Reykjavik Jazz Festival 2007

IMX presents Reykjavik Jazz Festival 2007. This 18th edition of the Reykjavik Jazz Festival will be held in the Icelandic capital between August 29th and September 1st, 2007.

Amongst this year’s highlights will be Philadelphia born Uri Caine, who will play on Wednesday August 29th alongside Drew Gress on bass and Ben Perowsky on drums. Caine has performed with Philly Joe Jones, Hank Mobley, Johnny Coles, Bootsie Barnes and Grover Washington, amomgst others, and has won recent accolades for his treatment of music by composers such as Mahler, Schumann, Wagner, Bach and Mozart.

 On Thursday August 30th, enigmatic Faroese superstar Eivör Pálsdóttir will take to the stage alongside the Reykjavik Big Band, to re-imagine songs from her famed collaboration album with the Danish Radio Big Band. Eivör is virtually a household name in Iceland, having won the Icelandic Music Award as well as the Grima Award. She has also won a prize for Best Album in Denmark and been named The Faeroe Islander Of the Year.

Also confirmed is Jerry Bergonzi, commonly regarded as ‘the saxophonist's saxophonist’. Bergonzi has played with Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Mike Brecker, Bob Berg, Steve Grossman, Victor Lewis and many more, and has enjoyed a long and fruitful collaboration with Dave Brubeck. Jerry Bergonzi has dedicated his life to teaching and is one of the greatest authorities alive on jazz music and saxophone playing. He will play along with Icelandic jazz players at Reykjavik Jazz Festival Muli Concerts on Wednesday and Thursday August 29th and 30th.

 Local talent at this year’s Reykjavik Jazz festival is no less impressive. Sigurdur Flosason, one of Iceland's best known jazz artists, will be promoting a new album project; and Eythor Gunnarsson, who stepped into the international spotlight with pioneering Icelandic jazz funk band Mezzoforte, will conduct the Jerry Bergonzi Quartet and invite people to a fascinating programme about the late Jon Muli Arnason, known for his contribution to Icelandic Jazz hits.

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