The Majesty of Kenny Wheeler

Plovdiv Jazz Fest 2016 presents a musical journey through some of the most famous themes of jazz composer/trumpeter Kenny Wheeler.
 Praised as one of the most innovative soloists of his time, Wheeler expanded and crossed musical boundaries during his half-century long career. Many of his compositions have marked the history of jazz and are considered as standards.
Kenny Wheeler recorded more than 20 albums that find their place among the best examples of the genre in the 20th century. Among the many musical greats with whom he collaborated are Keith Jarrett, Michael Brecker, Steve Coleman, Jan Garbarek, Paul Gonsalves, Dave Holland, John Taylor, Jack DeJohnette, Norma Winstone, Anthony Braxton, Lee Konitz, Bill Frisell, Evan Parker and more.
Come and meet the music of the great Kenny Wheeler and the dramaturgy of Georgi Kornazov, for whom Yves Dorisson at CultureJazz says: “Georgi Kornazov is a mixed world between Bulgaria and Western jazz, a skilful combination of irresistible melodies and contemporary means of expression.”

Georgi Kornazov – trombone
Armel Dupas – piano
Frederic Scifolio – bass
Christophe Margue – drums
With the participation of special guest
David Linx – vocal

David Linx was born in Brussels on March 22, 1965. Singer, composer lyricist, producer and multi-instrumentalist, he has recorded 15 albums as leader and co-leader and has participated numerous times as guest in different jazz projects. Linx has been honored with dozens of awards, among which the Grand Prix of the Academy Charles Cros, the title Chevalier of Arts and Letters appointed by the Minister of Culture in France, Jazz Adami’s Award for lifetime achievement and more. He was named Chevalier of the Crown by the Minister of Culture in Belgium.

Since the beginning of the 80s he worked with many outstanding musicians, among whom The Count Basie Orchestra, Frank Foster, Toots Thielemans, Paolo Fresu, Erik Truffaz, Billy Cobham, Richard Galliano, Kenny Wheeler, Ivan Lins, Omara Portuondo, Steve Coleman, Viktor Lazlo, Bob Stewart, Maria Joao, David Gilmore, Ibrahim Maalouf…

During Plovdiv Jazz Fest David Linx will also hold a master class for young performers. The workshop will be dedicated to the special vocal technique he uses and develops.


Camellia Todorova

With a career spanning over four decades and 9 released albums, Camellia Todorova is one of the most beloved Bulgarian singers. Her excellent vocal technique and unique style of singing, as well as her musical talent, allow her to sing in different styles – jazz, pop, rock, soul, funk and R&B.
 Through the years Camellia Todorova took part in many festivals and prestigious events in Germany, Austria, Denmark, Russia, Poland, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Italy, Greece, Portugal, India, Malta, England and USA.

At the Jazz Yatra festival in Bombai in 1980 Camellia Todorova shared the stage with jazz legends Don Cherry, Albert Mangelsdorf, the Stan Getz trio, Charles Mingus, the Mingus Dinasty. She improvises together with Sarah Vaughan, Miles Davis, Billy Preston, Louie Bellson.

Camellia is the first Bulgarian singer to sign a contract with a Western label – Virgin Records Germany, and the record company released two of her singles – “Bursting at the Seams” (1985) produced by Queen’s Roger Taylor and her version of the classic Aretha Franklin song “Chain of Fools” (1986).

Since 2005 she teaches “Singing and vocal technique” at New Bulgarian University in Sofia.

The motto of Camellia’s show at Plovdiv Jazz Fest 2016 is “More than you know”. The concert includes a selection of jazz standards and evergreens from jazz legends Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, John Lennon and more, all performed with Camellia’s unique interpretation style. Her partner on stage on November 3 will be pianist Angel Zaberski-son.