Burnett Thompson Blog

April 12, 2007

Rolf Becker & the JZ All Star Band

Filed under: music, China Tour 2 — burnett @ 8:03 pm

On Sat., April 7, I caught the JZ big band.� Rolf Becker, who has had a lengthy career as an arranger and performer in Europe, is the leader and arranger for this group.� � (Becker is able to maintain his European activities while based in Shanghai).� � The band� includes 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, 5 reeds, piano, bass, drums, guitar and vocalist.� They did a few of the Basie classics:� The Best is Yet to Come and Fly me to the Moon among them.� The last set included a couple Thad Jones arrangements.� The club was jammed and the crowd adores this band, and rightfully so.� The soloists are very creative, Chinese and ex-pats alike, and the band exudes� a lot of energy.�

I intended to stop in and hear a couple tunes but� I stayed for both full sets.� I don’t like to exaggerate, but this band is really quite exciting to hear.� Part of it is the setting, the� small club atmosphere, but the other part is the sheer vigor brough to the stage by Becker and the band members themselves.�

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