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Sarah McKenzie – Romero Lubambo – Jaques Morelenbaum

Bill Frisell Trio feat. Thomas Morgan, Rudy Royston & UJ Orchestra – Michael Gibbs, conduction

Fri, 31 December - hours 17:00
Teatro Mancinelli
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Sarah McKenzie – Romero Lubambo – Jaques Morelenbaum

Australian by birth and global citizen, singer, pianist, songwriter Sarah McKenzie is on the list of the artists who have succeeded in matching her talent for voice and keyboard. This list includes, for instance, Diana Krall and Norah Jones, and famous past representatives such as Carmen McRae, Betty Carter, or Blossom Dearie, who perhaps most resembles Sarah. First as a backing vocalist for Michael Bublé, then opening for Chris Botti, McKenzie has reached artistic maturity and fame, always remembering to study, improve her skills, and grow professionally. A central moment of this training path led her to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston thanks to a scholarship she got at the Umbria Jazz Clinics in Perugia. She made the third album in the USA, “We Could Be Lovers”, and recorded the fourth one in Paris, “Paris In The Rain”, and the latest one in America, “Secrets Of My Heart”. Sarah comes to Orvieto with a trio including two Brazilian music stars, guitarist Romero Lubambo and cellist Jaques Morelenbaum. They usually play with the most influential songwriters of MPB and in jazz settings. Lubambo and Morelenbaum are creative and unconventional artists, crossing jazz, samba, and classical tradition with absolute ease. Meanwhile, waiting for a new album, the trio has released a single, “Corcovado”. Its video was a success on the web.
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Bill Frisell Trio feat. Thomas Morgan, Rudy Royston & UJ Orchestra – Michael Gibbs, conduction

A new musical adventure for the Umbria Jazz Orchestra: this time, it will perform with one of the most charismatic artists of modern jazz, Bill Frisell. It is an exclusive production of the Festival for its winter edition. On stage, ten wind elements and a cello, plus the trio of the American guitarist (Thomas Morgan on double bass and Rudy Royston on drums, the same trio of “Valentine”). Works for a larger band are nothing new for Frisell: he has used this formula over his eclectic and highly varied production. Michael Gibbs is the conductor, a historical exponent of European jazz, one of the most brilliant sound alchemists. Over an extraordinary career, Gibbs has worked with Jaco Pastorius, Joni Mitchell, Michael Mantler, Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin, Peter Gabriel, John Scofield, Whitney Houston, Gary Burton. He is an authentic jazz éminence grise for big bands, as well as an unconventional composer and arranger. The collaboration between the orchestra and Frisell (who will also perform solo in Orvieto) is the latest in a long line, including Kurt Elling, Ryan Truesdell, Wayne Shorter, Gil Goldstein, Gregory Porter, Vince Mendoza, Quincy Jones, Paolo Fresu, Ethan Iverson.