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Peter Lipa Band

Coughlans, Douglas St.

Sat 10 Oct 2015
9:30 pm

Peter Lipa (1943) is the most important personality of the Slovak jazz scene. He created a distinctive vocal performance with an emphasis on lyrics. His music comes from a combination of jazz and blues influenced by singers like Jimmy Rushing, Ray Charles, Al Jarreau, Joe Cocker or Bobby McFerrin. He was the first singer who applied the slovak language in jazz. He converts rhythm possibilities of the lyrics into musical expression. In his repertoire we can find blues, swing and jazz standards as well as his own original compositions. Already in the 80s he ranked among the first five male European jazz singers according to Jazz Forum. In 1976 along with Miloš Paška he started an annual jazz festival – Bratislava Jazz Days. Since then, he also started MC-ing his own regular radio jazz program. After the velvet revolution in 1989, the Slovak Jazz Society was established. Peter Lipa is the president since the beginning. He continues to do these and other activities alongside his singing career. As a singer he has performed on all continents and he recorded 25 albums in slovak and english. The curiosity of his career is, that because of the communist censorship, he wasn’t allowed to record an album until he was 40 years old. He started to work as a musician in the early 60-ties. He was the lead singer of such bands as: Strings, Istropilana, Blues Five, Gustav Offerman Orchestra, Revival Jazz Band, T + R Band and Lipa-Andršt Blues Band. In 1968, the Blues Five was honored as a discovery of the 2nd Beat Festival in Prague. As a singer throughout his career, he was seeking and finding a connection with a good pianist. Ladislav Gerhard, Milan Svoboda, Gabriel Jonáš, Emil Viklický, Peter Breiner, Boris Urbánek, Juraj Tatár, Pavol Bodnár and his son Peter Lipa jr. – these are just some of them. In 1978 he started his own band Combo. This project in various forms , but under the name “Peter Lipa Band” still works. Parallel to this, Peter works on many short-term and long-term cooperations and projects. Currently, he also sings with the Visegrad Blues Band, EU4 and Traditional club. Presale tickets priced €15 on sale direct from Slovakpoint Cork ,5 Lavitts Quay

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