14 January 2017110Another reason why I like Tamer Temel’s music is the way he names his pieces. The titles represent the feelings these pieces stir in our hearts, and his ability to pinpoint these names make Tamer Temel very special.
6 January 2017107Act Company released several albums with the title “Jazz At Berlin Philarmonic” in the recent years. As suggested by this title, the company was bringing to light some very interesting albums with very different musical concepts.
5 January 2017133Act Company released several albums with the title “Jazz At Berlin Philarmonic” in the recent years. As suggested by this title, the company was bringing to light some very interesting albums with very different musical concepts.
24 December 2016134Jazz vocalist Martha Mavroidi is one of the youngest players of lavta (a plucked string instrument, which is made famous in Turkey by Tamburi Cemil Bey) in a country where guitar, mandolin, balalaika, and Balkan instruments like oud are popular.
13 December 201676Robert shared the stage with vocalist and saxophone player Casey Benjamin, drummer Mark Colenburg and bassist Derrick Hodge. The musician kept his interaction with the audience at a high level with his interactive style and music that is a combination of many different genres like jazz, hip-hop, soul and rock.
11 December 201677Emin Fındıkoğlu, a student of Arif Mardin, graduated with a degree in jazz arrangement from Berklee and had played with many orchestras in Europe, and founded many in Turkey, lending a helping hand to raising many musicians and singers. This 76 old esteemed musician was onstage with all his natural allure and experience at Beyoğlu...
9 December 201695Madeleine Peyroux’s performance at Zorlu PSM on the 5th of December was organized by Garanti Jazz Green. Madeleine reflected her warmth and sincerity to all the audience and gave all us a beautiful and special evening.
18 November 201691Al Di Meola became known through “Where Have I Known You Before”, the 4th album of Return to Forever—one of the pioneers of the jazz-fusion movement, and he spread his wings and took flight with his “Elegant Gypsy” album. I recommend his album “Elysium”, which was the main focus of his Zorlu PSM concert, to everyone.
18 November 201696Joey Alexander. He was born in June 2003, meaning he is 13 years old now. He started listening to and playing jazz when he was 6 years old. He released his first album “My Favorite Things” in 2015 when he was 11 years old. He released his second album “Countdown” in 2016 when he was 13 years old.
16 November 2016153Warning: This review might irritate Victor Wooten or the fans of the music genre he plays. I should mention that what I wrote reflects solely on my opinions on the music performed during this particular concert. I listened to these masters play with different groups and have left their concerts with very different feelings and opinions.
3 November 2016190It should be mentioned before anything else that it isn’t likely to see a musician with a Turkish nationality or background in the famous jazz magazine Downbeat, known and respected not only in the States but worldwide.
27 October 2016123Nazdrave team: Bulut Gülen on the trombone, Barış Doğukan Yazıcı on the trumpet, Engin Recepoğulları on the saxophone, Ercüment Orkut on the keyboard, and Orhan Deniz on the bass guitar.
26 October 201612326th Akbank Jazz Festival has hosted many colourful concerts and some incredible musicians like Erik Truffaz, Jason Marsalis, Omar Sosa, Pharoah Sanders and Ron Carter this year. In addition, we all let out a sigh of relief when none of these concerts were cancelled, and we all got to enjoy this packed schedule. Of course, when it was...
22 October 2016149We can accept Pharoah Sanders as one of the most important representatives of the kind of jazz music that has started in 1965, and possibly one of the most important names when the world-wide changes in music is concerned.
21 October 2016117For those who know him and his past, maybe 30, 35 years. Fatih Erkoç has always been one of those special musicians who has remained unchanged, almost a constant, in our music which has gone through so many changes, even occasionally has been important from abroad, or ‘got influenced’ in more popular terms.
19 October 2016114Cuban jazz pianist Omar Sosa came together with Italian trumpet player and flugelhorn player Paolo Fresu at Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall on the 16th of October, Sunday. They have been working on album projects together since 2012.
18 October 2016102Ferit Odman, one of the best Turkish musicians, took the risk I mentioned above and made his audiophile music lover’s dream come true by recording “Dameronia With Strings” in analogue AAA-sound. I feel very lucky, having shared his excitement and joy during his concert which took place in Caddebostan Kültür Merkezi (Caddebostan...
17 October 201614826th Akbank Jazz Festival started on the 12th of October with the “Charenee Wade Presents: The Gil Scott - Heron Project” concert at The Seed in Emirgan. Thus my working hours have started. For me, it has started with Erik Truffaz’s “Erik Truffaz Quartet” project that I have wanted to attend every time they have visited Turkey,...
6 September 2016167“Denizde Caz” (“Jazz at Sea”) concert series is coming to a close, and Ferit Odman Quartet’s performance on 3 September 2016 on a Saturday evening marked the one before the last concert on the boat.
29 July 2016191Zorlu PSM - Studio was filled with incredible applause after hearing the names of these incredible musicians who would bring magic to our evening: Ediz Hafızoğlu on the drums, Volkan Hürsever, on double bass, Hakan Kamalı on the guitar and the pianist Ercüment Orkut who also is the arranger, musical director and a contributor in...
28 June 2016286The 23rd Istanbul Jazz Festival, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and sponsored by Garanti Bank for the past 19 years, will take place between 27 June and 25 July 2016. This year’s festival will once again host leading names from the world of jazz and stars of contemporary music in different venues...