Schedule

Apr
17
Fri
Joan Reindeers & Bert van der Brink @ Schloss Borbeck
Apr 17 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Dutch Reflections

Der niederländische Pianist und Komponist überrascht in regelmäßigen Abständen FreundInnen und KollegInnen mit Klavier-Soloaufnahmen, die er per E-Mail verschickt. Zum Kreis der Adressaten zählt auch Lucas Schmid, der Produzent der WDR Big Band. Nachdem er einige dieser klingenden Mails gelesen und vor allem angehört hatte, kam er zu dem Entschluss, Bert van der Brink nach Köln einzuladen.

Hier werden seine beseelten und tiefgängigen Kompositionen im jazz-orchestralen Kontext erklingen. Die Arrangements stammen von Joan Reinders, der ebenfalls zu den Protagonisten der niederländischen Jazzszene zählt. Reinders, der neben Arrangement auch Posaune studiert hat, ist mit Bert van der Brink befreundet und kennt dessen Musik en detail.

Mitwirkende:

  • Bert von der Brink, piano
  • WDR Big Band Köln
  • Joan Reinders, Leitung und Arrangement
Apr
19
Sun
Karolina Strassmayer / Drori Mondlak 4tet @ Altes Rathaus
Apr 19 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Karolina Strassmayer / Drori Mondlak 4tet @ Altes Rathaus | Haßfurt | Bayern | Germany
Karolina Strassmayer (alto saxophone), Drori Mondlak (drums), John Goldsby (bass), Rainer Böhm (piano)
Apr
24
Fri
Maria Schneider & WDR Big Band
Apr 24 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Maria Schneider — a welcome guest with the WDR Big Band, makes a return visit to the Cologne Philharmonic Hall with all new material.

May
7
Thu
Kurt Elling, Richard DeRosa & WDR Big Band @ Philharmonie Koeln
May 7 @ 9:00 pm – 10:15 pm
Kurt Elling, Richard DeRosa & WDR Big Band @ Philharmonie Koeln | Köln | Nordrhein-Westfalen | Germany

The famous “Acht Brücken” Festival in Cologne. This time, the WDR Big Band is appearing with the brilliant Kurt Elling and inimitable Rich DeRosa in a program entitled “Jazz – The Sound Of Freedom.”

May
9
Sat
Karolina Strassmayer / Drori Mondlak 4tet @ Stadhalle
May 9 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Karolina Strassmayer / Drori Mondlak 4tet @ Stadhalle  | Gelnhausen | Hessen | Germany

Karolina Strassmayer (alto saxophone), Drori Mondlak (drums), Rainer Böhm (piano), John Goldsby (bass)

May
15
Fri
Erik Truffaz – Jazzfest Bonn @ Bundeskunsthalle Bonn
May 15 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Erik Truffaz - Jazzfest Bonn @ Bundeskunsthalle Bonn | Bonn | Nordrhein-Westfalen | Germany
(Bundeskunsthalle | 15.5.2015) The profile of the WDR Big Band, a ‘cultural orchestra’, as a band specialising in premières is defined through the constant development and performance of new programmes within a stylistically broad range. At the same time, the internationally cast big band has a special relationship to European traditions, especially to jazz ‘made in Europe’. Now the band goes on tour with French trumpeter Erik Truffaz. ‘Face to Face’ is the title of their joint project, in which the music by Erik Truffaz is transferred to the WDR Big Band. All titles are arrangements of his compositions, and at the same time the great trumpeter will himself act as a soloist.

‘Face to Face’. Masterly trumpet with electronic and groovy big band sound

Erik Truffaz – trumpet

Stefan Behrisch – leader and arrangements

May
28
Thu
Jacob Collier, Michael Pipoquinha, Chris Mehler – Young Peoples Concert @ Philharmonie Koeln
May 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Jacob Collier, Michael Pipoquinha, Chris Mehler - Young Peoples Concert @ Philharmonie Koeln | Köln | Nordrhein-Westfalen | Germany

I’m looking forward to meeting and working with the young cats, Jacob Collier and Pipoquinha — both YouTube sensations in their own right. More importantly, they’re both great musicians! Add that to the talents of trumpeter Chris Mehler (who has already subbed quite a bit int he trumpet section of the WDR Big Band), and it should be a great concert.

PlanM@Philharmonie – We’ve Got Talent

Das Musikvermittlungsprojekt „Plan M“ richtet sich an ein junges Publikum – und wird auch diesmal von jungen Gastsolisten gestaltet, die mit der WDR Big Band die Bühne teilen. Im Mittelpunkt stehen Nachwuchsmusiker aus Brasilien, England und Deutschland, die eines teilen, nämlich ihr außerordentliches musikalisches Talent.

