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Vagelis Stefanopoulos belongs to the new generation of the greek jazz scene.  In 2012 he released his debut CD with his Trio “Sailing on a marsipus”, an allegorical journey into the world of contemporary jazz where Modern European jazz, African rhythms and classical music meet. Vagelis Stefanopoulos has led various projects of different musical styles and he will present his last project : Singularity Project in few days. We have talked to him about it.


Dimitris Kalantzis has collaborated with prominent musicians of the Greek and international jazz scene. With the same way that American jazzmen "stepped" to the great composers to create their own innovative projects, Dimitris Kalantzis creates new jazz music that relies and is inspired by great Greek composers. We have met him for a little chat...


At the crossroads of musical paths, Ibrahim Maalouf is in the heart of time, where transgressions are allowed.  Musically spoken, Ibrahim Maalouf is not bound by jazz, nor he is by the heritage of Arabic influences. He looks around further and notices other forms of expressions and adapts that too, with his own power, with a touch of rock even. He came to Gazarte  to present his last album "Illusions" and that was the opportunity for a little talk.


Greek oudist, pianist and composer Alekos Vretos has been merging jazz, Arabic, Greek and Latin music in a masterful blend of sounds from traditional instruments, such as the oud or the nay. As a bandleader, he has developed a unique atmosphere for his music: keeping traditional sound in the front line, he expands it through jazz improvisation and exploding rhythmic development. We have met Alekos for a little chat...


It could be said that Jason Marsalis was born to a family of innovators. It could also be said he was born into the first family of jazz. His father, Ellis Marsalis, is a renowned pianist, jazz educator, and patriarch of a musical dynasty that includes four independently minded sons: eldest Branford Marsalis, a saxophonist who no one ever called a conformist; visionary trumpeter and Pulitzer Prize-winner Wynton Marsalis; Delfeayo Marsalis, going his own way on the trombone; and youngest brother, Jason Marsalis, extending the horizons on the drums.George Voudiklaris has met Jason Marsalis for an exclusive interview.


Jazzonline had a little chat with Peter Bernstein, who is playing with the Legendary Organ Trio (Larry Goldings - Peter Bernstein - Bill Stewart ) at Gazarte on December 8, 2013 - “A killer organ trio“ Downbeat magazine  
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