Piano Off-Stage

Olaf Polziehn

Sun, 26.11. | 19.30

Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern

Vergangenes Konzert


Piano-Festival

18.11.-26.11. 2017

 

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    Piano Off-Stage

    Olaf Polziehn

    Blue notes are just as much part of the piano summit in Lucerne as Alberti bass figurations or the Neapolitan sixth. Jazz experts also perform: at Piano Off-Stage, the small but fine jazz festival within the festival. We have invited eight internationally acclaimed masters of improvisation who will enchant us late into the night with swing and boogie-woogie, tenderly dreamy or blazing and grooving performances, from Wednesday to Sunday. Their venue will be just where this art is shown to best advantage: in the atmospheric ambience of Lucerne’s bars and restaurants, in other words, “off stage.”

    Olaf Polziehn

    In recent years, Olaf Polziehn, who was born 1970 in Ludwigsburg, has earned a reputation as one of Europe’s most sought-after jazz pianists. Evidence of this includes his concerts and CDs with such musicians as Randy Brecker, Quincy Jones, Patti Austin, Al Jarreau, Take 6, Al Foster, Bobby Durham, Benny Golson, Scott Hamilton, Horacio “El Negro” Hernández, and many others. The pianist Monty Alexander has written of him: “Olaf is in possession of outstanding piano technique and a wondrous touch.” And Bob Mintzer remarked: “Olaf Polziehn is a terrific pianist! He draws upon the tradition and then takes the music to interesting new places, always with a keen sense of taste and style. He makes everyone in the band sound good and is a great conversationalist. All the ingredients for a great piano player!” Olaf Polziehn has been a professor at the Graz University of Art since October 2008.

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