Who is the most influential saxophonist living

The 15 most influential Cologne jazz musicians

Henning Berg:

His career breakthrough began in 1982 with the WDR Big Band and his trombone. Numerous arrangements, ensembles, projects with well-known jazz musicians and sound recordings followed. Today the trombonist is employed as a professor for jazz trombone at the Cologne University of Music.

Jens Düppe

and his drums are on the road with numerous international groups. In 2010 the Swabian jazz drummer initiated the improvisation concert series Kommunikation9 in Cologne. In addition, he is in charge of the school project “LifeCycle of a star”, in which the aim is to bring children closer to improvising regardless of the musical style.

Heiner Wiberny

is the jazz musician on the saxophone. Together with Wolfgang Erhardt, he brought the project “Jazz meets Flamenco” to life. For this there was a nomination for the German record award. After leaving the WDR Big Band, he is now working as an honorary professor at the University of Music in Cologne.

Matthias Muche

was born in Bielefeld in 1972. Today he lives and works in Cologne. In 2004 he called the festival “Frischzelle” ist Leben together with Sven Hähne.

Seven jazz musicians are currently hiding behind the term KLAENG. These include Jonas Burgwinkel, Tobias Christl, Pablo Held, Tobias Hoffmann, Niels Klein, Frederik Köster and Robert Landfermann. The collective was founded in 2009 to create a better network, to be better organized and to be able to organize concerts. The KLAENG Festival, for example, emerged from this merger.

Andreas Schickentanz

is one of the graduates of the Cologne University of Music and Dance who made the leap to the greats. With his trombone he stands in numerous formations on the jazz stages.

Ariane Jacobi

is a Cologne jazz singer who manages to sing in front of a full house. She has made her deep voice her trademark. Jacobi is happy to be supported by the musicians.

Peter Protschka

has managed to play as a Cologne jazz trumpeter with greats like tenor saxophonist Rick Margitza. Protschka performs countless concerts around the world.

Christoph Hillmann

Jazz drummer, music teacher, composer. Hillmann has lived in Cologne since 1993 and has already received several sponsorship awards from renowned jazz festivals.