Martha High & The Soul Cookers (USA/S)

Wisdom of a Soul Sister


She was one of James Brown's "Funky Divas": Before her concert at Porgy & Bess in Vienna, Martha High told the press about her time at "Mr. Brown".

"For me it was a total shock", Martha High says: The blonde hair colour suggested James Brown to her in 1968. It was Mr. Brown's doing," says Martha High respectfully when she remembers some unexpected twists in her life. As a young girl she sang in a girl band called The Jewels. "Mr. Brown was one of my idols. I would never have thought that I could meet him in person or even sing for him," she told the "press" before her performance at Porgy & Bess in Vienna.

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February 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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