A combination of powerful and explosive music!The upcoming XXIII Klaipeda Castle Jazz Festival is proud to introduce another unique project, or to be more precise – a combination of powerful and explosive music! There are no other words to describe a joint performance of two American greats – a drummer and percussionist Vern Spevak and a trumpet virtuoso David Katz - appearing together on the stage of the festival along with renowned Klaipeda Jazz Band.
“Klaipeda Castle Jazz festival has always been famous for its unusual, challenging and exceptional jazz projects created for the festival only. This year the loyal jazz-goers will be able to hear and enjoy a joint performance of an extraordinary duet from US and the best jazz musicians in western Lithuania. Will they manage to delight and overwhelm jazz listeners? No more than yes!”, says Inga Grubliauskienė, the president of Klaipeda Castle Jazz Festival.
Vern Spevak is the bandleader/drummer for the Vern Spevak Big Band, a project which features some of Chicagolands top jazz musicians. He is also the education director of Spevak Percussion Concepts, Inc., one of the Midwest’s largest and most widely acclaimed privately owned percussion schools. Mr. Spevak is the original founder and producer for “Drumshow”, the annual school concert event which to date continues to receive widespread accolades from educational professionals at all levels. Indeed, Vern Spevak is famous not only in US but also outside and has won countless awards which include a Chicago Emmy Award for a performance with a drumming legend Louis Bellson.
David Katz, a true Chicago jazz icon, began playing the trumpet in the fourth grade. David Katz toured US and outside with such prominent and talented musicians as a jazz drummer Louie Bellson, Dizzy Gillespie, Marvin Stamm, Peggy Lee, Linda Carter and Bob Hope. You have also heard him on television and radio commercials for Michelob, Budweiser, State Farm, McDonalds, Kraft, and many others.
“Klaipeda Jazz Band “, one of the most popular and significant classical jazz bands in Lithuania which has brought together experienced, vivid and creative jazz greats, is very well known to all jazz lovers. Klaipeda is impossible to imagine without jazz music. For a number of decades jazz has been playing an important role in Klaipeda’s cultural life. The mission of Klaipeda Jazz orchestra is to preserve, perpetuate, educate and enrich the city’s cultural life with more colours of jazz!
Vern Spevak Big Band & David Katz: