James Scannell (UK) - Saxophone 
Declan Forde (UK) - Piano
Sidney Werner (DE) - Bass
Michael Griener (DE) - Drums

 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. 

Sunday 27.10.19

 Declan Forde and his Orchestra

This small ‘orchestra’ - in fact a quartet - draws inspiration from the likes of Duke Ellington, Teddy Wilson, Jimmie Lunceford, Count Basie and their respective orchestras.

Four of Berlin’s finest young instant-orchestrators and improvisers; this group is well-loved in the Swing Dance community for their strong beat and broad repertoire. In this concert setting you can expect very personal interpretations of some of the greatest Jazz music from the first half of the 20th Century. 

James Scannell
Already working as a jazz clarinet and sax player in his teens, James went on to win a place at the Royal Academy of Music in London, a highlight of his time there being when he was chosen to play Benny Goodman's clarinet solos for a recreation of the famous 1938 Carnegie Hall concert. After leaving college in 1997 he joined the iconic 20's/30's band the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, touring with them for almost two years before accepting an offer of work in Berlin. That was in 1999....and he's been there ever since. Over the ensuing years he has established a solid and well deserved reputation as a versatile and highly accomplished classical, jazz and studio musician, including work with the likes of the German National Film Orchestra Babelsberg, the Berlin Session Orchestra, Till Brönner Big Band, Peter Thomas, Jocelyn B. Smith and Martha Reeves. In Berlin he can be heard playing principle clarinet in Operettes, playing in works by Kurt Weil with the State Opera, backing burlesque shows on tenor sax and leading his own swing combo Peters Peppers as well as co-leading his own jazz band Line Jam with singer Aline Staskowiak. In addition to all that he has played jazz festivals in France, Spain, Germany, England, USA , Finland, Denmark and Sweden as well as concert performances in Singapore, Switzerland, China and UEA. His jazz influences are many and varied, from Jelly Roll Morton and Sidney Bechet through Benny Goodman to Charlie Parker and Michael Brecker. As he says "The obsession with mastering different styles has taken me down many musical paths in my long career. Expect an evening of intensity and mellowness, simplicity and complexity, hard bop tenor and alto sax with diversions to the worlds of swing and New Orleans jazz". 

Declan Forde
Declan Forde is pianist based in Berlin and originally from Glasgow, Scotland. Since 2014 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, Rudi Mahall, Jan Roder, Michael Griener, Vide&Inga, plays in the duo ‘Unknown Ellington’ with Greg Cohen and in various projects with bassist James Banner. He has also recorded and toured with singer-songwriter Rachel Sermanni and was a finalist in the 2015 Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year competition.

Sidney Werner

Sidney Werner kommt aus Berlin, studiert momentan am Jazz-Institut-Berlin bei Prof.Greg Cohen und spielt Kontrabass. Er ist ein sehr aktiver Musiker in der Berliner Szene und teil diverser Projekte wie zum Beispiel dem Montagsungeheuer des “Omniversal Earkestra" oder dem Ellingtonisch inspirierten "Far East Trio".Seine Rolle als Bassist interpretiert er dabei klassisch und versucht immer die Musik als ganzes gut klingen zu lassen, ohne sich selbst in den Vordergrund zu spielen. Er ist fast ausschliesslich im Jazz und Improvisatorischen Umfeld zu hören, doch seine Inspiration und Liebe zur Musik ist von allen Stilen und Epochen beeinflusst. Ganz nach dem berühmten Zitat: " Es gibt nur 2 Arten von Musik; Gute und Schlechte”.

Michael Griener
Michael Griener gehört  zu einer Handvoll europäischer Schlagzeuger, die in der Lage sind, den Swing der Dreissiger und Vierziger Jahre überzeugend mit authentischem Groove und Sound spielen. 
Benny Goodman's Carnegie Hall Konzert von 1938 und vor allem Gene Krupa's Schlagzeugspiel inspirierten ihn, mit 14 selbst mit dem Musik machen anzufangen. 
Sein nahezu enzyklopädisches Wissen über die Musik und die Musiker (nicht nur) der damaligen Zeit sowie sein sensibles, klangbewusstes Spiel machen ihn zu einem gefragten Sideman in vielerlei Zusammenhängen.


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!!!