H3 Collective

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October 2024



Inspired by Roy Hargrove and his project "The RH Factor", the young trumpeter Firudin Hamidov founded the band H3 Collective a few years ago.


The current 8-piece band mixes jazz harmonies with smooth hip-hop rhythms and adds elements of Azerbaijani music, especially mugham. The result is unique, mostly groovy music in which the brass section (trumpet, saxophone, flute) plays a special role.


The band's first studio album with the self-explanatory title "Fargly" ("Different") was released in the fall of 2023. 7 original compositions as well as pieces by Azerbaijani jazz luminaries Vagif Mustafazade, Rafig Babayev and Rauf Hajiyev in completely new arrangements highlight the musical versatility of H3 Collective, especially bandleader Firudin Hamidov and keyboardist Afshin Alizadeh.


After performing at numerous festivals in Azerbaijan and neighboring countries, a European tour is planned for autumn 2024.

Program and cast

Firudin Hamidov: trumpet
Nijat Mammadov: flute
Jamal Bayramly: tenor saxophone
Afshin Alizadeh, Nijat Mammadli: keyboards
Nijat Pashazadeh: bass
Nijat Hasanzadeh, Hasan Bilalov: drums

PORGY & BESS Jazzclub

Porgy & Bess (actually, Jazz and Music Club Porgy & Bess ) is a jazz club in the Riemergasse 11 in the 1st district of Vienna. The club , founded in 1993 is considered " the most important jazz organizer and trendy meeting point " of the Austrian capital .

The program of Porgy & Bess speaks to a very large audience , about 70,000 guests a year ; is accordingly Jazz " understood very pluralistic ," and the program " even in fringe areas , such as electronic music , contemporary music and world music penetrated . " Many international artists , particularly from the U.S. space , see also Austrian musician here an opportunity to perform . The club also offers the stage for events, such as the award of the Austrian World Music Award.

Musicologist Christian Scheib According to the Porgy & Bess " at the same time essential for the development of the musical ( jazz ) reality of a City" and needs and uses ' plain commonplace as urban space music. " It creates itself " through artistic preferences, acoustic quality , capacity and real capacity, the necessary exclusion of other clubs. " Here, the different areas of the jazz clubs allow - the area in front of the stage with tables, upstairs gallery , a lateral area with a bar at counter - different intense concentration on the concert scene . For Jazzthetik Porgy & Bess is even a " traditional club . "

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