FIRST ARTISTS FOR ELBJAZZ 2019!
For decades, bass and percussion have formed a rhythm section, whose cleverly syncopated grooves are unique around the world. Tower of Power, with their brilliantly arranged brass movements, are so funky and danceable, it’s hard to believe that the band celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018.
Michael Wollny is one of the leading European jazz musicians of his generation. Public and critical acclaim are never far behind when our last year’s Artist in Residence with the distinctive mop of hair performs. In 2019, as promised, he finally plays that show which got cancelled in 2018 due to bad weather conditions with his rousing Michael Wollny Trio.
Joja Wendt is a globally acclaimed entertainer who inspires his audiences with lyrical talent and dazzling wordplay. Mozart, Jerry Lee Lewis or newly arranged chart hits - no genre is left out. Indeed, it’s quite surprising that a man of such diverse tastes has never performed a proper jazz programme before. Now, at ELBJAZZ, the pianist celebrates the premiere of his new jazz trio.
Laid-back electronic sounds meet jazzy pop. With his unique combination of power and elegance, and a new quartet at his side, Manu Katché delivers the perfect soundtrack for bopping at sunset under dockside cranes.
Jazz blends with broken beats and hip-hop. Henry Wu alias Kamaal Williams already made a name for himself with his duo Yussef Kamaal which was one of the most exciting newcomers of 2016. He now continues his way with his own trio: what was designed for sweaty basement clubs has long made the leap to bigger stages.