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More Jazz in the Old Town
August 13, 2008    wersja polska »
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We have not heard the last of this year's Jazz in the Old Town festival just yet. Danish singer and songwriter Malene Mortensen and her quintet are coming up Aug. 16. Israeli-born double bass virtuoso and composer Avishai Cohen and his trio will be playing Aug. 23. And legendary U.S.-born percussionist and Miles Davis alumna Marilyn Mazur will be closing the festival Aug. 30.

Malene Mortensen Quintet
Malene Mortensen is a rising star of the Danish jazz scene. Her singing and songwriting abilities often draw comparisons with Billie Holiday and Joni Mitchell. She may still be in her twenties, but she has already released four albums, built up a huge following all over Europe and is highly sought after by festival organizers.

Old Town Square, Aug. 16, 7 p.m.
Malene Mortensen-vocals
Magnus Hjorth-piano
Calle Morner Ringstrom-guitar
Petter Eldh-double bass
Snorre Kirk-percussion

The Avishai Cohen Trio
Israeli-born bassist and composer Avishai Cohen has been described as "a jazz visionary of global proportions" by Down Beat magazine and was rated one of the 100 most influential bass players by Bass Player magazine.

Cohen graduated from Israel's Academy of Music and Arts in piano and double bass and relocated to the U.S. where he furthered his musical education at the New School in St. Louis, Missouri and the Magnes College of Music in New York.

He made his breakthrough in New York as a founding member of Chick Corea's Origin sextet. By the end of 2003, he was the bassist in Corea's New Trio and had an impressive CV filled with names like Herbie Hancock, Bobby McFerrin, Roy Hargrove and Paquito D'Rivera as well as the London and Israeli Philharmonic Orchestras. Cohen is now one of the word's most important and influential contemporary jazz musicians. He blends the musical idioms of the Middle East and Eastern Europe with those of the Afro-American tradition. He blew us away a couple of years ago when he came here to promote his Continuo album and he is promising more of the same this time round with his latest offering Gently Disturbed.

Old Town Square, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m.
Avishai Cohen-double bass
Shai Maestro-piano
Mark Guiliana-percussion

Marilyn Mazur Group
Legendary percussionist, composer, pianist, vocalist, dancer and bandleader Marilyn Mazur has recorded and performed with some of the biggest names in jazz including Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Wayne Shorter and Jan Garbarek.

Mazur is a largely self-taught percussionist who was born in New York City, has lived in Denmark since she was six, and is of Polish and Afro-American descent. She is a graduate of the Royal Danish Academy of Music. Mazur has worked with some of the biggest names in Scandinavian jazz like Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, Palle Mikkelborg and Eberhard Weber but it was Miles Davis who brought her to international attention in the late 1980s, when she also played in the Gil Evans Orchestra and the Wayne Shorter Quintet.

She founded her own band, Future Song, in 1989 and currently performs in the women's percussion quartet Percussion Paradise. Her longstanding and ongoing collaboration with Jan Garbarek goes back to 1991.

Mazur won Down Beat magazine's "percussion talent deserving wider recognition" in 1981, 1990, 1995, 1997 and 2002, Denmark's Jazzpar Prize in 2001 and Norway's Telenor Culture Prize in 2007.

Old Town Square, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m.
Marilyn Mazur-drums, percussion
Krister Jonsson-guitar
Fredrik Lundin-saxophone
Klavs Hovman-bass guitar
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