Andrea Pozza European Quintet

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Dick de Graaf tenor, soprano sax
Christian Brewer alto sax
Andrea Pozza piano
Jos Machtel bass
Shane Forbes drums

During the last 10 years I have had the chance to play with some of the finest musicians in Europe and with some of them a continuative collaboration happened all round Europe.
Thinking about these individual musicians with whom I always felt confortable to create a particular sound, rich of creativity, interplay and swing, I decided to bring them together in my European Quintet to celebrate our shared jazz and musical conceptions.
We all love the tradition of jazz music, but we also like to experiment with new sounds and new combinations of rhythms and musical influences (classical music or oriental music for example).
Dick de Graaf is one of the most prolific composers and researchers incorporating various musical influences in new compositions and styles of playing. Dick and me had an important collaboration playing and recording Dick’s arrangements of chamber music by Franz Schubert and other important classical composers such as Beethoven and Bartok).
The compositions we play are based on melodies and ideas taken from western classical composers, others musicals traditions or simply from ourselves. What we really take care of is to find a sound that martches our European musical tradition as well as our jazz musicians background.

Dick de Graaf
Tenor-and soprano-saxophonist Dick de Graaf debuted 1986 with his LP ‘Hot, hazy and humid’ (Limetree Records). Before he had already wun the Dutch Jazz Competition and he had played an important role as a soloist in a.o. the Amstel Octet and in big bands led by Frank Grasso and John Clayton.
During the last 20 years he has performed at many national and international jazzstages. He played with a.o. Chet Baker, Misha Mengelberg, John Engels, Jasper van ’t Hof, Kenny Weeler, Tom Harrell and Benny Golson and toured festivals and clubs in Europe, USA, Havana, Costa-Rica, Indonesia, South and West Africa, Japan, New Zealand and Canada.
Dick de Graaf recorded a dozen CD’s that received positive response by both public and press. His CD’s ‘Sailing’ and ‘New York Straight Ahead’ got enthusiast critics in a.o.the important music magazine Down Beat. His most recent jazz CD SOUNDROOTS was recorded in New Orleans and
received a ****review in JAZZ.
His project ‘The Burning of the Midnight Lamp: Dick de Graaf plays Jimi Hendrix’ appeared to be very succesful. With his Dick de Graaf Septet he
has been drawing full houses in Holland, Germany, Ireland and Finland.
Another example of his broad musical horizon is the project he recorded in Mali with a group of young musicians from Bamako: the CD ‘Djigui: les
Sofas de Bamako featuring Dick de Graaf’and his project Istanbul Connection with string virtuoso Erkan Ogur.
His project SCHUBERT IMPRESSIONS FOR JAZZ QUINTET Dick was commissioned to write by the Franz Schubert Festival in Basel, Switzerland oktober 2002. The live CD with the same name was presented at the Northsea Jazz Festival in the Hague.
October 2006 Dick started his private record label Soundroots Records. He released 3 titles so far: 2006 Trio Nuevo: Jazz Meets Tango, with his
arrangements of Astor Piazzolla’s music, 2007 Dick de Graaf Quartet:
Moving Target and 2009 CRY BABY!
Dick de Graaf is a part-time teacher of saxophone and ensembles at jazz department of the well-known Rotterdams Conservatorium. He is an
endorser and clinician of Rico Jazz Select saxophone reeds.

Christian Brewer
Christian is one of the most lyrical and soulful alto players to have emerged from the UK in recent years. Loved for his melodic playing and pure tone, he has risen to prominence on the British jazz scene. He is now a regular at London¹s prestigious Ronnie Scotts and both he and his band are in great demand. His musical roots besides jazz also include funk and groove orientated music.
Christian studied at Leeds and The Guildhall School of Music.
He has performed in Europe¹s top clubs and festivals. With pianist Chano Dominguez and bass player Francis Pose, he played in most of Spain¹s
international festivals (1989 91) including Seville, Malaga, Granada, Huelva, Jaen and Ceuta (North Africa). The group they formed, ŒDecoy¹,
also performed in Café Central in Madrid and recorded for television (Jazz Entre Amigos) and radio. In Spain he also collaborated with tenor
saxophonists Dave Schnitter (ex Art Blakey), Jorge Pardo(Paco de Lucia )
and Antonio Mesa; and played extensively with guitarist Tito Alcedo. In the UK Christian has worked extensively with trumpet player Damon
Brown, touring England, Scotland and Italy.
Since 2000 he has been leading his own group featuring the Leon Greening, Tom Herbert and Sebastian Rochford. His debut CD has won much critical acclaim, both at home and abroad. In 2003 the group performed at the Barcelona Masimas Jazz festival in August, toured the UK and successfully completed their third week at Ronnie Scotts in two years.
In November 2003 Christian was invited to play in Macau Jazz Festival (Hong Kong)This lead to an extensive 3 week tour of portugal in 2004(alongside english trumpeter Quentin Collins) finishing in the prestigious Hot Club of Lisbon.
Christian formed his quintet featuring the multi talented JimHart on vibes,Tristan Mailliot on drums, Phil Donkin on bass and Leon Greening on
piano.The group played 2weeks at Ronnie Scotts during the yearand recorded a live cd there,which is due out on the house label.The group
toured the uk during 2005; played at Swanage,Scarborough,Villa Real and Lisbon international jazz festivals.(Portugal)
Their highly acclaimed cd “Seesaw” was released on Basho Records in may 2006.
Both of Christian's cds have won acclaim in Europe.In the InternationalJazz Competition of Granada(spain) his previous cd (introducing
ChristianBrewer)came second in the competition in 2004,and during 2005,the group occupied the runner -up spot again with a special mention.
In january 2008,Christian Brewer formed a quintet with Trumpet player Damon Brown ,Sebastiaan de Krom on drums ,Leon Greening on piano,and
Oli hayhurst on bass.The quintet toured northern spain performing in barcelona,Terrassa and Castellon.

