New York meets Europe
Jim Rotondi trumpet, Dick Oatts alto sax, Jon Boutellier tenor sax, Rik van den Bergh baritone sax, Johannes Herrlich trombone, Andrea Pozza piano, Aldo Zunino bass, Bernd Reiter drums.
The pianist Tadley Ewing Peake “Tadd” Dameron was one of the great composers and arrangers in jazz history. He worked for Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Jimmy Lanceford, Dizzy Gillespie, Billy Eckstine and Sarah Vaughan. He also led various groups with musicians like John Coltrane and, more specifically, the drummer “Philly” Joe Jones. “Philly”, so called because of his Philadelphia roots, was a member of Miles Davis’s first great quintet and one of the most influential drummers of his time. In the 1980s he founded the group Dameronia Ensemble as a tribute to the time when he performed with his good friend Tadd Dameron. Dameronia Octet is the name chosen by the Austrian drummer Bernd Reiter to recreate that line-up with jazz musicians from the European and New York scenes. Starring the Americans Jim Rotondi and Dick Oatts, the line-up is completed with Frenchman Jean Boutellier, Dutchman Rick van den Bergh and the Italians Andrea Pozza and Aldo Zunino. Together they boast an impressive CV, worthy of the musicians they are honouring. Truly a gala evening.