GMF Barcelona ‘19
Barcelona, 31 July–07 August 2019
July 31 Charles McPherson Quartet - "80th Birthday Tour, Celebration of a Jazz Legend"
Charles McPherson is an authentic jazz legend and one of the greatest alto saxophonists in the history of the music. He returns to Barcelona with his regular quartet to play two shows of stellar music full of passion, fire, tenderness, sophistication and the blues. McPherson grew up in Detroit, where he met renowned pianist Barry Harris, and started playing jazz professionally at age 19. He moved to New York in 1959 and performed with Charles Mingus from 1960 to 1972. He has toured the US, Europe, Japan, Africa and South America with his own group, as well as with jazz greats Billy Eckstine, Lionel Hampton, Nat Adderly, Jay McShann and others. McPherson has a long list of recordings as a guest artist with Charlie Mingus, Barry Harris, Art Farmer, Kenny Drew, Toshiko Akiyoshi, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.
August 1 Bruce Barth "New York Stories" Volume II
Bruce Barth is without doubt one of the great jazz pianists of our time. Deeply rooted in the jazz tradition, his music reflects the depth and breadth of his life and musical experiences.
He has had extended collaborations with Tony Bennett, Terell Stafford, Luciana Souza, Stanely Turrentine, Steve Wilson and David Sánchez and was a long standing member of the Terence
August 2 Jean Toussaint "Remember the Messengers
Jean Toussaint, along with Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, Eddie Henderson and more recently Wallace Rooney and Mulgrew Miller, was a member of one of the great editions of legendary drummer Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. This concert revisits some of the great music played by the group, and by other editions of the Messengers, as well as original pieces by Jean
August 3 Perico Sambeat - "Universal Language"
Perico Sambeat - considered one of the most important Jazz musicians Europe has ever produced, and one of the best alto saxophonists in the world today. He appears on over one hundred recordings, many of which he is the leader. His work as a performer, composer and arranger has received many awards and accolades. His artistic projects and collaborations boast a list of musicians of the very highest caliber including Brad Mehldau, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Tete Montoliu, Michael Brecker, Pat Metheny and many more.
August 4 Carla Cook - "It's All About Love"
A native Detroiter, she grew up in a musically rich and diverse environment, and brings all her influences to bear within her repertoire. In her songbook you'll find elements of R&B, European classical, Motown, Blues and Gospel.
She has received many favorable reviews and received a Grammy nomination in the Best Jazz Vocal Performance category, and was awarded the AFIM Indie Award for Best Jazz Vocal.
She is a daring jazz singer/songwriter who sings standards beautifully -- but she doesn't stop there. She is willing to put a jazz spin on songs not written by traditional jazz composers. Songs that, until you hear her sing them, you'd never imagine could be interpreted as jazz.
August 5 Students Concert / GMF All Star Jam / Jamboree Jam
The students and participants attending the workshop have been working hard with their instrumental and vocal coaches for a week to refine and improve their musicianship, and this is when get the opportunity to play in public. The act of performing in front of an audience gives the students an opportunity to see for themselves the result of their work and experience the joy of music making with other musicians and listeners alike.
August 6 Pete Churchill "The Great Vocal Gathering"
A night of song directed by the choral magician Pete Churchill with rich mix of material including everything from crooner ballads in a small band setting to rich choral pieces.
Originally from Canada, Pete has been based in the U.K. since 1985.
He has been a member of both Kenny Wheeler's and Abdullah Ibrahim's vocal projects and was Mark Murphy’s U.K. accompanist for fifteen years. More recently, Pete conducted the 80th birthday tour of the Kenny Wheeler Big Band which culminated in the album, The Long Waiting.
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