BILive Music Tours
BILive Music Tours

2019 / 2020

MIKE STERN/DAVE WECKL BAND

Summer Tour 2019

In cooperation with Emmeci

 

Line up:

Mie Stern - guitar/vocals

Dave Weckl - drums

Tom Kennedy - el. bass

Bob Franceschini - sax

 

To a generation of contemporary jazz guitar aficionados, Mike Stern is regarded as one of the true guitar greats of his generation. A player of remarkable facility whose searing lines are informed mainly by bebop and the blues while also carrying a rock-tinged intensity, Stern made his mark with Miles Davis in the early ‘80s before launching his solo career in 1985.
Since then he has released 17 recordings as a leader, six of which were nominated for GRAMMY® Awards.
His latest, Trip, is his first since recovering from a serious accident in the summer of 2016 that left him with two broken arms and nerve damage in his right hand that prevented him from even holding a pick. But Stern is back on top of his game, playing with typical authority and prodigious chops on this all-star outing, which features such longstanding colleagues as trumpeters Randy Brecker and Wallace Roney, saxophonists Bob Franceschini and Bill Evans (a bandmate of Mike’s in Miles Davis’ ‘comeback band’ of 1981), bassists Victor Wooten and Tom Kennedy and drummers Dave Weckl, Dennis Chambers and Lenny White.
For more than 35 years, Dave Weckl has developed and maintained a reputation among fans, peers, and the international music community, as one of the great living drummers. His contributions to iconic music, music education, and the gear that drummers use, are many. 
Modern Drummer magazine has inducted Weckl into their Hall of Fame (2000) and named him "one of the 25 best drummers of all time."
 
TOUR FULLY BOOKED

 

THE WOOTEN BROTHERS

Fall Tour 2019

In cooperation with EMMECI

 

Line up:
Victor Wooten - el. bass/vocals
Regi "the teacher" Wooten - guitar/vocals
Roy "futureman" Wooten - drums/vocals
Joseph "the hands of soul" Wooten - keyboards/vocals

 

 

Victor and his brothers back on tour in EU for Fall 2019.

A legendary family for a legendary line up. A concert which can't be missed!

 

http://www.victorwooten.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKa-tfopRJA&start_radio=1&list=RDlKa-tfopRJA&t=308

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlO1P_h4y3g&index=45&list=RDlKa-tfopRJA

 

 

Last available date 10 NOV

 

DAM'NCO

 

Line Up:

Damien Schmitt - drums
Swaeli Mbappe - bass
Tom Ibarra or Yan Nigrit - guitar
Michaël Lecoq - piano/keyboards

Nicholas Vella - piano/keyboards


Dam'nco is the new face of the French JAZZ POP scene.
The compositions, which borrow from different musical styles, are directly inspired by the atmospheres of the neighborhoods of Paris where the members of the band live. Dam'nco is a perfect reflection of what 21st century French multiculturalism is all about.
It's colorful music, that makes you want to sing and dance, punctuated with explosive improvisations.

Dam'nco, created by the world known drummer Damien Schmitt, brings together five of the best French musicians of today, who play a definitely modern, forward-looking brand of jazz, with that very special little extra: the famous French touch!
On March 2018 has been released the 2nd Album "FRENCH TOUCH"

https://www.facebook.com/damandco/

https://youtu.be/FaVBWRr3Ly8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMHhxjNgSO0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGJwhGjZ7nM

available: 
ALL YEAR on request

EKALAVYA (India)

in cooperation with EMMECI

 

Line Up:
ABHIJITH P S NAIR - violin                                        
SANDEEP MOHAN - el. guitar

JOE JOHNSON - keyboards
MOHINI DEY - el. bass
MAHESH MANI - tabla
SIDDARTH NAGARAJAN - drums

Abhijith P S Nair is acclaimed as one of the most outstanding artists in India . He is a well-known music director too and a phenomenon in the field of Indian fusion music and The band features the very popular, amazing, 22 years old bass player Mohini Dey. The video of one Abhijith's and guitarist Sandeep Mohan songs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFQPDtR55BY&feature=youtu.be
reachead 12.988.412 people, had 4,1 millions views, 92.059 people shared it and received 65.000 likes/reactions.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuZINeMyXXs&feature=youtu.be
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaxnqWPbq8o
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apbGMCvB1Mg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGcTzaczHZ8&feature=youtu.be
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRQnbsB-kWs&feature=youtu.be

http://www.abhijithpsnair.com         
http://www.jazzinindia.com/mohini-dey

Available: October/November 2019

+ APRIL/MAY 2020

MIKE STERN / JEFF LORBER FUSION BAND

Fall Tour 2019

In cooperation with EMMECI

 

