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Divergence Jazz Orchestra


[Australia] NSW Sydney
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After releasing two albums of original music, the 19-member Divergence Jazz Orchestra have established a unique and inspired artistic voice. Directed by Jenna Cave (composer/conductor) and Paul Weber (trombone), Divergence boast a powerful and beautifully balanced orchestral sound anchored in groove, exhibiting immense sensitivity and subtly and breaking from the big band tradition of old. With a compositional focus, Divergence celebrates innovative Australian composers and improvisers who diverge from the status quo, performing music by Jenna Cave and many others. Divergence Jazz Orchestra released their debut album The Opening Statement in October 2013, comprising of music by Jenna Cave. The album has been featured on ABC Classic FM, Radio National, ABC Jazz, Chicago’s Jazz Radio and BBC amongst others. It received critical acclaim and was highly praised by the Australian jazz community and abroad. Their second album, Fake it Until You Make It , was released in October 2016. The 11 track-album features original music composed by Jenna Cave, Brendan Champion, Luke Davis, Paul Murchison and Miroslav Bukovsky – performed by some of Sydney‘s most versatile young jazz musicians. It has already been featured on ABC Radio National and ABC Jazz, among others, and has been reviewed with four stars in the Weekend Australian Newspaper and on All About Jazz.


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Uptown Big Band


[Switzerland] Bern Bern
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The Uptown Big Band is a jazz orchestra in the original form defined in the 1930s, with 5 saxophones in the front line followed by 4 trombones and 4 trumpets.The rhythm section is often mentioned last although it’s the motor of the band: piano, bass, drums and – in our case – a guitar (not every big band has one). Very often, the band shares the stage with a guest musician, and the guest list is a history of the local jazz scene. For a big band, it is always an exquisite experience to roll out the red rhythm and harmony carpet for a soloist or even a singer, and to accompany him or her subtly, or at times effusively. Our own improvisers also flourish splendidly, and occasionally, the band is enhanced by flutes and clarinets in the front, with their extra-fine tones. The Uptown Big Band has been on stage for 20 years in jazz clubs, at festivals and on private occasions such as weddings, business events, and big birthday parties. We take special pride in our long-term partnership with BeJazz: Every month we play at the {{{BeJazz club}}} at the Vidmarhallen.


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Jon Ritchie & That Swing Sensation


[United Kingdom] Scotland Glasgow
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Since its formation in 2008, Jon Ritchie and That Swing Sensation has focussed on some of the greatest dance and big band music from the golden age of swing. Appearances on TV and radio, festivals and functions as well as sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe and an appearance in The Guinness Book of World Records has made the band Scotland’s Record breaking Big Band


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Lucerne Jazz Orchestra


[Switzerland] Luzern Luzern
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Das Lucerne Jazz Orchestra bestand 2007-2017 unter der Leitung von David Grottschreiber und hatte sich mit einem innovativen Konzept einen Namen als eines der interessantesten europäischen Jazzorchester gemacht. An unzähligen Konzerten im In- und Ausland präsentierte das Ensemble regelmässig neue Musik von jungen Komponisten aus ganz Europa und ihr sein Schaffen ist auf mehreren Tonträgern dokumentiert. Während die grosse Eigenheit des LJO in den herausragenden Fähigkeiten aller Mitglieder als eigenständige Solisten und Komponisten lag, erweiterte es darüber hinaus regelmässig seinen Horizont durch die Zusammenarbeit mit namhaften Jazzkomponisten und –Solisten und scheute es nicht, sich auf neues Terrain zu begeben. So resultierte die Zusammenarbeit mit dem Saxophonisten und Komponisten Oliver Leicht in einem Programm für Jazzorchester, Tanz und Elektronik («Five Movements to hear and see»), und zusammen mit dem Klarinettisten und Komponisten Claudio Puntin wurde die vielbeachtete CD «Berge versetzen» aufgenommen. Des Weiteren waren Dave Douglas, Nils Wogram, Hayden Chisholm, Ed Partyka, Ohad Talmor, Niels Klein, Henning Sieverts, Reinhold Schmölzer, Gerd Hermann Ortler und Stefan Schultze zu Gast. Die Stadt und der Kanton Luzern würdigten das Schaffen des Lucerne Jazz Orchestra 2013 bereits zum zweiten Male mit einem Werkbeitrag.


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Brussels Jazz Orchestra


[Belgium] Brussels Brussels
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It might be unexpected but the Brussels Jazz Orchestra (BJO) is not the kind of jazz orchestra that sticks to standards. We prefer to achieve the highest level by composing original music, creating unique arrangements and playing inventively as well as passionately. In fact, it really is jazz with a dynamic orchestral sound, with a classic strength in which each musician is also a brilliant soloist. Call it an ‘orchestrated passion for jazz’ that incites BJO to create world-class music. Brussels Jazz Orchestra was founded in 1993 and works under the artistic direction of Frank Vaganée. The orchestra has enjoyed the recognition and support of the Flemish government since 1999. The Brussels Jazz Orchestra makes jazz ensemble music of the highest quality, with full artistic integrity, in all its diversity and for the broadest of (inter)national audiences.



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