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Max Treutner


[Switzerland] Bern Bern
ProfessionalMusician TenorSaxophone

Max Treutner (born 1998) is one of the upcoming saxophonist/ composer of the German jazz scene. He started playing saxophone and piano at the age of 9. In 2013 he entered the pre-college program at the Institute for Jazz & Pop in Stuttgart, where he studied with Alexander 'Sandi' Kuhn. After he graduated from school, he moved to Bern (Switzerland) to pursue a Bachelor degree at the Music Department of the Bern University of the Arts. He studied with a lot of great musicians such as Lutz Häfner, Bert Joris, Django Bates, Dejan Terzic, Mark Turner, Philip Henzi who helped him to further develop as an artist. At the moment he is completing his Master Performance studies at the Jazz school of Bern. Besides his own projects, Max Treutner works as a composer and sideman in several other bands such as Uptown Bigband, Swiss Jazz Orchestra, Felix Wolf Oktett and Threeamisu. In 2010 and 2012 Max Treutner received the German Jazz award "Jugend Jazzt u16 in Baden-Württemberg".


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Andrew Linham


[United Kingdom] London London
ProfessionalMusician BaritonSaxophone AltoSaxophone TenorSaxophone ClarinetBb

Incredibly busy and in demand, Andrew has a varied schedule balancing performing, composing, teaching and theatre work whilst running his own ensembles, The Andrew Linham Jazz Orchestra and the Andrew Linham Quartet. His ensembles have performed to packed audiences across London, Essex and the South East and continue to impress with his original compositions and arrangements, presentational style and the passion that he shows in all areas of his career for music. He has performed alongside some of the greatest UK based up and coming musicians in London which has seen him whilst working as an endorsee with SAXRAX Saxophone Stands and Yamaha Saxophones perform internationally at the NAMM 2012 in LA, USA and Musikmesse 2013, 2014 and 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany. His big band the Andrew Linham Jazz Orchestra has premiered two new suites of music, the latest of which was presented at the EFG London Jazz Festival 2015 and in October 2017 launched their new album ‘Weapons of Mass Distraction’. Andrew has recently written and premiered his first full length musical, an adaption of the Wind In The Willows at Queens Theatre Hornchurch in July 2017. It was sold out for all performances with standing ovations every night! In 2012 he released his first album as a leader of the Andrew Linham Quartet entitled ‘Abandoned Silence’ which received critical acclaim.


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Jim McNeely


[United States (USA)] New York New York
ProfessionalMusician BigBandArranging BigBandConducting Piano

Jim McNeely was born in Chicago, and moved to New York City in 1975. In 1978 he joined the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra. He spent six years as a featured soloist with that band and its successor, Mel Lewis and the Jazz Orchestra (now The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra). 1981 saw the beginning of Jim's 4-year tenure as pianist/composer with the Stan Getz Quartet. From 1990 until 1995 he held the piano chair in the Phil Woods Quintet. At the present time, he leads his own tentet, his own trio, and he appears as soloist at concerts and festivals worldwide. Jim's reputation as composer/arranger and conductor for large jazz bands continues to flourish, and has earned him nine Grammy nominations. In 1996 he re-joined The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra as pianist and Composer-in Residence. He is also chief conductor of the Frankfurt Radio (HR) Big Band. Other recent work includes projects with the Danish Radio Big Band (where he was chief conductor for five years), the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, the Metropole Orchestra (Netherlands), the Swiss Jazz Orchestra, and the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra. The New York Times has called his writing "exhilarating"; DownBeat has said that his music is "eloquent enough to be profound". Jim has appeared as sideman on numerous recordings led by major artists such as Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, Stan Getz, Bob Brookmeyer, David Liebman, Art Farmer, Robert Watson, and Phil Woods.


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Benjamin Strauss


[Germany] Berlin Berlin
ProfessionalMusician Drums Percussion BigBandConducting BigBandArranging

fter attending Berklee College of Music, from where he graduated in 1996 with a B.A. in Professional Music (Magma Cum Laude), Strauss moved to New York City where he performed in various NYC-clubs and broadened his musical skills. Private lessons with: John Riley (Village Vanguard and Bob Mintzer Big Bands), Paul Wertico (Pat Metheny Group) and Tommy Campbell (Manhattan Transfer and Kevin Eubanks Band). Upon returning to Germany, Strauss founded the Berlin Big Band which plays regular concerts in Berlin. Besides that he is a freelance musician in studios, live and on tours (musicals "The Beauty and the Beast", "Anything Goes" & "My Fair Lady"; small and large Jazz-ensembles) and has occasional show-band engagements on cruise ships in the USA, Asia and Europe.


