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Dimitris Kalantzis Quintet

    “It is the first time that Manos Hadjidakis’ music is approached in a jazzy manner and under the historic jazz label of Verve”
    Vradyni, 29.09.2011

    “Jazz Tribute to Manos Hadjidakis: an album that created a sensation last year”
    Yiannis Alexiou, Vradyni tis Kyriakis

    “The result is wonderful! Five unique jazzmen and a small symphony orchestra rediscover the jazz side of the most cosmopolitan Greek composer.”
    Epikaira, 03.11.2011

    “It was an unforgettable night.  Not only for me, but also for everyone in the audience.  The enthusiastic applause with “bravo” is just indicative.”
    Ta Nea, Orizontes, 24.01.2011

    “100% jazz, 100% Hadjidakis.  The jazz approach of D.Kalantzis Quintet and Athens Camerata to nine compositions by Manos Hadjidakis is of high artistic value”
    Giorgos Mitrakis, Ta Nea

The critically acclaimed Dimitris Kalantzis Quintet has been praised as creating an “innovative” and “bold” approach to jazz.  They recently performed for the first time in the U.S an original repertoire of jazz inspired by the work of Manos Hadjidakis; applying their creative energies and desire to transcend genres in these adaptations of the compositions of Hadjidakis.

Dimitris Kalantzis, piano
Takis Paterelis, saxophone
Andreas Polyzogopoulos, trumpet
Alexander Drakos Ktistakis, drums
Giorgos Georgiadis, bass

Dimitris Kalantzis (piano) has taught at the Piraeus School of Music Piraeus and the Athenaeum Conservatory. During the period 2004–10, he taught jazz performance in the music department at Ionian University. He serves as chair of the jazz department of the Athens Conservatory. He has collaborated with prominent musicians from the Greek and international jazz scene, such as Andy Sheppard, Alex Foster, Ralph Peterson, Rex Richardson, Dennis Baptiste, Abram Wilson, Marcelo Peliteri, Ron Afif, and Tony Remy, among others. As a band leader, Kalantzis has performed in some of the largest theaters in Greece and played at the Sani Festival and other major concerts. Kalantzis has been a member of the National Orchestra of Greek Music since 1999, which has given him the opportunity to collaborate with many well-known artists.

Takis Paterelis (saxophone) began classical piano studies at the Athens Conservatory at the age of six, initially studying under Eleni Vartha and later working with Aliki Vatikioti. He has been teaching saxophone, piano, orchestration, improvisation, and music theory at the Philippos Nakas Conservatory since 1993. Between 1983 and 2003, Paterelis collaborated with many important Greek jazz musicians and well as musicians from abroad, including John Hicks, Manny Boyd, Danny Hayes, Tony Lakatos, Bella Lacatos, and Jimmy Cob, and he has participated in several jazz recordings. His own albums include “Let the Blues Talk” (Legend Records) and a collaboration with George Kontrafouris entitled “Funky People” (Europe Record).

Andreas Polyzogopoulos (trumpet) attended classes with Markus Stockhausen, Angelo Verploegen, and Paolo Fresu, among others. Polyzogopouloshas given concerts in Europe and is an active figure in the Greek jazz scene. He performed with Michel Portal, Markus Stockhausen, Gunter Baby Sommer, Kostas Theodorou, Haig Yazdhan, David Lynch, and others and has taken part in several versatile recordings. In 2006 he formed Poly Quartet, a group based on his compositions. Poly Quartet released the album “Perfumed Dreams” in 2008 and the same year received first place at the Motives for Jazz Competition in Belgium. He has been a member of the European Jazz Orchestra since 2010.

Alexandros Drakos Ktistakis (drums) took private courses with Ron Savage, Ralph Peterson, and Lee Pierson. He has collaborated with many important artists from Greece and abroad in jazz, Latin jazz, and funk music. He served as a professor of drums at the Philippos Nakas Conservatory and is now professor and director at the Athens Modern Music School; he also teaches in the music department at Ionian University. He has made several recordings, with, among others Rex Richardson, Yannis Kassetas and The Funk Wizards, Vassilis Rakopoulos, Kostas Balatzanis, and others. Ionian Jazz Ensemble magazine released his recording “Jazz and Tzaz” in March 2003.

Giorgos Georgiadis (bass) has been a member of guitarist Takis Barberis’s band since 1997, and in 1998, he recorded the album “Naiva” (Lyra), followed by the album “Porto Kayio” (Libra Music) in 2004. He has collaborated with the National Theater Company of Greece for performances of Aristophanes’ Birds and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (both with music by Dimitris Papadimitriou). He has also performed with the Athens Symphony Orchestra. In 2003, he participated in the 3rd Jazz Festival in Athens and in 2004 performed with various bands at events held by the city of Athens in advance of the Olympic Games.