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Sam Truempy Memorial Jazz Coalition

The SAM TRUEMPY MEMORIAL JAZZ COALITION is a transatlantic jazz group dedicated to the musical legacy of the late composer and tenorist Sam Truempy and consists of eight experienced jazz musicians (three alumni of the world-renowned Berklee College of Music among them) from Switzerland, the U.S.A and Canada.
Sam Truempy was a Swiss music pioneer from the 1960s until his untimely passing in 2003. His inheritance includes a collection of great original jazz compositions. In 2007 guitarist Werner Tian Fischer initiated a tribute band, the «Sam Truempy Memorial Jazz Coalition». Eight jazz musicians with Swiss roots contributed their individual arrangements to Truempy’s compositions.

The band did a successful concert tour of Switzerland in August/September 2007. The last concert of that tour was recorded by sound engineer Patrik Schwitter who is also famous for his recording of the very last performance of Sun Ra and His Arkestra.

This recording was released in Nov 2009 on CD by ALTRISUONI RECORDS in Switzerland, Germany and Austria. ALTRISUONI RECORDS was at that time the most important jazz recording label in Switzerland.

The group consists of:
Jürg Wickihalder (ss/as)
Jonas Knecht (as/ts/fl)
Heiri Baumgartner (ts/bs)
Ruedi Wettstein (bs)
Werner Tian Fischer (g)
Félix Stüssi (p)