New Yorker Vladimir Cetkar brought passion and energy to Chicago



~ Milica Puric ~

Vladimir Cetkar, a jazz musician from New York, held a recent concert at the famous club Xippo in Chicago. As with every performance, the atmosphere was fantastic. Cetkar brought in and the windy city his positive energy and great passion. He was playing with his band old and new songs, he was enjoying good music, talking to people in the audience, making them laugh, taking pictures with them…


Vladimir Cetkar is a Macedonian multi-talented professional musician who is based in New York City. His work as a guitarist, vocalist and composer has been praised by music luminaries such as George Benson, Maceo Parker and many more Blue Note Jazz Festival He was born in Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia where he played violin in his childhood. He was greatly influenced by such jazz, funk, soul and disco bands and musicians as Change, Chic, Earth Wind and Fire, Patrice Rushen, Cameo, The Brothers Johnson, Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Quincy Jones, Jamiroquai and many more. Later in life, Vladimir came to the United States to attend the Berklee College of Music. There, he focused on contemporary writing and production with his jazz guitar as his main instrument.


His critically acclaimed release in 2008, ‘We Will Never End’, has received spectacular reviews worldwide Nu-Soul Magazine and has ranked him as one of the most promising names in the Jazz-Soul-Funk genre Patriks Soul Funk Music He is an active live performing at various international festivals and venues around Europe and the US ranging from the largest music festival in Europe, Sziget Festival (Budapest) to some of the most prestigious US jazz venues like the Hollywood, LA, Blue Note (NYC ), Blues Alley (Washington DC), Regattabar (Boston) and many more.


Vladimir Cetkar has just finished his second studio album titled Heavenly, which was first released in Japan in December 2013 with great feedback from critics and media BBQ Records. The material has also received accolades from industry veterans such as legendary music producers, writers Patrick Adams (Salsoul Records, Prelude Records) and Bob Esty (Casablanca Records), iconic Disco Artist D.C. LaRue and many more. The Heavenly album also includes remixes by the world-renowned French DJ – Producer Dimitri From Paris.

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