Istanbul Jazz Festival will host one of the most prominent names of Turkish jazz, Tuna Ötenel, at Salon on the 26th of April, Wednesday with a very special concert. Tuna Ötenel, who took a 10 year break from music following an unfortunate illness, is back with beloved cornet and piano on the stage where he has missed the most.
In this evening, which will start at 21:30, Tuna Ötenel will be accompanied by his friends Sibel Köse, Hakan Behlil, Neşet Ruacan, İmer Demirer, Murat Verdi, Can Kozlu, Şenova Ülker, Hasan Kocamaz and Emin Fındıkoğlu and perform unforgettable jazz pieces. Emin Fındıkoğlu undertook the responsibility of the musical director for this concert, which will also include short presentations by Metin Deniz and Saadettin Davran.
The receiver of the 15th International Istanbul Jazz Festival’s “Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2008, Tuna Ötenel has contributed immensely to the promotion of the knowledge and appreciation of jazz in Turkey since the 60’s. A gifted player of several musical instruments, including the piano, bass, saxophone and percussion, he began his professional career in 1964 in the Metin Gürel orchestra. Tuna Ötenel was behind the piano and saxophone in the first ever jazz record of Turkey, Caz Semai, dated 1978 and featuring Kudret Öztoprak on guitars and Erol Pekcan on drums. The 30th anniversary of Caz Semai’s debut release was celebrated with a special tribute record a few months back.
The revenues of A Jazz Night with Tuna Ötenel and Friends concert will provide a student of music, decided by Ötenel himself, with scholarship. The concert tickets are available on Biletix and at main booking office at IKSV (without the service fee).