SAMUEL BLASER DON COSMIC
TRIBUTE TO DON DRUMMOND

There is no great genius without a mixture of madness
— Aristotle
 

Featuring:

Samuel Blaser (trombone)Soweto Kinch (alto saxophone), Michael Blake (tenor saxophone), Alex Wilson (keys), Alan Weekes (guitar), Ira Coleman (bass), Dion Parson (drums)

 

“Samuel Blaser is one of the most globally recognised performers on his instrument.”
— Berliner Zeitung

The trombone, these days perhaps more typically present in the back row of an orchestra, was in fact one of the most iconic front row instruments and indeed arguably “the leading voice” of the original ska sound – the style that preceded reggae. Without the trombone, it is almost impossible to even imagine nor to perform the pioneering first wave ska. The trombone players of today have Don Drummond (1932-69) to thank for the iconicity of the trombone sound, as he was one of the founders and composers of the pioneering ska orchestra The Skatalites, as well one of the seminal creators of the ska genre altogether. Sadly, Drummond did not live to witness his own accumulated musical impact, since he passed away in Kingston aged only 37, after having spent the four last years of his life in involuntary psychiatric care – for stabbing his girlfriend.

As a musician, Swiss trombonist Samuel Blaser had focused his career elsewhere than in the ska or reggae genres. However, he had always admired Drummond’s signature sound and style. Therefore, Blaser got inspired to take on the opportunity presented by the Tampere Jazz Happening to bring together a brand new, international jazz sextet to interpret Drummond’s compositions, which round up to around three hundred compositions altogether. Blaser, who himself has released twenty albums, does not plan on competing with the The Skatalites – who still actively perform – nor is he planning to focus only on ska. Blaser has noted that “for the majority of his career, Drummond was a jazz musician and considered himself as the world’s best trombonist. What interests me is to personalize his music with the talent of my band members”.


UPCOMING LIVE DATES

NOVEMBER 2019 / Samuel Blaser Don Cosmic / Tampere Jazz Happening, Finland

 

DON COSMIC Pre production

LISTEN TO DON D


Samuel Blaser Don Cosmic Photos


Contact / Booking / Management


ARTIST DIRECT CONTACT
Samuel Blaser
Tel: +49 176 708 617 31
contact@samuelblaser.com
www.samuelblaser.com

WORLD-WIDE MANAGEMENT
Taklit Artist & Concert Management
Patricia Johnston / Manager
93, rue Jean Jaurès I 92800 Puteaux, France
Tel: +33 + 33 (0)1 45 49 11 42
Tel: +33 (0)6 42 73 06 70
patricia@taklit.net I www.taklit.net

BOOKING FRANCOPHONIE
Wanbliprod / Simon Barreau
20, La Hallopière I 44690 Monnières, France
Tel: +33 632372121
simon@wanbliprod.com | www.wanbliprod.com

BOOKING EUROPE
Saudades Tourneen / Jakob Flarer
Rotholz 369a Schwaz, Austria
Tel: +43 524461151
jakob@saudades.at


 

BOOKING SPAIN
Arcos y Flecha / Sergio Merino
Tel: + 34 93 250 02 47
s.merino@arcoyflecha.es
www.arcoyflecha.es

BOOKING ITALY
Luca Civelli
ilmetodo@outlook.fr
Tel: +33 6 84 35 11 99

BOOKING SOUTH AMERICA
Harmonipan / Mr. Paco Barba
Tel: +1 (312) 957 7088 I +52 1 (55) 3898 8626
paco@harmonipan.com | www.harmonipan.com

PRESS AGENT FRANCE
France: Valérie Mauge
Tel: +06 15 09 18 48
mauge.valerie@gmail.com

GERMANY / SWITZERLAND / AUSTRIA:
Uli Kirchhofer
An der Pulvermühle 29 I 51105 Köln, Germany
Tel: +49 221 801 8964
u.k.promotion@t-online.de I www.uk-musikpromotion.de