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Jukkis Uotila


[Finland] Helsinki Helsinki
ProfessionalMusician BigBandArranging BigBandConducting Drums Piano BigBandArranging BigBandConducting

Born 1960 in Helsinki, drummer, pianist, composer and jazz professor Jukkis Uotila lived in NYC 1979-84, has released eight CD’s under his own name and performed and/or recorded with Toots Thielemans, Randy Brecker, Joe Henderson, John Scofield, McCoy Tyner, Dave Liebman, Chet Baker, Joe Lovano, Jerry Bergonzi and Mike Stern among others. Jukkis was appointed the head of the Jazz department of Sibelius-Academy in 1986 and in 1994 bacame the first Professor of Jazz music in Scandinavia. He "single-handedly raised the academy into one of the best institutes of jazz education in Europe” (Finnish Jazz, 2002). Was awarded Finland’s prestigeous State Music Prize in 2011 with mention “Internationally the most respected Finnish jazz musician ever”. In recent years played drums with Tim Hagans, Joey Calderazzo, the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra and piano with Billy Cobham, Randy Brecker and Ignacio Berroa among others. - BIG BAND EXPERIENCE: -- the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra (since 1992 and continuing), the UMO orchestra of Finland (1986-93). Visits with other orchestras such as the NDR big band, WDR big band, Norrbotten big band, Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin big band, the SWR big band, the Bohuslän big band and the Swedish Radio jazz group among others. Big band writing can be heard on Jukkis Uotila & The Stockholm Jazz Orchestra – THE MUSIC OF JUKKIS UOTILA (KSJazz). On the release Jukkis composed and arranged everything and plays drums and piano. Music available on iTunes and CDBaby etc.


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Juerg Burkhart


[Switzerland] Bern Bern
ProfessionalMusician FluteC SopranoSaxophone AltoSaxophone TenorSaxophone BaritonSaxophone

JB studied in Bern at swiss jazz school (SJS) and finished in 1984. Andy Scherrer was his teacher. He played in many projects and formations. So today with MONTHUNO (latin jazz), {Uptown Big Band} , Blues De Luxe.


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Daniel Schenker


[Switzerland] Zurich Zurich
ProfessionalMusician BigBandConducting Trumpet

Daniel Schenker received his first trumpet lessons at the age of ten. After studying computer sciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, he was awarded his concert diploma by the Swiss Jazz School in Berne in 1995. Since the 1980s, Daniel Schenker has been a sought-after sideman in many Swiss bands and has played on more than 70 CDs and LPs. He has played in concert and on tour with Kenny Werner, Joe Haider, Bill Holman and many others. He has paid several visits to New York. Schenker performs regularly since 2001 with his own quartet and released the albums "Iridium" (2002), "soundlines" (2004, with the New York tenor saxophonist Chris Cheek as a guest) and "Jardim Botânico" (2009). He teaches at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and is co-leading the Zurich Jazz Orchestra since 2013.


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Sandro Häsler


[Switzerland] Bern Interlaken
ProfessionalMusician Trumpet Flugelhorn PiccoloTrumpet

Nach der Matura erhielt Sandro Häsler seine klassische Ausbildung am Konservatorium Bern und studierte bei Bert Joris an der Swiss Jazz School in Bern. An zahlreichen Workshops bei bekannten Trompetern wie Wynton Marsalis oder Arturo Sandoval habe er sich weitergebildet. Seit einigen Jahren pflegt er eine rege Konzerttätigkeit in verschiedenen Ensembles und unterschiedlichen Stilrichtungen. Da er sowohl im klassischen Trompetenspiel als auch im Jazz ausgebildet ist, hat er die Möglichkeit auf verschiedenen Hochzeiten zu tanzen. Dabei gilt der hohen Qualität in allen Stilbereichen oberste Priorität.


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Philip Henzi


[Switzerland] Bern Schwarzenburg
ProfessionalMusician BigBandArranging Piano

Geboren in Bern, vollzieht Philip Henzi mit dem Abschluss der Swiss Jazz School einen fliegenden Wechsel vom Studierenden zum Dozierenden: 2003 erhält er sein Diplom in Komposition und wird gleichzeitig als Klavierlehrer angestellt. Philip Henzi ist ein absolutes Ausnahmetalent, er ist durch und durch Musiker. Als Solist wird er von der Schweizer Jazzwelt hoch geachtet, seine Arrangements zeugen von ausgeprägter Geschmackssicherheit, zunehmend etabliert er sich als begnadeter Komponist. Als beliebter Sideman wirkt er unter anderem in Kaspar Ewald‘s Exorbitantem Kabinett, im Reto Suhner Quartett und in Till Grünewalds Phonosource.