Line up:
MIKE STERN - el. guitar
JEFF LORBER - keyboards
JIMMY HASLIP - el. bass
DENNIS CHAMBERS - drums
 
To a generation of contemporary jazz guitar aficionados, Mike Stern is regarded as one of the true guitar greats of his generation.
A player of remarkable facility whose searing lines are informed mainly by bebop and the blues
while also carrying a rock-tinged intensity, Stern made his mark with Miles Davis in the early ‘80s before launching his solo career in 1985.
Since then he has released 17 recordings as a leader, six of which were nominated for GRAMMY® Awards.
His latest, Trip, is his first since recovering from a serious accident in the summer of 2016
that left him with two broken arms and nerve damage in his right hand that prevented him from even holding a pick.
But Stern is back on top of his game, playing with typical authority and prodigious chops on this all-star outing, which features such longstanding colleagues as trumpeters Randy Brecker and Wallace Roney, saxophonists Bob Franceschini and Bill Evans (a bandmate of Mike’s in Miles Davis’ ‘comeback band’ of 1981), bassists Victor Wooten and Tom Kennedy and drummers Dave Weckl, Dennis Chambers and Lenny White.
Jeff Lorber Fusion came to life in the 70s when the pianist attended Berklee College of Music. A true clinician, Lorber has made it a point to study the long line of modern jazz pianists since 1945. “Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea have been major influences but I had to go back and try to figure out who they listened to and were inspired by,” says Lorber. “Some of these icons that come to mind are Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, McCoy Tyner and Bud Powell.” He adds, “I also can’t forget all of the pianists who played with Miles Davis such as Red Garland, Wynton Kelly, Tommy Flanagan and Horace Silver.” Growing up in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania offered great inspiration for Jeff Lorber. Lorber scored his first Grammy win for his critically heralded Prototype in 2018.
 
 
LAST AVAILABLE DATES: 13,14,30 NOV 2019
CD WILL BE RELEASED FOR THE TOUR
 

CHRIS MINH DOKY & NEW NORDIC JAZZ

In cooperation with EMMECI 

 

Line up:

CHRIS MINH DOKY - bass
PETER ROSENDAL - piano
JONAS JOHANSEN - drums

 

Doky’s first performed as a young musician in Denmark, but – still in his teens - moved to New York where famed jazz guitarist Mike Stern heard what he could do and wanted that sound in his band. The word spread quickly. Along with Stern, Doky has stood beside names such as Brecker, Scofield, Mendoza, Sakamoto, Sanborn, Gurtu, Camilo and many, many more, each with a different style and approach to a

particular facet of jazz. Doky remains a strong player on the international jazz stage, but years ago his unique solo performances captured the ears and hearts of the pop world. He bolstered his career and earned a rock star aura by appearing in arenas with stars of the pop world. In what might seem a paradox, Doky also captured ears and hearts in the classical universe and has performed in opera houses, with symphony orchestras, ballet companies and opera singers.

Work on the classical side is expressed in the classical tradition seasoned with improvisation; call it, with the spirit of jazz. His voice in the idiom has been compared to the role of a solo cellist, but with the fullbody sound of the acoustic bass as the soloist that broadens the dimensions of an ensemble.

The classical vein is one of the three main outlets for Doky’s creativity. In his New Nordic Jazz project, he gently explores the enigma of a compelling Scandinavian storytelling tradition. Concurrent with that, he fronts The Electric Nomads in what appears to be a 180-degree contrast, as the The Electric Nomads give us their rendering of unbridled, funky jazz with a rock edge. Common for all three is how Doky expresses himself with the bass as the solo instrument with a direct link

to the Danish bass tradition. By bringing his heart and soul into each new challenge, Doky has emerged as the bass soloist of note. And someone did take note: Queen Margrethe II of Denmark knighted Doky in 2010 for his contributions to

the arts, making him a distinguished member of the Royal Order of the Dannebrog. The secret – along with hard work – is his passion for making an emotional and physical experience of the melody he plays. Doky embraces the traditional acoustic bass, cradles the electric and coaxes novel sound from the electric upright he helped Yamaha develop. The allure of Chris Minh Doky is not simply the sound, but the stories he tells us through melody.

