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For one week, there is an (even more) exceptional amount of jazz in Bern: During the «JazzWocheBern», six of the most prominent jazz Promoters of Bern join Forces and present their rich selection of daily concerts in various locations in and around Bern.

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Donny McCaslin, sax & lead

Reeds: Adrian Pflugshaupt, Florian Egli, Cédric Gschwind, Jürg Bucher, Matthias Tschopp

Trumpets: Dave Blaser, Lukas Thöni, Johannes Walter, Thomas Knuchel

Trombones: Vincent Lachat, Andreas Tschopp, Stefan Schlegel, Reto Zumstein

Rhythm: Philip Henzi, p / Samuel Leipold, g / Antonio Schiavano, b / Rico Baumann, dr

The meeting of the SJO and the multiple Grammy-nominated composer and saxophone player will be unique and thrilling alike. Donny is one of the leading figures in contemporary jazz.

Exclusive in Switzerland!

A graduate of the Berklee School of Music, Donny McCaslin has had a saxophone in his hands from his earliest years and has integrated the entire range of sounds that a tenor sax can produce into his repertoire: from mainstream modern to funky fusion to laid-back balmy ballads, all flavored with his own experimental style. While best recognized by the music-loving public for his contributions to “Blackstar”, David Bowie’s final studio album in 2016, McCaslin's interrogatory approach to jazz as a popular American music is myriad. Donny has played with Gary Burton, Steps Ahead, the Gil Evans Orchestra, George Gruntz, Danilo Perez, Maria Schneider and many more. Donny has a genre-melding approach to music and brings together angular avant jazz, funk, ambient soundscapes, and exotica.

The Swiss Jazz Orchestra is Switzerland’s most busy professional big band, performing weekly in Bern. Additionally, they perform and record projects of varying stilistic content and have so far released 7 CDs. The SJO has performed with acclaimed musicians like Alex Sipiagin, Chico Pinheiro, Torun Erisken, Claudio Roditi, Jerry Bergonzi, Phil Woods, Buddy DeFranco, Jim McNeely, Bob Mintzer, Bert Joris, George Gruntz, Jeff Hamilton, John Clayton, Joey DeFrancesco, Mike Mainieri and Peter Erskine as well as with Swiss top musicians Andy Scherrer, Matthieu Michel, Nat Su, Domenic Landolf, Michael Zisman and Pepe Lienhard.


Tue. 30.04. - Sat. 04.05.2019

1st Concert 7:30 p.m.
(Doors 7:00 p.m.)

2nd concert 10:00 p.m.
(Doors 9:30 p.m.)-


One Concert CHF 42.-
Both Concerts CHF 63.-

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