South America Postponed – Red Sea Jazz Festival

It has been a quite hectic period since our last posting from June 17. Kurt finished a European Standards Trio tour in July with a workshop outside of Rome called Jazz in Tuscia, and was going to go straight to Argentina from there to begin a South American tour. That, however, got postponed because of the impact of Swine Flu especially in Argentina. We hope to instead be back in May 2010 with performances in Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and Chile.

Kurt and his band just had some fantastic days in Eilat, Israel, with performances at the Red Sea Jazz Festival. This wasn’t the Standards Trio project, but his “regular” band featuring Aaron Parks (p), Ben Street (b) & Ted Poor (dr) and focusing on Kurt’s original music (as well as a couple of very popular compositions by Aaron Parks entitled “Peaceful Warrior” and “Nemesis” – you can find both on Aaron Parks debut album “Invisible Cinema” for Blue Note records or, if you want to hear Kurt’s band (with Aaron) perform them, by clicking here) arrived there on Aug. 22 and did 2 shows on Aug. 23 & 25. Kurt also did a workshop on Aug. 24 that was well-attended by approximately 50-60 Israeli fans. We’ll post some videos of all of this on the podcast part of this blog.

It was also a true pleasure to perform on the same stage with John Scofield & The Piety Street Band. They (unsurprisingly) sounded great! We strongly advice you to go check out that show if it comes to your neighborhood!

We want to thank artistic director Avishai Cohen, his manager Ray Jefford, Edie Rush, Adi Cohen and all the rest of the team and staff of Red Sea Jazz Festival! They provided us with an unforgettable experience, and there’s no more beautiful backdrop to any festival than the Eilat/Aqaba Bay and the Jordanese mountains behind it. Go there if you ever get a chance!.

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