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Mette Nadja Hansen - voc (DK)
Markus Ehrlich - sax (DE)
Johannes von Ballestrem - pno (DE)
Paul Santner - bass (AT)
Fabian Roesch - drums (DE)

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 09.06.19

The band for this special evening consists of four hard swinging, fine gentlemen that are playing together in many different constellations and all over the world. And in front of those is the Danish vocalist Mette Nadja Hansen, with that wonderful intensity, warmth, glints in her eyes and deep respect for the American swing tradition.
Together they dig for gold in the treasure chest of the old American Songbook and deliver their own personal favourites in a charming and life-affirming manner.

Die Band für diesen besonderen Abend besteht aus vier hard-swingenden jungen Gentlemen, die seit Jahren in unterschiedlichen Formationen zusammen musizieren und mittendrin die dänische Sängerin Mette Nadja Hansen. Intensiv und warm, mit diesem Glitzern in den Augen und dem tief empfundenen Respekt für die amerikanische Swing-Tradition, heben sie gemeinsam die Schätze des American Songbook und präsentieren ihre All-Time-Favourites auf galante und energiegeladene Art.

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.

Markus Ehrlich (*1987 in Germany) is a Berlin-based musician. He performs and has performed as a saxophonist, clarinetist and flutist all over Europe, for example in places like Konzerthaus Berlin, Jazzdor Festival Strasbourg, JazzFest Brno, Silk Road Festival Baku, Musikzentrum De Bijloke Ghent and XJazz Festival Berlin.

Markus can be heard on numerous CDs and in radio broadcasts and productions. Among his most recent projects are the band Snooze-On, a jazz-duo with world-renowned bassist Greg Cohen and the jazz-quartet Mifrás. Furthermore he played and still plays with lots of other famous artists and bands from different genres, such as the Ed Partyka Jazz Orchestra, Electro Deluxe, Moritz von Woellwarth Abstrakt Orchester, Ack van Rooyen, Marc Muellbauers „Kaleidoscope“, Joe Jackson, The Major Minors and many more.

Founded in 2013, his ensemble „Markus Ehrlichs Flexible Eingreiftruppe“ (german for: „flexible task-force“) was created to bring lots of interesting and special projects to life, that carry his thumb-print and benefit from his wide interests, ideas and talents.
Born and raised in a musical family, Markus picked up the clarinet at the age of eight and added the tenor-saxophone when he was twelve.

From 2007 to 2009 he studied jazz with Prof. Juergen Seefelder at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Mannheim. After three more years with Gregoire Peters and Prof. Peter Weniger at the Jazz-Institut Berlin (Berlin University of the Arts / Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler) he graduated in July 2012.
During that time Markus was lucky enough to study with renowned artists, such as Kurt Rosenwinkel, Claudio Puntin, John Hollenbeck, Gerard Presencer, Mark Turner, Jim Black, Michael Abene, Joey Baron, Larry Grenadier, Jeff Ballard and many more.

Mette Nadja was born in Hvidovre, a bit outside of Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1987. She developed her passion for singing in a very early age and was discovered and recruited for the Danish National Radio’s Girls Choir in the age of 10.

In 2008 she was introduced to jazz by legendary Danish trumpet player and educator Thomas Fryland and preeminent Danish vocalist Veronica Mortensen at a preparatory course for the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Denmark. Her mentors encouraged her to apply for the jazz program at Skurups Folkshögskola in south of Sweden and in 2010 she was accepted. After the 2 years jazz program her eager to learn more and discover music from all corners of the world brought her to Berlin where she is currently studying with Greg Cohen, Tino Derado, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Judy Niemack among others at the Jazz Institut Berlin.

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, Norma Winstone, 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“

Fabian Rösch
Berlin based drummer Fabian Rösch, studied jazz drums in his hometown Munich already at the age of 16 before switching to Berlin to study with John Hollenbeck and Jim Black. He is an active member of Germany’s jazz scene, performing and recording with renowned musicians such as Greg Cohen, Pablo Held, Hayden Chisholm, Paulo Cardoso, Rainer Böhm, Johannes Enders and many more. He won the Biberacher Jazzpreis 2012 with the Matthias Lindermayr Quartet, the HfM Saar Jazzpreis 2015, the Jungen Deutschen Jazzpreis 2016 as well as the junger Münchner Jazzpreis 2016 together with the Marc Doffey Quintett.

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!!!