Saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter was one of the most important jazz musicians of our time. His unorthodox playing shifted the focus from conventional soloist to interactive ensemble playing, and his compositions formed a large part of the repertoire of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and the Miles Davis Quintet, shaping the sound of more than just one era.
Uri Gincel pays tribute to this great artist, who sadly passed away a few weeks ago, in his very own way on this evening with his quintet featuring no less than two saxophonists. Tobias Meinhart and Ori Jacobson are outstanding tenor players of world renown, who join Uri Gincel, Yonatan Levi and Matthias Ruppnig in a super rhythm section assembled especially for this evening. Experience the moving music of Wayne Shorter in this unique show!
Uri Gincel is one of the leading jazz pianists currently residing in Berlin. Uri´s style can be described as heavily rooted in tradition but with sensibility and understanding of bringing jazz into the modern age. His playing is dynamic, lyrical and above full of energy and power! Born in Tel-Aviv, Gincel came to Berlin in 2009 and quickly became an influential part of the Jazz scene, Uri toured the world with many projects, including "Uri Gincel Trio” and “Bonaparte” and studied under some major musicians as Arnie Lawrence and Walter Blending
Born in a small village in rural Bavaria, Tobias Meinhart has spent the last 15 years carving out a career for himself in the international jazz scene. Since his modest beginnings in Woerth, the tenor saxophonist has garnered acclaim in both Europe and the United States, earning a nomination for an ECHO award in 2016 and claiming residency at renowned New York City jazz venues such as The Blue Note, The Jazz Gallery, Jazz at Lincoln Center and Birdland. Tobias began his musical life as a drummer before switching to the saxophone at age thirteen. After touring throughout Germany with his quartet Fourscore, Tobias went to study at the Basel Music Academy in Switzerland. His teachers included Adrian Mears, Jorge Rossy and Wolfgang Muthspiel. He then went on to the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and the Bern University for the Arts. While still a student, Tobias caught the attention of critics and audiences throughout Europe. His band won first prize at the 2009 Startbahn Jazz Competition, as well as the “Audience Award for Best Group” at the 2009 Getxo Jazz Festival in Bilbao, Spain. Already endowed with more real world experience than many musicians have long after leaving school, Tobias graduated with honors. Shortly after Graduation, Tobias moved to New York City and quickly became immersed in the city’s highly competitive music scene. In 2012 he received his Master’s Degree from the Aaron Copland School of Music.
Tel Aviv born and Berlin based, Ori Jacobson has played alongside Esperanza Spalding (Four Grammy Awards winner), Terri Lyne Carrington (Two Grammy Awards winner), Susana Baca (Latin Grammy winner) and performed on world renown stages such as North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Beacon Theater and Agganis Arena to name a few. Ori is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Berklee College of Music for Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Global Jazz Institute lead by Danilo Perez, awarded a full tuition scholarship for both degrees for outstanding jazz and saxophone performance. During his time in Berklee he studied closely with some of the most dominant saxophone voices of today's jazz scene: Joe Lovano, George Garzone and David Liebman. Ori is currently the saxophone player of the Doug Weiss Quartet and Louis Bonilla Quintet.
Yonatan Levi was born in 1986 in Tel-Aviv, Israel, where he displayed musical tendencies since infancy. He began classical guitar training at age 7 and finished his studies as a music major. At age 13 he was awarded a scholarship for classical stand up bass studies from the Israeli Conservatory of Music in Tel Aviv. By age 16, after turning his attention to Jazz, Levi was playing with some of Israel's Jazz greatest; Amos Hoffman, Amit Golan, Avishai Cohen and others. He was honored a full scholarship to the prestigious Berkeley College of Music. In 2006 he moved to New York City and immersed himself in the New York Jazz world, playing alongside numerous celebrated musicians including Frank Wess, Ben Dixon, Eddie Henderson, Harry Whitaker, Killer (Ray Appleton), and Donald Harrison.Austrian drummer and composer Mathias Ruppnig is a much sought-after musician on the European jazz scene. He plays and works with renowned musicians* such as David Liebman, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Doug Weiss, Jim Rotondi, Ben van Gelder, China Moses or Justin Stanton (Snarky Puppy). As a much sought-after musician, he has been involved in numerous CD productions, as well as contributing compositions and arrangements.