Black Coffee is a famous jazz group from Split , Croatia active since 1993.
In 1996. they released their first album titled simply "BLACK COFFEE". Album features such stars of Croatian music as Oliver Dragojevic and Gibonni, as well as guest appearance by famous Croatian actor Bozidar Alic. The composition "Night & Day" featuring Oliver, wins Croatian discography award "Porin" in the category of Best Jazz Performance.
Ever since has the group performed at numerous jazz and ethno festivals (Lagano, lagano; Hrvatski Jazz Sabor; Springtime Jazz Fever; Liburnia Jazz Festival; Alpe-Adria Jazz Festival; Baloon 2; Porin itd.), releasing 5 albums until this day. The most successful performances include concert at first SPLIT JAZZ FESTIVAL, which has also seen performances by names of world jazz scene such as McCoy Tyner, Michael Brecker and Trilok Gurtu, JAZZ FOR PEACE festival in Pescara alongside James Williams, Larry Willis and Bobby Watson, and numerous guest performances in neighbor countries.
Their albums feature guest appearances by croatian artists such as Bosko Petrovic, Matija Dedic, Zdenka Kovacicek and others. The group has been nominated for the Porin award multiple times, and is also famous for its frequent concert activity and cooperation with numerous stars of Croatian music (Gabi Novak, Arsen Dedic, Tedi Spalato, Divas, Meri Cetinic, Bruno Kovacic, TBF etc.).
Group's backbone is formed around its rhythm section; bass player Renato Svorinic and drummer Jadran Ducic Cico . The two of them perform in different all - star acts and play with foreign jazz musicians such as Miles Griffith, George Makinto, Csaba Deseo, Tony Pancella, Primoz Grasic and others.
Renato Svorinic, nominated many times for the best bass player, is also known by its work as an aranger and producer in many pop music projects, performing also with such great names of Croatian pop music as Gibonni and Vanna.
Jadran Ducic Cico released few solo projects, and year 2000 brings him the nomination for the fusion musician of the year. Together with Matija Dedic, Renato and Jadran form the famous Telletubies Jazz Trio.
In 2002. the group starts GLASOVI DALMACIJE project.
For the first time in history of Croatian music, Black Coffee were fusing traditional Dalmatian music ( Dalmatia is a Mediterranean part of Croatia ), with traditions of Jazz. It results with collaboration with 4 female choir "Mendula“( in Dalmatia man's choir of 4-8 members calls KLAPA).
In 2003. Black Coffee made an album "KRIJANCA" and for that CD won 2 discography award – "Porin".
Together with "KLAPA MENDULA" they promote a contemporary vision of traditional Dalmatian music on many festivals such as- CHIETI JAZZ FESTIVAL (ITALY), PESCARA JAZZ(ITALY), INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAYS-ZAGREB and many others.
2006th the joint project with Mary Cetinić, CD titled "Tiramola "published by Croatia Records.
It should also be noted that since 2006. the band collaborates with a number of international musicians such as:
Tammy McCann - American jazz singer known for her collaboration with Ray Charles and George Duke,
Robin Brown - one of the best American gospel singer,
Carlos Werneck - Brazilian musician longtime collaborator Tania Maria,
Georgie Fame - British music legend,
Marcelo Godoy - Brazilian singer-songwriter,
Nico Menci - one of the best Italian pianists of the new generation
Over the past few years Black Coffee most cooperates with Italian
bandoneon musician - Daniele di Bonaventura, with whom they in 2009th released CD for the Italian label "Caligola Records" from Venice called "Dall altra parte del Adriatico. The CD was promoted in several festivals in Italy (Venice, Pesaro, Bologna, ...), and also gets excellent reviews in the music magazine "Musica Jazz" and "Jazzit".
The album, which for the first time in modern music history contains the Croatian and Italian compositions, was promoted in a series of local festivals (Splitsko Ljeto, Dani Matice Hrvatske Mostar, Jazz festival Losinj, Zadarsko Kazalisno Ljeto , etc.).