brooklyn theatre
Giovanni Guidi (piano)
& Marcus Wyatt Jazz Quartet
Brooklyn Theatre in collaboration with Istituto Italiano di Cultura - Pretoria
Saturday 14 September 18:00

World renowned ECM jazz pianist, Giovanni Guidi, teams up with the Marcus Wyatt Quartet. A stylish concert for jazz lovers. The perfect collaboration between SA & Italian jazz legends.

Giovanni Guidi is an Italian jazz pianist who is well-known on the European scene as a bandleader and a frequent sideman for trumpeter Enrico Rava. As a soloist and an accompanist, his touch is subtle but technically deft, whether laying out angular solos (based on everything from slow, rubato interludes to fleet, high-register, aria-styled flights of fancy) to hard-comping, swinging grooves. His 2011 date We Don't Live Here Anymore on Italy's Cam label illustrated his canny, kaleidoscopic compositional style. On 2015's This Is the Day, with his multinational trio featuring New York bassist Thomas Morgan and Portuguese drummer João Lobo, the group showcased their intricate rhythmic and harmonic engagement with free jazz and expressionist composition.

Guidi was born in Foligno and studied piano from a very young age; he pursued it as his sole vocation. His primary teacher through his school and into conservatory was Ramberto Ciammarughi. By attending summer seminars, he was noticed by Rava, who recruited him for one of his now-famous "Under 21" groups. With this band, Guidi recorded live albums in 2006 and 2009 for the Editoriale l'Espresso label. He then appeared on two of the trumpeter's ECM albums, Tribe in 2010 and On the Dance Floor in 2012. In addition, he worked as a sideman on recordings by saxophonist Mauro Negri, guitarist Roberto Cecchetto, and drummers Tommaso Cappellato and Fabrizio Sferra. Guidi has also been a member of Gianluca Petrella's Cosmic Band and appeared on two of their recordings.

Guidi's debut album as a leader, Tomorrow Never Knows, came in 2006 at the age of 21. Released on the Venus label, the album was followed by a series of acclaimed recordings on Cam Jazz. The first two were self-titled quartet sessions in 2007 and 2008, respectively. In 2010, he released his debut big-band offering, The Unknown Rebel Band, modeled on the influences of Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra, the Freedom Now Suite band of Max Roach, and the Carla Bley Big Band. His first New York recording, We Don't Live Here Anymore, came in 2011, with Petrella, drummer Gerald Cleaver, bassist Thomas Morgan, and saxophonist Michael Blake. That same year Guidi signed with ECM. His debut for the label, City of Broken Dreams, was a trio date recorded with Morgan and longstanding drummer João Lobo. The album was released in June of 2013. In 2015, Guidi returned with another trio effort for ECM, This Is the Day. The following year, he cut the quartet date Ida Lupino (titled for the Carla Bley compostion performed at the album's center), with old friend and recording partner Italian trombonist Gianluca Petrella, American drummer Gerald Cleaver, and French clarinettist Louis Sclavis. After a tour, the pianist returned to the studio with the Morgan/Lobo trio and expanded it to a quintet with saxophonist Francesco Bearzatti and guitarist Roberto Cecchetto for 2019's Avecs Le Temps. The two bookends are trio selections -- the title track opener a cover/tribute to the late French singer and songwriter Leo Ferre, while the closer is Guidi's elegy for Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko. The remainder of the set's tunes, played by the quintet, were written by the pianist or group improvisations.

Ticket sales:

Saturday, 14 September 18:00

Block A (Adult) - R280   Block B (Adult) - R200
Block A (Senior (60+) / Student(21-) - R250   Block B (Senior (60+) / Student(21-) - R160


Brooklyn Theatre (012 460 6033)
Greenlyn Village Centre
C/o Thomas Edison and 13th Streets
Menlo Park

Marcus Wyatt (born 1971, Port Elizabeth, South Africa), is a South African trumpeter, composer and producer.Marcus was introduced to music, mostly folk and blues, at a young age as his father was chairman of the local folk club. He was introduced to the trumpet at age eleven and started playing in his school band where he learnt to read and play. He studied classical music and played with orchestras in the Port Elizabeth area. He was called up to the South African Defence Force's Naval Band for National Service and during this time he developed his love for jazz. He furthered his music studies at the University of Cape Town's College of Music. He completed a degree majoring in composition and arrangement. In 2001, Marcus spent a year living in Amsterdam, during this time he met and played with Clarence Beckton, Eric Calmes, Fra Fra Sound, Monica Akihary, Paul Stocker and Bug Band, Sean Bergin, Tzetzepi Band and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Marcus Wyatt & The ZAR Orchestra won Best Jazz Album at the 22nd South African Music Awards, held in eThekwini on 4 June 2016.[1] The album One Night In The Sun features some of the best of South Africa's young jazz talent, including the 2016 Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year winner vocalist and trombonist Siya Makuzeni.[2] All the tracks on the double CD are Wyatt’s compositions or co-compositions, some with Makuzeni.