Yavuz & Funda Akyazıcı E-Letter
After cutting his teeth on New York jazz for 17 years, an accomplished guitarist Yavuz Akyazıcı, returned home to to convert Turkey’s pop songs into jazz, the way American jazz musicians stylized tunes from the Great American Songbook. His albums Turkish Standards Vol.1 – 2 and Vol.3, immediately withdrew attention in Istanbul’s jazz scene. These albums also caught attention of NPR News and they did an interview with Yavuz. 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.
After publishing Turkish Standards series, Yavuz Akyazıcı has been composing all original songs collaborating with his wife Funda Akyazıcı.