Blue Note Jazz Festival 2022: Pianist Sorin Zlat in the Land of Dreams
Irresistibly cool jazz at the famous Blue Note brought to you by Sorin Zlat Trio feat. Ashley Pezzotti
Already a permanent fixture of the EUNIC New York program, the European section of the famous Blue Note Jazz Festival has brought to New York, throughout the years, a fantastic lineup of performers from across the Atlantic. At this edition, graced by musicians from Switzerland, Estonia, Spain, France, Poland, Austria, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Finland, Lithuania, Germany, we are proud to present the irresistibly cool pianist Sorin Zlat, creator of a sound that incorporates post-bop, Latin, flamenco, funk, Romanian folklore, and avant-garde influences, performing with an American trio made of Ashley Pezzotti (vocals), Gianluca Renzi (double bass), and Colin Stranahan (drums). The recital will feature compositions from Zlat's latest albums like "The Land of Dreams" or "Endurance" but also fresh new pieces as well as older material.
Sorin Zlat Trio feat. Ashley Pezzotti will play at the Blue Note Jazz Club (131 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012), as part of the European Sounds series of the prestigious Blue Note Jazz Festival, on Saturday, June 4, at 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm. This is a ticketed event. You can buy your tickets HERE for the 12:30pm show and HERE for the 2:30pm show.
SORIN ZLAT is a pianist, clarinetist and composer, the winner of many national and international awards, and one of the most representative jazz pianists of the new generation of Romanian artists. He started his performing career at the young age of thirteen when he was featured as a soloist with the Romanian Philharmonic Orchestra "Mihail Jora". Inspired by his father and grandfather, two accomplished European musicians, Sorin studied Piano Jazz and, as a young graduate, he created a repertoire comprising pieces of standard jazz and personal compositions. With musical influences from Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, and John Coltrane, his imaginative approach gained him instant recognition on the European and North American jazz scene. His portfolio contains over twenty national and international awards, some of which are: Grand Prix at The Great American Piano Competition in Jacksonville USA (2015), Grand Prize and Prize of the Public, Monaco Jazz Competition (2013), Best Solo Performance, Best Band Performance, and the Prize of the Public, International Jazz Competition, Getxo, Spain (2011), two-time winner of the "Best Jazz Musician of the Year" in his home country, and the Citizen of Honor Distinction in 2018. Invited as headliner at the 2017 Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Sorin had the chance to share the stage with the Chick Corea Trio, Joey Alexander Trio, Gerald Clayton, and Gregory Porter. In October 2016, Zlat took his creativity a step further and premiered his jazz suite symphony at the famous Kings Place in London, United Kingdom, a commission that was funded by the Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation and the Romanian Cultural Insitute in London and was very well received by the public and jazz critics. With a new CD in the works and numerous projects ranging from jazz funk, collaborations with philharmonic orchestras, and writing music for film, Zlat continues to expand his creative horizons and constantly bring fresh and exciting material to his audience. In 2020, he was honored to join the Yamaha Music company as a Yamaha Artist, a further testament to his talent.
Some of his compositions can be listend to and watched at: