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5 + 6 June 2020

Elbjazz

10 YEARS OF ELBJAZZ: FIRST ARTISTS CONFIRMED FOR 2020

Hamburg, 24 October 2019 - ELBJAZZ is turning 10! On 5 and 6 June 2020, the festival will be celebrating this occasion in Hamburg Port with a very special edition. The first artists were announced today: With the legendary Archie Shepp Quartet, Moop Mama, Moka Efti Orchestra, 5K HD, Oscar Jerome, Matthew Whitaker Quartet, Seed Ensemble, Dinosaur, Golden Dawn Arkestra and Michelle David & The Gospel Sessions, ELBJAZZ is setting its steady course for the next ten years, once again underlining – following its successful reorientation – its ambition to become a trend-setting beacon that presents well-known national and international artists side-by-side with upcoming talent and heritage artists live and in front of a unique backdrop.

Aged 82 years, Archie Shepp (photo) is one of the most influential legends in jazz history. He has taken the stage with musicians such as John Coltrane and Don Cherry, and has shaped the jazz tradition and the free jazz era like no other. The “angry young man” acted as a social and political mouthpiece for a black musicians’ movement, which influences his work to this day. At ELBJAZZ, the American saxophonist and his quartet will perform one of his rare European concerts in Hamburg.
    
A few years ago, Moop Mama was an insider tip at ELBJAZZ, presented on the MS Stubnitz. This year they will blow away every last bit of dust from the harbour: With their incomparable mix of brass-band sound and rap, Moop Mama have become a figurehead in the German music scene and have been winning audiences’ hearts for ten years – from the catchy 2012 hit “Liebe” and the Jan Delay cooperation “Alle Kinder” to their latest hit “Molotow”. Their musical motto: No pre-recorded beats, no samples, no electronic instruments. Instead: empathetic interpersonal connection and a strong political position.

Nobody can stop this orchestra, certainly not since the success of the TV series “Babylon Berlin”: The Moka Efti Orchestra allows no feet to remain still and will whisk the ELBJAZZ audience away to a thrilling Berlin swing party, 1920s-style. In particular the song “Zu Asche, zu Staub”, sung by Severija Janušauskaitė, has become anchored in popular culture. Ever since, the Moka Efti Orchestra – the original big band of the series – has been inundated with performance requests. Together with their singer, the 14-member ensemble brings the mood and spirit of the Golden Twenties to the festival stage.

5K HD was already known as a “supergroup” shortly after it was founded in 2016. Now the Viennese quintet is a fixed element of the Austrian music landscape – and with their avant-garde pop-jazz, they elude many of the conventional marketing mechanisms of the industry. Their current album “High Performer” once again contains electronic distortions, and yet is full of soul. 5K HD can certainly be described as a multifaceted band, for whom the limitations of genre arouse suspicion, in a positive sense.

Oscar Jerome is a virtuoso guitarist who also has a fantastic voice. He combines introverted song writing, black music and West African influences with an enviable nonchalance. Jazz giant Kamasi Washington has already taken him on tour, and guests of last year’s ELBJAZZ were already able to experience the young man from London as a member of the Afro-Soul ensemble Kokoroko. He returns in 2020 with his own band, and hopefully also with his debut album. There is no doubt that Oscar Jerome will shape the future of British jazz.

The pianist, organist, drummer, composer and arranger Matthew Whitaker, born in New Jersey in 2001, is the shooting star of the US jazz scene, and was crowned a “rising star” in 2018 by 201 Magazine – and rightly so. His album “Now Hear This”, recorded with an all-star band, was produced by Grammy-winner Brian Bacchus (Gregory Porter, Norah Jones). With his passionate R’n‘B and funk-influenced repertoire he demonstrates the status quo and completion of a musical development that has already thrilled audiences at Carnegie Hall and the Newport Jazz Festival

Current programme:
Archie Shepp Quartet, Moop Mama, Moka Efti Orchestra, 5K HD, Oscar Jerome,
Matthew Whitaker Quartet, Seed Ensemble, Dinosaur, Golden Dawn Arkestra,
Michelle David & The Gospel Sessions

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



TICKETS:

There are both 1-day tickets for the Friday (5 June 2020) and the Saturday (6 June 2020), as well as 2-day tickets (5 + 6 June 2020). The 2-day ticket (5 + 6 June 2020) costs 109 Euro. The 1-day ticket for Friday (5 June 2020) costs 59 Euro, the 1-day ticket for Saturday (6 June 2020) costs 74 Euro. All ticket prices include booking fees. Tickets can be bought online at www.elbjazz.de.

The first 11,000 ticket holders have the opportunity to make a reservation for their preferred concert in the Grand Hall of the Elbphilharmonie during ELBJAZZ 2020. A total of six concerts will be performed there. The reservation phase begins on 13 November 2019. More information here.


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 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: Archie Shepp © Jan Kricke
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