The world-famous jazz players for Duško Gojković – SOUL CONNECTION
We invite you to a unique New Year’s concert by Big Band RTS! Share the most beautiful musical moments with selected guests from all over the world who, together with our Big Band of Radio and Television of Serbia, will dedicate this evening to our Duško Gojković. At the gala concert called “Soul Connection”, on December 28, in the Kolarc Concert Hall, starting at 8 p.m., the RTS Big Band, along with their chief conductor and trumpet player Stjepko Gut, will be joined by the legendary American drummer Alvin Quinn as a special guest. and non-series soloists, trumpeters Nemanja Jovanović and Claus Reichstaller, saxophonist Fulvia Albano, pianists Uroš Perić and Klaus Raible and double bassist Martin Djakonovski.
The concert was led by the idea of bringing Duško Gojković’s associates and friends together on stage next to the RTS Big Band, to once again express their respect for the great artist, playing his most significant compositions and big band arrangements.
It is not an unknown fact that Gojković started his professional career as a jazz musician as a member of the Big Band RTB, which he always emphasized in his biography. After leaving for Germany, he became a member and soloist of Kurt Edelhagen’s Jazz Orchestra, one of the leading ensembles of that era, and the continuation of his career entered all important encyclopedias dedicated to jazz music. During his entire career, and especially in the last fifteen years, he cooperated with RTS Big Band with great enthusiasm, performing at numerous festivals and concerts. One of the highlights of the collaboration was the CD “Latin Haze”, which he recorded with Big Band RTS, and it was released by PGP RTS for our market, Enja Records from Munich for the whole world, and a special edition for Japan.
Duško Gojković always emphasized that Stjepko Gut is a jazz trumpet player of an exceptional category. Their acquaintance, which dates back to the early 70s, resulted in numerous joint performances, and in an interview, Gut stated: “Dushko is the one who made me start playing the trumpet.”
All participants of the “Soul Connection” concert are proud to emphasize their collaboration with Duško Gojković. Trumpeter Nemanja Jovanović, a former member of the RTS Big Band, played the first trumpet in the “Dusko Goykovich Munich Big Band”. Claus Reichstaller, the director and lecturer of the Jazz Institute at the Munich College of Music and Theater was a longtime associate of Duško, as was Klaus Raible, whom Gojković said was the most beloved European pianist. Saxophonist Fulvio Albano, artistic director of “Due Laghi Jazz Festival” and “Jazz Club Torino”, often performed with him and recorded several albums, and Duško also played as a guest on the album of vocal soloist and pianist Uroš Perić. Many recordings with the famous trumpeter were made by Martin Djakonovski, a Macedonian double bass player, who has been living and working in Cologne for many years, and Alvin Quinn, the former drummer of Oscar Peterson and many other important names in jazz music, is performing this evening as a long-time friend and collaborator of Duško. Gojković, with whom, for a time, he also played in a joint quintet and recorded many albums starting in the early seventies.
The concert realized in cooperation with RTS Music Production, CEBEF, and UG Duško Gojković Jazz Initiative.
Tickets are on sale through Tickets.rs from October 14.