Aura Urziceanu, one of the few Romanian jazz artists appreciated overseas will join Duke Ellington Orchestra on stage during the event taking place on Sunday, April 25, in Bucharest. Another Romanian to perform alongside Duke Ellington Orchestra on the same evening is Johnny Raducanu, nicknamed by the American critics "Mr. Jazz of Romania". This is the first time Raducanu will perform alongside the band that wrote jazz history.
Aura Urziceanu had an impressive artistic progress. Besides many awards, she shared the stage with Quincy Jones, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis. She is one of the few Romanian jazz artists who managed to have her talent appreciated overseas. Her success is also to be attributed to the successful collaboration with Duke Ellington. She first stood alongside him in 1972 in Carnegie Hall from New York.
Johnny Raducanu, nicknamed Mr. Jazz of Romania by American music critic Leonard Feather, is known as the most valued Romanian jazz promoter. His real name is Cretu Raducanu. He was born in a Roma family with a history in music spreading across three centuries. Mr. Jazz of Romania was spotted as contrabass jazz talent when he was 19 and he is a recognised pianist.
The Duke Ellington Orchestra concert is scheduled for Sunday, April 25, at Sala Palatului in Bucharest. Tickest can be bought from the Carturesti, and Humanitas libraries, the Germanos and Vodafone stores, from the Sala Palatului, the partner network Vreaubilet and on-line from www.bilete.ro and www.eventim.ro. Prices range from 80 to 250 lei.