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Al Jarreau
Al Jarreau © Marina Chavez

Laeiszhalle Hamburg Großer Saal
Mon, 31 Oct 2016   20:00

JazzNights: Al Jarreau

The Duke Ellington Songbook

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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

NDR Bigband

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Promoter: Karsten Jahnke Konzertdirektion GmbH

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Laeiszhalle Hamburg
Großer Saal

The neo-baroque Laeiszhalle Grand Hall accommodates over 2,000 guests.

  • Getting Here

    Laeiszhalle Hamburg
    20355 Hamburg

    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

  • Parking

    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

  • Accessibility

    Grand Hall / Brahms Foyer: Accessible Entrance on Gorch-Fock-Wall
    The Brahms Foyer is only accessible to folding wheelchairs or wheelchairs under 75 cm in width.

    Recital Hall / Studio E / Artists' Entrance: Accessible Entrance at Dammtorwall 46
    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 disibilites are available in front of the Artists’ Entrance on Dragonerstall.

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Laeiszhalle Grand Hall © Thies Raetzke


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