Baku Jazz Center
Baku Jazz Center PRESENTS
It is with great pleasure that the US embassy introduces C.J. Chenier and The Red Hot Lousiana Band to Azerbaijan. The group will perform two free concerts: on 17th September at 20.30 at the Baku Jazz Centre and on 18th September in the square in front of Chemical Workers’ Culture House in Sumgayit.
The Embassy expresses its gratitude to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism for its support in presenting this concert. Thanks to this support this unique genre of American music will visit Azerbaijan for the first time.
Clayton Joseph Chenier is the son of the King of Zydeco, the late Clifton Chenier, but, growing up in Port Arthur, Texas, where he was born in 1957, he had only occasional contact with his father, who lived with his wife in Lafayette. As a teenager, C.J. Thompson, as he was known then, going by his mother's last name, had little interest in zydeco.
He was, however, a talented musician who played saxophone and keyboard, so that in 1978 when his father needed a sax player to fill in on a long road tour, he called on his son. C.J. Thompson quickly embraced the world of zydeco, his father's world, and went on to learn to play the accordion and also decided to have his last name legally changed to Chenier.
As his health began to fail, Clifton Chenier let his son sit in for him, and when he died in 1987, C.J. Chenier became the leader of the Red Hot Louisiana Band. As he told Michael Tisserand, he does not try to imitate his father's playing directly: "I play it the way I play it. All he really told me was to do the best I could do with my own style." But, like his father, the only accordion he plays is the piano accordion, an instrument that allows him more freedom than the button accordions used by most zydeco bands today. He can express himself musically in many styles or combinations of styles–ballads, waltzes, blues, boogie, rock and roll, funk, jazz–it all comes together as C.J. Chenier's fingers race up and down the keyboard, what one reviewer describes as "red hot rhythms and soulful grooves." In addition to his own interpretations of songs from different genres and his father's songs, C.J. Chenier has also written a number of original songs.
Recent albums on Alligator Records are Step It Up! (2001), The Big Squeeze (1996) and Too Much Fun (1995). His first album, My Baby Don't Wear No Shoes, recorded in 1988 and released by Arhoolie on CD in 1992, includes the classic Clifton Chenier song "I'm Coming Home." C.J. Chenier also recorded two albums for the alternative rock label Slash: Hot Rod (1990) and I Ain't No Playboy (1992). Despite its namesake, The Red Hot Louisiana Band is mostly on the road outside the state, and Chenier calls Houston home, but he was in Lafayette in mid-September 1999 to attend a ceremony unveiling a plaque naming a community services building the Centre de Services Communautaires Clifton Chenier. On the day before the ceremony, the Red Hot Louisiana Band performed in downtown Lafayette.
Welcome to Baku Jazz Center
Baku Jazz Center has been created for development and support of jazz culture in Azerbaijan.
Only in Baku Jazz Center you will completely plunge into exciting atmosphere of jazz improvisations.
You can listen to famous jazz musicians and get acquainted with the young performers working in different jazz styles.
Professional the sound equipment - will allow you to receive unforgettable pleasure from music.
Viewing on the big screen of high-quality DVD - jazz concerts and movies.
Our restaurant offers you absolutely new menu of the European cuisine. Professional service and qualified personnel will create for you cozy, easy and friendly atmosphere.
The spacious and beautiful banquet-room decorated in modern style allows you to conduct the banquets, corporate parties and presentations.
If you wish to have a rest, lead well pleasant evening, to take pleasure in the veritable jazz - Baku Jazz Center waits for you
Every evening from 9.00 pm – live concerts:
Baku Jazz Band: Zaur Mirzoyev (tenor and alt sax), Azad Gurbanov (trumpet), Dayanet Mammadov (trombone), Afgan Rasulov (piano), Saleh Mammadov (bass) and Tofig Jabbarov (percussion)
Jazz Trio: Salman Gambarov (piano), Ruslan Huseynov (double bass and bass) and Ramin Sultanov (drums)
Rain Sultanov's quartet: Rain Sultanov (sax), Elchin Shirinov (piano), Ruslan Huseynov (double bass and bass) and Ramin Sultanov (drums)
Accompaniment: Isfar Sarabskiy (piano), Ruslan Huseynov (double bass and bass), Elchin Huseynli (sax), Tofig Jabbarov (percussion) and Ramin Sultanov (drums)
Accompaniment: Emil Mammadov (piano), Ruslan Huseynov (double bass) and Vagif Aliyev (drums)
Jazz quartet: Elchin Shirinov (piano), Timur Bulatov (trumpet), Ruslan Huseynov (double bass) and Vagif Aliyev (drums)
Viewing on the big screen of high-quality DVD - jazz concerts and movies. Beginning at 9.00 pm