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Laeiszhalle Hamburg Großer Saal
Mon, 31 Oct 2016 20:00
JazzNights: Al Jarreau
The Duke Ellington Songbook
This extraordinary man’s voice is almost a universe of its own; his talents as an entertainer appear to be boundless. No one asks him any more whether he sings jazz – it’s clear for all: he’s just Al Jarreau.
There is something unreal about the situation: it’s January 2016 and the 18 musicians that make up the NDR Big Band are in the studio playing jazz. There among them – yes, it’s only fair to say it – sits an old man like a king. But there is nothing grey about him; with headphones over his ears, he sits there with a beaming smile on his face. He sings. He scats. New ideas coming to him all the time. Al Jarreau is back in Hamburg, the city that made him famous across Germany 37 years ago.
Jarreau has clearly fallen for an idea by Jörg Achim Keller, Director of the NDR Big Band, who suggested Jarreau set the legendary Duke Ellington Songbook to music. »He had this idea,« says Jarreau, who will soon be celebrating his 76th birthday, »that an Ellington programme with me could be something quite special – and he was right. I’ve already been singing songs from the Ellington repertoire for a very long time, just not with a big band. The arrangements create a mix of Jarreau and the qualities of the NDR Big Band, resulting in something brand new.« Sounds like a rather cheap advertising slogan. But the music delivers exactly what Jarreau promises. Ellington 2.0, you might say.
Al Jarreau vocals
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Promoter: Karsten Jahnke Konzertdirektion GmbH
Food & Drink
Along with a wide range of food options, a large and changing selection of wines and the perfect delicacies to go with them are on offer before events and during the interval.More about Food & Drink
Since 1908, the Laeiszhalle has been a meeting place for Hamburg's musical life. The neo-baroque Laeiszhalle Grand Hall accommodates over 2,000 guests.
Cloakrooms are located in the foyer areas. Baby carriages, wheeled walkers, walking-stick umbrellas, handbags larger than DIN A3 (42 cm x 30 cm) as well as sport bags, backpacks and suitcases must be checked in at the cloakroom. If required, wheeled walkers can be parked in the immediate vicinity of the hall entrances. Our front of house staff is happy to assist you in this regard.
Cloakroom fee: €1.50
The accessible entrance to the Grand Hall and Brahms Foyer is located on Gorch-Fock-Wall. The Brahms Foyer is only accessible to folding wheelchairs or wheelchairs under 75 cm in width.
The accessible entrance to the Recital Hall is located at Dammtorwall 46 (Artists’ Entrance). The Recital Hall is only accessible to folding wheelchairs or wheelchairs under 68 cm in width.
Three parking spaces for visitors with disabilities are located at the entrance on Gorch-Fock-Wall. Six parking spaces for visitors with disabilities are available in front of the Artists’ Entrance on Dragonerstall.
All halls and spaces are accessible for visitors with disabilities. The Grand Hall has space for six wheelchairs, while the Recital Hall has space for four wheelchairs (audience seats can be dismounted to make space for two further wheelchair spaces). Space for wheelchairs in the Brahms Foyer is available. Further information
The Laeiszhalle can be easily reached by bus, underground and bicycle.
The nearest stops include:
Underground line U2: Gänsemarkt / Messehallen
Underground line U1: Stephansplatz
Bus 4, 5, 109, Schnellbus 34, 36: Stephansplatz
Bus 3, 112, Schnellbus 35, 36: Johannes-Brahms-Platz
City bicycle (Stadtrad) station: Sievekingplatz / Gorch-Fock-Wall
Gänsemarkt multistorey car park: Dammtorwall / Welckerstrasse, 20355 Hamburg
First 30 minutes: €2.00
First 60 minutes: €4.00
Rate per further hour or part thereof: €4.00
Night Rate (18:00–06:00): maximum €11.00
24-Hour Rate: maximum €30.00
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Smoking is prohibited throughout the entire premises of the Laeiszhalle.
All halls and spaces are accessible for visitors with disabilities. More information at www.elbphilharmonie.de/en/accessibility.
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Admission into the halls begins 30 minutes before the start of the concert or event; for events offering pre-concert talks, admission into the halls begins 60 minutes before the start of the concert.