Once again, the ZJO will conduct its search for a new musical director in the exact place where the new conductor will have to prove himself – on stage.
Ed Partyka has a lot of experience as a conductor and composer, has worked with the band before and thus just had to be included in our short list. David Grottschreiber has made a name for himself as a competent conductor of the Lucerne Orchestra, a band founded in 2007 by young jazz musicians. Lars Møller, saxophone player from Denmark, combines jazz with influences from other genres such as Indian music. He has been conducting big bands for more than ten years. The fourth inquiry really pleased us: Tim Hagans, a doyen of the quartet, already looks back on an extremely successful international career. The trumpet player and composer from America has been playing in some of the most influential big bands since the 70ties and has been conduction various formations for quite some while.

Tim Hagans
At age 20, Tim Hagans joined the band of Stan Kenton. He would stay for four years and then proceed to tour with the Woody Herman Big Band. Later on, he played concerts with the big bands of Bob Mintzer and Maria Schneider. Besides being a successful and sought-after sideman, Hagans released well over a dozen recordings of his own music, performed with smaller formations, such as «No Words» or the quartet album «Beautiful Lily» that strikes more lyrical notes. For these words, Hagans has been nominated for a Gramm three times. Every now and then, the trombone player has spent longer periods of time in Europe: From 1977 on, he lived in Sweden for four years and was a member of the Danish Radio Orchestra. Later, he was musical director of and composer in residence for the Norrbotten Big Band in Sweden.
> Concert September 19th, 2019
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> www.timhagans.com

Ed Partyka
Chicago born and bred bass trombone and tuba player Ed Partyka has been living in Europe for more than 30 years and has been awarded with a whole array of awards at international contests. He studies jazz trombone with Jiggs Whigham at the Musikhochschule in Cologne, and composition under the guidance of Bob Brookmeyer. Ed Partyka has played in many relevant bands and worked as a composer, arranger and as a bandleader for well-known international jazz orchestras. Today, the 51-year-old resides in Austria and is a professor at Graz University where he teaches jazz theory. Besides, he directs the UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra. He has a reputation for being a first-lass bandleader who is able to push an orchestra without neglecting existing traditions.
> Concert November 15th, 2019
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> www.epjo.de

David Grottschreiber
David Grottschreiber, born in 1982 in the vicinity of Hamburg, studied jazz trombone and composition in Hamburg, Rotterdam, and Luzern. As a composer, he has been awarded with many international composition awards. The town and canton of Lucerne gave him their “Werkbeitrag” (a grant for cultural promotion) in the category “composed music”.
In 2007, Grottschreiber founded the Lucerne Jazz Orchestra. As musical director, he performed in more than 100 concerts with this band in Switzerland as well as abroad and released numerous recordings with artists such as Dave Douglas, Ohad Talmor, Kalle Kalima, Claudio Puntin, or Nils Wogram. In addition, he used to be and still is a guest at the HR Bigband, the NDR Bigband, the Swiss Jazz Orchestra, the Subway Jazz Orchestra or the Metropole Orchestra. Grottschreiber teaches at the PH Lucerne.
> Concert March 6th, 2020
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Lars Møller
Danish saxophone player, composer and conductor Lars Møller (*1966) is a well-known fixture in the Scandinavian jazz scene. After having lived in New York from 1987 to 1989 where he played with many legendary jazz musicians, Lars Møller went on to spend time in New Delhi in the early 90ties. There he would soak up the highly emotional classical Indian music. Since that time, he has been playing in Europa, the United States, Asia, Australia, and Southern America, and has been honored with various awards. From 2012 until 2015, he was artistic director of the Aarhus Jazz Orchestra (AJO) and during this time, he successfully developed the orchestra into one of the leading European big bands. From 2016 to 2017, has worked as composer in residence for the AJO. At this stage, he spends his time working on the development of the new international organization «Global Jazz Explorer Institute».
> Concert May 14th, 2020
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> www.larsmoller.com