Monday, 7 October, Kombank Hall at 8 pm
DUSKO GOYKOVICH, Trumpet 
STJEPKO GUT, Trumpet
BIG BAND RTS
Tickets: 1200, 1600, 2000

 

 

Duško Gojković (also spelled as Dusko Goykovich, born October 14, 1931, Jajce, is a Serbian jazz trumpeter and composer.
He studied in Belgrade Music Academy from 1948 to 1953. He played trumpet in a number of jazz Dixieland bands and, though only 18 years of age, joined Big Band of Radio Belgrade. After five years spent there he grew into a seasoned musician and decided to continue his career in West Germany.
In 1956 he recorded his first LP as a member of Frankfurt All Stars band. Next four years he spent as a member of Kurt Edelhagen’s orchestra as a first trumpet. In these years he played with legends such as Chet Baker or Stan Getz. In 1958 he performed at Newport Jazz Festival and drew much attention on both sides of the Ocean.
In 1961 he was offered a scholarship for the studies of composing and arranging in Berklee. He took the offer and finished the studies.
After the studies he was invited by Canadian band leader Maynard Ferguson to join his band. Gojković performed as a second trumpet until the break of the band in 1964. His work with Ferguson boosted his reputation as an excellent big band musician and an outstanding soloist.
Next he returned back to Europe, formed his sextet and in 1964 recorded his first album Swinging Macedonia, with music he originally composed inspired by the music of Balkans. The album is generally considered to be the cornerstone of Balkan Jazz.
In the years to follow he played with Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Gerry Mulligan, Sonny Rollins, Duke Jordan, Slide Hampton etc. In 1966 he continued his career in The Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band. In 1968 he settled in Munich and formed his own big band with artists such as Rolf Ericsson and Frank St Peter that lasted until 1976.
In 1986 he managed to form another orchestra with which he performs to this day. His much awaited comeback came with the 1993 Soul Connection album that won him a broad acclaim. This was followed with album Bebop City. In 1996 he recorded the Soul Collection album again but this time with his own big band. Another great album came in 1997 – Balkan Blue, a double CD: first one a quintet with Italian sax player Gianni Basso while the second one features orchestra of the North German Radio (NDR) accompanied by the jazz rhythm section and Gojković as a soloist. His next album was In My Dreams (2001) recorded with his quartet.
In 2003 Gojković opened a new chapter in his career with his album Samba do Mar, in which he composes for the first time inspired by Latin music. In 2004 he performed on the 200th anniversary of modern Serbian statehood, the opportunity he used to gather in Belgrade international All Star Big Bend with whom he recorded A Handful of Soul CD.
His latest album Samba Tzigane came out in 2006. Gojković celebrated his 75th birthday with a grand concert in Belgrade.
During his career Gojković built his own style recognizable for the preciseness, brilliance of his technique and warm sound in playing as well as melodic tunes in composing.

 

Stjepko Gut was born on December 15, 1950 in Ruma. He began his music education in Belgrade (1967-1971) and continued his jazz music studies from 1973 to 1979 at the Swiss Jazz School and Berklee College of Music in Boston.
This world-renowned jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger and teacher began his career as a trumpeter and soloist with the RTS Big Band. During his long career, he has collaborated with many notable jazz orchestras: Lionel Hampton All Stars Big-Band (1980–81, as the only European musician in the orchestra), Clark Terry Big Band (since 1994), Louie Bellson Big Band (2007), SFB Berlin Big Band (1982), Copenhagen Radio Orchestra (1989), Charlie Antolini Jazz Power (1987–1990), Belgrade Jazz Orchestra (1995–1998, as soloist and conductor), etc.
He has collaborated with the most famous jazz musicians, including Lionel Hampton, Johnny Griffin, Jimmy Heath, James Moody, Bill Davis, Frankie Dunlop, Curtis Fuller, Ed Thigpen, Wynton Marsalis, Eddie Henderson, George Cables…. Particularly prominent are the two ensembles that marked the domestic and European jazz scene in the late 1970s and early 1980s, of which Stjepko Gut was a member: Trumpet & Rhythm Unit and Sextet Markovic - Gut.
Stjepko Gut has performed at prestigious world concert venues (Apollo Theater, Blue Note Jazz Club and The Village Vanguard in New York) and at festivals (Montreux, Kongsberg, Middelheim, Istanbul, Pula, Havana, Leverkusen, Vienna and Cork).
He was the star of the Trumpet Summit concert organized at the Jazz in Marciac (France) Festival in 1999, where he co-starred with Clark Terry, Benny Bailey, Jon Faddis, Nicholas Payton, Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove and Terell Stafford. .
From 1985 to 2015, Stjepko Gut taught at the Graz University of the Arts. He was a visiting lecturer at the University of New Hampshire (2000-2008). He also teaches master classes around the world (USA, France, Austria, Sweden, Germany…)
He was the artistic director of the Belgrade Jazz Festival in 1986 and 1987.
He is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Nisville Festival of (2013).

 

The RTS Big Band was founded in 1948 under the name of Entertaining orchestra of Radio Belgrade in the formation of the magazine orchestra, and in 1954, singling out string ensamble started working as a big jazz orchestra (The Big Band).
For many years, the orchestra was led by the eminent conductors, composers and arrangers: Mladen «Bobi» Gutesa, Vojislav «Bubisa» Simic, Zvonimir Skerl, Milivoje «Mica» Markovic, Dusko Gojkovic and Stjepko Gut.
During the work and creation, the orchestra has received exceptional awards and recognitions. In 1960, at the Jazz Festival in Juan-les-Pins, the ensemble won the first prize. After its first tour in 1957, the orchestra performed at famous world festivals (Tel Aviv, Montreux, Marseille, Thessaloniki, Munich), at several UNICEF concerts (Belgrade, Paris, Geneva), always with great success and very praiseworthy critiques.
Over the years, the orchestra has performed with the world’s greatest names of jazz music such as: Clark Terry, Benny Golson, Johnny Griffin, Michael Ferguson, Tony Scott, Jerome Richardson, Ernie Wilkins, Alvin Queen, Reggie Johnson, Eddie Henderson, Hank Mobley, Jon Hendrix, Roy Hargrove, Brad Lilly, Diana Shuur, Don Menza, Steve Turre, Ronnie Cuber, Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Chuck Findley, as well as with the stars of the world show business such as Ray Charles, Danny Kaye, Josephine Baker, Mireille Mathieu, Enrico Macias, Anni-Frid Lyngstad (ABBA).
We select the following studio albums from the discography:
“Jazz Orchestra of Radio Belgrade 1948-1978”, “Music of My Youth”, Stjepko Gut & The RTS Big Band “Afro Balkan sketches”, “Willy Johanns and Big Band of Radio Belgrade”, “Big Band of Radio Belgrade – 75 years of Radio Belgrade” “Caravan”, “It’s Time for Jazz”, “Sweet Love”, Dusko Gojkovic & The RTS Big Band “Latin Haze”, Big Bend RTS “Balkan soul”.
The Orchestra brought out a pleiad of eminent soloists who are today known and recognised in the world (Mile Pavlovic, Bora Rokovic, Dusko Gojkovic, Lala Kovacev, Stjepko Gut).

 

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