Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
SAX & JAZZ
*Concert organized in cooperation with the 18th World Saxophone Congress
Saxophonist Rosaro Giuliani is well renowned in musical circles and lauded by the press, who use enthusiastic and triumphal tones to describe his playing characteristics. The nonchalance of his fluid phrasing style and the clarity of his sound link him to great saxophonists such as Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, Art Pepper and John Coltrane. But even though he has been inspired by these great musicians, it is his instinctive originality that is striking, and not only in his instrumental approach, but also in his originally composed scores. The list of awards he has received (including Massimo Urbani and the title of Best Soloist at the European Jazz Contest in Belgium) is impressive, as well as the names of artists he has collaborate with: Charlie Haden, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Phil Woods, Enrico Pieranunzi, Enrico Rava, Franco D'Andrea, Martial Solal, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Mark Turner, Kenny Wheeler, Bob Mintzer, Joe Locke, Joe LaBarbera, Cedar Walton, Cameron Brown, Biréli Lagrene, Philip Catherine, Sylvain Luc, Donald Harrison, Marc Johnson, Joey Baron, Guy Barker, Jean-Michel Pilc, Richard Galliano etc. He has recorded numerous albums for international labels as well as music for films. He has also appeared in numerous jazz festivals in Europe and the United States, as well as in jazz events in California, New Caledonia, Israel, Mexico, Hong Kong, Hungary, and China.
Saxophonist, clarinetist, composer and educator Victor Goines is a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Wynton Marsalis Septet since 1993, touring throughout the world and recording over 70 releases, including Marsalis’s Pulitzer-winning Blood on the Fields. He is an acclaimed solo artist and leads his own quartet and quintet. He recorded a number of albums (Dance at the Mardi Gras Ball, 2016, Twilight, 2012, Morning Swing, 2011, Love Dance, 2007, and New Adventures, 2006) and collaborated with renowned jazz and popular musicians, including: Ahmad Jamal, Terence Blanchard, Ruth Brown, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ron Carter, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Chick Corea, Bo Diddley, Bob Dylan, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Green, Lionel Hampton, Freddie Hubbard, B. B. King, Lenny Kravitz, Branford Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, James Moody, Dianne Reeves, Willie Nelson, James Taylor, Marcus Roberts, Stevie Wonder. He has also made film music and music videos. Mr. Goines is a dedicated jazz educator, working as the director and professor at Northwestern University in Evanston, the artistic director of the jazz studies program at the Juilliard School, lecturer at Florida A&M University, the University of New Orleans, Loyola University in New Orleans and Xavier University. He is a Buffet Crampon and Vandoren Artist since March 2017.
Branford Marsalis is one of the greatest names of the world’s jazz scene. He earned early acclaim as a saxophonist bringing new energy and new audiences to jazz and has refined and expanded his talents and his horizons as a musician, composer, bandleader and educator – a 21st Century mainstay of artistic excellence. Growing up in New Orleans as the oldest son of pianist and educator Ellis Marsalis, Branford was drawn to music along with siblings Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason. He soon started working with trumpet legend Clark Terry and playing alongside his brother Wynton in the legendary Jazz Messengers. He formed his own quartet in 1986, setting high standards for jazz music. But he has not confined his music to the quartet context. He has collaborated with a number of great names of the jazz scene (Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and Sonny Rollins), as well as with some top pianists. He is a regular guest to the leading symphony orchestras of Chicago, Detroit, Düsseldorf, North Carolina, and the New York Philharmonic. His broad repertoire also includes the works composed by Copland, Debussy, Glazunov, Ibert, Mahler, Villa-Lobos and more. Broadway has also welcomed Branford’s contributions, while his recordings released under Marsalis Music, the label he founded in 2002, have been well received. Marsalis teaches at Michigan State, San Francisco State and North Carolina Central Universities and holds master classes around the world. He spent a period touring with Sting, collaborated with the Grateful Dead and Bruce Hornsby, served as Musical Director of The Tonight Show Starring Jay Leno. He has won numerous awards, including three Grammys and the citation as a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Alto saxophonist Perico Sambeat is one of the top Spanish jazz musicians. After completing his classical music education, he further studied in the field of contemporary music under Eduardoa Zé at Taller de Musics in Barcelona and others. In 1991, he moved to New York and joined the so-called New School, where he played with Lee Konitz, Jimmy Cobb, Joe Chambers and others. He has played in numerous festivals and concerts around the world and recorded a number of albums, including Uptown Dance with Mike Mossman and David Kikoski, Crossroad with Gerard Núñez, Friendship with Brad Meldhau, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Jeff Ballard, Flamenco Big Band with Miguel Poveda and Javier Colina, and many other. He has also recorded with Dave Douglas, George Collian, Eddie Henderson, Bruce Barth, Wallace Roney, and others. On stage, he played together with Brad Mehldau, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Tete Montoliu, Michael Brecker and Pat Metheny. In his professional career, he has received numerous national and international awards (AMMJ Awards 2009: Songwriter of the Year: Perico Sambeat; Jazz Terrasaman 2011; Jazzing Premi / Sant Andreu/ 2017).
