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September 28, 2021

Radio Big Band’s 66th anniversary: a thrilling concert at the Alfred Alessandrescu Studio

Long tradition, an impressive array of musical genres approached: jazz, pop, blues & more, Golden Stag – Brasov, Mamaia Festival: all these elements put together describe the amazing diversity of the Romanian Radio Big Band, who has had since its establishment in 1949 a constant collaborations for radio and TV brodcasts and recordings.

On Wednesday October 14th at 7.00 PM the Radio Big Band is pleased to invite everyone to the first concert of the series Jazz pe româneşte / Romanian Jazz of the 2015 / 2016 season at the Romanian Radio Hall. Of the title Radio Big Band 66 and its notorius soloists the event will celebrate the ensemble’s 66th anniversary and will bring in front of the audience famous soloists such Sebastian Burneci (trumpet), Adrian Cojocaru (trombone), Cristian Soleanu (saxophone), George Natsis (piano), Marian Georgescu (guitar) and Laurenţiu Zmău (drums).
The Romanian Jazz series takes place every month at the Romanian Radio’s Alfred Alessandrescu Studio and is coordinated by Florian Lungu.

In 1949, in order to diversify radio broadcasts, it was decided that entertainment music must get a professional outfit representation: the Radio Big Band. Important musical maestros, both conductors and composers: Sile Dinicu, Cornel Popescu, Ion Cristinoiu and Ionel Tudor activated in this band. The Radio Big Band has held concerts, appeared on television programs and participated in Romanian festivals – especially in Mamaia and Braşov. Made up of musicians of great value, the Romanian Radio Big Band created a real school of interpretation, improvisation and orchestration.

The concert performed at the Romanian Radio Hall will be conducted by Ionel Tudor, who has been widely acclaimed and rewarded as a composer and orchestrator. One of his most appreciated achievements was the 8-9 position won by Romania at Eurovision 2002 with the song Tell Me Why composed by Ionel Tudor and featuring as soloists Monica Anghel and Marcel Pavel. Ionel Tudor’s special relation with the Radio Big Band has started when the musician was only 14, when he performed as pianist under the baton of Sile Dinicu. In 1981 he made his debut as a composer and he thus became a widely known and appreciated orchestrator. From 1991 he was appointed as pianist of the Radio Big Band and since then he has performed numerous pop, jazz & blues shows, recitals and galas together with the ensemble. As composer and orchestrator, he earned around 60 awards, among which the Mamaia First Prize – 1986, Mamaia First Prize – 1988, the First Prize and Mamaia Trophy – 1993, the UCMR Creation Prize – 1997, the Honorary Award for his contribution to the promotion of the Romanian song granted by the Romanian Ministry of Culture – 2002.

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