Alessandro d'Episcopo pianist

Sonny Side Up

  • Christoph Grab ts
  • Alessandro d’Episcopo p
  • Haemi Haemmerli b
  • Elmar Frey dr

The SONNY SIDE UP! project of Zurich-based saxophonist Christoph Grab is an homage to one of the true greats of jazz saxophone: “Saxophone Colossus” Sonny Rollins, the father of hard bop and a close associate of Miles Davis.

Sonny Rollins is known for the razor-sharp phrasing of his improvisations, played with plenty of humor and a full tone. His unique combination of melodic simplicity and rhythmic sophistication has turned many of his compositions into world-famous standards.

Christoph Grab’s Swiss all-star band breathes new life into Rollins’ ethereal music with considerable drive and an energetic spirit of improvisation: the repertoire includes classics like “Airegin” and “St. Thomas” as well as Rollins’ favorite ballads and Broadway songs from the Great American Songbook.

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“Doxy” live at esse/winterthur 

"Airegin" live at esse/winterthur

"You Do Something To Me" live at esse/winterthur

"No Moe" live at esse/winterthur




Concerts and tours

Friday, 18 August

Alessandro d'Episcopo Solo Piano

Lugano, Parco Ciani - 20:00

Saturday, 26 August

Hämi Hämmerli Quartet

Chedi, Andermatt - 20:00

Roland von Flüe: sax

Alessandro d'Episcopo: p

Hämi Hämmerli: b

Elmar Frey: dr

Thursday, 14 September


Kulturkeller LaMarotte, Affoltern am Albis - 20:15

Stefan Schlegel: trombone

Alessandro d'Episcopo: piano

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