During his rich artistic career, the multi-award-winning jazz saxophonist Krzysztof Urbański has participated in numerous concerts, jazz competitions, master classes and workshops around the world. As a member of various ensembles, he has appeared in numerous jazz festivals (London, Getxo, Wrocław, Gouvy, Hoeilaart, Sofia Jazz Club Sopot, Frankfurt Musikmesse, Taichung Jazz Fest, Taipei Jazz Fest, Gent Jazz Fest, Chicago Midwest Clinic, Chicago Jazz Showcase, Jazz Jamboree, JnO, Blue Note, Cleethorpe Jazz Festival, Royal Northern College of Music, Sax.co.uk, Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz at UCLA, Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club London, etc.). In 2010, he recorded his debut album Urbański, which was very well received by the critics and sold in 15,000 copies in Europe and the United States. That same year, he moved to the United Kingdom, where he founded his Quintet Urban Jazz Society and started working with excellent and innovative musicians (Sam Gardner, Sam Vicary, Will Harris, John Turville, Ashley Henry, Stuart McCallum, and David Preston). Together they create a fresh sound of jazz using and incorporating elements of modern styles like hip-hop, urban, electronic, and R&B.
Although he graduated from the clarinet program of the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, since 1993 Attilio Berni has been actively engaged in the research of history and organology of saxophone and woodwind instruments. In 1996, he became the president of the Torre in Pietra Music Research Center in Rome, which is a non-profit organization for the promotion and organization of cultural manifestations related to jazz and saxophone. As a consultant and artistic promotor, he has also collaborated with several companies specialized in the production and sale of music instruments. He has participated in the recording of film music for Talented Mr. Ripley, The Legend of 1900, Gangs of New York, but also worked with numerous television and radio networks on shows dedicated to old instruments. Attilio Berni performs regularly in the most renowned European stages, but also organizes numerous exhibitions and conferences around Italy, including the exhibition 200SAX200 in Turin and Brussels, dedicated to the Adolphe Sax’s 200th birthday, the inventor of the modern saxophone. As an aficionado of saxophone and its history, he owns the world’s largest saxophone collection containing more than 600 rare and unique instruments. Since 1999, he has been a member of the Wind Instrument Collectors Association located in Paris.
Croatian Radio Television Jazz Orchestra is the only professional orchestra of the kind in Croatia. With seventy years of continuous activity, it is one of the longest standing big bands in the world. The orchestra was established during the 1946/1947 season as the Radio Zagreb Dance Orchestra to meet the needs of radio shows and broadcasts. In time, the Orchestra started performing publicly. Apart from participating in numerous public shows and feature concerts in the country and abroad, since 2000 they have been holding their own concert series that is broadcast live on Croatian Radio’s 3rd Program. The Orchestra has been led by several conductors, most prominent of which was Miljenko Prohaska, who led the Orchestra for more than thirty years. Their first international appearance was in Cologne in 1955. This was followed by tours to Bulgaria, Poland, former USSR, performances in jazz festivals of Frankfurt and Nagykanizsa and in Munich in 1972 for the Winter Olympics. Their 1962 performance in Bled Jazz Festival marked a new phase in the Orchestra's activity, namely the focus on their own repertoire on Miljenko Prohaska's initiative. This orientation helped the Orchestra build its own specific style, which is well recognized even outside of Croatia. The practice continues to this day through their competition project New Compositions for the Croatian Radio Television Jazz Orchestra, concerts with compositions authored by orchestra members, and numerous collaborations with Croatian musicians working in various genres. At the same time, the leading international jazz musicians regularly visit with the Orchestra as soloists and conductors: Art Farmer, Clark Terry, Ted Curson, Johnny Griffin, Sal Nistico, Ernie Wilkins, Kai Winding, Ed Neumeister, John Lewis, Art Taylor, Lucky Thompson, Ignacio Berroa, Jon Faddis, Georgie Fame, Boris Kozlov, Lars Møller and others. During the last three seasons alone, the Orchestra hosted great musicians: Terell Stafford, Ernie Watts, Bart van Lier, Luis Bonilla, Alan Broadbent, Christian McBride, Edward Palermo… As one of the most influential jazz ensembles on the Croatian scene, the Orchestra is also the hub for the best jazz musicians who are active both as performers, and a composers and arrangers. The Orchestra’s rich discographic activity includes collaboration with some of the most prominent protagonists of the Croatian music scene. Since 2015, Andreas Marinello has been the Orchestra’s conductor.
Andreas Marinello studied jazz saxophone and jazz composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz and the Music Academy in Cologne, as well as classical saxophone at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. He studied with Miguel Zenon, Donny McCaslin, Dick Oatts, Rosario Giuliani, Dave Liebman, Maurizio Giammarco, Bob Mintzer, Bob Brookmey, and others. In 2005, he was appointed first saxophonist of the HGM Jazz Orchestra Zagreb, with which he has played in numerous concerts and recorded four albums. In 2013 he also became the saxophonist of the Croatian Radio Television Jazz Orchestra, where he was appointed chief conductor in 2015/2016 season. As a conductor, he has also appeared with the HGM Jazz Orchestra Zagreb, HGM A Band and the Vienna-Graz Composers Orchestra. As a saxophonist, he has performed in numerous festivals and stages around Europe and the world. He has collaborated with renowned jazz musicians in concerts and for recordings for radio and television: Dave Liebman, Donny McCaslin, Bob Brookmeyer, Peter Erskine, Jojo Mayer, Randy Brecker and the Zagreb Philharmonics, Wolfgang Puschnig, Gerald Preinfalk, John Hollenbeck, Jim McNeely, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Don Menza, Mark Feldman, Pete McGuinness, John Riley, Deborah Brown, Deborah Carter, Luis Bonilla, Dena DeRose, Lasse Lindgren. He is also an active composer and arranger and works with many ensembles in and outside of Croatia. His compositions and arrangements have been performed in Croatia, Austria, Germany, Jordan, Slovenia, and Cyprus.