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5 + 6 June 2020

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BADBADNOTGOOD TO PLAY AN EXCLUSIVE FESTIVAL SHOW AT ELBJAZZ. URBAN JAZZ MEETS MODERNITY: FURTHER ACTS CONFIRMED.

Hamburg, 28 January 2020 - As far as live gigs are concerned, the Canadian quartet BadBadNotGood have made only rare appearances in the past. The band last played in Hamburg three years ago. At this year’s ELBJAZZ, they will play an exclusive festival show – which is likely to include work from their latest album, which is due in May. “They are making jazz hip (hop) again”, exclaimed The Guardian. BadBadNotGood are unpredictable, in a good way: they master fusion jazz, soul, hip-hop and electronica, and are fans not only of John Coltrane, but also of rappers such as Tyler the Creator and Ghostface Killah, with whom they even recorded an album. Several magazines rank their last work, “IV” among the best albums of the 2010s. When they play live, BadBadNotGood sound even wilder – almost as if Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters played in a rap club.

Oddisee & Good Company are also part of the wide field that is contemporary black music. Anyone who has grown up with streaming will wonder anyway why such a strict distinction is made between jazz and hip-hop. And indeed why should these eminently important music genres be separated? After all, nearly exactly 50 years ago Gil
Scott-Heron recorded spoken-word tracks, accompanied by piano and percussion. Two decades later, jazzy sounds and dry beats were cleverly combined by groups like De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest – two of the most important groups to influence the rapper Oddisee. The 34-year-old from Washington D.C. stands for politically engaged conscious rap and produces top-speed rhymes with a brilliant flow. His backing band Good Company adds a lot of soul, funk and R’n’B feeling.

Nobody cares for genre limits when the audience is happy: That is true not only of BadBadNotGood and Oddisee & Good Company, but also of two upcoming German acts, who have now also been confirmed: the “Berlin Underground Music Trio” Bobby Rausch and the gentle Munich Afrobeat jazz group Fazer. Also new in the programme: Masaa.

Opinions differ on the definition of jazz. From the very beginnings of ELBJAZZ, the term was never understood to mean a specific genre, but rather a state of mind, so that – stylistically – anything goes. “Acts such as BadBadNotGood or Oddisee & Good Company give jazz a feeling of youth culture, taking it back onto the pop scene”, emphasises the ELBJAZZ programme team. Furthermore: “With regard to planning the programme of the festival, our main priority is to present artists who manage, in an inimitable manner, to arouse curiosity among the audience with their music.”

Jazz has always been in motion, and is always current. It is an essentially American genre that was never seen as a closed system by artists such as Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra or Joni Mitchell. Chris Botti has shared the stage with such legends, and has himself experienced how elegantly tradition and modernity can converge. Botti became famous as a solo trumpeter in Sting’s band, and with his own albums he became the biggest-selling jazz instrumentalist in the United States, winning a Grammy in 2013. A soft sound and his sensitive, melodical ballads are the trademark of the man from Portland, Oregon. In the USA Botti is what Till Brönner is in Germany – a trumpet player whose skills and musicality thrill both pop fans and jazz lovers equally.

Similarly fearless in handling other genres is a man who has often appeared with Brönner: Wolfgang Haffner, the most important German jazz drummer. He has won the ECHO Jazz no fewer than twice, along with numerous other prizes. This year he concludes an album trilogy: Following the 1950’s jazz excursions “Kind of Cool” and “Kind of Spain”, which merged traditional Spanish music with jazz, he now presents “Kind of Tango”. Together with his top-class acoustic quintet, the “man with the golden wrists” opens up melodical jazz worlds that are sometimes melancholy, sometimes impelling – but always permeated with brilliant rhythms. The Franconian percussionist has already toured with Chaka Khan and the Nils Landgren Funk Unit. His technically brilliant playing can be heard on more than 400 albums. On his own records, Wolfgang Haffner pays homage to role models from the 20th century, who represent timeless music that transcends narrow categorisations like jazz or pop: Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck and Chet Baker.

Current programme:

BadBadNotGoodThe Notwist, Moop Mama, Moka Efti Orchestra, Ron Carter – Golden Striker TrioRon Carter and NDR BigbandArchie Shepp Quartet, Oddisee & Good CompanyHindi Zahra, Shabaka and The Ancestors, Chris Dave and the Drumhedz
Zara McFarlane, Wolfgang Haffner & BandVincent Peirani – Living Being,  Yael Naim,
5K HD, Oscar Jerome, Chris BottiMatthew Whitaker QuartetSpirit Fest,
Mathias Eick and The Norwegian Wind Ensemble,  Acher Sommer Enders, YĪN YĪN
Seed Ensemble, Golden Dawn Arkestra, Michelle David & The Gospel Sessions,
FazerNoah Slee,  MasaaFehler KutiIshmael EnsembleDinosaur, Bobby Rausch,
Bremer / McCoyTribute to Helmut Zacharias’ Hamburg Years

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 or by calling the ticket hotline ++49 (0)40 - 853 88 853
(Monday -Friday, 10 am - 6 pm). 

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.
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


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CREDIT: photo header: BadBadNotGood © Warren Katz
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