 

AVAILABLE on 2020: JAN 6-12 + FEB 8-29 + MAR 2-5 + MAR 7-15 + MAY 25-31 + JUNE 26-July 3 + JULY 6 -11 + JULY 13-19 

 

OYTUN ERSAN ALL STARS BAND

In cooperation with EMMECI

Line up:

OYTUN ERSAN - el. bass
BOB FRANCESCHINI - sax
MITCH FORMAN - keyboards

LOUIE PALMER - drums

 

Oytun Ersan - best known for his soulful grooves, technique and melodic Jazz Fusion compositions - is a Turkish Cypriot bassist, composer, recording artist and a member of the Recording Academy. He holds a degree in Music and a Masters Degree in Special Education. At the early age of 15, Oytun joined the International Nicosia Municipality Orchestra as a saxophone and later as a bass player where he is still working for the last 20+ years. His passion for music lead Oytun to attended an Instrumental Conducting Course Masterclass run by the world famous conductor Prof. Peter Start from the Royal College of Music in July 2014.  Oytun is currently referred to as ‘‘the rising star of the bass community’’ and he is among the featured artists of Fodera Guitars and an official artist endorser of some top profile companies such as Aguilar, GruvGear and Elixir Strings. Oytun has performed and collaborated with a range of acclaimed artists including Dave Weckl, Eric Marienthal, Mike Miller, Dean Brown, Wycliffe Gordon, Rex Richardson, Bob Franceschini, Louie Palmer, Mitchel Forman, Brandon Fields and many others. He has performed at prestigious events, jazz festivals and venues such as Leverkusener Jazztage, Aalener Jazz Festival, Ingolstadt Jazztage, the Baked Potato Jazz Club, the Bass Bash and Nublu Jazz Club. Oytun and his Jazz Fusion all-starts band released ‘‘Fusiolicious’’ in April 2018. The album is produced by the great bassist Ric Fierabracci and features some of the most influential Jazz musicians of our century such as Dave Weckl, Eric Marienthal, Gary Husband, Gerry Etkins, Dean Brown, Brett Garsed, Okan Ersan, Mike Miller and Karen Briggs, just to name a few. Oytun currently resides with his family in Nicosia, North Cyprus and travels internationally for exhibitions, festival performances and gigs.  

http://www.oytunersan.com/      http://www.bobfranceschini.com/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitchel_Forman  http://www.louiepalmer.com/
https://www.youtube.com/oytunersan

 

AVAILABLE:  end of APRIL / MAY 2020

 

MIKE STERN & JAN GUNNAR HOFF QUARTET 

In cooperation with EMMECI

Line up:

MIKE STERN - el. guitar
JAN GUNNAR HOFF - piano / keyboards
PER MATHISEN - el. bass
AUDUN KLEIVE - drums

 

http://www.mikestern.org/            https://jangunnarhoff.no/
https://permathisen.com/             http://www.audunkleive.com/

Downbeat: “Hoff ́s album with Stern ́s formidable help, organically crosses over eras and transatlantic aesthetics, bridging a division in fusion»

 

AVAILABLE: MAY 2020

 

ROSA BRUNELLO LOS FERMENTOS

European booking

Except: Belgium, France

Line up:

Rosa Brunello - double bass, el. bass, electronics, synth, vocal

Michele Polga - Sax tenore, electronics

Frank Martino - guitar, electronics

Luca Colussi - drums

 

Bassist Rosa Brunello is a rising star of modern jazz. Her third CAM JAZZ release is a supremely confident set of modern themes, with instrumental skill augmented with electricity and effects, greatly expanding the music’s colour palette and textures. On Shuffle Mode, Brunello’s regular group Los Fermentos consists of saxophonist Michele Polga, guitarist Frank Martino, and still with the group, drummer Luca Colussi.

Together, and with the collusion of a bag of electronic effects, they create music that is

alert, contemporary and packed with unexpected twists and turns. Modern jazz has never been short of highly creative bass players who are also leaders, and Brunello belongs confidently to that tradition, driving the music from the centre, shaping it and bringing to it a joyous energy that is already the unifying characteristic of all her work so far.

