Events, Updates, New Releases
An extraordinary tribute album has been produced on the occasion of Bert Kaempfert’s 95th birthday: “Strangers In Dub” brings the easy listening maestro’s music into the present. The album is the work of Heidelberg producer Pit Baumgartner with his band De-Phazz, which has been a pioneer in the field of well-tempered downbeat sounds since the 90s.
Strangers In Dub – Bert Kaempfert meets De-Phazz
Silver Spot Records
Release: 16. November 2018
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Release: September 28, 2018
PERFECT DAY is the eighth studio album by seven-time Jazz Award winner Tom Gaebel. For this production the singer also recorded “Why Can’t You And I Add Up”, composed by Bert Kaempfert, and himself penned a text for it. The result is a wonderful piece of easy listening in a duet with Natalia Avalon.
With her album “Turn Up The Quiet” Diana Krall has stormed into the international jazz charts. Now there are two further albums with compositions by Bert Kaempfert in the best-seller list: a new release by Gregory Porter and an album with Frank Sinatra classics.
Gregory Porter – Nat “King” Cole & Me
Blue Note (Universal Music)
Release: October 27, 2017
For the music world Nat “King” Cole is the greatest musician and singer ever to dominate both jazz and pop. But for the young Gregory Porter he was more than that: he was a father figure. Porter has now thanked him with a musical tribute that really strikes a nerve: he sings Nat “King” Cole’s hits and finest songs with so much soul and feeling that you almost believe you are hearing these evergreens for the first time in your life. Just two weeks after its release the album has entered the charts, heading upwards. Already No. 1 on iTunes!
Ideal weather ensured that some 3,000 people came to the now traditional Hoffest on Bert-Kaempfert-Platz in Hamburg-Barmbek.
The programme of live music was opened by the director of the “Museum der Arbeit”. Then, on behalf of the Bert Kaempfert Foundation board, Doris Kaempfert presented the annual sponsorship prize to Edgar Herzog and Paul Muntean from “Big Band Port Hamburg e.V.” in recognition of its exemplary promotion of young talent. The “Early Birds” youngsters big band gave a display of their skills on the large stage.
The high point was the performance by the Swedish jazz singer Sylvia Vrethammar with her all-star band and special guest Ack van Rooyen. Samba rhythms, American Songbook and top-quality jazz soon had the audience in Barmbek swinging.
On 26 August the Museum der Arbeit and its neighbours in the square will be holding the 6th summer festival on Bert-Kaempfert-Platz. From 6 p.m. onwards the Early Birds from the BIG BAND PORT HAMBURG e.V. directed by Paul Muntean will be displaying their skills on the stage. Before this act starts the Bert Kaempfert Foundation will present its annual sponsorship prize to the Hamburg talent factory.
The high point of the evening comes at 8 p.m., when the legendary jazz greats Sylvia Vrethammar and Ack van Rooyen take to the stage.
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Release: May 5, 2017
Diana Krall is by far the best known female jazz singer of our times. She is the proud holder of five Grammys, eight Juno Awards as well as nine Gold, three Platinum and seven Multi-Platinum albums worldwide. In Germany she has garnered three Gold Discs and three ECHO Jazz awards.
The 11 jazz classics and immortal songs from the American Songbook on the album also include the Bert Kaempfert classic “L.O.V.E.”. An inspired meeting between Diana Krall and Bert Kaempfert.
# 507 833-4
Release: September 9, 2016
On the occasion of Freddy Quinn’s 85th birthday on 27 September four of the artist’s live concerts are to be released for the first time on CD. The 4-CD box set also includes the two legendary TV show concerts with the Bert Kaempfert Orchestra from 1976 and 1977, including four previously unpublished bonus tracks.