Yuri Honing is one of Holland’s most important saxophone players (according to the Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD and the Oxford Introduction to jazz) with touring experience in over 90 countries and a discography of almost 40 titles. Honing played and recorded with greats as Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ibrahim Malooff, Craig Taborn and Paul Bley. In 2001 Honing received the Edison Jazz Award (Dutch Grammy) for his recording Seven, featuring Paul Bley, Gary Peacock and Paul Motion. In 2012 Yuri Honing was awarded with the Boy Edgar Prize, the most prestigious jazz prize in the Netherlands. In 2009 he released for Universal ‘Phase Five’, a pop album where he collaborated with o.a. international acclaimed popstar Sarah Bettens.
For years Dutch saxophonist Yuri Honing has been considered one of the main representatives of European jazz, as a result of his successful Yuri Honing Trio. The record Star Tracks (1996) caused his international breakthrough – Honing built a unique personal style, based on jazz, pop and non-western musical traditions. He also played and record with the godfather of the Dutch impro, Mischa Mengelberg, lead a group called ‘Oriënt Express’ which was based on a blend of jazz and traditional music from the Middle East, Recorded Schubert’s Winterreise with pianist Nora Mulder, and an album with orchestra arranged and conducted by Vince Mendoza.
Since a couple of years Honing leads his acoustic quartet with pianist Wolfert Brederode, Icelandic bassplayer Gulli Gudmundsson and Dutch drummer Joost Lijbaart. The group toured and performed on major festivals in Europe, Asia and South America. The new album ‘Desire’ from the group will be released in the beginning of 2015. For this album Yuri used influences from jazz, church music, contemporary pop music and modern classical music. Desire can be considered as Yuri’s most personal album. Not only was Desire declared best jazz album of the year, it was also Holland’s no.1 best selling album in 2015.
About Rochester International Jazz Festival
The CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival is one of the world’s leading jazz festivals. From legendary performers and familiar favorites, to rising stars and new discoveries, the Festival navigates all genres of creative improvised music from all corners of the world.
Founded in 2002 in Rochester, NY, the multi-dimensional nine-day Festival is held annually in downtown Rochester, NY and presents more than 1500 artists from around the world in 320+ shows at 20 venues. Attendance has grown from 15,000 in 2002 to 208,000 in 2018. Economic impact delivered to the region now exceeds $180 million. In addition to a headliner series and Club Pass Series of 220+ shows, the festival also presents 100+ free shows and events including nightly jam sessions and jazz workshops. The Festival’s jazz scholarship program has awarded almost $500,000 in scholarships to 40 students entering Eastman School of Music.
CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival is produced by RIJF, LLC, a privately held company owned by John Nugent and Marc Iacona. Nugent, Producer and Artistic Director, is a noted tenor sax player, who has traveled the world with many jazz artists including Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney, The Woody Herman Orchestra and The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Marc Iacona, Producer and Executive Director, is a Rochester native and President of Simcona Electronics. A business and community leader, he is an avid trumpeter and supporter of the arts.