Last year, when the world was at its most locked-down, Israeli guitarist Dekel Bor—currently based in Berlin, Germany—began a weekly series of online conversations with notable jazz artists called Speakin’ My Piece, in cooperation with his label Ropeadope Records and JazzTimes. This year, by popular demand, the series is back for a second season (guests so far have included Jack DeJohnette, Peter Bernstein, and Ben Wendel), but now there’s a new twist. Starting Thursday, May 6 at 3 p.m. EDT, Speakin’ My Piece will alternate every other week with a second Bor-hosted series, Jazz in Europe, in which the guitarist will not only talk to other musicians but also perform with them, the same as players all around the world have been yearning to do for more than a year.
As its name suggests, Jazz in Europe will focus on introducing a world audience to some of the most impressive new voices on the European jazz scene. You’ll get to “visit” their hometowns, hear the stories that led them to become the artists they are, and watch them perform with the accompaniment of Bor, bassist Josh Ginsburg, and drummer Tobian Backhaus. Initial guests include bassist Hans Glawischnig (featured in the first episode), trumpeter Raynald Colom, guitarist Tom Ollendorff, and pianist Anat Fort; go here to see the series’ full schedule.
Thanks to Shure, StageIt, and Ropeadope for their support of Jazz in Europe with Dekel Bor.