Bilge Günaydın Big Band

Tuesday, July 23 2024 at 9:00 PM

Doors at 9PM; Show at 9:30PM

Acclaimed pianist and composer Bilge Günaydın will showcase her  jazz, Mediterranean and contemporary-influenced music alongside a 17-piece orchestra! 

20 dollar table minimum per person is required.
Tickets are non-refundable.

$20 in advance
$25 at door


Bilge Günaydın Big Band

Bilge Gunaydin, compositions, conductor, piano, vocal
John Lake, trumpet
Jonathan Saraga, trumpet
David Smith, trumpet
Jim O’Connor, trumpet
Altin Sencalar, trombone
Nick Grinder, trombone
Sam Blakeslee, trombone
Jennifer Wharton, bass trombone
Max Bessesen, alto sax-flute
Zoe Obadia, alto sax-flute
Rob Middleton, tenor sax-clarinet
Michael Howe, tenor sax-clarinet
Skyler Hagner, baritone sax
Olli Hirvonen, guitar
Marty Kenney, bass
Dan Pugach, drums

Join us at Drom Stage for a special concert celebrating the birthday of Turkish New York-based jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader Bilge Günaydın, featuring her 17-piece jazz orchestra! Experience an evening of Bilge Günaydın’s original compositions and arrangements that blend her rich cultural heritage with jazz, contemporary, and classical influences through the dynamic sound of a big band. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to witness the creativity of Bilge Günaydın and her orchestra. Come and show your support for an unforgettable night!

Compositions, Arrangements, Conductor: Bilge Günaydın

Bilge Günaydın is a jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and bandleader based in NYC. She holds a Master of Music degree in jazz composition from William Paterson University, where she earned a full scholarship and studied with renowned musicians such as Bill Charlap, Pete McGuinness, Steve Nelson, Ed Neumeister, and many others. Günaydın is a BMI Jazz Composers Workshop participant and International Society of Jazz Composers member. In 2020, her debut album “Daydreams” was released by Turkish label Ada Music and Japanese label Inpartmaint by receiving acclaim from “All About Jazz” as “an impressive first outing with charming compositions and melodic imagination.” Her second album “Sketches of Green” with guitarist Cenk Erdoğan and bass player Ozan Musluoğlu followed in 2022, released by Drom NYC and Innsbruck Records. Günaydın’s projects in small and large ensemble settings have been featured at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Flushing Town Hall NYC, Drom NYC, Shea Performing Arts Center, Rockwood NYC, Istanbul International Jazz Festival, Akbank International Jazz Festival in Istanbul, Composers Now Festival in NYC, Siena Jazz Festival in Italy, Sibiu Jazz Festival in Romania and many more. She is excited for her upcoming recordings.

“–The main reason is the evocative pulling-power of Bilge’s compositions. They charm the listener with quirky harmonic turns, melodic imagination and variety in the arrangements.”

Francesco Martinelli – All About Jazz