Legendary Jazz impresario Norman Granz first created the JAZZ AT THE PHILHARMONIC concerts during the mid-forties. Mr. Granz selected some of the top Jazzmen of the time and presented them in the best venues of the US, Europe and Japan. The concerts were planned as impromptu Jam Sessions, where the improvising talents of musicians like Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Eldridge, Harry Edison, Charlie Parker, Benny Carter, Lester Young, Illinois Jacquet, Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz, Nat Cole, Hank Jones, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Barney Kessel, Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich or Jo Jones could be showcased. Many of the concerts were recorded live, but Mr. Granz also produced a series of studio-recorded albums billed as JAM SESSION ’54, ’56, etc.The last JATP package went on tour in the seventies, and in 1998 we thought we could keep the Norman Granz’s JAM SESSION concept alive, presenting some of the finest members of the current generation of Jazzmen playing in the common ground of Jazz Standards, Ballad medleys, etc. The musicians we have selected have highly individual styles, and yet they also keep strong links with the great Jazzmen of the past.
Since the start of the JAM SESSION series in 1999, we have presented over 30 concerts throughout Europe, and have featured top players of the caliber of Nicholas Payton, Terell Stafford, Brian Lynch, Jesse Davis, Eric Alexander, Harry Allen, Peter Bernstein, Russell Malone, Mulgrew Miller, Benny Green, Eric Reed, Peter Washington, Ray Drummond, Alvin Queen, Lewis Nash, Karriem Riggins, Carl Allen and many others.
In the tradition started by Mr. Granz, the group always includes two drummers, which perform a DRUM BATTLE at the end of the show. JAZZ AT THE PHILHARMONIC is a sincere tribute to the late Norman Granz, without any doubt the greatest of all Jazz Producers.