Foto: Jan Tempel

Jazzconcert | Jasper Blom & WonderYears

Sunday, 19 November 2023 at 8pm

Location: Auditorium, LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur, Domplatz 10
Admission: 22 €, concessions / members: 18 €

Tickets on sale from 28 October March at the reception of the Westfälischer Kunstverein,
wednesdays to sundays from 11 am - 7 pm or by e-mail to:
Tickets are also available at the box office.

Jasper Blom - saxophone
Sean Fasciani - bass
Felix Schlarmann - drums



Stevie Wonder and jazz? This connection may not seem obvious at first glance. While Stevie isn't afraid to interpret jazz classics like John Coltrane's "Giant Steps" or Miles Davis' "All Blues" in his current live concerts, jazz musicians have loved the legendary soul giant's songs for generations. Pieces like “You are the Sunshine of My Life”, “My Cherie Amour” and “You and I” have long since become part of the standard repertoire of the jazz community. And Stevie Wonder's songbook, which was primarily created in the 60s and early 70s, is truly gigantic. Incredible catchy qualities are combined with complex structures, sophisticated chords and an irresistible rhythmic intensity. So each piece becomes a shining musical gem that wants to be discovered and enchanted. Actually a challenging invitation for every jazz musician.

WonderYears, the trio around the top Dutch saxophonist Jasper Blom with a classic sax-bass-drums line-up  has been one of the power sources of this music since the explosive heights of Sonny Rollins. They tackle Wonder's masterpieces and transport them into a modern context. In doing so they bring out all the wonderful qualities of the songs and also open up to another level: with pure joy of playing, a desire to improvise as well as with unreserved curiosity and the dynamic energy that is inherent in jazz they present Stevie Wonder's songs and leave it that way celebrate one of the most creative musical personalities of the 20th century. This music, like everything associated with the name Stevie Wonder, is incredibly fun and also proves the vitality of modern jazz.

Jasper Blom (*1965) is one of the central figures of the Dutch jazz scene. He has worked with artists such as Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, Randy Crawford, George Duke, Nat Adderley and Peter Bernstein. He also teaches jazz saxophone at the Amsterdam Conservatory.