The great trumpeter and composer Lee Morgan was one of the key hard bop musicians in the fifties and sixties. This special concert at the Hot Club de Portugal will be an homage to his oeuvre. Expect a unique concert filled with his beautiful compositions played by some of the finest jazz musicians in Portugal.
Three concerts in Athens coming up! This new quartet is a unique collaboration between some of the finest jazz players in the Netherlands and Greece.
New concerts coming up in May in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Portugal! Click on the events to find out more. Hope to see you there!
On the fifth of February there will be another jazz concert at Café September in The Hague. With Gidon Nunes Vaz on trumpet, Floriaan Wempe on saxophone, Juraj Stanik on piano, Matheus Nicolaiewsky on bass and Thomas de Visser on drums. Hope to see you all there!
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Shelly Manne always stated that Dave Tough was one of his major influences. He went to hear him play all the time and eventually subbed for him on regular basis. Dave Tough had a marvelous brush technique, could push the band to its limit, and was a heavily addicted drinker. He really made the essence of quarter notes in a big band clear to me. He even wrote a drum book with exercises that were very interesting to study. Dave Tough was born April 26, 1907. He was well known for several things. His playing was subtle and versatile but he had a strong opinion about drum solos. He did not like them and almost never played them. Dave Tough was a very small man but his time feel, the power he could generate within a group is incredible.
In 1959 Shelly Manne recorded a series of live concerts at the Black Hawk Club in San Francisco. To my opinion they remain some of the greatest hardbop recordings that were made at the West Coast during that era. And they have been an inspiration for my own concerts since the day I heard them. I believe these recordings do not always get the attention they deserve and are often overlooked, just like the drummer who recorded them. But they have great historic value and I will try to explain why.
These tracks are now online on Soundcloud! They were recorded at the Kees van Baren Hall, inspired by the recordings from Sonny Rollins.
There are four new tracks online on Soundcloud!