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JWJWO 2015

The 2017 JM Jazz World: European Tour

The JMJWO Goes Latin

Demonstrating considerable artistic versatility and working alongside world-renowned special guests, the 2017 JMJWO delivered a stunning Latin programme under the direction of Luis Bonilla.

The 2017 tour saw the orchestra perform alongside many world-renowned jazz artists, beginning with a collaboration with Cuban pianist and five-time Grammy-winner Gonzalo Rubalcaba at Milan’s Unicredit Pavilion.

Proceeding through Slovenia and Croatia, the band were then joined by pianist Hector Martignon, drummer John Riley, bassist Andy McKee and saxophonist/composer Karlheinz Miklin.

The orchestra represented 13 nationalities and 6 continents, bringing together some of the planet’s most promising jazz talents.


Milan (IT)


Ravne na Korošzkem (SI)                           


Kranj (SI)


Bled (SI)                              


Zagreb (HR)                               



Grožnjan (HR)


6 July


7 July                                      


8 July


9 July              


12 July                  



13 July


Unicredit Pavilion


ZKŠTM (The Institute for Culture, Sport, Tourism and Youth Affairs)


Khislstein Castle


The Lakeside Promenade                  




Jazz is Back BP

Guest Artist

Gonzalo Rubalcaba

Vid Jamnik                                                     


Hector Martignon



Karlheinz Miklin, Hector Martignon, Andy McKee, John Riley

Karlheinz Miklin, Hector Martignon, Andy McKee, John Riley, Andy McKee, John Riley

Playing with the Very Best

Meet the special guests that appeared alongside the JMJWO in July and mentored the musicians. 

Gonzalo Rubalcaba

The music of pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba is a potent mixture of Cuban and American jazz. His style sounds both melodic and rhythmic, filled with exciting and intriguing influences. He plays everything from jazz to classical, as well as music from his native Cuba.

The JMJWO performed with the GRAMMY-award winning pianist in MIlan's Unicredit Pavilion. 

Read more about Rubalcaba here.

Hector Martignon

New York-based, Colombian-born Hector Martignon has composed, orchestrated, produced, performed and recorded music in a wide spectrum of genres. His five albums as a leader, two as co-leader as well as his work on over a hundred albums, scores for five feature films, three Broadway Musicals and multiple other projects, showcase his wide-ranging area of expertise.


After several nominations as a sideman, two of his five solo CDs were nominated for a GRAMMY Award. 

Read more about Martignon here

John Riley

John Riley is an American jazz drummer and educator. He has performed with Woody Herman, Stan Getz, Milt Jackson, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, John Scofield, Bob Mintzer, Gary Peacock, Mike Stern, Joe Lovano, Franck Amsallem, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, John Patitucci, and Bob Berg.

Read more about John Riley here

Andy McKee

Andy McKee is a New York-based, American bassist who has been performing and recording in North America, South America, Europe, and Japan since 1978. 


He travelled widely in Europe with both Elvin Jones and with French pianist Michel Petrucciani. He played for about a decade with the Mingus Big Band and has had his own groups. He is the author of two books on upright bass technique and has taught at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music since 1993.

Read more about McKee here.

Karlheinz Miklin

Born in Klangenfurt, Austria, Karlheinz Miklin has established a reputation as one of the world's most respected jazz musicians and pedagogues. He has performed on every continent and is currently the professor of jazz saxophone at the Musikhochschule in Graz. Miklin has performed at festivals and venues across Europe, Asia and North America, and has recorded dozens of albums with some of the most renowned artists in the field.

Miklin first established himself on the international jazz scene with his work with the Karlheinz Miklin Trio and the Quinteto Argentina in the late 1970s.

Read more about Miklin here

The 2017 tour was directed by Luis Bonilla, who returned for his third season as Artistic Director. 

The US-born conductor drew on his Costa Rican heritage to lead the orchestra in a repertoire inspired by the music of Latin America, featuring classics of the genre as well as compositions by guest artist Karlheinz Miklin and Bonilla himself. 

Read more about Luis Bonilla here

International Youth Excellence Led by Luis Bonilla

The Musicians of the JMJWO

The 2017 JMJWO brought together 12 nationalities and 6 continents, representing the global future of jazz. 

Saxophone Section

Alto: Daniel Buch (DE)

Alto: Claire Devlin (CA)

Tenor: Ori Jacobson (DE)

Tenor: Adalberto Pérez (MX)

Baritone: Lauren Wood (US)


Trombone Section

Trombone: William Duffy (US)

Trombone: Beserat Tafesse (ET/US)

Trombone: Armando Vergara (PR/CU/US)

Bass Trombone: Jan Landowski (DE)

Trumpet Section

Trumpet: Fareed Simpson Hankins (US)
Trumpet: Valdemar Kušan (HR)
Trumpet: Jonas Ingemann Due Steffensen (DK)
Trumpet: Pilvi Kokkonen (FI)


Rhythm Section

Guitar: Rokas Jackūnas (LT)
Piano: Joseph Omar Rivera Sanchez (PR)
Bass: Hamish Smith (NZ)
Drums: Kyon Williams (US)
Percussion: Enrique Serrano (PR)




Ori Jacobson (DE)

Tenor Saxophone

Adalberto Perez (MX)

Tenor Saxophone

Daniel Buch (DE)

Soprano/Alto Saxophone

Claire Devlin (CA)

Alto Saxophone

Lauren Wood (US)

Baritone Saxophone


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