The jazz stage of the music marathon at the Sono Centre is the event of the summer jazz season, and not just in Brno. It offers space for the promising Brno group of saxophonist Marek Kotača, as well as for stars from Israel and the USA. The programme begins with the local – the Marek Kotača Trio with its original repertoire from the pen of the group’s leader and the energetic Slovak rhythm of Kuruc – Korman. They are followed by the trio of the pianist Yaron Herman, well known to Brno audiences and always welcome.
He has not yet played in Brno with his new line-up so you can be sure you have something to look forward to. The famed American saxophonist Kenny Garrett, one of the key exponents of the alto sax in jazz history, will ensure a rousing finale. Garrett will be coming in a quintet and performing mainly works from his album Do Your Dance, which tastefully combines acoustic modal jazz with contemporary R’n’B. We can look forward to quite some ride.
Kenny Garrett Quintet (US)
In the past Johnny Hodges, Charlie Parker or Cannonball Adderley were synonyms for the alto sax, but today this honour undoubtedly goes to Kenny Garrett. He directly follows the legacy of these legends and is taking the jazz genre further.
One of the most copied of today’s jazzmen, saxophonist Kenny Garrett, first gained recognition in the big bands of Duke Ellington, Thad Jones and Mel Lewis and later in the groups of Woody Shaw and Miles Davis already at an early age. He joined Ellington as a fully formed player at the age of just eighteen! He became an independent band leader in the mid-eighties and since that time has travelled the whole world with his various bands.
His current quintet is playing mostly pieces from their latest disc Do Your Dance and as the name suggests they are intended to get us dancing in a style akin to jazz improvisation. Garrett’s instrumental bravura against a background of the infectious rhythms of Holt – Baylor – Bird – Brown will satisfy both jazz aficionados and those who want to try out their swing dancing.
Yaron Herman Trio (IL)
Dynamic. That is the term which defines the musical style of the Israeli pianist Yaron Herman. His playing style changes like the sky as the sun goes down, but never falling into simple kitsch.
Yaron Herman decided on playing the piano at the relatively late age of sixteen but his talent was so marked that in the space of a few years he had already performed in the most prestigious concert halls in Israel. Currently he lives in Paris where has built up the unshakeable aura of a creative pianist on the borders of genius. His original theory in the field of musical improvisation has brought him a teaching post giving lectures at the Sorbonne.
Herman has a unique ability to appeal to a broad audience, without resorting to cheap tricks. He is returning to the Sono Centre after two years when he captured the audience at Brno’s JazzFest. At the Music Marathon he is performing with his trio, with his long-term companions and at the same time ideal partners for a creative dialogue, the drummer Ziv Ravitz and the bass player Sam Minai.
Marek Kotača Trio (CZ)
A great jazz trio from the coming generation pays tribute to the inspirational pioneers in the demanding jazz saxophone trio format with a respect for tradition and an openness to the influences of contemporary music.
The Czechoslovak jazz group Marek Kotača Trio brings to the domestic stage the seldom heard concept of playing in a trio without a harmonic instrument. A saxophone trio requires both instrumental and conceptual maturity, and so for that reason the band leader and saxophonist Marek Kotača chose relatively young but already seasoned Slovak colleagues Peter Korman (double bass) and Kristián Kuruc (drums). Together they offer an organic sound, original pieces and advanced instrumental performances.
Marek Kotača and his colleagues do not hide their admiration for the jazz masters of the trio discipline and especially Sonny Rollins, but they remain themselves. In the shape of three of the most gifted musicians active mainly in the Brno jazz scene you can enjoy an original perspective on present-day jazz taking inspiration from traditional and contemporary jazz.