A 57-year-old native of the German city of Mülheim, Helge Schneider has a similarly genial relationship to Jazz that he has to telling stories. For him, syllables are like musical notes in that he uses them for improvisation.
His worldview and approach to life has been shaped by a wide variety of jobs. 1989 saw the release of his first album “Seine Größten Erfolge”, which was followed by a Jazz album in 1991 called “The Last Jazz”. His popular hits include “Es gibt Reis, Baby” und “Katzenklo”.
Despite his success with novelty songs, Helge Schneider never forgot Jazz. Among others, he has performed with drummer Pete York and Duke Ellington bassist Jimmy Woode. At this year’s Jazz Fest Schneider will perform with the American saxophonist Scott Hamilton and the wonderful Beatbox artist known as Butterscotch.
by Verein Jazz Fest Wien on Sat, 19/01/2013 - 18:04
Behind the weathered face of this 76-year old from the mountains of the Piemont there is a poetic genius who can conjure the long-ago past as well as visions of the future. Trained as a lawyer, Conte dominates the stage like a European Tom Waits. His songs often focus on contrasts: the bizarre alongside the intellectual,... read more
by Verein Jazz Fest Wien on Sat, 19/01/2013 - 18:01
This American (born 1950) is a true multi-talented artist: a piano virtuoso, a vocal acrobat, and a conductor. He is a musical chamelon who elegantly can perform Jazz, Classical or R&B. In 1988 he had an international hit with “Don´t Worry, Be Happy”, after which he shifted his attention to classical... read more