Chanda Rule + Sweet Emma Band
“With so much success, especially in New York, why relocate? It was in New York where she met her partner-in-life, an Austrian. Since moving to Vienna she’s embarked on a whole new musical career and performs all over Europe. Hopefully she’ll return to the states to perform at some point, but one listen will prove to you that she is indeed a special talent. This is some of the best jazz music, vocal or otherwise, heard this year.
Highly recommended.” Jim Hynes – Making A Scene
Chanda Rule, born in Chicago, was already a child in Gospelkirchen. She sang work songs and gospel at this time rather than playing with dolls. George Harris of the Los Angeles based Jazz Weekly says "I could listen to her all day!". Chanda, appeared as a singer in "Hair, The Musical" in Amsterdam and Milan before her reputation as a jazz singer caught up with her. Today she works with Donny McCaslin or Kirk Lightsey and on the ORF "Zeit Im Bild" her Rise Up-workshops are praised, because she is not only a grandezza of jazz, she is also a graduate in theology and "Interfaith Minister" inter-denominationally active.
Paul Zauner, Jan Korinek and Chanda Rule embark on a musical search for traces before gospel, jazz and blues had a name. Starting in New Orleans, it goes to the Baptist churches in the southern states, then the band stops at Down Home Blues in the Southside of Chicago. The fine, always open grooves on the drums come from Christian Salfellner. West African rhythms, as well as dub or just a swinging shuffle. This groove mix has started and is the beginning of an exciting journey.
Sweet Emma was an American pianist and singer from New Orleans. She performed regularly at the Preservation Hall; Nat & Cannonball Adderly dedicated the song Sweet Emma to her. In the sign of this Mood stands the whole program of the evening. Songs to groove and feel - by Hugh Masakela, Keith Jarrett and Traditionals from New Orleans. The country version of Keith Jarrett is as well as Sweet Emma of Cannonball & Nat Adderly. Paul Zauner plays, improvises, varies, mixes the music with traditional songs from South Africa, with a feeling of Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masakela and Harry Belafonte. Mario Rom, the new trumpet shooting star and Jan Korinek the Hammond magician from Prague join him. The fine, always open grooves on the drums come from Christian Salfellner.
Austrian Paul Zauner is a trombonist, composer, band leader, festival owner, label owner, record producer and entrepreneur. Paul has played with Bumi Fian , Woody Schabata , but also with Leon Thomas , George Adams , David Murray , Leopoldo Fleming , Hamiet Bluiett and Jean-Paul Bourelly . Zauner is also a music producer for his label PAO and worked as a concert promoter. Every year at Pentecost he organizes the INNtöne Jazz Festival on his farm ; he is also the curator for jazz at the Brucknerhaus in Linz and oversees the jazz program of several venues in Passau.