Dear audience

The Zurich Jazz Orchestra is complete again. Ed Partyka has been at work since September, and we are very pleased to now introduce Jonas Inglin. Since October he is a permanent ZJO member as bass trombonist. He is a real jack-of-all-trades, also plays the sousaphone, has a master’s degree in music education, conducts a field band and a choir, and has been a ZJO adjunct until now. Welcome, Jonas!

In March the circle will be closed and “To My Beloved Ones”, the last CD of the trilogy with Steffen Schorn, will be released. We are very excited and hope to be able to celebrate the work this spring with you, dear audience, live at Jazzclub Moods.

Thomas Gansch and Ed Partyka met in 1999 at the Vienna Art Orchestra, Ed on bass trombone and Thomas on trumpet. We are very happy that they will continue this old friendship at the Zurich Jazz Orchestra. Ed Partyka will write the arrangements for the joint evening on February 3 at the Jazzclub Moods.

In February, we are launching the podcast series “Zurich Jazz Talks” to complement our concert series: In it you’ll find music, stories – relevant stuff, but also a bit of palaver with our guests and the musicians of the Zurich Jazz Orchestra. Because where music is composed, played and produced, stories emerge and questions arise. We ask them all and look forward to sharing the answers with you. There is much to learn on the last Friday of each month.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt thanks to our friends association; they have supported us energetically and financially during this difficult time. The Zurich Jazz Orchestra is dependent on this support, because only with a broad base can the Big Band continue to exist. So, if you are not yet a member … you know … Thank you!

We will be happy to continue to inform you at short notice via our digital channels. As before, it cannot be ruled out that dates, programs, or venues will have to be changed at short notice, although we certainly hope not. In any case, we look forward to the second half of the 2021/2022 season with you!

Bettina Uhlmann
Managing director