• 26.6. - 11.7. 2015





With the kind help of:



Zakiya Hooker (vocals), Chris James (vocals), John Lee Sanders (piano, sax, vocals), Frank Folgmann (guitar), Krešo Sonnyboy Oremus (harp); Jazz Orchestra HRT; Saša Nestorović (leader, conductor, sax)

This powerful, energetic, exciting show presents a high class performance of original compositions of these outstanding artists of the international music scene and “highlights” of the history of Blues – Soul and Jazz music. The task of the Night of the Blues is to fill that lack and continue the tradition of Blues music with the sound of an orchestra.

Zakiya Hooker

Zakiya made her debut performance in 1991 with her dad, John Lee Hooker, at the Kaiser Center Theatre in Oakland, CA.  Since that time Zakiya has gone on to perform on shows with the likes of Etta James, Charles Brown, John Hammond, Taj Mahal and many more. Zakiya has performed internationally in Paris, Amsterdam, London and Switzerland.  Zakiya has performed at the world famous Filmore Auditorium, The San Francisco Blues Festival and The Monterey Jazz & Blues Festival.  Zakiya Hooker is John Lee Hooker’s living legacy.  She is the singer-songwriter daughter of this American Icon and she is carrying her father’s seminal blues torch confidently into the new millennium. 

John Lee Sanders

John Lee Sanders can sit in front of a piano and bring the smoke from a Texas BBQ, A New Orleans Street Parade, and the Soul of the Mississippi Delta, all in one set.
He's a 2007 Emmy nominated Composer and Winner of three 2009 Canadian Music Awards. His 2004 blues hit, Foreclose on the house of love received a Blues Music Award in Memphis for song of the year. He has shared the stage with such music giants as John Lee Hooker, Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Page, Jefferson Starship, Chuck Berry, Dr. John, The Meters, Willie Nelson, Tower of Power, Jimmy Witherspoon, and a host of pop, jazz, blues and country legends. He is responsible for the arrangements of the music of Night of the blues.

Chris James

Founder of the 1960s Oakland group The Natural Four, Chris James is one of the greatest living Soul singer with a incredible voice range and a great stage performance. Chris performed and shared the stage with artist such as Earth Wind and Fire, The Temptations, Kool and the Gang, the Isley Brothers and his former producer Curtis Mayfield among others. With more than 200 songs composed and distributed in various albums throughout the world, Chris has an impressive discography. Chris has used his talents to train and produce singers from Paris, Japan, England South America and the US. In 1987 Chris, met and started to coach and produce Zakiya Hooker who is the daughter of the late great John Lee Hooker. Chris produced all four of Zakiya’s albums. In 2002 Chris produced the final John Lee Hooker CD Face to Face. Chris is also the President and Co-Owner of the John Lee Hooker Boom Boom Recording Studio in Douglasville, Georgia.

The Croatian Radio-Television Jazz Orchestra, formerly known as the Radio Zagreb Dance Orchestra has been in existence for the past sixty odd years and such longevity is rarely seen on a world scale. The RTZ Dance Orchestra, as it was known at the time, was a predecessor of today’s HRT Jazz Orchestra and was founded during season 1946/1947 to meet the needs of the Radio and was made up of best musicians from several ensembles, led by Zlatko Černjul. The Orchestra was later led by several conductors, but Miljenko Prohaska has a special place in the history of the orchestra, as he led it for 30 years. After playing at the Bled Jazz Festival in 1962, the Orchestra enters a new era – it turned to its own repertoire.

Sašo Nestorović taught classical saxophone at the Music School in Zagreb from 1992 to 1998, as well as jazz improvisation and the principles of improvisation at the Secondary School of Music and Ballet in Ljubljana (Slovenia). He has been active on the German, Croatian and Slovene jazz scene. He leads the Summer School of Jazz on the island of Brač and gives lectures at the Summer School of Saxophone in Dubrovnik. He acted as saxophonist, clarinettist and recording musician with the Croatian Radio Television Jazz Orchestra, as well as composer and arranger with the Zagreb Jazz Portrait quartet. He has worked with eminent jazz musicians like Jesse Benett, Allan Pruskin and Mario de Murier.

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