Upcoming JWLS events
(Monday, 17 June, 8:00PM)
Venue: HK Arts Centre
JWLS is bringing Jochen Rueckert Quartet to Hong Kong on 17 June 2019. Jochen Rueckert will perform at the Shouson Theater, Hong Kong Arts Center with Lage Lund acclaimed as one of the finest guitarists of his generation, one of jazz’s music most in demand bassist Matt Penman and legendary saxophonist Mark Turner.
Jochen Rueckert is a German drummer who deliberately avoided formal musical education, which is very interesting in the writing and sounding of his music. Together with Mark Turner he has been touring for over 8 years, reaching a greater depth of musical interaction. Jochen is also known for his play in the Marc Complendo trio (mid 2000) and in the Nils Wogram & Root 70 groups, the Kurt Rosenwinkel Group. He also performed with John Abercrombie, Ignaz Dinné, Pat Metheny, Matt Penman, Kenny Werner and many other well-known jazz performers.
Mark Turner is considered one of the most prominent American saxophonists of the modern generation. He is compared to John Coltrane and Varna Marsh. His Fly trio is best known for the best post-bop / neo bop albums. Mark works with such stars of modern jazz as Aaron Goldberg, Kurt Rosenwinkel, David Binnie. His improvisations cover several octaves at once, and they are characterized by rhythmic complexity of execution. This is what creates the unique Turner style. www.markturnerjazz.com
Jochen Rueckert – drum
Matt Penman – bass
Lage Lund – guitar
Mark Turner – tenor saxophone
(Mon, 12 August, 8:00PM)
Venue: Hong Kong Arts Centre
Originally from Houston, Texas, Mike Moreno began studying music formally at the Houston High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, a school renowned for its musical alumni, which includes such luminaries as Brian Michael Cox, Eric Harland, Chris Dave, Kendrick Scott, and Beyoncé. After graduating, Mike moved to New York City with a scholarship to attend the New School University. While still in school he began garnering the recognition necessary to be called to perform and tour with some of the most venerable names in the Jazz world as well as rising stars of the scene. Over the years, they have included The Joshua Redman Elastic Band, Lizz Wright Band, Nicholas Payton Quartet and more. Additionally, Mike has recorded with numerous major artists, both inside and outside of the Jazz genre. 3 of these recordings were nominated for a Grammy. In 2010 both Q-Tip’s “The Renaissance” and Geoffrey Keezzer’s “Aurea” were nominated for Best Album in their categories, as well in 2008 Eldard’s “Re-Imagination” received the same nomination in the Jazz Category. Moreno’s discography also includes artists such as Bilal, Jeremy Pelt, Robert Glasper, John Ellis, Aaron Parks, Jimmy Greene, Myron Walden, Sam Yahel, Ralph Bowen, Marcus Strickland, Yosvany Terry, Kendrick Scott Oracle, Will Vinson, and Bob Reynolds.
Recognized as one of the leading voices in the Jazz guitar world, Mike has toured extensively and recorded as a leader of his own band, playing his original music to high critical acclaim. As Nate Chinen describes in his 2007 article in JazzTimes, “There are many other guitarists out there pushing towards a modern ideal, but none with the precise coordinates that Mike Moreno has charted.”
In 2007, Mike released his debut CD Between The Lines on the World Culture Music label, which Nate Chinen deemed in The New York Times as one of his top 10 Jazz albums of 2007. He recorded his second and third albums, Third Wish 2008 and First In Mind 2011, for European Jazz label Criss-Cross Records. He returned to World Culture Music for the release of Another Way 2012 which made the 25 “Best of 2012” Jazz Releases on itunes. And his most recent album Lotus has just been released.
(Thurs, 12 September, 8:00PM)
Marcus Miller has been dubbed one of the most influential artists of our time. At the top of his game for over 30 years, he is a two-time Grammy award winner, (U.S.), winner of the 2013 Edison Award for Lifetime Achievement In Jazz (Holland), winner of the 2010 Victoire du Jazz (France) and in 2013, was appointed a UNESCO Artist For Peace. His characteristic bass sound can be heard on a limitless catalog of musical hits from Bill Wither’s “Just The Two Of Us” , to Luther Vandross’ “Never Too Much”, to songs from Chaka Khan, David Sanborn, Herbie Hancock, Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Elton John and Bryan Ferry to name a few. With his distinctive style – a unique combination of funk, groove, soul and pure technical skills – Miller has been referred to as one of the most significant bass players in jazz, R &B, fusion and soul. Bass Player Magazine includes him on its list of ten most influential jazz players of this generation.
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