Lorenz Hargassner 'Pure Desmond' (A/D)

"Now I'd like to see Audrey Hepburn come through the woods" were the words of filmmaker Gijon Mili to the members of the Dave Brubeck Quartet when one of the first short films about jazz was made in New York's Columbia Studios in the mid-1950s. "Oh yes, I'd like that too," said the band's saxophonist Paul Desmond.

Today, 60 years later, the award-winning quartet Pure Desmond with the four musicians Lorenz Hargassner, Johann Weiß, Christian Flohr and Sebastian Deufel presents on their new album Audrey the story that might have happened if Hepburn had actually been close by.

And also Desmond's composition Audrey, a musical gem of the "Take Five" composer, is found on it in an intimate, fragile interpretation by the Cool Jazz Ensemble from Germany.


Lorenz Hargassner: alto saxophone
Johann Weiß: guitar
Christian Flohr: bass
Sebastian Deufel: drums

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March 2019

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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