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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, Eric Person, Kevin Fitzgerald Burke.
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.

Press, News:
“After An Education In American Jazz, A Musician Tackles The Turkish Songbook”
Peter Kanyon, NPR News
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“The musical performances were truly virtuoso.”
Paul White, Sound on Sound
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“An accomplished jazz guitarist who immersed himself in the New York jazz scene for 17 years before returning home to Istanbul”
Paul White, Sound on Sound
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“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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Contact: yakyazici@gmail.com
Cep: +90 (533) 440 81 99‬
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