison, Wycliffe Gordon, Chris Botti and Lala Hathaway.
Singer, songwriter, producer & keys man Oli Rockberger divides his time between hometown London and New York City with performing/recording credits including Carly Simon, John Mayer, Jesse Harris, Gloria Gaynor, Levon Helm, Judy Collins and Chris Daddy Dave. Current work includes lending finishing touches to a 4th solo record following on from his acclaimed 2013 self-release “Old Habits”, which was championed by the UK’s Jazz FM , and described as a “monument to be relished in the border territory between jazz and pop” (London Jazz). In addition to his solo work, he continues to write/produce for artists on both sides of the pond, with recent projects including prodigious London electronic artist Terrane (co-production), multi-grammy winner Randy Brecker (co-writing) and acclaimed London born-NY based indi-songstress Cariad Harmon (co-writing/co-production, whose most recent self-titled album received a 3 1/2 star review in Rolling Stone.
( Interview excerpt Courtesy of John Carey) Neil Jason is profiled in the Marquis Edition of “Who’s Who in Entertainment”.
Among the alumni of the Swiss Youth Jazz Orchestra are Mathias Künzli AG (drums/perc), Tobias Preisig ZH (vl), Simon Jeker AG – (ts), Claudio Strüby SZ – (pn), Adrian Pflugshaupt LU -(as), Phil Hilfiker AG – (as) and many more leading professional musicians in the current Swiss and international music scene.
This year the SYJO will explore a combination of standards and original music to present a night of authentic Soul music.
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