Minor artists switch styles every time they enter a studio. Major artists tend to have one big idea and spend many years working out its many implications. Rosa Brunello belongs squarely in the second category, a young artist with a distinctive vision and the determination to make it real.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnjZbdxVMvc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QS93_298FRU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRNDb-nRgiM

 

www.rosabrunello.com

 

Available all year on request

Electro Deluxe (USA/FRANCE)

ONLY ITALY

 

ELECTRO DELUXE è un lupo con vestiti da pecora ma pronto ad uccidere. La loro musica si è uno straordinario e "sporco" melange di organic, groove heavy Jazz, Funk. Con il talento di mescolare generi diversi, hanno goduto di grandisimo successo di critica che commerciale nel loro paese d'origine in Francia con ciascuno dei loro ultimi 4 album che si trovano al primo posto nelle jazz charts e raggiungono i primi 10 nelle pop charts d'oltralpe. Famosi per le loro performance elettriche live, hanno suonato nei più prestigiosi club e festivals di Jazz & Pop in Europa dal 2001 ad oggi.
Il loro ultimo album indipendente "CIRCLE", cattura il suono notevole, e soprattutto l'anima di ELECTRO DELUXE. 

 

http://www.electrodeluxe.com/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=7&v=scDHyIZX3aI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdnFPWskESk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=24&v=f-ydCn0lGOk

 

Available ALL YEAR on request

SUPERGOMBO

European booking

Except France, Holland, Belgium, Luxemburg

Line up: Felicien Bouchot : trompette
                Julien Chignier : sax
                Romain Nassini : claviers
                 Riad Klai : guitare
                 Etienne Kermarc : basse
                 Wendlavim Zabsonre : batterie
                 David Doris : percussions, chant

Supergombo it's an afro/funk project which mix the afro funk/beat sound of Fela Kuti with the jazz fusion style of Joe Zawinul & Syndicate
Energy and groove will make you dancing all the concert!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mfaZLykHaY&feature=youtu.be

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7KarQO25rg&feature=youtu.be

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5ixZStk91s&feature=youtu.be


available: ALL YEAR on request

 

FRANKIE CHAVEZ

in cooperation with Musicastrada

European booking

Except Spain, Portugal, Holland

LINE UP
(Solo) > Frankie Chavez
 vocals, electric & acoustic guitar, weissenborn, portuguese guitar 
(Duo) > Frankie Chavez vocals, electric & acoustic guitar, weissenborn, portuguese guitar

Joao Correia drums

(4tet) > Frankie Chavez vocals, electric & acoustic guitar, weissenborn, portuguese guitar
Donovan Bettencourt bass
Paulo Borges keyboards
Joao Correia drums
 
Frankie Chavez’s music, surfer and rocker from Lisbon (Portugal), is a mix between different types of sounds, reflecting all the musical influences he encountered while traveling the world.
The result is a kind of Blues/Folk, with atmospheres ranging from clean to rough or psychedelic. Though it’s easy to recognize different musical influences it’s hard to define his music in a single word.
But we can say for sure that it sounds like rock, folk, blues and surf with a portuguese soul!
FRANKIE CHAVEZ is an artist with whom everyone is in agreement, everybody speaks well about him, even the reviewers. He fascinates the audience during his perfomance, without being catalogued or labelled
on tour: SUMMER +  October/November 2019 
ALL YEAR ON REQUEST

IVAN MAZUZE QUARTET

in cooperation with Musicastrada

European booking

Except Norway

 

Line Up: Ivan Mazuze - sax
                   Jacob Young or Bjørn Vidal Solli - guitar
                   Per Mathisen - bass
                   Raciel Torres - drums

 

The multi-awarded Norway’s based saxophonist and composer, Ivan Mazuze has recorded with acclaimed international artists and has performed at world stage festivals and venues. With its Ivan Mazuze Mazuze Quintet presents World Jazz of its best. 
“Mazuze uses the strong earthy and funky in the African beat with Africa clear with major / minor tonality.
But then pops up anyway quite familiar world, the Nordic tone”… Peter Rahbek, Jazzspecial Magazine, Denmark

“This is the world of jazz and world-class jazz.
The names may be unfamiliar, but this is the musical greats throughout heard behind Ivan Mazuze and his amazing and interesting saxophone playing.
It is music that speaks, music that is not quite like what
we are used to, but also no wonder. Ivan Mazuze is an exciting musician and (his latest album) Ubuntu feels like a cannonball”... Lennart Götesson, Dalademokraten, Sweden

“Ivan has the confidence of a runner who can go at top speed if necessary but who knows the value of superb phrasing and tone”.
Anya Wassenberg, Arts and Culture Maven – Canada

“This is the third album that he has recorded and reveals
a talented composer and multi-instrumentalist playing at the top of his game”.... Chris Baber, Jazz Views

 

http://www.musicastrada.it/en/booking-en/ivan-mazuze-en/

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBchlaoBdv4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQ97htSjVcg

 

AVAILABLE: ALL YEAR on request

 

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