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Eldar Tsalikov - saxophone & clarinet (RUS)
Johannes Böhmer - trumpet (GER)
Paul Santner - guitar (AUT)
James Banner - double bass (ENG)

 The Zig Zag is proud to announce a brand new and fresh Sunday concert series that showcases a community of jazz artists responsible for bringing about an explosion of energy and life into the Berlin jazz scene. The series will feature some of the most in demand, highly skilled and exciting young jazz talents in the scene today. These young masters have taken the jazz scene by surprise by packing in the clubs and bringing back to life a love and passion for hard swinging music. Performances are completely acoustic with little to no amplification. Subtle interaction, melodic focus and soulful virtuosity is at play here. If you’re interested in listening to some of the finest swinging sounds of jazz this is not an event to miss out on. 


How many musicians are necessary for playing hot jazz? Four will do just fine, even without drums, and that has been well proved by one of the hardest swinging bands of our times "The Earregulars". The band has been performing in that "non-drums" formation every Sunday at one of the oldest bars of NYC called "Ear Inn", and Eldar was lucky enough to hear and even play with them on his occasional visits to the Big Apple. Now he's decided to do a tribute to this well respected worldwide group, with the help of Johannes Böhmer on trumpet, Paul Santner on guitar and James Banner on double bass.

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 etc.

Along with his own gypsy-swing group ‘Eldar 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.

Born in 1984 in Göttingen was exposed to music at an early age and soon after picking up the trumpet at age 11 has been involved in jazz big bands, soul and reggae combos.
From 2001 to 2005 he was a member of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Lower Saxony 'Windmachine' with which he toured through Poland, Russia and the Balkans, and in 2006 he became a member of the Federal Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Peter Herbolzheimer, Ed Partyka, Mike Herting and Niels Klein Concert tours in Europe and South Africa. 2005-2009 he studied jazz trumpet at the Conservatory of Ams terdam with Ruud Breuls and Jan Oosthof, and in 2008 at Temple University in Philadelphia, USA with Terell Stafford, John Swana, Dick Oatts and Ben Schachter. In 2009 he graduated magna cum laude and moved to Berlin. Since 2010 he lives in Berlin, where he is a sought-after instrumentalist, arranger, sideman and bandleader in various projects: Jean Quadrat, Skazka Orchestra, Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra, Rufus Temple Orchetstra and many more. He is a winner of the Burghausen JazzAward (2012 with 'Red Balloon'), Runway Jazz (2011, Jean Quadrat), Avignon Jazz Concourse (2012, Sebastian Böhlen Band), WDR Nachwuchs Orchestra) Jazz Prize (2010, BuJazzO) and won the 1. Prize at the International Folk Festival Competition (2010, Skazka Orchestra)

Paul Santner
was born in Salzburg, Austria in 1992. That's where he started to sing and play the trumpet and the piano from a young age. He picked up the doublebass and the guitar later. He moved to Berlin in 2011 to study music with Kurt Rosenwinkel, Greg Cohen and others. Apart from his own solo, duo and trio projects he plays with Sun Dew, 1000 gram, Bitter Blond, Rachel Sermanni and many more.

James Banner
James Banner was born in Dudley, England and is now based in Berlin and the UK, working around Europe as a musician, composer and educator. His main project James Banner’s USINE has been described as “revelling in both avant-garde and swing”, “unobvious and unpredictable” as well as “intense and dramatic… gentle and beautiful… full of drama”, and has received support from both the Berlin State and Initiative Musik. As a composer he received the prestigious Elsa Neumann Stipendium in 2018 from the Berlin University of the Arts/HfM Hanns Eisler, supporting the ambitious project Voices of Berlin, interviewing residents of Berlin and reflecting their stories through music for improvising choir and ensemble. James has been featured in portraits by Der Tagesspiegel and Deutschlandfunk Kultur, and was recently selected to be a part of Making Music’s Adopt A Composer scheme, composing the collaborative piece Concertino For Concert Band with premiere performances in late 2019 and a BBC Radio 3 broadcast in 2020. James is a Lecturer at Leeds College of Music, composer in residence for Make The Paint Dance, and workshop leader for Jazzlines at Symphony Hall Birmingham, and active as a co-leader and sideman in projects in the jazz and improvised music scenes of Berlin, also regularly being selected to take part in collaborative projects further afield such as Fish and Chips at Leipziger Jazztage 2018 and Jazz Alloy at the Vortex, London. He also co-curates the monthly residency Practically Married at Berlin’s Donau115, voted one of Europe’s best jazz clubs by The Guardian.

Zig Zag Jazz Club GmbH
Hauptstr. 89, 12159 Berlin

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!!!