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Igor Butman


[United States (USA)] Massachusetts Boston
ProfessionalMusician BigBandConducting TenorSaxophone

In 90`s Igor Butman performed at almost every major jazz festival, such as JVC Jazz Festival in New York, Boston Globe Jazz Festival in Boston, Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Idaho, Festival Internationale de Jazz de Montreal in Canada. That year Igor Butman moved to Russia and during the following years he became " a jazz bridge between Moscow and New York", bringing to Russia and playing with Eddie Gomez, Lenny White, John Abercrombie, Joe Lock and many other musicians. Especially pleasing to Igor's admirers was his new solo album Nostalgie which was recorded at RPM Studio in New York and released on Soyuz label in Russia in 1997 with Ira Gitler commenting that "Butman showed the fire and depth of his world-class improvisational talent". The Igor Butman's videoclip Nostalgie has reached the second position on Canadian TV channel Bravo!Canada. Butman`s marvelous coalescence of soul, sound and technique drew praise from American President Bill Clinton, one time tenor man, at a state dinner hosted by Vladimir Putin at the Moscow Kremlin. Clinton stated, that Igor Butman is "may be the greatest living jazz saxophone player, who happens to be a Russian."


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Ed Motta


[Brazil] Rio De Janeiro Rio De Janeiro
ProfessionalMusician Vocals

Eduardo "Ed" Motta (born August 17, 1971) is a Brazilian MPB, rock, soul, funk and jazz musician. He is the nephew of late singer-songwriter Tim Maia. His musical career started as vocalist of the hard rock band Kabbalah. Though his first album was with the band Conexao Japeri in 1988. In 1990, Motta departed to begin his solo career, recording his debut Um Contrato Com Deus, where he played almost all the instruments by himself. Since then he has released several solo albums. In 1997 he supplied to the soundtrack to the film, Pequeno Dicionário Amoroso (The Book of Love).


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Stewy von Wattenwyl


[Switzerland] Bern Bern
ProfessionalMusician Piano Hammond Organ

Wattenwyl wuchs in einer musikalischen Familie auf. Ab seinem achten Lebensjahr erhielt er zehn Jahre lang klassischen Klavierunterricht am Konservatorium Bern. Neben seinem Studium der Geschichtswissenschaften an der Universität Bern spielte er in Jazz-, Funk- und Latinbands, erhielt rudimentär Unterricht bei Silvano Bazan und Joe Haider, um 1998 am der Swiss Jazz School mit dem Diplom zu absolvieren. 1990 gründete er sein Trio, das er teilweise mit Bläsern erweiterte. Wattenwyl veröffentlichte bis 2015 zwölf Alben unter eigenem Namen; mit Eric Alexander leitet er das Generations Quartet (mit Reggie Johnson und Kevin Chesham). Als Pianist und Organist ist er auch ist auch auf Alben mit dem Martin Streule Jazz Orchestra, mit Rolf Häsler, mit Sandro Schneebeli und mit Larry Alexander zu hören. Wattenwyl arbeitete ferner mit Musikern der Schweizer Jazzszene wie Umberto Arlati, Peter Schmidlin, Walter Schmocker, Pius Baschnagel, Daniel Schenker, Mats Spillman, Christian Münchinger oder Daniel Aebi, aber auch mit Art Farmer, Clark Terry, Alvin Queen, Bobby Shew, Bob Mintzer, Johnny Griffin, Ryan Kisor, Eric Alexander, Sandy Patton, Rhonda Dorsey, Sharon Harris und Bert Joris.


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Evan Sherman


[United States (USA)] New Jersey New Jersey
ProfessionalMusician Drums

Evan Sherman, a native of New Jersey, has played with the world's greatest musicians, including James Moody, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, and he was recently hired by Jimmy Heath and Ron Carter to play drums in their bands. He continues to tour with pianist Cyrus Chestnut and the Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars, with whom he performed at Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow in 2011. In the past year, Evan has also travelled to Doha, Qatar and Shanghai, China as a Jazz at Lincoln Center performer, teacher, and ambassador of music. Evan has performed at famed international venues such as The Kennedy Center and Blues Alley (Washington D.C.), the LA Convention Center and GRAMMY Museum (Los Angeles), Jazz at the Bistro (St. Louis), and Jazz Showcase (Chicago). He has played with headliners on the Jazz Cruise, as well as at festivals including the Rochester Jazz Festival, Litchfield Jazz Festival, DC Jazz Festival, Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Bellevue Jazz Festival, TriBeca Film Festival, Detroit Jazz Festival and others. When not touring the world, Evan is based in New York City, where he has performed at The Blue Note, Symphony Space, Jazz Standard, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Small's Jazz Club, Smoke Jazz Club, Flushing Town Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, among other notable venues. Leader of the {Evan Sherman Big Band}.


