The Taste Of Jazz

Thanks to more than 50 concerts in July, we enjoyed 20 jazz nights that passed like a dream.

Thanks to more than 50 concerts in July, we enjoyed 20 jazz nights that passed like a dream. Now it’s time to make it forty. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the Akbank Jazz Festival is appropriately promising 20 jazz-filled nights.
One of the most exciting of the festival groups is the Count Basie Orchestra. Acknowledged as one of the leading innovative groups on the jazz scene, the 17 time Grammy winner orchestra will open the festival on September 23rd under the direction of Bill Hughes, with Carmen Bradford on vocals.

Following the orchestra of American conductor Count Basie, the festival is welcoming the Sun Ra Orchestra, one of the greatest musical legends of all time. Following the trail blazed by Sun Ra, who did not confine himself to jazz but inspired a group of artists in several different genres, the team is promising a rather different experience at the Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall with its live improvisation technique.
Another festival guest is John Surman, who has contributed significantly to the development of European jazz. Contrabass player Chris Laurence and his string quartet will be accompanying Surman, who creates experimental musical mixes by adding folk elements and even Anglican church music to European jazz.  Aya İrini Museum is the venue for the concert.

Another highly recommended concert is that of two-time Grammy winner Diane Schuur. Known as the ‘First Lady of Jazz’, Schuur has performed with names like Stan Getz, B.B. King, Dizzy Gillespie and Ray Charles at some of the world’s greatest concert venues, like Carnegie Hall, and even at the White House.

Venues for this year’s festival, which, besides concerts, also includes an array of workshops and panel discussions, are: Aya İrini Museum, Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall, Akbank Art Center, Babylon, The Seed, Ghetto, Nardis and Salon.

The legendary rock group U2 is going to leave its mark on 2010 with its Istanbul concert, part of its ‘360 tour’…

Formed 34 years ago and stirring up a storm since the 1980’s, U2 are finally coming to Istanbul. The concert they will give at Ataturk Olympic Stadium on September 6th is going to go down in history as the most popular and memorable event of Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture. Just like the concerts of Pavarotti, Paul McCartney and Wings, and Frank Sinatra in Glasgow, European Capital of Culture in 1990.

Formed by a group of high school kids on September 25, 1976, U2 has followed a different trajectory from those of its counterparts, due mainly to soloist Paul Hewson, known to us by his stage name ‘Bono’. Bono, who has put his signature on most of the lyrics of U2’s 22 Grammy winning songs, says that he has not yet written his favorite U2 song! The singer’s activist persona clearly has a big share in his charisma.
U2, which has dedicated itself to environmental protection programs and the world’s poor, is getting ready to meet its Istanbul fans at the concert on September 6th. Snow Patrol  is the concert’s opening band…