Andrea Pozza
Andrea Pozza has been an important figure in the international jazz scene for more than 20 years. A graduate of the Nicoló Pagannini Conservatory in his home town of
Genoa, Italy, he has appeared on stage with legendary musicians like Harry “Sweets” Edison, Bobby Durham, Chet Baker, Al Grey, George Coleman,
Sal Nistico, Scott Hamillton, Lee Konitz, Massimo Urbani and Larry Nocella.
Pozza’s original sound has been inspired by many master jazz pianists including Teddy Wilson, Bud Powell, Bill Evans, Winton Kelly and McCoy
From 2004-2008, Pozza was a member of the Enrico Rava quintet, with whom he recorded The Words and Days (2007) for the ECM Label. This
quintet performed at prestigious Jazz Festivals and Concert Halls in France, England, Germany, Spain Portugal, USA, Canada, Brasil, Argentina Japan
and hosted important guest like Roswell Rudd and Pat Metheny. Now playing in the Rosario Bonaccorso quartet, Pozza will be featured on
the soon to be released album Appunti di Viaggi produced by Auditorium of Roma.
As a member of various groups led by Steve Grossman, Pozza performed in London, Paris, and important Jazz Festivals around the world.
He was a permanent member of the Gianni Basso quartet (since 1982)with whom he has recorded many CDs among them a highly acclaimed album
dedicated to the music of Billy Strayhorn .
He is also teaching Piano Jazz at the G.Verdi Conservatory in Milan and in others Jazz Schools.
As a leader, Pozza has recorded 4 CDs with his trio: “Introducing” for Philology Records, "PlaysEllington, Monk, and Himself" for Gofour Records, "Love Walked In" for the English 33Records and “Drop this Thing” for Dejavu Records.
His last cd is “Enter Eyes” voice and piano with Andrea Celeste.
He is a regular collaborator with Bob Bonisolo, Tulio DePiscopo, Alan Farrington, Dado Moroni, Bruno Marini, Carlo Atti, Piero Odorici .
Andrea is also currently working with Aldo Zunino and Shane Forbes on a trio recording project for Dejavu Records. Jos Machtel Jos Machtel is one of the most successful Dutch bass players, toured all around Europe, lived and played in Madrid and Kansas City and taught at several conservatories. He plays traditional jazz, as well as more modern styles. Some of the people Jos has played with are Deborah Brown, Sal Nestico, Lee Konitz and Woody Shaw,Phil Woods and Joe Lovano.
Currently Jos is working with the Brussels Jazz Orchestra, performing with guest artists such as Maria Schneider, Kenny Werner, Kenny Wheeler,
Philippe Catherine,Bert Joris,Tom Harrel,Dave Liebman,Richard Galliano,Wallace Roney and many more.Furthermore he is teaching doublebass at the Lemmensinstitute of Leuven Belgium.

Shane Forbes
Shane Forbes is one of the most requested drummer in UK. At the age of 24 he is playing with famous bands and musicians in England and all Europe.
He has won the Jazz Radio Station price (by Yamaha ) as best talented musician.
Since three years he is a member of "Empirical", top band in Europe, with whom he won the North Sea Jazz Festival Prize as best new band in 2007.
They are recording for Courtney Pine's Destin-E Records.
Yet so young , he has collaborated with some of the main jazz musicians of the UK jazz scene. Some of them are: Jean Toussaint, Billy Jenkins, Claire Martin, Robert Mitchell, Mike Carr, Soweto Kinch