Jiggs Whigham to play at Brazzobrazzie festival in Sofia


The king of trombone Jiggs Whigham will open the third edition of the lovely brass festival in Sofia – Brazzobrazzie. The 7 March live performance of the American virtuoso trombonist will be his first one in Bulgaria. Whigham is coming to Sofia, invited by Brass Association and the America for Bulgaria Foundation.

Jiggs Whigham

Born in 1943 in Cleveland, Ohio, Jiggs Whigham is a trombonist, composer, arranger, conductor, professor. He is a titled professor and head of the Jazz Department at Cologne University College of Music, Head of the Department for jazz and popular music in the college “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin, a visiting professor at Gildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

Currently Professor Whigham lives between Bonn, London and Cape Cod. Actually, he is almost always on his way to his next performance. Find out more on his personal website: www.jiggswhigham.com

Jiggs Whigham & 20 trombones

The list of the musicians with whom he had performed and/or recorded over the last 50 years is endless. It inlcudes the names of Patti Austin, Count Basie, Tony Bennett, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Michael Buble, Ray Charles, Bill Evans, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland , Stan Getz, Astrud Gilberto, Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, Chris Potter, Helen Shapiro, Donna Summer, Sarah Vaughn, Wycliffe Gordon.

For his first appearance on Bulgarian stage (at Sofia Live Club), on March 7, 2014 (after 9 p.m.) Jiggs Whigham has prepared original compositions for big band, and also jazz standards arrangements. The program, in prof. Whigham words, will “ delight both the musicians and the audience .”

Brazzobrazzie 2014

Brazzobrazzie, a festival dedicated to the beauty and excitement of brass music, will be held on 7th and 8th March in Sofia Live Club with the friendly support of the Irish whiskey Bushmills.

Brazzobrazzie Mihail Yossifov sextet
Image: Mihail Yossifov sextet
Information and images courtesy: Elisaveta Petrusheva 

You might also want to read:

BRAZZOBRAZZIE Fest: Brass that funky music (article about the festival)

Brazzobrazzie 2014 Line up (information about the event on our Events Calendar page)