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Blogging from the WDR3 Jazzfest in Cologne

Welcome desk, WDR Jazzfest. Photo Credit: Lutz Voigtlander

Sebastian writes:

I’m in Cologne, blogging about the first WDR3 Jazz Fest (Jan 31 – Feb 3) and the pieces are being posted on the broadcaster’s own website. (pp)

1) “Feels like a start-up”.

2) The commitment to Jazz

3) Checklist: What to take to the festival

4) Getting Ready

5) Composer and Architect: Ansgar Striepens and Helmut Jacoby.

6) It don’t Mean a Thing (the programme book)

(7) Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Gamak (short review)

(8) Review: Ryan Truesdell directs the music of Gil Evans

 (9) Review: The WDR Jazz Prize concert (this was commented on as the best piece)

(10) Review: The Orchestre National de Jazz plus Adam Baldych / Baltic Gang

(11) Liam Noble Solo piano recital (short review)

(12) Final night review: NDR Big Band / Bollani plus Weber/ Loueke / Sclavis 

RADIO INTERVIEW: “What exactly are you doing here?” I was interviewed – live and in German – on WDR3 by Michael Rüsenberg of WDR, and Herbert Uhlir of Austrian Radio 

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