Mathias Eick, the young Norwegian trumpet phenom, has probably not been mentioned enough around these parts. In 2007, Eick was awarded the International Jazz Talent given by the International Jazz Festivals Organization. He has since went on to record three albums for the prestigious ECM record label, his most recent Midwest came out digitally just last March. Eick is not only a member of the Norwegian experimental jazz band Jaga Jazzist but has also collaborated with such greats as Chick Corea, Manu Katché, Lars Danielsson and Youn Sun Nah, plus he also doubles on bass, vibraphone, piano, and guitar when given the opportunity. Catch a captivating set featuring his quintet with Andreas Ulvo on keys, Audun Erlien on bass, Andrea Bye on drums and Kenneth Kaspad also on drums, filmed in June 2013 at JazzBaltica in Germany. Video courtesy of Arte expires November 1st.
Sébastien Hélary co-founded Nextbop in 2009 with the objective of introducing modern jazz music to a younger generation of fans. Aside from music, his other main obsession is food, particularly ramen and other Japanese delicacies.