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ORCHESTRA ANGRAJAZZ feat Zé Eduardo (big band)

(orchestra direction, double bass)

October 1rd, 21h30

Pedro Moreira . Direction
Claus Nymark . Direction

Joana Pacheco . Voice
Rui Borba . Alto Sax
Filipe Gil . Alto Sax
Rui Melo . Tenor Sax
Mauro Lourenço . Tenor Sax
Leonor Machado . Tenor Sax
Bernardo Tinoco . Baritone Sax
Nuno Rodrigues . Trumpet
Érica Ferreira . Trumpet
Guilherme Costa . Trumpet
Tomás Reis . Trumpet
Vasco Gorgita . Trumpet
Rodrigo Lucas . Trombone
Manuel Almeida . Trombone
Afonso Almeida . Trombone
Simão Pereira . Trombone
Gonçalo Ormonde . French Horn
Antonella Barletta . Piano
Paulo Cunha . Double Bass
Nuno Pinheiro . Drums

Formed in 2002, Angrajazz Orchestra is a training/work-in-progress project held by the Cultural Association Angrajazz, with musical direction by the professors Pedro Moreira and Claus Nymark. Promoting regular working sessions and workshops, Angrajazz Orchestra became the main “jazz school” in the Region, contributing for Angrajazz to be considered as the main and most important means of unveiling the jazz music in the Azores.

The Orchestra has played with many well known Portuguese jazz musicians such as Paula Oliveira, Mário Laginha, Zé Eduardo, Afonso Pais, Mário Barreiros, Hugo Alves, Luís Cunha, Paulo Gaspar, Ricardo Toscano and Carlos Azevedo. Apart from numerous concerts in Terceira Island, the Orchestra has played in the islands S. Jorge, Graciosa, Faial and S. Miguel. Outside the Region, the Orchestra has performed in the cities of Funchal and Lisbon.

In 2015 the Angrajazz Orchestra participated in the cultural program “Lisboa na Rua” as part of the cycle “The Art of the Big Band – 5 Jazz Orchestras”.

At the 18º Angrajazz, the Orchestra performed, for the first time in Portugal, the integral of “The Far East Suite” written by the great jazz musician Duke Ellington. In that occasion the Orchestra featured two very important Portuguese jazz musicians – clarinetist Paulo Gaspar and saxophonist Ricardo Toscano.

The Orchestra has released two CDs –”Angrajazz Orchestra with Paula Oliveira” (2006) and “Angrajazz” (2018).

In this 22º Angrajazz, the Orchestra will have as guest the bass player, composer and orchestra director Zé Eduardo and will present a repertoire entirely consisting of pieces by the great American composer Cole Porter, in honor of the 130th anniversary of his birth. The entire program has arrangements by Zé Eduardo and has the participation of the local singer Joana Pacheco.

Zé Eduardo (born 1952) is a jazz Portuguese bass player, but also a jazz pianist, composer and pedagogue. Founder and director of the Jazz School of the Hot Clube de Portugal in Lisbon in 1979, he was also pedagogical director of the “Taller de Músics de Barcelona” (Barcelona) from 1983 to 1990. Zé Eduardo is a main personality in the Portuguese jazz scene of the last decades, responsible for some of the great moments of this genre in Portugal. He is certainly responsible for the emergence of a whole new generation of outstanding jazz musicians, both in Portugal and Spain.