[JPL] Jazz in Sofia
drjazz at drjazz.com
Tue Oct 2 22:26:34 EDT 2007
Jazz amusements in Sofia
09:00 Mon 01 Oct 2007 - Elitsa Grancharova
The rhythm of jazz makes me relax, a soft touch that has a classy
brilliance. So the fact that more and more jazz stars are visiting
Bulgaria makes me happy, and also proud, that my fellow countrymen can
enjoy live jazz performances without leaving Bulgaria.
The first autumn concert this year was by the acid jazz formation Count
Basic. It was also the opening of the autumnal Sofia Jazz Peak, which
this year coincided with the Day of Sofia on September 17, and with the
sixth birthday of Jazz FM Radio. This year's festival started with Count
Basic and will continue on with two more jazz stars.
In the National Place of Culture (NDK), Billy Cobham will play on
October 24, and on November 13 jazz fans can enjoy the first live
performance by the Francesco Cafiso Quartet in the country. Tickets for
Cobham's concert are currently being sold for 40, 50 and 60 leva and
tickets for Cafiso's will be on sale in the first week of October.
Tickets for both concerts can be obtained at the NDK box office,
Bulgaria Hall or at tickets-bg.com, eventim.bg or ticketstream.bg.
This year is the seventh that Sofia Jazz Peak has occurred. It was first
held in 2003 and since then it has transformed from an annual to a
twice-yearly event. Since 2006 it has taken place in the spring and in
the autumn, Jazz FM Radio's PR officer Vessela Vencheva told The Sofia Echo.
Among the names that have performed at the festival are Marcus Miller,
Earth, Wind and Fire Experience and Al Jarreau. Jarreau came again in
2007 because he "fell in love with the Bulgarian audience" in 2006,
Vencheva said. During his most recent visit, he performed together with
the legendary George Benson.
Some of the other musicians who have played and sung at Sofia Jazz Peak
are Mezzoforte, Maceo Parker, Michael Legrand, Gabin, Peter Erskine, De
Phazz, Nigel Kennedy and Tasha's World. Marcus Miller, Al Jarreau,
George Benson, De Phazz, Gabin, Maceo Parker and Peter Erskine have come
to Bulgaria only for this music event.
Billy Cobham, the next performer scheduled to fill Hall 1 of the
National Palace of Culture with sound, is coming to Sofia for first
time; it will be his second time in Bulgaria. (He has played in Plovdiv.)
For more than 30 years, Cobham has received international recognition as
the perfect percussionist. He studied at New York's High School of Music
and Arts and his career began soon after he graduated. Cobham started
recording with Miles Davis in 1969, while at the same time he was
playing with Les McCann and Junior Mance. In addition, Cobham is one of
the founders of one of the first fusion bands, called Dreams. Further,
he played in John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra.
In 1973, Cobham recorded one of his legendary albums, Spectrum. At that
time, one of his band mates was the Bulgarian piano virtuoso Milcho Leviev.
That same year he recorded a second album, Shabazz, at the Montreux Jazz
Cobham was a frequent guest of Montreux and in the mid-70s he recorded
many live albums, most famous of which is Live In Europe with George
Duke. In 1985 appeared the fantastic albums Warning and Power Play.
During his career, Cobham has performed live in America, Europe and
Japan and has recorded in many countries, including Israel, Chile and
Australia. At the Sofia Jazz Peak he will present Culture Mix -- one of
the eight projects on which he is simultaneously working.
Next during the festival comes Francesco Cafiso Quartet. Cafiso is one
of the fastest developing young talents in the history of jazz. At only
29 years old, he has already worked with world-famous musicians. In
2003, Cafiso met Wynton Marsalis; this was the breakpoint of his career.
Marsalis invited Cafiso to join his European tour, where the young jazz
musician had the possibility to play in some of the most prestigious
halls and cities in Europe.
Later Cafiso practised in New Orleans with Ellis Marsalis, Jason
Marsalis, Morris Brown and many other important local musicians. In 2005
the Japanese music magazine Swing gave Cafiso its New Star award. He has
won various other prizes: the Massimo Urbani Award in Urbisaglia, the
EuroJazz Award in Lecco, the International Jazz Festivals Organization
Award in New York, the World Saxophone Competition in London and the
Django d'Or in Rome.
Dr. Jazz Operations
Oak Park, MI 48237
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