Beat Kaestli Quartet @ The Kitano Hotel, Thursday March 20th, Featuring Victor Prieto


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Beat Kaestli
featuring Victor Prieto

Thursday, March 20th 2008, 8:00 and 9:45 PM
66 Park Avenue (at 38th street)
New York, NY 10016 , 212-885-7000
No Cover/ $15 minimum
Transportation: Subway to Grand Central Station/ 42nd street

Line up:
Beat Kaestli - voice
Victor Prieto - accordion
Jamie Reynolds - piano
Gary Wong - bass
Fred Kennedy - drums

After returning from his fifth European tour and the EUROJAZZ Festival in Mexico City, internationally acclaimed vocalist Beat Kaestli once again presents his renowned CD “Happy, Sad and Satisfied" at the Kitano Hotel, New York, backed by his stellar NY-Trio, featuring accordionist Victor Prieto. His unmistakable blend of Jazz, classical and contemporary vibes thrills audiences everywhere and his sets will include new songs from his upcoming release “Far From Home", dedicated to European composers, like Kurt Weill, Bizet, Purcell, Legrand and his original collaborations with contemporary European composers.

Beat Kaestli moved to New York from his native country of Switzerland, received a scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music (BM) and continued his music education at the Aaron Copland School of Music (MA). While honing his craft alongside noteworthy Jazz performers, such as Jane Monheit, Jason Moran and Stefon Harris, he immersed himself in Manhattan's fiercely competitive music scene, emerging as a seasoned performer. He now appears in clubs such as Birdland, The Bitter End, The Jazz Standard, 55Bar and B.B. King's. In 2005, Beat was the chosen vocalist for the Glenn Miller Orchestra, thrilling audiences in concert halls across the USA. Since 2006 he is touring the world with his own projects and is showcasing his music in renowned clubs and festivals across the US, Europe, Mexico and Canada.

About “Happy, Sad and Satisfied

Top 25 Best CDs of 2006 “Gloriously dreamy and romantic." (Indie-Music Magazine)

Best Male Vocalist (2006 Twirlie Nominations)

“...unmistakably the vocal jewel of the year." (Rob Young, ContemporaryJazz)

“Beat Kaestli is an extremely talented and adventurous jazz singer who has a great future ahead of him." (William Grim, AllAboutJazz)

“There's a real great vibe throughout the disc...it shows your range and abilities, ..." (Luciana Souza, Grammy Nominee)

“An outstanding vocal Jazz release. Beautiful and personal." (Martin Laurentius, JazzThing, Germany)

“The wide range of emotions expressed convincinly by Beat Kaestli is one of the many compelling reasons to listen to this collection." (Marshall Zucker, JazzImprov)

“Beat can swing standards, and in the blink of an eye, escort his willing audiences into the pop idiom." (Nancy Marano, Munich Records)

“I love your CD. Tasteful, elegant and beautiful, delivered with absolute perfection." (Frank Matheis, WVKR 91.3 FM, NY)

“Very impressive on fast tracks, ...his timbre sometimes reminiscent of the creamy perfection achieved by the late Mel Torm." (Philippe Baron, RTBF Radio, Belgium)

“One of the most promising new comers." (Neue Zuercher Zeitung, Switzerland)

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