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Florian Menzel - trumpet (DE)
Jan Keiser - trumpet (DE)
Roman Ott - alto sax (DE)
Kati Brien - alto sax (DE)
Toms Rudzinskis - alto sax (LV)
Malte Schiller - tenor sax (DE)
Ben Kraef - tenor sax (DE/MNE)
Alistair Duncan - trombone (SCO)
Leonie Freudenberger - baritone sax (DE)
Uli Kempendorff - baritone sax (DE)
Uri Gincel - piano (IL)
Yonatan Levi - bass (IL)
Tobias Backhaus - drums (DE)


Zig Goes Big! Uri Gincel's Tiny bigband is not your classic bigband as it is an improvised one, without sheet notes or written arrangements the band will improvise the classic swing and jazz tunes on the spot, and while keeping the vibe and style of the classic sound, this lets them have a more free, exciting and fun approach to this music. sharp ears, communication and vast knowledge of the music will play a big role in this night, with many great international musicians exploring something new!

- Ben Kraef is a German-Montenegrin saxophonist and composer based in Berlin.
Ben graduated from the University of Music “Hanns Eisler”, Berlin. In 2007 he relocated to New York City on a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and obtained a Master of Arts from The City College of New York in 2009.
In the past years Ben has won international acclaim in form of several prizes and awards, among these most notably the Biberacher Jazzpreis (2006), the “Concours International de Jazz de Fribourg” (2007), the Yamaha Saxophone Contest (2007), and the Billie Stoller Scholarship to an outstanding scholar and musician from The City College of New York (2008).

-Malte Schiller is a composer, arranger, multi-reed player and conductor, based in Berlin.
During his career he was fortunate to work with the Metropole Orchestra, NL, the HR-Bigband, Kurt Elling, Vince Mendoza, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and many more.

- Roman Ott ist ein Ausnahmetalent am Saxofon, sein unverwechselbar eigener Sound und sein Saxofonspiel muss man selbst erleben, um die "good old magic" zu spüren. Er wird songs seines neuen Albums "If you lived here you`d be home by now" vorstellen, dass auf dem international rennomierten Label Fresh Sound erschienen ist. Die Musiker, mit denen Roman Ott uns sein neues Album präsentieren wird, gehören ausnahmslos zur Elite des modernen Jazz. Ein intensives Musikerlebnis mit Ehrlichkeit und Tiefe.

- Multi-instrumentalist Kati Brien, based in Berlin, studied Jazz-Saxophone at the Jazz-Institute Berlin. She played at several national and international jazz-festivals, like Jazz Baltica, Kaunas Jazz, Leverkusener Jazztage and many more. 2016 she started the music-comedy-trio halloJulia! in which she performs as a guitarist and singer. She works also with her own singer/songwriter-project, for which she built herself an arduino-based midi-controller to play not only guitar but also 10 footpedals. The combination of saxophone and guitar makes her also a much valued band-member of LIZZY, the human drum machine.

- Toms Rudzinskis is one of the leading innovative Latvian saxophone players and composers. Chosen as Best Soloist at the international big band competition “Meer Jazz” and Jazz ambassador of the internationally recognised venue Bimhuis in 2012. Won Grand Prix at “Keep an Eye” Jazz award with North by Northwest, “Burghausen Jazz competition” with Matiss Cudars quartet and “Dutch Jazz Competition” with Loran Witteveen quintet. Released "ABRA" (2015) and "Locomotion" (2017) with Gerhard Ornig. Numerous Latvian Grammy "Best Jazz Album" nominee. Performs internationally as a soloist, bandleader and much valued sideman. 

- Despite his young age trumpeter and composer Florian Menzel, born in Arnsberg in the Sauerland region in Germany in 1988, has already reached remarkable experience and success in the world of music. In 2007 he was awarded the „SkodaJazzAward“ by the German Jazz Federation for his outstanding instrumental skills and 2 years later won the first prize at the „Yamaha Trumpet Contest 2009“. Further during his studies at the Jazz Institute Berlin (JIB) he was awarded the „Savoy Award of Excellence 2011“ for his extraordinary musical and social contribution.
As a band leader and sideman he has been working with among others Peter Weniger, Mark Wyand, Rich Perry, Winard Harper, Greg Cohen, Torsten Goods, Till Broenner, Gerard Presencer and Bill Forman.


- Alistair Duncan was born on the beautiful west coast of Scotland. After schooling in the US, he has been based in Germany since 2013.
Alistair completed his Bachelor studies in trombone and jazz and contemporary music at the Eastman School of Music from 2009 – 2013 with Mark Kellogg. From 2014 – 2015, he studied composition with John Hollenbeck and trombone with Geoffroy de Masure at the Jazz Institut Berlin, earning a Masters degree.
Starting Autumn 2018, Alistair will be on the faculty of the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München's Jazz Institut as the jazz trombone teacher.

- Uli Kempendorff, Born in Berlin in 1981, studied saxophone and improvisation at the HfM »Hanns Eisler« in Berlin and in New York at the City College. Kempendorff's work is documented on one and a half dozen CDs and records, including four of his own productions with the "Uli Kempendorffs Field" with Christopher Dell, Jonas Westergaard and Peter Bruun and two with "Yellow Bird". In addition to these own projects, Uli Kempendorff has been active in groups with Ulrich Gumpert, Benjamin Weidekamp, Markus Pesonen, Julia Hülsmann, Mike Pride, Christian Weber, Rolf Kühn, 'Little' Jimmy Scott and Pablo Held. From 2010-2018 he curated and directed two concert series in Berlin and a festival in Poland. Concerts have taken him through many European countries, Africa, Mexico, Canada and the USA.

- Leonie Freudenberger studied jazz saxophone in Mannheim and The Hague (NL) and graduated as Master of Music with an artistic research project on the compositions of Billy Strayhorn. She plays the alto and baritone saxophone as well as clarinets and flutes. Currently she lives in Berlin, working with various bands.

- Uri Gincel is one of the most in demand and respected Jazz pianists in Berlin. Uri´s style can be described as heavily rooted in tradition but with sensibility and understanding of bringing jazz into the modern age. His playing is dynamic, lyrical and above full of energy and power! Born in Tel-Aviv, Gincel came to Berlin in 2009 and quickly became an influential part of the Jazz scene, Uri toured the world with many projects, including "Uri Gincel Trio” and “Bonaparte” and studied under some major musicians as Arnie Lawrence and Walter Blending Jr.

- Yonatan Levi is a 29-year-old musician born in Tel-Aviv, Israel. Displaying musical tendencies since infancy, he was sent to an esteemed school of arts between ages 6-16, growing within the music, He was later honored a full scholarship to the prestigious Berkley College of Music. In 2006 he moved to New York City and immersed himself in the New York Jazz world, Levi is currently based in Berlin, Germany, but is constantly on the road between Europe, the US and Israel.

- Tobias Backhaus was born in Darmstadt, Germany, on January 8 1984. He took up the drums at the age of 5 and has subsequently been studying under the guideance of jazz masters such as Keith Copeland, Ari Hoenig, Jim Black, John Hollenbeck and Jeff Ballard. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in jazz performance from the Jazz-Institute Berlin.
His individual approach and stylistic diversity – from traditional jazz to free improvisation, modern classical music and beyond – as well as his ability to effortlessly move between those different worlds have made him one of the most in-demand young drummers on the German jazz scene.


Eintritt/ Ticket : 15€
Beginn 21:15Uhr( Einlass 20:00 Uhr)

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