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German Jazz Expo

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5. Juli 2021
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5. Juli 2021

German Jazz Expo

Heidi Bayer's "Virtual Leak" (DE)

Trumpeter/composer Heidi Bayer has been based in Cologne since 2015. Another prominent member of the scene there, Stefan Karl Schmid, says of her: “A fabulous musician. She always acts musically and technically on the highest level in very diverse contexts. I especially value her individual, very expressive and powerful voice on the instrument, which greatly enriches the scene in Cologne and beyond.”


LINE-UP Heidi Bayer (tpt, flgn) · Johannes Ludwig (as) · Leif Berger (dr) · Calvin Lennig (db)
30th APRIL 2021 I 16:20-17:20
Showcase Video

For more information : heidi-bayer.de or mail us info@heidi-bayer.de

Hendrika Entzian+ (DE)

Hendrika Entzian, winner of the “WDR Jazz Prize for Composition”, founded her colourful big band in 2018. Prior to this she attracted attention with her quartet and as an arranger for the Metropole Orkest, among others. The first album of the big band “Marble” was released in April 2020.


LINE-UP Andy Haderer (tpt) · Felix Meyer (tpt) · Bastian Stein (tpt) · Heidi Bayer (tpt) · Janning Trumann (tb) · Shannon Barnett (tb) · Janning Trumann (tb) · Jan Schreiner (btb) · Julian Bossert (as) · Theresia Philipp (as) · Matthew Halpin (ts) · Sebastian Gille (ts) · Heiko Bidmon (bar) · Simon Seidl (p) · Sandra Hempel (g) · Matthias Akeo Nowak (db) · Fabian Arends (dr) · Hendrika Entzian (cond)
2nd MAY 2021 I 18:10-19:10
Showcase Video

For more information : hendrika-entzian.de or mail us Hendrika.Entzian@googlemail.com

Johanna Summer (DE)

Originally from Plauen in Saxony, pianist Johanna Summer has been winning prizes from an early age and was pianist in BuJazzO, the German Federal Youth Jazz Orchestra, from 2018 to 2020. The jazzahead! showcase is her release concert of her solo debut “Schumann in a Kaleidoscope” (ACT).


LINE-UP Johanna Summer (p)
30th APRIL 2021 I 21:15-22:00
Showcase Video

For more information : johannasummer.com or mail us johannasummer@gmx.de

Nau Trio (DE)

The three musicians based in Cologne present compositions blending rhythmic jazz and captivating melodies. The South American musical influences of Henrique Gomide from Brazil and Jean Cammas from Chile, together with the "African drumming" of Dutch drummer Antoine Duijkers form the basis of their compositions and improvisations. In 2020 the trio will be releasing their first album.


LINE-UP Henrique Gomide (p) · Jean Cammas (db) · Antoine Duijkers (dr, perc)
1st MAY 2021 I 19:10-20:10
Showcase Video

For more information : nautrio.com or mail us jhjgomide@gmail.com

NIAQUE (DE)

When saxophonist Stefan Karl Schmid and guitarist Philipp Brämswig first discovered each other’s playing in 2006, they immediately knew there was an affinity between them and that they wanted to form a band together. Critic Hans-Jürgen Linke wrote: "Everything about their music seems measured, skilful, balanced. And yet it is never lifeless, but carefully worked out, honed and expertly given expressive colours."


LINE-UP Stefan Karl Schmid (sax) · Philipp Brämswig (g) · Stefan Schönegg (db) · Fabian Arends (dr)
30th APRIL 2021 I 17:55-19:00
Showcase Video

For more information : philippbraemswig.com or mail us info@philippbraemswig.com

The True Harry Nulz (DE)

The septet merges two longstanding bands: the post-jazz "Edi Nulz" and the indie rock-inspired "The Great Harry Hillman“. A triple double threat, with pairs of bass clarinets, guitars and drum kits, plus an electric bass. The band started in 2017 and have won the Swiss "BeJazz Transnational” competition for crossborder bands.


LINE-UP Nils Fischer (bcl) · Siegmar Brecher (bcl) · David Koch (g) · Julian Adam Pajzs (g) · Samuel Huwyler (b-g) · Dominik Mahnig (dr) · Valentin Schuster (dr)
1st MAY 2021 I 18:10-19:10
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Tilo Weber Quartet "Four Fauns" (DE)

Since Berlin drummer and composer Tilo Weber established the acoustic quartet "Four Fauns", they have managed to captivate with transparency and grace. With clarinetist Claudio Puntin, trumpeter Richard Koch, and bassist James Banner, Weber transports music through the centuries and into modernity, reimagining the Renaissance through his own distinctive lens.


LINE-UP Tilo Weber (dr) · Almut Kühne (voc) · Richard Koch (tpt) · James Banner (db)
1st MAY 2021 I 17:10-18:10
Showcase Video

For more information : tiloweber.com or mail us mgmt@malletmuserecords.com

Tobias Meinhart - BERLIN PEOPLE (DE)

For saxophonist Tobias Meinhart (“One of Germany's greatest talents on tenor sax” – Jazz thing) it was a spell being a youngster roadie with the Bob Brookmeyer Orchestra on tour which first sparked his love for jazz. Now, a decade on from making his move to New York, he presents Berlin People: A project bridging the musical cultures of his native Germany with the second hometown of NYC.


LINE-UP Tobias Meinhart (ts, EWI) · Ludwig Hornung (p) · Tom Berkmann (db) · Mathias Ruppnig (dr)
1st MAY 2021 I 22:15-23:10
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For more information : tobiasmeinhart.com or mail us meinharttobias@gmail.com