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Croatian Radiotelevision Jazz Orchestra, Andreas Marinello - conductor

Croatian Radiotelevision Jazz Orchestra, Andreas Marinello - conductor
The Croatian Radiotelevision Jazz Orchestra, the only professional band of its kind in Croatia, with a history spanning seventy years in continuity, ranks among the longest-standing big bands in the world. Established during the 1946/1947 season as the Radio Zagreb Dance Orchestra needed for radio programmes and recordings, in time it also started performing publicly. In addition to participating in a number of public programmes and independent concerts in Croatia and abroad, since the year 2000 it has had its own concert cycle that is directly broadcast on Croatian Radio’s Third Programme. The orchestra has been led by a number of conductors, with Miljenko Prohaska, who had been leading it for over thirty years, figuring prominently among them. The orchestra’s first appearance on the international scene was in Cologne in 1955. Tours in Eastern Europe followed, as well as performances at the jazz festival in Frankfurt and in Munich in 1972, as part of the Olympics cultural and entertainment programme. The performance at the jazz festival in Bled in 1962 marked a new stage in the orchestra’s work, one focused on its own repertoire. The concept was authored by Miljenko Prohaska and resulted in the orchestra developing a specific, internationally recognisable style. This practice is still on-going and implemented today through the competition project New Compositions for the HRT Jazz Orchestra, author concerts by the orchestra members and numerous collaborations with Croatian musicians of various genres. At the same time, leading musicians from the international jazz scene regularly make guest appearances as soloists and conductors. As one of the most influential jazz bands on the Croatian music scene, the orchestra is also a real nucleus of top jazz musicians, many of whom are active not only as performers, but also as composers and arrangers. Since 2015 the chief conductor has been Andreas Marinello.
Attilio Berni
Rosario Giuliani, saxophone
Victor Goines, saxophone
Branford Marsalis, saxophone
Perico Sambeat, saxophone
Krzystof Urbanski, saxophone

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