Program Wednesday July 26th 2017
Wednesday July 26th – 10:15pm
Buster Williams is a prodigious artist whose playing knows no limits. He has played, recorded and collaborated with jazz giants such as Art Blakey, Betty Carter, Carmen McRae, Chet Baker, Chick Corea, Dexter Gordon, Jimmy Heath, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Gene Ammons, Sonny Stitt, Herbie Hancock, Larry Coryell, Lee Konitz, McCoy Tyner, Illinois Jacquet, Nancy Wilson, Elvin Jones, Miles Davis, the Jazz Crusaders, Ron Carter, Woody Shaw, Sarah Vaughan, Benny Golson, Mary Lou Williams, Hank Jones, Lee Morgan, Jimmy Rowles, Hampton Hawes, Cedar Walton, Bobby Hutcherson, Billy Taylor, Sonny Rollins, Count Basie, Errol Garner, Kenny Barron, Charlie Rouse, Dakota Staton, Kenny Dorham, Freddie Hubbard, etc. to name a few.
Awards include a Grammy in 1979; the Min-On Art Award; the SGI Glory Award the SGI Cultural Award; the RVC Corporation RCA Best Seller Award; NEA recipient; New York Fellowship Grant; 5 Stars from Downbeat magazine for the album “Crystal Reflections” listed in Who’s Who in Black America; and numerous proclamations.
Wednesday July 26th – 08:30pm
Benjamin Knecht Jazz Orchestra
Pascal Uebelhart as, Niculin Janett as, Tobias Pfister ts, Nicolas Gurtner ts, Michael Zinniker bs, David Blaser tp, Pascal Fernandes tp, Martin Borner tp, Sonja Ott tp, Lukas Wyss tb, Lukas Briggen tb, Florian Weiss tb, Lucas Wirz tb, Raphael Brunschweiler p, Dominik Beck g, César Gonin b, Clemens Kuratle dr, Adrian Böckli dr
If you think that Jazz is out-dated – Benjamin Knecht, bandleader and composer of the Benjamin Knecht Jazz Orchestra is here to show you otherwise. Under his name, the saxophonist assembled a young group of strikingly talented musicians from all over Switzerland to play his compositions and arrangements.
Inspired by great names from the jazz-scene such as Bob Brookmeyer, Maria Schneider or the Vienna Art Orchestra, yet also influenced by pop music, emerged the program ‘Between The Roots and Me’.
Mostly calm and flowing, with breakouts of high energy and force, his compositions are reminiscent of the dawn, the night and the darkness.
This is a project unlike many others, and that is especially why it attests to such importance.
Far from all prejudice, the Benjamin Knecht Jazz Orchestra creates good Music.