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Takis Paterelis – All That Jazz

His father played the trumpet and, at the age of six, he took him at the Conservatory of Athens for classical piano studies, which he completed in 1984. In 1982 he discovered jazz. He made his first saxophone attempts on his own and, in 1984, he started off with the groups of Minas Alexiadis, George Trantalidis and George Fakanas. In 1991 he went to Boston, at the Berklee College of Music where, apart from the saxophone, he studied composition and jazz orchestration.

INFLUENCES-ROLE MODELS: “The names are several, mostly American. Definitely the saxophonists Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane and Dexter Gordon. Also Miles Davis’ band.”

WHAT DOES JAZZ MEAN TO YOU: “It is a kind of music that I still love to listen to and play. I enjoy the musician’s freedom to add or change several things in the musical form. The jazz environment suits me because I feel at home in it.”

HIS STYLE: “It’s not specific. I have played several kinds of jazz. It was different when I was playing with George Trantalidis, different when I was playing with the jazz fusion groups of Takis Barberis and George Fakanas and totally different when I was playing with my own band. Most of all though, I personally enjoy the bebop, hard bop idiom or what we call today ‘mainstream jazz’.”

Takis Paterelis will be appearing with Dimitris Kalantzis Quintent at the amphitheatre of Amanzoe, Saturday 27th, 20:00-22:00

For more information: Amanzoe +30-27547-72888

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