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Montag, 14. Mai 2007, 16:46

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Roger Cicero
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Roger Marcel Cicero Ciceu (born July 6, 1970 in Berlin) is a German jazz musician and the son of the Romanian pianist Eugen Cicero.

Biography

Cicero's godmother is Caterina Valente. He made his first appearance at the age of eleven supporting German singer Helen Vita. He appeared on television for the first time aged 16, alongside the RIAS-Tanzorchester, then under the direction of Horst Jankowski. Cicero joined the Hohner Conservatory in Trossingen when he was 18, where he received coaching in piano, guitar and singing. Between 1989 and 1992, he appeared alongside the Horst Jankowski Trio, the Eugen Cicero Trio (his father’s group) as well as with the Bundesjugendjazzorchester (German Youth Jazz Orchestra), which was then directed by Peter Herbolzheimer. From 1991 to 1996 he studied jazz singing at the Amsterdam Academy of Arts (Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten) at Hilversum. Since then, he has been a guest singer with the groups Jazzkantine and Soulounge with whom he took part in the Montreux Jazz Festival. In 2003 he founded the Roger Cicero Quartet, as well as continuing to perform with his eleven-piece big band. His style is predominantly that of 1940s and 1950s swing music, combined with German lyrics.

In 2006, Cicero was involved with the album Good Morning Midnight by jazz pianist Julia Hülsmann, and released his first solo album Männersachen in May of the same year. Working alongside thirteen composers (predominantly Matthias Haß and Frank Ramond), his music has an unusual composition. "Schieß mich doch zum Mond" is the German version of Frank Sinatra’s classic "Fly Me to the Moon". The covered track "Zieh die Schuh aus" ("Take your shoes off"), which deals ironically with the battle of the sexes, reached number 71 in the German singles chart. The album Männersachen made it to number 3.

Cicero was Germany's participant for the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 in Helsinki but only made it to No. 19. With his song Frauen regier'n die Welt (Women rule the world) he won the preliminary decision in a competition against Monrose and Heinz Rudolf Kunze. Although he won with Frauen regier'n die Welt it peaked only at number 7 and stayed one week in the Top-10 and left very quickly the Top-30 in just four weeks.

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Dienstag, 15. Mai 2007, 02:21

Another biography and informations (e.g. about the band) you can find at the official homepage from Roger Cicero - www.rogercicero.de - you only have to press the "Union Jack" to get to the english version of the page. :)

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Dienstag, 29. Mai 2007, 14:40

Roger Cicero: Swing is his thing!

Roger Cicero, born on 6th July 1970, is genetically predestined. Eugen Cicero, Roger's father, was a famous jazz pianist in the 1970s in Europe. His mother was a dancer at the opera, but was unable to continue her career because of a broken toe. Artists were constant guests at home, the legendary Josephine Baker cuddled him on her lap.

At the age of 4 he was lifted onto a piano stool - but his protests were successful. Roger Cicero did not want to be a wunderkind. At 10 he discovered the guitar, which was much more to his liking. On long car trips father and son sang songs together by Gilbert O’Sullivan, Errol Garner, Stevie Wonder and Manhattan Transfer, and Roger's early musical taste developed in this way.

At just 12 he made his first stage appearance (with Helen Vita), at 16 he had his first TV shows with Horst Jankowski and the RIAS dance orchestra. After leaving school he underwent solid musical training: first of all song, piano and guitar at the Hohner conservatoire in Trossingen. In 1991 he studied music at the School of the Arts in Hilversum, majoring in jazz singing. With his club appearances he not only financed his life in Holland but also developed into a charismatic entertainer. Back in Germany he worked first with the Soullounge formation, later on issuing his first CD under his own name and that of the After Hours formation. Other jazz CDs followed (among others with Julia Hülsmann) and Cicero was praised by all the critics, both for the CDs and for his live performances.

Finally, the meeting with songwriters and producers Frank Ramond and Mathias Haß led to his jazz-oriented path curving sharply upwards. With this team he was able to realise a long-held dream: to record a CD with swing music and contemporary German lyrics.

The album was called "Männersachen" and entered the charts in the lee of the fantastic single "Zieh die Schuh aus" just 2 weeks after it was issued at the end of May. And it's still there. The current status is platinum.

Roger Cicero was ready for the big stage. With his brilliant 11-piece band, under the direction of the pianist Lutz Krajenski, his music partner, he is now taking part in a major tour of Germany. Many of the 33 concerts planned up to now have already been sold out. Cicero is being celebrated by enthusiastic audiences and is enjoying the success to the full.

On 8th March Cicero will be one of the three candidates taking part in the German knockout round for the Eurovision Song Contest. The song he has written especially for this occasion is called "Frauen regier’n die Welt" ("Women rule the world"). This does not refer so much to the power initiative by Angie, Hillary, Ségolène & Co – it is more a deep-seated recognition, internalised over generations but still accepted with a twinkle in the eyes, that only an out-and-out macho does not want to accept. And Roger Cicero is definitively not a macho.

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