Berlin Jazz Orchestra

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Over the past 20 years the BERLIN JAZZ ORCHESTRA under the artistic direction of U.S. trombone legend JIGGS WHIGHAM, has developed into one of the most renowned orchestras of its kind in Europe.
Founded in 2000 by German vocalist MARC SECARA, it has continuously been providing extraordinary concert experiences.

New York Voices, Patti Austin, Thomas Quasthoff, Joja Wendt, Manfred Krug and many others have appeared as guests stars with Marc Secara and his orchestra.

A living legend has led the orchestra for more than 20 years: Jiggs Whigham has been successfully seen on the world’s stages for half a century. The American, “one of the most experienced orchestral conductors in Europe and – as a pioneer in Germany – an institution in Germany”, played with Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Duke Ellington and Count Basie, among others.

Marc Secara and his Berlin Jazz Orchestra have made guest appearances in the major concert halls in Germany: sold out performances in Hamburg’s CCH1, the Berlin Philharmonie, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Admiralspalast Berlin – but repeated guest appearances abroad are also one impressive document about the quality that the ensemble has been able to develop over the years.

The German press cheers: “What the band had to offer as a so-called backing ensemble should have fascinated every listener … a huge hit.” (Jazzpodium)

“The Berlin Jazz Orchestra has the full range of big band sound painting.” (Berliner Morgenpost)

“The Berlin Jazz Orchestra lays the shimmering carpet of sound on which Marc Secara impressively provides the perfect vocal tone for a growing generation of jazz.” (Dresdner Latest News)

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Album Songs of Berlin - Berlin Jazz Orchestra feat. Marc Secara - GAM Music

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In a collaboration with American arranger and producer JACK COOPER and American trombone legend JIGGS WHIGHAM, the BERLIN JAZZ ORCHESTRA feat. MARC SECARA presents all hues of contemporary Big Band Sound.
Revisiting many classic songs written about the city of Berlin, they pay tribute in an intimate yet extraordinarily energetic way to this multi-faceted and historically charged city, their city.