biography

After cutting his teeth on New York jazz for 17 years, an accomplished jazz guitarist Yavuz Akyazıcı, returned home to Istanbul to convert Turkey’s pop songs into popular jazz, the way American jazz musicians stylized tunes from the Great American Songbook. His albums Turkish Standards Vol.1 and Vol.2, immediately withdrew attention in Istanbul’s jazz scene. These albums also caught attention of NPR News which is the most famous American intellectual radio and he became a guest for an interview. While in New York, Akyazıcı performed in world wide famous jazz clubs like Birdland, Knitting Factory, Smalls, 55 Bar and festivals like JVC Jazz Festival, Baku Jazz Festival, Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, Akbank Jazz Festival with names like Patricia Barber, Billie Harper, Matt Wilson and Eric Person.
Akyazıcı also tours with his trio where he plays his compositions in world jazz fashion. He has published 6 albums and performed in many cities in Europe and Turkey.

I know you can hear me

Birth – Divine Jazz Club

Volkan – Nardis
Baku Jazz Festival Jam after concert İKSV Salon concert
Press, News:
“Turkish Standards Vol.1 came out to be simple and rich at the same time while elegantly avoiding the intellectual trap of melodic, harmonic and rhythmic compulsions.” Eray Aytimur, Radikal
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“The best domestic alternative to Tony Bennett’s CD named “Duets 2” is Yavuz Akyazıcı Project’s Turkish Standart Vol.1. I especially loved the jazz versions of “Bu Aşk Fazla Sana”, “Romeo” and “Sabır”. I think this is the best fall CD of recent years!” Onur Baştürk, Hürriyet
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“The musical performances were truly virtuoso.” Paul White, Sound on Sound
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