Get ready! A parade of jazz stars will be at CSO Ada Ankara in October!
Mike Stern Band featuring Dennis Chambers, Leni Stern, Lincoln Goines & Bob Franceschini
One of the most amazing meetings in the jazz world is approaching. Guitarist Mike Stern will share the same stage with his wife, guitarist Leni Stern, drummer Dennis Chambers, saxophonist Bob Franceschini and bass guitarist Lincoln Gaines for the first time in Ankara.
On July 3, 2016, the world changed forever for Mike Stern. The multi-Grammy-nominated guitarist, prominent in Miles Davis’ band of the early ’80s and regular member of Steps Ahead, Jaco Pastorius’ Word of Mouth and the Brecker Brothers, was about to take a cab to his apartment when he tripped over some construction debris left in his street. The taxi he was going to take took him to the hospital. Stern not only broke both upper arms, but also suffered significant nerve damage in his right hand. At the end of 2016, after various interventions and long-term therapy, he felt sufficiently strengthened to return to the studio. Stern developed a unique guitar style that can appeal to jazz, blues and rock enthusiasts alike. During this concert his band also consists of his wife Leni Stern, also an excellent guitarist herself; saxophonist Bob Franceschini (Paul Simon, Celine Dion…); bass guitarist Lincoln Goines (Carly Simon, Dizzy Gillespie…); and the renowned drummer Dennis Chambers (John Scofield, Parliament, Funkadelic, Brecker Brothers, Santana…).
Kenny Garrett Quartet
Kenny Garrett, one of the most talented alto and soprano saxophonists of our time, awarded an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music in 2011, in addition to 17 solos, 3 compilations, Donald Byrd, Chick Corea, Miles Davis, Roy Haynes, Freddie Hubbard, Marcus Miller, Mulgrew Miller With 74 albums in which he collaborated with names such as Charnett Moffett, Woddy Shaw, Mike Stern, he touched countless works in his career of more than 30 years; Garrett; With 14 albums, including Prisoner of Love, Songbook, and Pushing the World Away, he kept his place in the Billboard Top 25 Jazz Albums list for weeks. Since joining Miles Davis’ band in the mid-1980s, Garrett has sought a single texture in his music: Absolute Perfection.
His latest album Sounds From the Ancestors, on the other hand, takes his audience and even himself further than ever, touching the historical and cultural milestones in Garrett’s personality and music, revealing areas we are not yet familiar with.
The artist, who has been interested in musical tones from all over the world for a long time, presents his audience with his rhythmic and enthusiastic touches that synthesize African and Afro-Cuban in particular, blending the paintings that come out of the depths of his memory with unique notes.
Kenny Garrett, alto, tenor saxophone
Corcoran Holt, acoustic bass
Rudy Bird, percussion
Keith Brown, acoustic piano
Ronald Bruner, drums
Melvis Santa, vocals, keyboards
Yellowjackets, an American band, was founded in 1977 by Robben Ford, Russell Ferrante, Jimmy Haslip and Ricky Lawson. First known as “Robben Ford and the Yellowjackets”, the band soon changed their name to “Yellowjackets”. Yellowjackets has gained an important place in electro-acoustic and fusion genres.
They have successfully blended various musical genres such as jazz, rock, R&B and funk in their work. The group consists of successful musicians who stand out with their technical skills and creative arrangements. Throughout their long career, the Yellowjackets have produced many albums and records, won numerous awards, and have a large fan base in the jazz world. The group has gained an important place in the music world with its stage performances and recordings and has made significant contributions to jazz music. Yellowjackets is recognized as one of the leading names in contemporary jazz and continues to offer jazz lovers enjoyable and innovative musical experiences for many years.
The Yellowjackets’ 30th album “Parallel Motion” is a true testament to their long and enduring musical career, from their debut 40 years ago to the present. The current line-up of Bob Mintzer, Russell Ferrante, Will Kennedy and Dane Alderson performs collectively, constantly renewing themselves in the worlds of electro-acoustic sound. The album includes 9 new original compositions and the song “If You Believe” featuring guest vocalist Jean Baylor. Also, on the Jackets XL album, Yellowjackets collaborated with WDR Big Band to reinterpret their classic songs with dynamic new arrangements and present a colorful collaboration known for a variety of colours, harmonies and bold solos. This versatile album is a wonderful documentary of the band’s musical evolution.
Russell Ferrante, keyboard
Bob Mintzer, saxophone
Dane Alderson, bass
William Kennedy, drums
BabyJazz Concert for Children
BabyJazz, the children’s jazz group that came to CSO Ada Ankara for the first time last April, will be on stage again on October 21!
BabyJazz takes children on a musical journey by combining live jazz music performance with story. On this journey, the kids will get acquainted with the fundamental instruments of jazz, the saxophone, double bass, guitar and percussion, and travel to “wonderland” while listening to popular jazz standards. Parents, on the other hand, will have the opportunity to experience jazz music, which they have not been able to listen to live for a long time, with their children.
Burcu Çitlak, narrator
Çağdaş Engin, saxophone
Erkan Zeki Ar, guitar
Aydin Balpinar, double bass
Sidar Filiz, percussion