Gerd Dudek - Ali Haurand - Jiri Stivin

The music of this cooperatively led trio has a strong affinity to both tradition and renewal and endeavours at all times, through a subtle appreciation of jazz history, to create an idiosyncratic and up-to-date mode of expression. Charisma, message and spirituality are undoubtedly part of the experiential essence of these three musicians - which is why they cannot and will not blindly copy what has gone before, but aim instead to supply continuity with a unique touch. Ali Haurand, a "Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" (France 2005), has as bassist and bandleader of the European Jazz Ensemble made music history.

Dates for live performances you will find (as soon as we get them :-) @ the TOUR DATES section of the European Jazz Ensembles.

Questions and booking:
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Gerd Dudek (tenor & soprano sax)
Born in 1938 in Gross-Döbern (now in Poland) Gerd Dudek, after completing his studies, was a member of the famous Kurt Edelhagen Big Band from 1960 to 1964. Whereupon he joined the Manfred Schoof Quintet. As a member of the Albert Mangelsdorff Quintet and the German All Stars he undertook several tours of Asia and South America. Gerd has also played in a quartet with Alan Skidmore and Adelhard Roidinger. He was one of the founding members of the Manfred Schoof Big Band as well as of both Alexander von Schlippenbach´s "Globe Unity" and "Berlin Contemporary Orchestra". What is more, Gerd Dudek was also among the founding members of the EUROPEAN JAZZ ENSEMBLE in 1976. Besides many other productions with various groups and soloists, he made a recording in Japan in 1961. In the 1960s he went on tour with George Russell and Don Cherry. He has worked extensively in trios, quartets and duets with Ali Haurand. With the EUROPEAN JAZZ ENSEMBLE and smaller formations he has recorded more than 70 records and CDs.

Ali Haurand (bass)
Ali Haurand was born in Viersen, Germany, in 1943. Right after finishing his studies at the Folkwang School in Essen he founded his first trio. Since 1967 he has been a member of the George Maycock Trio. In 1969 Ali with the Dutch pianist Jan Huydts founded the group "THIRD EYE". Ali has toured with Philly Joe Joens, Ben Webster, Don Byas, Bobby Jones, John Handy, John Surman, Kenny Wheeler, Jan Akkerman, Joachim Kühn, John Taylor, Tony Coe, Eje Thelin, Joe Albany and Enrico Rava. Together with Gerd Dudek, Alan Skidmore, Leszek Zadlo and Pierre Courbois he founded the "EUROPEAN JAZZ ENSEMBLE" in 1976. From 1978 to 1984 he played with SOH, a trio that included Tony Oxley and Alan Skidmore. In 1982 with Rob van den Broeck and Gerd Dudek he formed "THE QUARTET". As leader of the "EUROPEAN JAZZ ENSEMBLE" he has been on tour in Australia, Canada, Russia, Africa and very nearly all European countries. He is also a member of Pantomime & Jazz, which includes the mime Milan Sládek from Slovakia and the Czech flute player Jiri Stivin. With Jiri Stivin he has been collaborating in a duet for a long time now. Tours and festivals have taken him all over Europe, America and even further afield; notable festivals include: Moers, Berlin, Warsaw, London, Paris, Den Haag, Vancouver, Toronto, Barcelona, Prague, Burghausen, Munich, Oslo, Sydney, Melbourne, Leverkusen, to name but a few. Since 1998 he has been playing in a trio with the alto saxophone player Charlie Mariano and the drummer Daniel Humair. The 10th, 12th, 20th and 25th anniversary concerts of the EUROPEAN JAZZ ENSEMBLE were recorded for German Television and broadcast by the WDR station in Cologne, West Germany’s leading broadcaster. Ali won the European Jazz Poll of the "Jazz Forum Magazine" in 1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1990, with the European Jazz Ensemble, with SOH, or as a bass player. Since 1991 he has also been doing freelance work for the WDR TV station and has acted as co-presenter of the two TV series "Round Midnight" and "Fullhouse". The more than 50 records and CDs to his name so far - as well as his many concert tours – have made him an internationally recognized artist. Thus in 2005 by being made a "Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" Ali Haurand received the French Republic’s highest award for cultural achievements.

Jiri Stivin is peerless in his personalisation of the best traditions of Bohemian musicianship. He has added the experiences of jazz and new music to his inheritance. With his virtuosity and vitality combined with devotion and intellect, he defies categorisation. Today he is rated amongst the finest flautists in the world and is a highly acknowledged and appreciated interpret of renaissance and baroque works. Jiri Stivin´s musical travel began in the sixties in Prague. He first studied at the film academy which he left with a degree in cinematography. At the same time he took lessons with Milan Munclinger, a specialist in old music and had his debut as a saxophonist with "Sputnick", on of the first rock groups in Czechoslovakia. As a member of Martin Kratochvils formation "Jazz Q" and of the "SHQ Combo" around Karel Velebny, he found access to the top groups of the Czechoslovakian jazz scene very early in his career. In the Prague ensemble "Quax", he developed avant.garde modes of expression. At the end of the sixties, then living in London, Jiri Stivin played with the composer and pianist Cornelius Gardew in his "Scratch Orchestra". Between 1972 and 1977, Stivin developed together with the guitarist Rudolph Dasek an outstanding duo which under the name of "System Tandem" went on a European tour and enjoyed huge successes at international festivals. This duo has worked together with many diverse musicians such as Pierre Favre and Tony Scott, Helmut "Joe" Sachse and Alain Vitous, with his drum playing son Jiri Stivin jr., with choirs, big bands and symphony orchestras. Stivin was able to gain as much appreciation as a soloist in the flute concerts of Vivaldi and Telemann as in his skills as composer and improviser.

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