Renato Chicco: piano
Flip Philipp: vibraphone
Jaka Kopac: alto saxophone
Milan Nikolic: bass
Joris Dudli: drums
The Quintet plays the music of the great pianist/composer Mulgrew Miller, one of the most important jazz musicians of our time. Mulgrew Miller passed away in 2013 leaving behind a remarkable legacy of recordings and original compositions. The instrumentation with alto saxophone, vibraphone, piano, bass and drums outlines the rich textures of Mulgrew Miller’s originals, recorded among others in his albums I/A/‚Wingspan‘, ‚Hand In Hand‘ and ‚The Sequel‘.
Renato Chicco (Italy/Slovenia) is a graduate of both the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz and Berklee College of Music in Boston. While living in New York City (1990-1998) he was a member of the legendary Lionel Hampton Orchestra (1990-1991) and was pianist and musical director for Jon Hendricks & Company (1991-1997). In addition, Renato has performed and recorded with Lou Donaldson, Clark Terry, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Junior Cook, Benny Golson, Wynton Marsalis, Al Foster, Jerry Bergonzi and many others. As a leader, Renato has recorded five CDs, two of which include his arrangements of Slovenian folk songs. Renato is currently professor for jazz improvisation at the University of Music in Graz.
Flip Philipp (Austria) received his first music lessons at the age of five including recorder, trumpet, drums & euphonium. He studied at the Music University in Graz and at the Franz Schubert-Konservatorium. In 1990 he became the Principal Percussionist of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. From then on Flip worked with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Super World Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Orchestra and with guest artists like Natalie Cole, Joe zawinul, Lalo Schifrin, Diana Ross, Placido Domingo, José Carreras, Luciano Pavarotti, Diane Warwick, Michael Mantler, Wayne Horvitz, the Vienna Art Orchestra and many more.
Jaka Kopac (Slovenia) graduated from the University of Music in Graz and completed his Masters Degree at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. While living in Finland he released his first album as a leader called ‚Almost There‘. His second album called ‚Present Thoughts‘, which was recorded in New York with some of the world's top jazz musicians, ist o be released soon. Jaka took part in several international projects, such as the European Movement Jazz Orchestra, the New School Jazz Orchestra and the Umo Big Band. He also performed with Jonathan Blake, Jimmy Owens, Doug Hammond, Danny Grissett, Vicente Archer, Dusko Goykovich, Bosko Petrovic, George Garzone and Lennie Pickett.
Milan Nikolic (Serbia) studied at the University Of Music in Graz and is currently one of the most-in-demand bass players in and around central Europe. He performed with Karl Ratzer, Walt Weiskopf, Ferdinand Povel, Vincent Herring, Eric Alexander and many others. Recently, in addition to touring, Milan has been holding a teaching position for Jazz bass at the Academy of Music in Belgrade, Serbia.
Joris Dudli (Switzerland) grew up in Vienna from the age of seven. At a young age he started learning piano and drums. From the age of seventeen Joris already began working as a studio musician. From 1977 to 1986 Joris was a member of the Vienna Art Orchestra, from 1979 to 1986 of the Art Farmer Quintet. While living in New York (1986 – 1999) and back in Vienna since 2000 Joris performed with Clifford Jordan, Jimmy Heath, Vincent Herring (from 1999), Joe Zawinul (2002), Andy McGhee, Alex Foster, Myron Walden, the Fritz Pauer Trio (2003), Sheila Jordan, Benny Golson (2005) and others.