SWISS YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA
The Jazzaar Festival is a two-band project which gives young talents the chance to play with renowned jazz-stars from all around the world. For four days the band rehearses compositions from the different participating musicians like Ron Carter, Wayne Bergeron, Randy Brecker, Ryan Quigley, Antonio Hart to mention only a few. The rehearsing days are followed by at least one live concert and a professional video and audio production. Some recordings have also been nominated for the Grammy Awards.
I have been playing the 2nd alto and lead alto for different projects with section leaders like Antonio Hart, Bill Pearce and Bobby Watson.
PRODUCTIONS I HAVE BEEN PART OF
RON CARTER FEAT. THE SWISS YOUTH BIG BAND
Jazaar Festival 2019
The Jazzaar Big Band (JBB) directed by Christian Jacob (USA/F).
Antonio Hart – as (USA), Mathieu Bitz – as, Casimir Ekman – ts, Felix Piringer – ts, Robert Soltermann – bs, Ryan Quigley – Ltp (SCT), Felix Niggli – tp, Samir Rachide – tp, Elwin Stephan – tp, Jason Jackson – tb (USA), Sebastian Wey – tb, Aarni Häkkinen – tb, Donald Vega – p (NIC/USA), Andrea Caneva – g, Carl Allen – d (USA) and the legendary Ron Carter b (USA) himself.
Jazzaar Festival 2018
The Swiss Youth Jazz Orchestra directed by Fritz K Renold.
( feat. Frank Greene (tp), Tom Malone (tb), Bill Pierce (ts), Gil Goldstein (p, acr), Kabir Sehgal (b), & Michael Baker (dr) )
Jazzaar Festival 2017
The Swiss Youth Jazz Orchestra directed by Fritz K Renold
( feat. Ryan Quigley (tp), Bobby Watson (as), Marques Young (tb), Jeremy Monteiro (p), Rudi Engel (b), Billy Cobham (dr)
Ron Carter feat. The Swiss Youth Big Band, 2019
Me & Donald Vega
Sax section with Antonio Hart
Me & Tom Walsh
Antonio Hart & me
Ron Carter - photo by Hannes Kirchhof