The Munich jazz highlights in April – Munich

There is also a bit of jazz during the Easter holidays, but things really start again on April 9th. In the Bavarian Court under the monthly motto “Strictly Organic”: At six concerts with the Hammond organ, the unique vintage instrument is the focus three times: with the Brit Kit Downescurrently probably the most innovative organist in Europe, here in the trio Deadeye with Rainier Baas and Jonas Burgwinkel (10th), the Austrian who is committed to blues and soul Raphael Wressnig (23rd) and the one sitting on the organist’s throne in the USA Larry Goldings in the all-star trio with Peter Bernstein and Bill Stewart (24th).

The Hammond organ is then the rhythmically accentuated, sometimes powerful, waving, sometimes orchestral accompaniment three times: at the start with the 80-year-old trombonist, James Brown companion and co-inventor of funk Fred Wesley (9th), with the American saxophone veteran Greg Osby (16.) and finally with the Weilheim saxophonist Johannes Enders and his grooving microorganism-Trio (30th).

If the Hammond is firmly in male hands, the singing is diametrically different. Munich’s probably most successful young vocalist Alma Naidu brings to “Jazz & Beyond”. Artist’s House her classical roots when performing with band and string trio (11th). The Nigerian-Italian globetrotter has also been on the rise since she won the “Montreux Jazz Talent Award” in 2019 Afra Kanewhich in the Underpass presents her Warner debut (12th). For years, the award-winning singer has been one of the leading US representatives of new classical jazz singing Gretchen Parlato, who will be presenting their duo with star guitarist Lionel Loueke there (13th). Her colleague stands for empowerment Shayna Steelewho made a name for herself on Broadway as backing vocals for Bette Midler, Moby and Rihanna (23rd).

Coming off the stage anyway Birgit Minichmayrwhich at 17th Oberhaching Jazz Festival with Bernd Lhotzky and Quadro Nuevo her acclaimed Shakespeare program sings (23rd). The Finn is more likely to be part of the pop avant-garde Ina Forsman (on the 16th in the Unterfahrt), the Austrian Marie Lu Kovacs (20.) and Sandra Lötzsch alias Kid be kid (26th, both in the Milla), although they have all performed at jazz festivals many times. You get pure bass power Kinga Glyc in the Prinzregententheater (13th). And the female finale is the Munich rising star of the year, the pianist Shuteen Erdenebaatarwhich could win two German Jazz Awards on the 18th and will play the Unterfahrt in two ensembles on the 30th.

Not that April isn’t also the usual male instrumentalist team would have to offer. The spectrum alone of the concerts that are not sold out Underpass ranges from saxophonists as diverse as Jason Seizer (11th) and Steve Carrington (26th) to drum composers such as Max Andrzejewski hut (19th, already on the 9th he plays in a trio in the Seidlvilla) and Dejan Terzic with axiom (27th) to the guitar god Julian Lage (24th) or the flamenco pianist Daniel Garcia (25th). If you like unusual large ensembles, you have to go to the Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra Heavy riders (20th). Last but not least, Germany’s top act Till Brönner also stops by again, befitting his status Isarphilharmonie (23rd).

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