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Mirna Bogdanović - voc. (SVN)
Eldar Tsalikov - sax./ cl. (RUS)
Declan Forde - p. (UK)
James Banner - b. (UK)
Ugo Alunni - dr. (ITA)

The Good Old Good Ones play the good old good songs, those rare and special melodies from Jazz’s roots in American Broadway. Based in Berlin, this international trio share a passion for unique music and reimagine forgotten repertoire. Featuring Declan Forde on piano, James Banner on bass, and DownBeat Award Winning vocalist Mirna Bogdanović.



“The Good Old Good Ones” spielen die “good old good songs”, jene seltenen und besonderen Melodien aus den Anfangstagen der Jazzmusik am New Yorker Broadway. In Berlin ansässig, verleihen die drei Mitglieder der international besetzten Formation ihrer geteilten Leidenschaft für einzigartige Musik Ausdruck und erwecken lange vergessenes Jazz-Repertoire wieder zum Leben. Geformt wird das Trio durch Pianist Declan Forde, Bassist James Banner sowie Sängerin und DownBeat Award-Preisträgerin Mirna Bogdanovic.

Mirna Bogdanović is a slovenian jazz singer-songwriter based in Berlin. She has graduated from the Jazz Institute Berlin in the class of Judy Niemack, Greg Cohen and Kurt Rosenwinkel. In 2015 she has won the Downbeat Student award for “outstanding performance”. She has taken private lessons from many renowned jazz musicians across the globe, was a member of the German National Jazz Orchestra (BuJazzO) and is an active member of the Berlin jazz scene. This year she is preparing her debut album with the support of Elsa Neumann scholarship (NaFög).

“Singer/composer Mirna Bogdanovic has been a strong presence on the European jazz scene for some years now.

Her sultry tone, expressive phrasing and total musicality, make her the choice of many musicians “in the know”.

Comfortable in all walks of musical life, Ms. Bogdanovic is guaranteed to please.” - Greg Cohen, bass player known for his work with Ornette Coleman, John Zorn, Tom Waits, Woody Allen…

Eldar Tsalikov: 
Born in 1993, in Rostov on Don, Russia. After finishing studying at the «Kim Nazaretov Children’s Jazz School», Eldar moved in Berlin in 2011, starting his studies at the «Jazz-Institut-Berlin» under the guidance of such artists as Peter Weniger, Greg Cohen and John Hollenbeck.
Eldar visited Europe for the very first time in 2005 taking a part at the «Glasgow International Jazz Festival», and since then has been traveling and performing in such countries as Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Italy, Denmark, Greece and etc.
Along with his own gypsy-swing group «ldar Tsalikov FO’tet», Eldar has been taking a part in numerous projects, collaborating with such great artists as Greg Cohen, Joey Baron, Evan Christopher, Wycliffe Gordon, Irvin Mayfield, Anna Webber, Dave Liebman, Jerry Bergonzi, Tommy Smith, Dennis Rowland.

Declan Forde  
Declan Forde is pianist based in Berlin and originally from Glasgow, Scotland. Although he has lived in Berlin for only about four years he has established himself as one of the city's most versatile and sought-after pianists. He has performed with John Hollenbeck, Tobias Delius, Max Andrzejewski, Vide&Inga, plays in the duo ‘Unknown Ellington’ with legendary American bassist Greg Cohen and in various projects with bassist James Banner. He has also recorded and toured with Scottish singer-songwriter Rachel Sermanni, was a finalist in the 2015 Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year competition and received the Yorkshire Live Music Project Bursary Award 2013-2016.

James Banner
James Banner was born in Dudley, England in 1991. He has studied in Birmingham, Paris and Berlin, and is now based between Berlin and the UK, working around Europe as a musician, educator and composer. In the UK he is composer in residence for Make The Paint Dance, workshop leader for Jazzlines (Town Hall Symphony Hall Birmingham), as well as double bass tutor at Leeds College of Music junior school. His debut album as bandleader will be released on 18.10.2018 by the Cologne-based label JazzHausMusik, followed by a tour of Germany in March-April 2019. As a composer he received a studio award from the Berlin Senate Department of Culture and Europe and the Elsa Neumann Stipendium 2018 from the Berlin University of the Arts/Hanns Eisler, which supports the ambitious choral/improvising ensemble project Voices of Berlin.

He is active as a co-leader and sideman in projects including the Birgitta Flick Quartet, The Good Old Good Ones, Mark Pringle, Double Double Bass (with Greg Cohen) and the trio Elias Stemeseder/James Banner/Ugo Alunni, as well as numerous other international collaborative projects. He also co-curates a monthly residency alongside pianist Declan Forde named Practically Married at Berlin’s Donau115, voted one of Europe’s best jazz clubs by The Guardian.

Ugo Alunni
Born in Perugia, there he attended the Conservatory "F.Morlacchi" after which he investigated further the drums at the  Collective School of Music in New York City.
He currently resides in Berlin where he attended the Jazz Institut under the guidance of John Hollenbeck, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Greg Cohen and David Friedman.
He has played with Rossano Emili, Perugia Jazz Orchestra, Pietro Tonolo, Joe Chambers, Dan Kinzelman, Alessandro Lanzoni, Elias Stemeseder, Phil Donkin, Uli Kempendorff, Dima Bondarev, Peter Weniger, Julia Hülsmann and many others.

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


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 freiwilligem Eintritt/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 (außer Jam Sessions) informieren wir unsere Kunden, dass ein Beitrag 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.

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 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 (excluding the jam session) we inform our customers that a fee 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!!!