Hot Club Jazz
Reinhardt / Stern / Porter / Schneeberger
Benjamin Schmid Quartet feat.Diknu Schneeberger
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Hot Club Jazz
Hot Club Jazz! Violinist Benjamin Schmid and rising star Diknu Schneeberger, guitar, tracing Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt - from the 1930s on, Hot Club defines a jazz band consisting soleley of stringed instruments, which constituted a novelty at the time. In collaboration with his father Joschi Schneeberger, double bass, and renowned Viennese jazz guitarist Martin Spitzer, the quartet interprets pieces and arrangements by Django Reinhardt, works created in succession by Lulu Reinhardt, Cole Porter or Fletcher Allen as well as arrangements of French chansons. The easy-going interplay captivates with its precision, joy in music and spontaneity.
The Carl Flesch Competition in London in 1992, at which he was also awarded the Mozart, the Beethoven and the Audience Prizes, brought about, besides other competition prizes, the international breakthrough for the Vienna-born violinist Benjamin Schmid. Since then, he has held guest appearances in all the major concert houses throughout the world with such famous orchestras as the Vienna Philharmonic, the London Philharmonia, the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich or the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. His qualities as a soloist, the enormous range of his repertoire - besides the standard works, also the violin concertos by e.g. György Ligeti, Friedrich Gulda, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Christian Muthspiel, Kurt Weill, Witold Lutoslawski as well as jazz violin concertos - and above all his unique talent in jazz improvisation make him a violinist with an unmistakable profile.
Diknu Schneeberger, born in Vienna on 17 January 1990, is an exceptional talent, a rising star on the heaven of guitarists. If we were already enthusiastic about the young guitarist's virtuosity in his debut album Rubina, we can only be astounded by the young Gypsy Jazz freak in The Spirit of Django. Diknu combines perfect technique with easy-going playfulness and natural musicality and a feeling for melody with virtuosity. Here and there, he adds Latin-oriented sounds and licks, which makes his gypsy sound extremely sympathetic.
Martin Spitzer, born in Vienna in 1965, ranks as one of the most renowned Austrian jazz guitarists. He enthrals his audiences with stylistic diversity, tasteful accompaniment and dynamic phrasing. His musical spectrum ranges from early swing à la Django Reinhardt over modern jazz up to Latin, funk and soul. He acts out this flexibility in many bands and projects such as the 'Diknu Schneeberger Trio', 'Jazzklusiv', 'Yta Moreno Group', 'Benjamin Schmid Jazz Quartet', 'Joschi Schneeberger Sextett', 'Paul Fields' Gipsy Project', 'Herbert Swoboda Quintett' and many others.
Joschi Schneeberger, a double bass player born in Vienna in 1957, began his career as a self-taught performer and is today considered one of the most coveted and experienced double bass players on the Austrian jazz scene. He has made television and radio recordings with the Zipflo Weinrich Ensemble, Elly Wright and Band, Lady »P« and Friends, the Vienna String Quartet, the Wolfgang Wehner Trio, Swinging Jazz-Gitti, Harri Stojka and Band, the Diknu Schneeberger Trio and the Joschi Schneeberger Trio. In 1999, he founded his own trio with Karl Hodina and Striglo Stöger, and since 2007 the Joschi Schneeberger Sextet has appeared with Karl Hodina, Aaron Wonesch, his son Diknu Schneeberger, Martin Spitzer and Toni Mühlhofer.