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Showcasing Bands 2021: German Jazz Expo (Part 1)

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jazzahead! and International jazz Day Germany have teamed up to present you the jazzahead! 2021 showcasing artist even before the event in articles, interviews and more.

Heidi Bayer's "Virtual Leak" (DE)

Heidi Bayer won her first distinction as a classical clarinetist, switching to jazz and, at 17, to trumpet and flugelhorn. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree at the Mainz University of Music and studied with Prof. Axel Schlosser and Frank Wellert.
Her duo "Bayer//Scobel" is the winner of the Folkwang Jazz Award 2018. In the same year she founded her new band "Virtual Leak" and released her debut album as leader on Tangible Music in March 2020.
Since 2015 Heidi Bayer lives in Cologne and plays in different formations. Among them in Sven Decker's JULI Quartet and Janning Trumann's nonet "Wem Zeit wie Ewigkeit", in Shannon Barnett's "Wolves and Mirrors", in the Subway Jazz Orchestra, with electronic artist Friederike Bernhardt, Hendrika Entzian's Bigband as well as Stefan Karl Schmid's Octet.
Since 2019 she teaches trumpet, ensemble and bigband didactics at the University of Oldenburg.

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Hendrika Entzian+ (DE)

First in Hamburg, then in Cologne, Hendrika Entzian studied double bass. In addition to her involvement in various Cologne projects, she increasingly focused on composition and subsequently completed a master's degree in jazz arranging and composition, also in Cologne, which she graduated with top grades in 2015.
With her quartet, she released two CDs on Traumton Records: "Turnus" (2015) and "Pivot" (2017). "Pivot" was nominated for the ECHO Jazz in 2017.
Hendrika regularly writes and arranges for large ensembles such as the WDR Big Band, Metropol Orchestra, Subway Jazz Orchestra, CCJO, Jazzkombinat and BujazzO, among others.
She is also the 2018 WDR Jazz Prize winner in the composition category, and teaches jazz theory and arrangement/composition at the Cologne University of Music.
With Hendrika Entzian+ she founded her own jazz orchestra, whose debut CD "Marble" was released in April 2020 by Traumton Records.

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Johanna Summer (DE)

Johanna Summer is a German pianist living in Dresden and Berlin. She started classical piano lessons at the age of 7 and was a multiple prize winner at the national competition "Jugend musiziert" and "Jugend jazzt". Until 2018, she studied jazz piano in Dresden and regularly performs in various formations - both chamber music and solo. Johanna was a member of the Bundesjazzorchester (Bujazzo), among others. In 2018 she was the first solo artist ever to be awarded the "Young Munich Jazz Prize".
In April 2020, her solo debut "Schumann Kaleidoscope" was released on the ACT label, on which she improvisationally explores the music of Robert Schumann. She collaborates with musicians such as Jiggs Whigham, Django Bates, Sebastian Studnitzky, Randy Brecker and Richard DeRosa.
Johanna's music places special emphasis on the confluence of classical dramaturgy and interpretation with the spontaneity of jazz.

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NAU Trio (DE)

The South American musical influences of Henrique Gomide from Brazil and Jean Louc Cammas from Chile, together with the African playing style of Dutchman Antoine Duijkers, form the basis of their compositions and improvisations.

Henrique Gomide - piano
The Brazilian pianist dedicated his musical career mainly to classical and Brazilian music.

Jean Cammas - double bass
The bassist from Chile brings his virtuoso playing of Latin American music to Germany. His great sensitivity for music making and composing creates a successful blend of jazz and Latin.

Antoine Duijkers- drums, perc
After his music studies, the Dutch drummer traveled to West Africa to study with various African master drummers. He combines traditional drumming with African drums - such as Djembe, Doundoun, Nder, Mbeng Mbeng, Cól.

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