Jazz in Ramadan
Jazz in Ramadan events continue with İlhan Erşahin at the Sabancı Museum. The concert starts at 9:30 pm after the iftar. Born in Stockholm to Swedish and Turkish parents but raised mostly in Turkey, Ilhan Erşahin fell in love with jazz growing up and moved to the U.S. after high school to pursue a career as a jazz saxophonist.
Erşahin studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1983 before studying with saxman Joe Lovano and making New York his permanent home. Erşahin, whose influences on the tenor include John Coltrane and Joe Henderson, soon found himself gigging regularly in Manhattan and has played with trumpeters Eddie Henderson and Wallace Roney, as well as pianist George Cables and bassist Ben Allison. By the late 1990s, Erşahin had recorded two albums: 1996’s She Said for the Turkish Pozitif label, and 1997’s Home on Golden Horn. Erşahin has said that Middle Eastern culture had a greater impact on his music than Scandinavian culture, and to be sure, the influence of Turkish music has done its part to enrich his CDs and live performances. In 1998, Erşahin explored club and dance music with his side project, Wax Poetic, which combined electronica with jazz and Middle Eastern elements.