On Sunday, May 19, two Senior Romanian Fulbright Scholars were featured performers at the Richard Oschanitzsky International Jazz festival in Iasi. Tom Smith and Rick Condit performed in separate, but equally acclaimed, concerts that generated no fewer than six curtain calls between them.
Saxophonist Condit (a distinguished alumnus of the 1970s Stan Kenton Band) was warmly received by a familiar Iasi audience that remembered fondly his first 2002 residency at the Enescu School of the Arts. He was joined on stage by acclaimed Swedish pianist Ion Baicu.
Trombonist Smith, a very well known jazz peronality in Romania, preceded Condit with the premier of his high-energy avant garde trio, which also featured Bucharest musicians Vlaicu Golcea and Vlad Popescu.
The Richard Oschanitsky Jazz Festival is an annual three-day event honoring the life of Romania’s most celebrated jazz composer. The concerts were attended by an audience of over 700 people (with over 100 turned away at the door) and were broadcast live on TVR Iasi.