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Jazzfest Berlin 2012

Special personalities, different approaches to playing and the spirit of jazz – that’s what the Jazzfest Berlin 2012 was all about. It also presented two icons of Afro-American jazz, Archie Shepp and Wayne Shorter.

The pianist Geri Allen was a guest with her band Timeline, and her trio gave another concert dedicated to the jazz legend Mary Lou Williams. Three projects premiered in Germany at the Jazzfest Berlin. “Remembering Jutta Hipp” with Julia Hülsmann, Rolf Kühn and Joe Lovano was a memorial to an unusual pianist from the 1950s, who was the first German jazz musician to find recognition in the USA. With the “Songs for Kommeno”, Günter Baby Sommer meditated on the massacre of German Wehrmacht soldiers in 1943 in the village of the same name. In “Wanted! Hanns Eisler”, the trio Das Kapital and the film-makers from Manic Cinema produced a ciné-concert that explored the composer who died 50 years ago. Four projects were shown by the trombonist Nils Wogram in Quasimodo, the bands LebiDerya and Rabih Lahouds Masaa brought together East and West in the A-Trane, and the Jazzfest Berlin came to a close with Norwegian saxophonist Marius Neset’s performance in Quasimodo.