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JazzFest.Wien 2015

“Sinatra Tribute” – Thomas Quasthoff, Angelika Kirchschlager, Allan Harris, Louie Austen, Orchester der Vereinigten Bühnen Wien |
“Billie Holiday Homage” José James

Vienna State Opera  19.30  

Musical director orchestra Vereinigte Bühnen Wien: Herbert Pichler

Thomas Quasthoff (c: Harald Hoffmann/DG)
(c: Harald Hoffmann/DG)
Angelika Kirchschlager
(c: Nikolaus Karlinsky)
Allan Harris
(c: Allan Harris MGMT)
Louie Austen (c: Elsa Okazaki)
(c: Elsa Okazaki)
Orchester der Vereinigten Bühnen Wien (c: Moritz Shell)
(c: Moritz Shell)

On 12 December 2015, fans will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the legendary Frank Sinatra. To mark this jubilee, a top-quality tribute to the “The Voice” will feature opera star Thomas Quasthoff.

He will be accompanied by pianist Frank Chastenier and the orchestra of the United Stages of Vienna. Also paying tribute to “Ol’ Blue Eyes” will be Viennese crooner Louie Austen and austrian mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager.

The Austrian singer Angelika Kirchschlager is one of the most remarkable mezzo-sopranos worldwide. Over the years she has performed at some of the most renowned Opera Houses and concert halls in the world. Her vocal variety, her sensitive interpretation of music and her versatility are outstanding.

Allan Harris grew up in New York City’s Harlem. He is a soulful baritone and formidable guitarist who has mastered jazz, soul, blues and even country. He is a flexible singer who can seamlessly transition from the jazz traditions of a Nat King Cole to the soul sounds of the 1970s, a talent which earned a wide following in the 1990s in neo-traditonal circles.

He has also released three spectacular albums over the past decade which have cemented his reputation as a world-class talent. Tony Bennett has enthusiastically called him his favorite singer.


José James
(c: Janette Beckman)
José James
(c: Janette Beckman)

José James

José James`s debut album, “The Dreamer“, helped make him one of the great phenomena of the younger jazz club scene. Born in Minneapolis in 1978, he later moved to New York where this gifted baritone melted serious jazz with light R&B, and later incorporated hip-hop and electronic elements into his music.

In 2013 he switched from Gilles Peterson‘s Brownswood label to the legendary Blue Note label where he continued to create a fusion of jazz, R&B, hip-hop, and electro.

His musical collaborators include Pino Palladino, pianist Robert Glasper and keyboarder Amp Fiddler. James’ latest release, “Yesterday I Had The Blues” is a tribute to Billie Holiday.

line up:
José James – vocals
Solomon Dorsey – bass
Ryan Lee – drums
Takeshi Ohbayashi – keys

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