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Claude Bolling


[France] Paris Paris
ProfessionalMusician BigBandArranging BigBandConducting Piano

Pianiste,compositeur, arrangeur et chef d'orchestre, Claude Bolling est sans doute actuellement l'un des musiciens français les plus réputés dans le monde, dans les domaines allant du jazz à la variété et la musique de film. La palette du talent de Claude "Bollington", comme l'avait affectueusement surnommé Boris Vian, s'est en 1996 élargie à la musique de scène, avec sa participation à la création, en première mondiale sur la scène du Théâtre National de Chaillot, de A Drum is a Woman, la composition de Duke Ellington, son maître et ami, mise en scène par Jérôme Savary. Aujourd'hui, Claude Bolling occupe, par son rayonnement personnel, le rôle d'ambassadeur itinérant de la France dans le monde. Il œuvre à la reconnaissance du jazz et d'une école, comme l'ont fait les deux grands maîtres français, Django Reinhardt et StéphaneGrappelli.


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Maria Schneider


[United States (USA)] New York New York
ProfessionalMusician BigBandArranging BigBandConducting Piano

Schneider’s music blurs the lines between genres, making her long list of commissioners quite varied, stretching from Jazz at Lincoln Center, to The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, to collaborating with David Bowie. She is among a small few to have received GRAMMYS in multiple genres, have received the award in both jazz and classical categories, as well as for her work with David Bowie. Schneider and her orchestra have a distinguished recording career with twelve GRAMMY nominations and five GRAMMY awards. Unique funding of projects has become a hallmark for Schneider through the trend-setting company, ArtistShare. Her album, Concert in the Garden (2004) became historic as the first recording to win a GRAMMY with Internet-only sales, even more significantly, it blazed the "crowd-funding" trail as ArtistShare’s first release. She’s been awarded many honors by the Jazz Journalists Association and DOWNBEAT and JAZZTIMES Critics and Readers Polls. In 2012, her alma mater, the University of Minnesota, presented Schneider with an honorary doctorate, and in 2014, ASCAP awarded her their esteemed Concert Music Award.


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Tom Green


[United Kingdom] Devon cullompton
ProfessionalMusician Trombone BigBandArranging

Winner of the 2013 Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition, Tom Green is a trombonist, composer and arranger described as "a new rising star in the British jazz scene" by Nigel Williams (Jazz FM). In 2014 he was mentioned 3 times as Jazzwise "One to Watch", and was the recipient of a Help Musicians UK Emerging Excellence award. He is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music jazz course, and has performed at venues including Ronnie Scott's, the Vortex and 606 Club, as well as the Montreux, Toronto and Montreal Jazz Festivals. His current main project is the Tom Green Septet, who released their debut album "Skyline" in February 2015 to unanimous critical acclaim. Tom has directed his own groups and big bands on national tours, including an 18-date Septet album launch tour across the UK, from Inverness in Scotland to St Ives in Cornwall. He has performed internationally at the Casa del Jazz in Rome, La Mortella on the island of Ischia in Italy, the Budapest Jazz Club, and Langnau Jazz Nights festival in Switzerland. In 2014 his quintet was invited to Tunisia by the Jazz Club of Tunis to teach for a week-long programme alongside musicians from the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra in New York, culminating in a performance for International Jazz Day 2014.


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Michael David Weiss


[United States (USA)] New York New York
ProfessionalMusician BigBandArranging Piano

Jazz pianist and composer best known for his fifteen-year association with saxophonist Johnny Griffin. Weiss studied at Interlochen Academy and Indiana University, after which he moved to New York City. His professional career began as a sideman for singer Jon Hendricks in the 1980s. He has worked with George Coleman, Art Farmer, Johnny Griffin, Slide Hampton, Tom Harrell, Jimmy Heath, Charles McPherson, and Gerry Mulligan.[1] In 2000 he was the grand prize winner in the BMI/Thelonious Monk Institute's Composers Competition. In 1989, he won second prize in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, and in 2002, he received a composition commission from Chamber Music America.[2] As a soloist and bandleader, Weiss has been featured on the television and radio programs CBS News Nightwatch, Live from Lincoln Center, Jazzset, Piano Jazz, and the Jazz Piano Christmas Special. In addition to performing, composing and recording, Weiss has been committed to jazz education throughout his career.


