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Fritz Pauer Tribute

On 4 April a memorial concert will be held at the Musikverein to celebrate the work of jazz musican and composer Fritz Pauer. This date was initially booked last spring for the Fritz Pauer Trio, featuring Johannes Strasser on bass and Joris Dudli on drums, following Pauer’s impressive duo performance at the Musikverein with Sheila […]

Songwriters Swarm for Blue Bird Festival

Songwriters Swarm for Blue Bird Festival

The Blue Bird Festival returns to Porgy & Bess from 21-24 Nov., for the first time ever as a four-day event, organised by the Vienna Songwriting Association. The first two days, presented in conjunction with the Viennale, compose a mini-festival “What a Constellation”, celebrating the 15th anniversary of Montreal-based label Constellation. The two evenings feature […]

Jazz Briefs: Noites Brasileiras

Jazz Briefs: Noites Brasileiras

October will continue the series of Brazilian Nights at Jazz club Porgy & Bess that began 24 Sept. A country that in many ways is almost a continent in itself, Brazil has long held a special place on the Vienna jazz scene, attracting many of the country’s top musicians. One of the best will be […]

Jazz Fest Wien 2012

Jazz Fest Wien 2012

Readers of this column will recognise that its very existence is a tribute to the vibrant Vienna jazz scene. While a national capital and historical metropole, Vienna is a comparatively small city of 1.8 million and far from what one could call trendy. All the same, a good case can be made that this is […]

Branford Marsalis, Music and Words

Branford Marsalis, Music and Words

Branford Marsalis, along with his flamboyant brother Wynton, together represent the past, present and future of jazz. Over the course of the past quarter-century, each has taken his place, first as a “young lion”, later as the real deal: musicians with passion, power, and a rare commitment to proving the viability of this fundamentally American […]

Masters of “Swing Guitar”

Masters of “Swing Guitar”

It took a few decades for the guitar to join the jazz family. The instrument seemed at first to blend naturally within the intimacy of the blues, while next to louder instruments like the trumpet or the saxophone, the delicate acoustic guitar simply had no chance. It took electric amplification to allow it the possibility […]

Back to a Jazz Future

At the height of the summer festival season, Porgy & Bess (Riemergasse 11, 1010 Wien) took the unusual step of playing host to a jazz programme without a single jazz performer or recording artist. What fans realise (as do those responsible for programming the club’s main stage) is that jazz is, as much as anything, […]

Stanley Jordan’s One-Man Band

Stanley Jordan’s One-Man Band

In the early 1950s, the record business was in its doldrums. The “greatest generation” was back from overseas and entering middle age, most starting families with little left from their paychecks for “stacks o’ wax”. Big bands were dead, and the industry was faced with an early “format war” as the 3-minute 78 RPM was […]

Singers and Saxophones

Grim, grey February, a world torn by wars and revolution, feckless leaders and a flaccid economy – at this time of year even the optimists doubt that dawn lies beyond the dark. A cold winters night, jazz lovers may choose to stay inside with his books, dusty LPs, possibly finding refuge listening to decades old […]

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