Ethan Iverson Trio / Charles Mingus Centennial Sextet | Umbria Jazz

Ethan Iverson Trio with Peter Washington & Dan Weiss

Charles Mingus Centennial Sextet

w/ Alex Sipiagin, Piero Odorici, Roberto Rossi, David Kikoski, Boris Kozlov, Donald Edwards

Sun. 01 January - hours 21:00
Teatro Mancinelli
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Ethan Iverson Trio with Peter Washington & Dan Weiss

Pianist, composer and critic Iverson became famous in the jazz world for being a member of The Bad Plus from 2001 to 2017. The trio had the merit to renovate – Iverson’s contribution was fundamental – the language of the classic piano-double bass-drums formula. Iverson has performed multiple times at Umbria Jazz, in piano solo at the Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria and in partnership with Joshua Redman. He has also played with the quartet of cult musician Billy Hart. For Umbria Jazz, Iverson has created interesting projects with the Festival orchestra, such as the one on Bud Powell and “Ritornello, Sinfonias & Cadenzas”, the reinterpretation of classical structures with the jazz language. This year, he curates the reinterpretation of Burt Bacharach’s famous songs for the voice of Dianne Reeves with the contribution of the Umbria Jazz Orchestra. The trio is also the rhythm section of this project.
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Charles Mingus Centennial Sextet

2022 couldn’t end without Umbria Jazz presenting his memory/tribute to Charles Mingus on the 100th anniversary of his birth (Nogales, Arizona, 1922). For two reasons, Mingus was an extraordinary piece of jazz history. He is an unrivaled double bass player, orchestrator and composer of absolute value (most of his themes are evergreens everyone has played), a brilliant bandleader and talent scout. Not only that: Mingus has been an impressible personality, an eccentric man renowned for his excesses, rowdy and sometimes quarrelsome, proud of his African-American roots. His autobiography, “Beneath the Underdog”, is a unique cross-section of the urban underworld of America when jazz hit its artistic peak. The second reason is that Mingus holds a special place in the history of Umbria Jazz. In 1974 and 1975, Mingus was the absolute protagonist with memorable concerts leading one of his best bands, including Don Pullen and George Adams, and his “historical” drummer and friend Dannie Richmond. To celebrate Mingus’ anniversary, Umbria Jazz has formed an original band, an Italian-American sextet (the lineup beloved by Mingus). The Americans: trumpeter Alex Sipiagin, the rhythm section with pianist David Kikoski, double bass player Boris Kozlov, and drummer Donald Edwards. They all have been members of the Mingus Big Band, formed and managed by Mingus widow, Sue – she passed away a few weeks ago – to keep her husband’s artistic legacy alive. The Italian members are trombonist Roberto Rossi and saxophone player Piero Odorici, two of the best jazzmen on the Italian scene. The sextet has all the credentials to interpret Mingus’ repertoire originally, in his spirit.
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CHARLES MINGUS CENTENNIAL SEXTET w/ Alex Sipiagin, Piero Odorici, Roberto Rossi, David Kikoski, Boris Kozlov, Donal Edwards