(photo: Sascha Kletzsch)

Chamber Music

BIX – An Homage to Bix Beiderbecke

Leon “Bix” Beiderbecke, offspring of a family of emigrants from Mecklenburg, is a founding father of jazz who has often been overlooked. With a lyrical, cool cornet tone and a formidable understanding of harmony, he was far ahead of his time. The first concert of the Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic series evokes this jazz pioneer. Highly diverse instrumentalists will revive Beiderbecke’s music under the direction of internationally acclaimed stride pianist Bernd Lhotzky. Finally, as special guest, the fantastic French saxophonist Émile Parisien will take part.

Echoes of Swing:

Bernd Lhotzky Piano and Musical Direction

Chris Hopkins Alto Saxophone

Colin T. Dawson Trumpet and Cornet

Oliver Mewes Drums

Shannon Barnett Trombone and Vocals

Mulo Francel C Melody Saxophone and Guitar

Pete York Drums and Vocals

Henning Gailing Double Bass

Special Guest: Émile Parisien Soprano Saxophone

Curated by Siggi Loch

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Leon “Bix” Beiderbecke, one of the often-overlooked founding fathers of jazz, was born in Iowa in 1903, offspring of a family of emigrants from Mecklenburg. With his lyrical, cool cornet tone and a formidable understanding of harmony, he was far ahead of his time and has influenced countless jazz musicians through the present day. He died in 1931 at the early age of 28; and an appropriate general honouring of his legacy is for the most part overdue. He will be commemorated at the first concert in the Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic of this season by the internationally acclaimed stride pianist Bernd Lhotzky. Under his direction, highly diverse instrumentalists will revive Beiderbecke’s music, notably Lhotzky’s quartet Echoes of Swing with Chris Hopkins on alto saxophone, Colin T. Dawson on trumpet and Oliver Mewes on drums.

They will be joined by Mulo Francel, head of Germany’s most successful world music group Quadro Nuevo and one of the few virtuosos on the C melody saxophone, trombonist and bass saxophonist Attila Korb, contrabassist Henning Gailing and drummer legend Pete York. The British drummer became particularly famous in his over 50-year career with fusion and rock bands like the Spencer Davis Group and Hardin & York, but classic swing jazz has always been the root of his playing. Finally, as special guest, the fantastic French saxophonist Émile Parisien will take part; regular visitors to our Jazz series will remember his performance together with (his duo partner) Vincent Peirani at the Accordion Night in February 2015.

(photo: Sascha Kletzsch)

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