Once more - A-Class Jazzman Arrives
15 May, 2014
Once more - A-Class Jazzman Arrives
Terence Blanchard Quintet will arrive in Georgia to complete the 2014 jazz series. Our reader is well aware of the fact that for the last few years the Eastern Promotion company indulges the Georgian public and Tbilisi residents with high-class concerts of real maestros of all directions of jazz at quite a low price and flexible system of payment. Georgian Journal met with Mr. Kakha Kandelaki, Marketing Director of the company to sum up this year’s jazz series, traditionally held
at the Tbilisi Event Hall.
G.J: Terence Blanchard Quintet - they are basically playing Modern Jazz and Hard Bop. Please, tell us about the concert.
K.K: That’s right. Modern jazz and hard bop. At the Black Sea Jazz Festival, we offer more soft jazz. Real jazz lovers come to the jazz series, but Georgians overall have proved that they appreciate jazz very much. Nowadays, jazz is popular music in Georgia. This is a quintet and he will be playing with some high-level musicians. This is called intellectual jazz. At the jazz series, we try to offer everything.
G.J: This is the last concert of spring. How would you sum up this year’s jazz series?
K.K: Joe Lock in February was swing, Danilo Perez in March was a mix of Be-bop and world music, containing a little bit of Latin folk. The latter was original music from the start to the very end, without any jazz standards. It was a really fantastic concert. Victor Wooten in April also demonstrated his masterhood, and the performance was inclined to rock and funk, and distinguished by electronic elements while the remaining two, like the upcoming concert of Terence Blanchard, are acoustic. We decided to do so, because in Batumi in summer, we will offer more electronic music, inclined to R&B, Soul, Latin, etc. I can tell you that Europe hardly ever knew about Georgia, but our history of jazz begins in 1979, when BB-king arrived. Then, in 1990s, Rey Charles, etc. They did not know a single word in Georgian but they then began to explore Georgia as a country. They discovered that we have great wine, great culture, ancient churches. Of course, this is partly a joke but these great musicians have become excellent ambassadors of Georgia abroad. Our concerts boost tourism as well. Once, at Al Jarreau’s concert in Batumi, we had 1000 visitors, which also contributed to the development of infrastructure in Batumi.
G.J: Chris Botti and Sandoval – two legendary trumpeters have already visited Georgia. How can Blanchard surprise us now?
K.K: They are legends, of course. However, Terence Blanchard is a great figure as well. In art, there is no comparison, as nobody will argue who is better - Picasso or Van Gogh. The latter moved to Herbie Hancock’s quartet and left the recommendation about Blanchard who in the aftermath was a member of Jazz Messengers for quite a while. Just three weeks ago, Association of Journalists and Jazz Critics awarded him with the title of “trumpeter of the year.” At the Lincoln center, Terence Blanchard was the anchor and musical director of the gala concert of Herbie Hancock who was conferred the Highest Award of America as a jazzman, he has cooperated with names as George Lucas, Spike Lee, etc.
G.J: What about his awards?
K.K: I would like to add that he is a really well-to-do jazzman, living in a villa that has a very solid studio inside. Hollywood helps him. As such well-off jazzmen are not really many, not counting Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarreth, Winton Mansalis, Miles Daevis and a few more, Chick Corea. They are A-class jazz musicians. He is on a European tour, coming from Holland to Georgia. We take pride that the Tbilisi Event Hall is already a brand, where legends like John Maclaffin and Dennis Chambers have performed. At New Year, we hosted Macceo Parker with a 16-man band. The Tbilisi Event Hall is really prestigious and can already rival with such clubs as the Blue Note.

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