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31 MAY + 1 JUNE 2019

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CAST OFF! ELBJAZZ CONFIRMS FIRST ARTISTS FOR 2019

Hamburg, 23 October 2018 - In 2019, ELBJAZZ will be held for the ninth time in Hamburg harbour on 31 May and 1 June. Today the first nine acts have been confirmed for this two-day festival, including Tower of Power, Michael Wollny Trio and Joja Wendt.

Emilio Castillo was not even 18, when he formed a band that was to influence his life from then on: Tower of Power. This saxophonist is just one of the defining characters of the ten-strong US soul and funk band that is enjoying its 50th anniversary this year. For decades, bass and percussion have formed a rhythm section within these Californians, whose grooves are unique in the world.

Michael Wollny is one of the most important jazz musicians in Europe of his generation. The “complete keyboard master” (FAZ) thrills critics and audiences alike. In 2018 he was the first “artist in residence” at ELBJAZZ. In that context he performed three concerts at the Elbphilharmonie with flair. The fourth open air concert fell victim to a storm including an interruption to the performance. As promised, Wollny is making good this concert backlog with his trio at ELBJAZZ 2019.

Pianist Joja Wendt has released over 20 albums and played thousands of concerts. This world-famous entertainer thrills with his lyrical talent and stunning banter and he can play anything: Mozart, Jerry Lee Lewis, rearranged chart hits. It is amazing that a man with such a varied repertoire has never presented a proper jazz programme before. At the coming ELBJAZZ, he will be celebrating his new trio’s debut.

In the last ten years, Manu Katché (photo) has increasingly distinguished himself as a solo artist. As a composer and band leader he regularly releases highly-regarded albums in his own name. “The Scope”, his latest, takes a more electronic direction. Casual sounds meet jazzy pop. With his unique combination of elegance and power and a new quartet, Manu Katché delivers the perfect soundtrack for dancing in the setting sun under the harbour cranes.

Henry Wu, alias Kamaal Williams, caused a stir as part of Yussef Kamaal as early as 2016: With “Black Focus”, an album appeared practically out of nowhere with a clever combination of 70’s jazz and various popular sounds from London. Williams, who will be appearing as a member of a trio at ELBJAZZ, can thank his love of broken beats and hip-hop for the fact that he never sounds outdated. What was once conceived for basement clubs has long since also worked on bigger stages. A fantastic genre crossover.

Also part of the aspiring London scene is Alfa Mist. On his current album “Antiphon”, jazzy harmonies and fine soul textures combine with complicated hip-hop beats to make a luxurious mix.

ADHD do not want to pin themselves down concerning their genre. If the four Icelanders conjure up the dark, leaden winter days of the North with their music, they constantly break up the melancholy with moving grooves.

When keyboard and percussion encounter each other, sometimes with lyrical atmosphere, sometimes with heavy rhythm, it’s Glass Museum on the job. This Belgian instrumental duo spans the range from modern chamber jazz to electronica.

Homage to the composer Maurice Ravel: Together with percussionist Aleix Tobias and cellist Martín Meléndez, jazz pianist Marco Mezquida finds a path both personal and modern to the subtle soundscapes of this Frenchman.

A total of about 50 concerts are planned for ELBJAZZ 2019. The venues for the coming festival once again include the Elbphilharmonie and the shipyards of Blohm+Voss.

Current programme:

Tower of PowerMichael Wollny TrioJoja WendtManu KatchéKamaal WilliamsAlfa MistADHDGlass MuseumMarco Mezquida – Ravel’s dreams

All information and press material available at www.elbjazz.de.



TICKETS

The first 11,000 ticket holders have the opportunity to make a reservation for a concert of their choice in the Elbphilharmonie (subject to availability). All details about the reservation system under this link.

There are 1-day tickets for the Friday (31 May 2019) and the Saturday (1 June 2019), as well as 2-day tickets (31 May + 1 June 2019). The 2-day ticket (31 May + 1 June 2019) costs 99 €. The 1-day ticket Friday (31 May 2019) costs 55 €, the 1-day ticket Saturday (1 June 2019) costs 69 €. All ticket prices incl. booking fees. Tickets can be bought online at www.elbjazz.de and from the hotline ++ 49 (0)40 - 413 22 60 (Monday to Friday 9.00 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.).


ELBJAZZ PRESS CONTACT

Mara Horstmann
E-Mail: mara.horstmann@elbjazz.de
Tel.: +49 (0)40 - 853 88 713

Bernd Zerbin
E-Mail: bernd.zerbin@elbjazz.de
Tel.: +49 (0)40 - 853 88 711


ELBJAZZ THANKS THE PARTNERS AND SPONSORS:

Blohm+Voss Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Hamburg
Hamburger Volksbank Hamburgische Kulturstiftung Jever

LINK TO WEBSITE WWW.ELBJAZZ.DE


The ELBJAZZ is promoted by ELBJAZZ GmbH │ Große Elbstraße 277a, D-22767 Hamburg, Germany
Register court: Local Hamburg Court, commercial register no.: HRB 6334
Directors: Folkert Koopmans & Karsten Jahnke

CREDIT: photo header Manu Katché: © Arno Lam
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