Jan Lundgren Duo / Fred Hersch Solo Piano

Stadtcasino Basel
Tuesday, 21 May

Two of Sweden's best-known jazz musicians present jazz that tells stories with humor as well as music. Throughout his career, pianist Jan Lundgren has amply demonstrated his humorous and poetic streak, particularly with Richard Galliano and the Mare Nostrum Trio, but also most recently with Emile Parisien and Lars Danielsson. Lundgren's roots in the American jazz piano tradition as well as in Western art music remain unmistakable. On this evening, he will be joined by Hans Backenroth, a highly sought-after bassist in Sweden who has also played with numerous international stars such as Clark Terry, Kenny Barron, Ernie Watts, and Toots Thielemans. Backenroth is not only a creative rhythm player but also has a keen sense of melody, which clearly qualifies him as a duo partner Jan Lundgren. With "Jazz Poetry," the two musicians realize a special project close to their hearts, in which they unite musical styles from the most diverse traditions and directions. They arrange a melody by Chopin next to a folk song from Scandinavia and a free improvisation next to melodies from "Pippi Longstocking."
Fred Hersch, born in 1955 in Cincinnati/Ohio, is an American jazz pianist and composer from the New York jazz scene. Known as a crossover artist between jazz and classical music, the Bill Evans-influenced musician has dedicated himself to an impressionistic style. More than 25 albums already document his work. Hersch is also a master of improvisation and often performs together with musicians from the classical music scene, such as his colleague Jeffrey Kahane, and with symphony orchestras. He teaches at music academies in Boston, New York, and Michigan; Brad Mehldau is his student. His autobiography “Good Things Happen Slowly” was published in 2017, and he has received numerous awards and was named Jazz Pianist of the Year in 2016. Hersch is regarded as the wunderkind, the impressionist in jazz, the great cult figure... a typical musicians' musician who has been revered for years by musicians from around the world.
Tickets are CHF 36.10-80.90.


Stadtcasino Basel
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