Mitwirkende:

  • Jakob Collier, Gesang, diverse Instrumente
  • Michael Pipoquinha, E-Bass
  • Chris Mehler, Trompete
  • WDR Big Band Köln
  • Torsten Maaß, Leitung und Arrangements
  • Isabel Hecker, Moderation
  • Nicolas Tribes, Moderation
Jun
6
Sat
Marilyn Mazur — Hildener Jazztage @ Stadhalle Hilden
Jun 6 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Marilyn Mazur — Hildener Jazztage @ Stadhalle Hilden | Hilden | Nordrhein-Westfalen | Germany

WDR Big Band Feat. Marilyn Mazur – Hildener Jazztage

Marilyn Mazur zählt seit vielen Jahren zu den Aushängeschildern des (nord-) europäischen Jazz. International bekannt wurde die dänische Percussionspielerin und Schlagzeugerin Mitte der 1980er Jahre, als sie in der Band von Miles Davis spielte.

Sendung zum Thema

Das Konzert – LIVE Samstag, 6. Juni 201520.05 – 22.00 Uhr | WDR 3

Parallel dazu hatte sie Engagements bei Gil Evans und Wayne Shorter. Jetzt kommt Marilyn Mazur zum ersten Mal als Gastsolistin zur WDR Big Band. Im Mittelpunkt des Programms, das bei den Hildener Jazztagen zur Aufführung kommt, steht die viersätzige Suite “Episodes From The Future And The Past”. Sie wurde vom schwedischen Musiker Håkan Broström für Mazur und Big Band geschrieben und rückt Marilyn Mazurs sensibles und dynamisches Percussionspiel in den Vordergrund.

Mitwirkende:

  • Marilyn Mazur, Percussion
  • WDR Big Band Köln
  • Håkan Broström, Leitung und Arrangement
Jun
27
Sat
Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops – Week 1 @ University of Louisville
Jun 27 – Jul 3 all-day
Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops - Week 1 @ University of Louisville | Louisville | Kentucky | United States

Interested in a jazz camp? This workshop is well suited to beginners (students & under-18s), college music students, aspiring young professionals, adult players who just want to hang out and jam with the pros.

A few notes from the Summer Jazz Workshop last year:

What an amazing two weeks! Now that the dust has settled, we would like to take a moment to thank everyone who joined us for our Summer Jazz Workshops. Over the course of two weeks, we hosted an amazing experience that brought together musicians from all walks of life. Check out these facts:

  • Over 50 faculty jazz concerts
  • More than 80 hours of hands-on rehearsals, classes, and lectures
  • Ages of participants ranging from 11 to 85
  • More than 14 countries represented including the USA, UK, Switzerland, Sweden, South Africa, Romania, Norway, Japan, Germany ,Canada, Brazil, Australia, Thailand, and Mexico
  • All instrumentalists including strings, vocalists, tuba, and accordion

Our excellent staff seemed to solve any problem and the outstanding faculty excelled in propelling jazz education onto the participants with confidence and ease.

Jul
4
Sat
Bass, Drums, Guitar Workshop @ Aebersold Summer Jazz @ University of Louisville
Jul 4 – Jul 5 all-day
Bass, Drums, Guitar Workshop @ Aebersold Summer Jazz @ University of Louisville | Louisville | Kentucky | United States

This two-day workshop for bassists, drummers and guitarists prepares you for the following week at the Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop. You get to play a lot, and work with professional teachers and players on all three instruments. If you want to jump start your workshop week, this is the place to do it!

Interested in a jazz camp? This workshop is well suited to beginners (students & under-18s), college music students, aspiring young professionals, adult players who just want to hang out and jam with the pros.

A few notes from the Summer Jazz Workshop last year:

What an amazing two weeks! Now that the dust has settled, we would like to take a moment to thank everyone who joined us for our Summer Jazz Workshops. Over the course of two weeks, we hosted an amazing experience that brought together musicians from all walks of life. Check out these facts:

  • Over 50 faculty jazz concerts
  • More than 80 hours of hands-on rehearsals, classes, and lectures
  • Ages of participants ranging from 11 to 85
  • More than 14 countries represented including the USA, UK, Switzerland, Sweden, South Africa, Romania, Norway, Japan, Germany ,Canada, Brazil, Australia, Thailand, and Mexico
  • All instrumentalists including strings, vocalists, tuba, and accordion

Our excellent staff seemed to solve any problem and the outstanding faculty excelled in propelling jazz education onto the participants with confidence and ease.