UGO ALUNNI - drums (ITA)

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. Going against the trend of complexity, abstraction and the “academization” of the arts, 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 10.03.19

These four demanded gentlemen will celebrate the genius of the great "Tin Pan Alley" songwriters presenting a repertoire of gems that are now considered classics.

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)

Johannes von Ballestrem is a German pianist living in Berlin. He is known for his diversity, being able to perform in a variety of traditional and modern jazz styles. With different bands he regularly performs in Germany and internationally. He has shared the bandstand with jazz greats like Kurt Rosenwinkel, Greg Cohen, Eric Harland, Kurt Elling, Jim Black and Till Brönner.
In 2011-13 von Ballestrem was a member of the prestigious „National youth jazz orchestra“ of Germany (Bujazzo), recording three CD’s with them and touring Europe and Africa.
In 2014 he had the honour of opening the German cultural week in Benin (western Africa) with a solo concert, there he also performed with local musicians and gave masterclasses.
Thanks to a grant of the Berlin senat von Ballestrem could spend 6 weeks in New Orleans in 2016, studying the roots and early styles of jazz.
He studied at the „Jazz Institut Berlin“ and the „HMT Leipzig“, among his teachers were Michael Wollny, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Greg Cohen.
Since 2016 he has been teaching at the „Jazz Institut Berlin“

The Odense native developed a deep interest for the bass in his early teens and it did not take him long to emerge in the lively danish musical scene.
He holds a bachelor degree from the prestigious Berlin Jazz Institut where he found mentorship in legendary bassist and producer Greg Cohen.
He lends his talents to a variety of international artists and travels the globe extensively providing his strong pulse on upright and electric bass.

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, Julia Hülsmann and many others.

Konzert Beginn um 20:30 Uhr (Einlass 19:30 Uhr)
Eintritt frei – Beitrag erwünscht


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!!!

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.