Ben Kraef - tenor saxophone (D/MNE)
Larry Porter - piano (USA)
Phil Donkin - bass (UK)
Tobias Backhaus - drums (D)

These four outstanding musicians will guarantee an evening of exciting and captivating jazz. Not only pursuing their own projects which have received great critical acclaim

internationally, each of them is deeply rooted in the jazz tradition and mastered playing jazz standards. This concert will feature some better and lesser known songs from the American Songbook and will be some of the best music Berlin has to offer.

-Larry Porter is one of the most respected American Jazz pianists currently residing in Germany. His professional career spans over five decades and his mastery of the art and language of Jazz have brought him to every corner of the world. He has collaborated and worked with some of the greatest American jazz legends including: Chet Baker, Mel Lewis, Archie Shepp Thad Jones, Art Farmer etc.

-Ben Kraef is a German-Montenegrin saxophonist and composer based in Berlin, In 2007 he relocated to New York City on a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and obtained a Master of Arts from The City College of New York in 2009.

-Phil Donkin

In 2010, Donkin moved to New York City, where he lived for three years and collaborated with such musicians as Ben Monder, Kevin Hays, Adam Rogers, Mark Turner, Seamus Blake, Steve Cardenas, Bruce Barth, Edward Simon and many others.

He also worked in Dhafer Youssef's Bird's Requiem and in Nils Wograms Root 70, among others. In addition, he plays in various formations with the pianist Rainer Böhm together with the saxophonist Ben Kraef. Donkin is also a member of Marius Nesets 'Birds' Quartet, in the quartet of Diego Piñera and the Tentett of Max von Mosch. In 2014 he played with Nils Wogram and in his own trio with Hayden Chisholm and Jochen Rückert.

-Tobias Backhaus is one of Germany’s most in-demand jazz drummers and a regular on the Zig Zag stage. A long list of Europe’s finest musicians rely on his versatile, swinging and creative accompaniment.

Eintritt frei – Beitrag erwünscht
Konzert Beginn um 21:15 Uhr (Einlass 20:00 Uhr)



One of the reasons that makes the zig zag jazz club so unique is that it is the first and only jazz club in the world that manages to finance world class events through a donation/crowd funding concept. How do we do it? Its quite simple… during the break of the concert we make an announcement regarding the collection for the evening. For most concerts we inform our customers that a donation of around 15€ per person will allow us to fairly compensate the musicians. Some people give more and some give less… and that´s ok… we ´ve already successfully promoted hundreds of concerts like this!!!


Einer der Gründe, die den Zig Zag Jazzclub so einzigartig machen, ist, dass er der erste und einzige Jazzclub der Welt ist, dem es gelingt nur durch Spenden/Crowdfunding Events von Weltklasse zu finanzieren. Und wie machen wir das? Ganz einfach. Während der Konzertpause geben wir bekannt, dass wir Geld einsammeln werden. Bei den meisten Konzerten informieren wir unsere Kunden, dass eine Spende von ungefähr 15 Euro es uns erlaubt die Musiker gerecht zu bezahlen. Manche geben dabei mehr und andere weniger... und das ist auch in Ordnung. Wir haben auf diese Weise schon Hunderte Konzerte organisiert.