Zurich Jazz Orchestra feat. Karolina Strassmayer

Gil Evans' «New Bottle Old Wine»

Ed Partyka RegieKarolina Strassmayer SaxophonReto Anneler SaxophonToni Bechtold SaxophonTobias Pfister SaxophonCharlotte Lang SaxophonPatrick Ottiger TrumpetWolfang Häuptli TrumpetDaniel Schenker TrumpetRené Mosele TromboneMaurus Twerenbold TromboneJonas Inglin TromboneSophia Nidecker TubaAnja Huber FlugelhornTheo Kapilidis GuitarVito Cadonau BassPius Baschnagel Drum Kit
The Zurich Jazz Orchestra will present the complete program of the original arrangements of Gil Evans' classic album New Bottle Old Wine from 1958, with alto saxophone soloist Karolina Strassmayer interpreting the parts originally played by Cannonball Adderley. Compositions such as King Porter Stomp, St. Louis Blues and Round Midnight will be heard. Before Strassmayer became the first woman to join the WDR Big Band in 2004, she was part of the New York jazz scene for over 15 years and played with Chico Hamilton and the Diva Jazz Orchestra. Today she is a professor of jazz saxophone at the Folkwang University in Essen, where she founded and still directs an empowerment program for women in jazz.

The second set of the concert features jazz standards arranged by Ed Partyka for the outstanding soloists of the ZJO and orchestrated for the same unique instrumentation as Gil Evans: Trumpets and trombones are reduced from four to three each, with horn and tuba used instead. The piano is missing entirely and the saxophones are largely replaced by flutes and clarinets.

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