To some people he may have been the inventor and pioneer of easy listening, to others Bremen’s uncrowned “Party King”. He had an incomparable knack for celebrating opulently orchestral pop music yet never forgot his love of jazz. Time and again, he could be found devoting his big band’s powerful drums, fantastic trumpets and expressive strings to unconventional musical crossover projects.
James Last would have celebrated his 90th birthday in 2019. That means there’s no better opportunity than this to follow his life’s motto – non-stop music – and honour him with an extremely special series of concerts: After having worked closely at James Last’s side for many years, a devoted team will present the biggest hits of his approximately 50-year career, live on stage. Many former members of his orchestra, plus a few of the best musicians Germany has to offer, are joining together with his former managers and the Last family to rekindle the memory of James Last.
The “New James Last Orchestra” will be directed by Lutz Krajenski, one of Germany’s foremost pianists, arrangers and band leaders. “James Last and I definitely have at least two things in common – our love of music and our desire to use that music to make people happy. That’s why having the chance to be a part of this tour and pay tribute to Hansi’s musical legacy isn’t just a great pleasure, it’s a huge honour,” explains Lutz Krajenski in eager anticipation of this unique and exceptional role.
The “Official Tribute to James Last” series of concerts is an homage to an artist who left behind a enormous musical and personal legacy in the history of German music. Every arrangement will remain as faithful as possible to the original without completely refraining from incorporating a few new musical inspirations. Just as James Last, who always infused his programmes with new ideas, would have wanted it.