JAKOB BUCHANAN – flugelhorn & trompet
MAKIKO HIRABAYASHI – piano & keyboard
MARILYN MAZUR – drums, percussion & vocal
+ NORMA WINSTONE : voice (For Winterjazz Denmark 2018)

The British singer Norma Winstone is a very special vocal artist, a strong improvisator and lyrical interpreter. In recent years, Norma has had her own trio, which has released several ECM albums and she collaborates with, for example, NDR big band.
Earlier in her career, Winstone was the important voice of the Azimuth trio (with
Kenny Wheeler and John Taylor) who played in eg. Montmartre in Copenhagen many times.
She has, among other things, received: Lifetime Achievement Jazz Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians, Gold Badge of Merit from British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors
and she is an honorary member of The Royal Academy of Music.
For Winterjazz 2018 in Denmark, there is a quite unique opportunity to enjoy Norma Winstone during a small Denmark tour with Marilyn Mazur’s Special 4. It is the first time that Marilyn and Norma play together despite the fact that they have known each other since 1980 and have many common musical partners.
Marilyn’s music invites the listeners into an adventurous world with multicolored moods and lively energies. There is plenty of space for individual performances and open dreamy soundscapes, lots of rhythm and impact from all over the world, strong melodies and captivating dramatic sequences.
Special 4 is made up of Marilyn’s close musical friends who have played together in several different formations and in each other’s orchestras for many years.
With his beautiful sound and the deeply lyrical expression on his flugelhorn, Jakob Buchanan is a warm experience to listen to. He is known as from his own groups and the Aarhus Jazz Orchestra. In 2015, his highly acclaimed big work “Requiem for choirs and orchestras” was released and in 2017 he made music for Kuturbyåret.
Makiko Hirabayashi has played with Marilyn and Klavs in her own trio for almost 15 years. They diligently tour all over the world and have released 3 CDs. Makiko composes and plays in several other contexts within both jazz and world music. She has a light and poetic touch in her play and great musical intuition. Makiko is Japanese, but has lived in DK for 25 years.
Klavs Hovman is a very flexible bassist who loves to play both the cool grooves and the free improvisations, Klavs is a balancing point in the sometimes complex music. Through a long life in jazz music he has been Marilyn’s musical partner and also played with for example Etta Cameron and Savage Rose.
Marilyn Mazur has worked as a composer, chapel master and musician in a multitude of contexts. She is characterized by her legendary imaginative, dynamic and responsive playing. Marilyn has been an orchestra member at Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter and Jan Garbarek, and lead many Scandinavian-based orchestras and special projects. She also composed music to a lot of film and theater. In recent years her music could be experienced in her orchestras Celestial Circle (with ECM release 2011), Mazur / Cronholm / Jonsson (CD 2014: Flamingo Sky), Marilyn Mazur Group (with the 2010 CD Release Tangled Temptations & The Magic Box), Percussion Paradise, Future Song, Christian Braad Thomsen’s portrait film MM-Queen of Percussion, her new great women’s ensemble SHAMANIA and her CD-solo performance in duo with Jan Garbarek 2008 for ECM Elixir.
Marilyn has received countless Danish and international prizes throughout his long career, including the Jazzpar prize (with live dblt. CD release 2002: All the Birds), Wilhelm Hansen’s Composer Prize and international / German Eurocore and Telenor Culture Prize. She receives Wilhelm Hansen’s honorary award 2017.
Concert review Marilyn Mazur’s Special 4 – Nov. 28th 2017 – Flensburg, Germany (in Danish)