A February of jazz at CRR

A February of jazz at CRR

A February of jazz at CRR The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IBB) Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall will host living legends and famous names from the world of jazz during an eight-day program, Jazz February, between Feb. 20 and 26.

The opening concert of the event will be performed by the master of alto saxophone, Lee Konitz, on Feb. 20. A renowned name of be-bop and avant-garde, Konitz will be accompanied by pianist Walter Lang, whom he calls “my son.” 

The program titled “travel to jazz with children and youth,” pianist and Professor Islam Manafov will be at the CRR foyer on Feb. 21. 

During the free event, Manfov will speak about the progression of jazz music and famous composers of jazz.

On the same day, the guitar virtuoso Al Di Meola will be the guest of CRR as part of a tour for his new album “Elysium.” 

A great master of fusion music and Latin jazz both in acoustic and electronic guitar, Di Meola will present his new project, “Elysium and More Unplugged.” 

On Feb. 22, musicians from Chicago and Amsterdam will be on the stage. Tortoise, a band from Chicago, will take the stage first with its rhythmic instrumental music performance. Later, Amsterdam’s nearly 40-year band The Ex and U.S. jazz composer, saxophonist and clarinetist Ken Vandermark will present a special night. 

Talented English pianist, composer and singer Anthony Strong will be at CRR on Feb. 23 as part of the Jazz February program. 

A distinctive artist with her voice and aesthetic, Dutch artist Caro Emerald will present music that blends samba, jazz, bossa nova and mambo on the stage to Istanbul’s music lovers. She is set to take the stage on Feb. 24. 

The CRR Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Nail Yavuzoğlu, will share the stage with one of Turkey’s most important counter bassists, Kağan Yıldız, on Feb. 25. 

The closing concert of the event will be given by one of the most notable names of bass guitar, Stanley Clarke, who will be accompanied by Japanese pianist Hiromi. 

The Grammy-winning legend of jazz Clarke and Hiromi will bring together not only jazz lovers but also rock music lovers during their concert on Feb. 23.