Declan Forde - p. (SCO)
Johannes Böhmer . tr. (D)
Igor Spallati - b. (IT)
Matt Griffiths- dr. (GB)

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 18.08.19


Louis Daniel Armstrong was an American trumpeter, composer, vocalist and occasional actor who was one of the most influential figures in jazz. His career spanned five decades, from the 1920s to the 1960s, and different eras in the history of jazz. In 2017, he was inducted into the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame.

Armstrong was born and raised in New Orleans. Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an "inventive" trumpet and cornet player, Armstrong was a foundational influence in jazz, shifting the focus of the music from collective improvisation to solo performance.

Declan Forde (piano) ist ursprünglich aus Schottland und beruft sich stark auf die Tradition des Jazzklaviers in all seinen Facetten. Er war Finalist in der “ 2015 BBC Scotland Young Jazz Musician of the Year Competition”

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)

Igor Spallati, geboren am 16.08.1985 in Perugia ( Italien ) , begann im Alter von 11 Klarinette zu spielen. Mit 15 kam der elektrische Bass hinzu und mit 19 der Kontrabass.

Von 2005 bis 2009 studierte er Klassischer Kontrabass bei M° Silvio Bruni an dem “ Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali “ in Terni. Danach hat er kurzzeitig bei M° Franco Petacchi an der “ Walter Staufer “ Akademie in Cremona Klassik weiter studiert. Im Jahr 2010 zog er nach Berlin um sein Studium am Jazz Institut Berlin fortzusetzen. Dort lernte er bis seinen Abschluss im 2014 u.a. bei Greg Cohen, , John Hollenbeck und Kurt Rosenwinkel. Vielseitige Musiker, er hat Erfahrung mit mehrere Musikstilen gesammelt und auf zahllosen Bühnen in den ganzen Europa, Russland und Japan gespielt ( Konzerthaus Berlin, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Umbria Jazz Festival, Jazz at Baltica.. ) Unter anderem arbeitete er mit solche renommierten Künstler wie Joe Chambers, Billy Hart, Nasheet Waits, Fred Hersch, Ambrose Akinmusire, Jim Mcneely, Lewis Nash, Jay Anderson, Ronnie Burrage, Pietro Tonolo, Gabriele Mirabassi, Elias Stemeseder, Dado Moroni, Joe Hisaishi, Louis Bacalov, Nicola Piovani, David Russel, Marco Socias, .

Er ist in mehreren Bands und Projekten Aktiv

Konzert Beginn um 21:00 Uhr (Einlass 20:00 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!!!