Fabiana Striffler-Violin ( Germany )
Dima Bondarev- Trumpet ( Ukraine)
Andrew Adair- Piano (USA)
Igor Spallati- Bass ( Italy )
Jordan Dinsdale- Drums ( England )

 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 22.09.19

Edward Kennedy " Duke " Ellington was an American pianist, composer and bandleader who was one of the most influential figures in jazz. Leader of the “ Duke Ellington Orchestra “, perhaps the most prominent band in the history of jazz, he composed some of the most enduring music of the 20th century, producing more than one thousand lasting works during a career spanning more than 50 years. Due to his inventive use of the orchestra, or big band, and thanks to his eloquence and charisma, Ellington is generally considered to have elevated the perception of jazz to an art form on a par with other more traditional musical genres.

FABIANA STRIFFLER is a very talented violinist who plays directly from the heart. Her beautiful sound is a reflection of herself. Fabiana has a unique balance of keen Intuition and Intellect that allows her to make pure music no matter what creative situation she finds herself in.” - Garry Dial
Born in 1988, Fabiana studied Jazz and Classical violin at the University of Arts in Berlin (UdK) and the Conservatory of Music (Hanns Eisler).

From 2013-2018 she was supported by the “Yehudi Menuhin Association”.

She performed with her own music, as well as with other projects in venues like the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Konzerthaus Berlin, Filharmonie Brno.

Under the category “Best Album” of the year her debut-album “Mahagoni” was nominated for the VIA Award by Deutschlandfunk Kultur.

Her new album „Sweet And So Solitary“ (Traumton/Indigo) is according to the magazine Zitty „Revolutionary in Jazz“.

Dima Bondarev

Born in 1984 in Ukraine, Dima Bondarev began playing the trumpet at the age of 9. He discovered his passion for Jazz after initially studying classical music as a child.

In 2011 and 2016, he was awarded the Polish Cultural Scholarship “Gaude Polonia” and went on to study in Warsaw and Wroclaw with Piotr Wojtasik and Robert Majewski.

Between 2008 and 2013, Bondarev was very active in Ukraine, Russia and Poland taking part in major Jazz festivals and concert tours. He is a member of the famous Ukrainian Jazz band Acoustic Quartet and Magnifika group. Since 2007, he has participated in various international music contests and festivals in Russia and Ukraine. In 2010 he won the grand prize at MuzEnergo Festival, Usadba Jazz Festival and the First Award at International Contest of Young Jazz Performers named after Kim Nazaretov (Rostov-on-Don) in 2011.

Since 2013 Bondarev has been based in Berlin where he undertook both Batchelor and Master studies at the Jazz Institut Berlin (JIB) with Gerard Presencer, Tom Arthurs, Martin Auer and Sebastian Studnitzky, as well as John Hollenbeck, Greg Cohen, Geoffroy De Masure, Julia Hulsmann, Tino Derado, Guilherme Castro and Javier Reyes.

He received the Deutschlandstipendium in 2017 as well as the JIB-Jazz-Preis der Karl Hofer Gesellschaft in 2015 for the Bondarev/Osypov Quintet.

Bondarev’s own group, the Dima Bondarev Quintet, has performed at festivals all around Europe including the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy, Xjazz Festival in Germany, Jazz nad Odra in Poland, Jazz Bez in Ukraine and Poland and Jazz à Montauban in France.

His debut Album “I’m Wondering” won the 2nd price of ’50th Jazz and Odra festival’ in Wroclaw (Poland, 2014), the 1st Price of Festival de Jazz à Montauban (France, 2014), and the JIB-Jazz-Preis 2015 Der Karl Hofer Gesellschaft Gestiftet von Toni und Albrecht Kumm. The band was also presented at the Umbria Jazz Festival as a special guest.

As a sideman Dima has collaborated with Greg Cohen, Joey Baron, Conrad Herwig, Steve Turre, Nels Cline, Jim Black, Dana Hall, NDR Big Band, Josh Ginsburg, Wanja Slavin, Elias Stemeseder and many others.

Andrew Adair
Andrew Adair is an American jazz pianist currently based in Berlin. Andrew has performed and recorded with some of jazz’s leading artists, including Donald Harrison, Tim Warfield, and Terrell Stafford. Based in Washington, D.C. for the better part of the last 20 years, Andrew has also appeared with Benny Golson and Curtis Fuller, Marlena Shaw, and many others during their Washington performances. In 2000, Andrew played five concerts in New York and New Orleans with the newly formed Juilliard Jazz Faculty Ensemble. With his own trio, Andrew has performed recent concerts at Blues Alley (Washington, D.C.), and the German Embassy (Washington, D.C.). Andrew recorded his critically acclaimed CD “States” on the Fresh Sound New Talent Label.


Born in 1985 in Italy, he started playing the double bass at the age of 19. He studied classical music in Italy with M° Silvio Bruni and Franco Petracchi. He moved to Berlin in 2010 to sudy at the " Jazz Institut Berlin " under the guidance of Greg Cohen, John Hollenbeck, Kurt Rosenwinkel among others. He has played with: 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.

JORDAN DINSDALE, a young British drummer based in Berlin. Jordan has studied and played with some of the greatest names in Jazz including Jimmy Cobb, Chris Cheek, Jimmy Wormworth, Mike Kanan and Yasushi Nakamura.

Studying at Leeds college of Music on a scholarship (2010-2017) he graduated with a first class honours and was awarded the CBE Peter Roberts Memorial prize, for achieving the highest marked recital performance.

In January 2017, Jordan returned to New York to study with some of the masters including Jimmy Cobb, Johnathan Blake, Ari Hoenig and Eric McPherson.

Since a few weeks he moved to Berlin, and is already forming an active part of the Berlin Jazz scene.

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!!!

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.