JUDITH NIJLAND 'SONGS OF WES' FEAT. LIBOR SMOLDAS - THE JAZZ SESSIONS
Date SATURDAY 17th February
Dutch jazz singer Judith Nijland and Czech guitarist Libor Šmoldas are joining forces in a great new project called “Songs of Wes”. This tribute to jazz guitar legend Wes Montgomery will tell the man's story by bringing out new interpretations of his original songs. Judith wrote touching lyrics and Libor made some beautiful arrangements. Together they pay their creative and musical respects to the man's great legacy.
Judith and Libor are visiting Nambour for the first time together on Saturday 17th February, and wil be joined by a great international line-up.
Judith Nijland (NL)- vocals
Libor Šmoldas (CZ)- guitar
Marnix van Bruggen (NL/AUS) - piano
Pieter Althuis (NL) - double bass
Max Sportelli (AUS) - drums
Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery (1923 –1968) is an American jazz guitar legend. He virtually defined modern jazz guitar during the 1950s and ’60s.He was self-taught and developed an unorthodox playing technique – using his thumb instead of a guitar pick. He influenced generations of players who followed him: guitar icons such as George Benson, Pat Martino, John Scofield, Pat Metheny and Lee Ritenour.
Collaboration Judith and Libor
Judith and Libor were introduced to each other in Australia. While separately touring ‘down under’ in January 2017, mutual jazz musicians invited them to do a concert together. The collabration was born. Back home in Europe, Judith started the project ‘Songs of Wes’ and she knew right away Libor had to be the one to join her.
Judith discovered Wes' music a couple of years ago when she heard Wes' original ‘Road Song’. She fell in love with the song, put lyrics to it and recorded it on a cd in 2013.
For the project ‘Songs of Wes’, Judith carefully sorted various songs from Wes - from his early to his later years - and wrote lyrics to them.
Libor made great arrangements and even wrote his own song in honour of Wes. Libor: “Out of all the amazing guitarists across the history of jazz Wes has always had a special place in my heart. I consider him the big guru of jazz guitar. If there is one person you can learn to play jazz on guitar from, it’s him! I was so glad when Judith suggested we play his music and I am very happy to be part of this project.”
Dutch jazz singer Judith Nijland IS music. Judith has released 5 albums, received great reviews, had had lots of airplay and has been touring in her own country, but has also performed as far afield as Europe, New York, Thailand, Australia and Japan. She performed at 'The Jazz Sessions' early last year with her 'Jazz Tribute to ABBA' show
Prague is home to one of Europe's top jazz guitarists Libor Šmoldas. Libor’s concert activities include four continents, most European countries, USA, Australia, China, cities like New York, Brisbane, Washington, Dublin, Denver, Sydney, Beijing, Istanbul, Milan, Melbourne, Berlin and London including the world’s most prestigious jazz clubs such as Pizza Express, Smalls, Iridium, Blue Note, Deer Head Inn, and Bennett’s Lane. Currently touring in Australia, Libor and Judith have been able to collaborate to put on this world-class concert at 'The Jazz Sessions'
The ‘Songs of Wes’ show with international stars Judith Nijland and Libor Šmoldas, will be part of ‘The Jazz Sessions’ held on Saturday 17th Feb, 3:30pm at The Bison Bar, Nambour. Tickets can be purchased here through www.stickytickets.com.au or at the door, however bookings are recommended to be assured of a seat.
Enquiries: 0403 152 397
Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to catch a world-class act!