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Matthias Hessel


[Germany] Berlin Berlin
ProfessionalMusician Piano

studierte von 1977-1982 an der Franz-Liszt-Hochschule in Weimar im Fach Klassik, es folgten 1980-1982 zahlreiche Jazz- und Ragtimekonzerte für den Musikverlag „Edition Peters“. Seit 1985 Klavierlehrer und Korrepetitor an der Hochschule für Musik „Hanns Eisler“ Berlin. 1994 gründet Matthias Hessel sein Projekt „Hessels Ragtime Band“, mit dem Ensemble „Jazz im Frack“ gibt der Gewinner des 1. f6-Dixiepreises seit 1995 zahlreiche Jazzkonzerte in der Komischen Oper Berlin, 1996 kommt es zur über zehnjährigen Zusammenarbeit mit der international bekannten Sopranistin und Gospelsängerin Brenda Jackson (St. Louis, Missouri).


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Timor Oliver Chadik


[Germany] Euskirchen in der Eifel Mechernich-Satzvey
ProfessionalMusician BigBandConducting

Im September 2006 trat er in die Bundeswehr ein und war seitdem als stellvertretender Chef beim Luftwaffenmusikkorps 3 Münster eingesetzt. In der ersten Jahreshälfte 2007 war er in gleicher Funktion beim Stabsmusikkorps der Bundeswehr, wo er für die Durchführung der protokollarischen Ehrendienste im Bundeskanzleramt und Bundesministerium der Verteidigung verantwortlich war. Von Juni – Oktober 2010 führte er vertretungsweise als Chef das Heeresmusikkorps 300 Koblenz. Von 2012 - 2015 leitet er als Chefdirigent das Luftwaffenmusikkorps in Münster. Seit Januar 2015 hat Timor Oliver Chadik die BigBand der Bundeswehr übernommen. Er ist damit der 7. Bandleader dieser herausragenden Formation. Timor Oliver Chadik ist Preisträger beim Internationalen Dirigentenwettbewerb des WMC in Kerkrade und Stipendiat der Richard Wagner Stiftung. Von 2005 bis 2007 wurde er durch das Deutsche Dirigentenforum, einem Förderprogramm des Deutschen Musikrates, gefördert. Ihn verbindet eine enge Zusammenarbeit mit der Deutschen Bläserphilharmonie, der Bläserphilharmonie Süd-West und der Bläserphilharmonie Ostwestfalen-Lippe. Er ist regelmäßiger Gastdirigent beim Rundfunk Blasorchester Leipzig, musikalischer Leiter des renommierten Orchesterverein Hilgen und ständiger Dirigent der Jungen Bläserphilharmonie NRW.


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Klaus Wagenleiter


[Germany] Baden-Württemberg Leinfelden-Echterdingen
ProfessionalMusician BigBandArranging BigBandConducting Piano

Klaus Wagenleiter, geboren 1956 in Heidenheim an der Brenz. Musikalische Grundlagen auf dem Akkordeon, dem Waldhorn, in Chören und auf dem Klavier. Von 1977 bis 1982 Studien an der Staatlichen Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart und am Berklee College of Music in Boston / USA (mit GVL Stipendium). Abschluss in Arrangement und Komposition mit dem schulischen „Count Basie Award“. Seither als freier Pianist, Komponist und Arrangeur in Jazz, Pop, Rock, Show und Volksmusik tätig.


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Dave Blaser


[Switzerland] Bern Bern
ProfessionalMusician Trumpet Flugelhorn

Studierte an der Swiss Jazz School in Bern bei Bert Joris, Matthieu Michel, Stephan Geiser und Andy Scherrer. Seit seinem Abschluss in Performance und Pädagogik ist er als Freelancer in der Schweizer Jazz- und Popszene tätig; Er spielt als festes Mitglied u.a bei der Pepe Lienhard Big Band, bei der Swiss Army Big Band, beim Lucerne Jazz Orchestra, beim Jazzorchester Vorarlberg, bei Fido plays Zappa, und beim Ballbreaker Ensemble, der Hausband der Berner Jazzwerkstatt. Stilistisch uneingeschränkt ist er als einer der besten Leadtrompeter und Solisten im Land auf Bühnen wie im Studio sehr gefragt und überall beliebt.


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