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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 […]

Dixieland at Jazzland with the Red Hot Pods

Dixieland at Jazzland with the Red Hot Pods

Now recognised as one of the best classical Austrian jazz bands, the Red Hot Pods were founded by the two young Viennese amateur jazz musicians Erwin Frassine and Harald Jirsa in the late ‘50s. Their name appropriately refers to Jelly Roll Morton’s legendary Red Hot Peppers. Over the last 35 years, they’ve played at their […]

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 […]

Lucky Thompson Memorial… Living the Music

Lucky Thompson Memorial… Living the Music

Saturday night, Jan. 8, Vienna’s “Jazzland” hosted a release party/concert marking the appearance of Heinz von Hermann’s latest offering on Jive Music Austria, a double CD titled Lucky Thompson & Me (JM-2065-2). Capturing the quartet live at a 2006 concert performance marking von Hermann’s 70th birthday, the album celebrates (along with his birthday) his influences, summing up […]

Vamping at the Café Central

“Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker.” The lower sensual range of Dutch-born actress and mezzo-soprano Susan Rigvava-Dumas’ powerful voice floated across the neo-Renaissance Café Central. And almost whispering to the delicate accompaniment of the rhythm section of the Vienna-based mini-big-band Project Two – “wherever you’re going I’m going your way.” It’s Sunday, Oct. 4, about […]

Chico Freeman: Playing It All!

The 1970s weren’t easy for American jazzmen. After the deflagration of free jazz in the 1960s, jazz somehow lost its appeal. Several American jazzmen found themselves with lesser opportunities to play, a much-reduced audience and no recording contract as some of the most important labels had closed. Some quit performing music, others accepted less musically-rewarding […]

The Best Addresses in Town

You’ve heard it before: “Vienna is the capital of music.” I guess we can all agree that, music-wise, Vienna indeed offers quite a lot in comparison with a lot of cities, much more just than classical musical and operas. German magazine Jazzthetic has called Vienna “the number one European Jazz metropole”, a proof of this […]

Jazzland: Always ‘In The Mood’

Jazzland: Always ‘In The Mood’

It’s Monday evening and I am on my way to Jazzland. The club is situated right next to Schwedenplatz in the 1st district of the capital, not far from the so-called “Bermuda Triangle,” where a concentration of bars have long been popular with both locals and tourists. The hidden entrance, under St. Ruprecht’s Church, already […]

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