Dutch trumpeter Maite Hontelé to play the gala concert at 2024's Jazzahead

Appearing with the Dutch youth jazz orchestra trumpeter Maite Hontelé is to headline the gala concert at Jazzahead in 2024 - the mambo themed concert is on 13 April in the Hansesaal of Bremen's Congress Centrum. For the first time, the organisers …

Published: 24 Nov 2023. Updated: 3 months.

Appearing with the Dutch youth jazz orchestra trumpeter Maite Hontelé is to headline the gala concert at Jazzahead in 2024 - the mambo themed concert is on 13 April in the Hansesaal of Bremen's Congress Centrum. For the first time, the organisers point out, the gala concert will not be a fully seated event. Artistic Advisor Götz Bühler says: "Maite Hontelé is one of the most compelling and best-known trumpet players on the scene today. She manages to appeal wonderfully to young people with her music – which is something that the jazz scene in the Netherlands does brilliantly anyway." Tickets for the gala concert go on sale next month. Maite Hontelé, photo: Hugo Thomassen

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Kurt Rosenwinkel and Geri Allen, A Lovesome Thing, Motéma *****

It's such a loss to the music that Geri Allen is no longer with us - the pianist died in 2017. Five years earlier she had recorded this newly issued duo performance - the only time they played together - with guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel at the …

Published: 24 Nov 2023. Updated: 3 months.

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It's such a loss to the music that Geri Allen is no longer with us - the pianist died in 2017. Five years earlier she had recorded this newly issued duo performance - the only time they played together - with guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel at the Paris Philharmonie. There's a grand sweep of jazz past and present coming together here. Standards by Billy Strayhorn, Gershwin (in an arrangement by Herbie Hancock of 'Embraceable You'), Thelonious Monk and originals of Geri's and Kurt's are all in the blend. Geri original 'Open Handed Reach' is perhaps the pick of the whole album - in her writing you get, as you do with the writing of Wayne Shorter, a certain mystical magic and resource. What a gift from the past to hear this today - a unique document and welcome reminder again of the very special sound of Geri Allen speaking to us so personally once again. Geri Allen and Kurt Rosenwinkel, photo: Motéma