Jazz & the City

Foto 25.10.14 06 49 27We had a blast in Salzburg, thanks to the awesome audience! We hope to come back to Austria soon!
Hello John Scofield and hello Sons of Kemet!
We’re looking forward to play in Saarbrücken, Germany, on the 8th of November,

See you around!
Monika and Bigband

With Sons of KemetFoto 25.10.14 07 28 21

New Video online!

Our new video “Future 3″ is finished and we are happy to show it to you here! It is a compilation of on-stage and backstage impressions of our latest concerts in 2014!
(Thanks to Patrick Bethke, our cameraman and editor)

Coming up: Burghausen Big Band weekend on September 19th at 7 p.m.
Here are more infos.

See you!

Echo Jazz 2014

We received this wonderful trophy for our first album „Failure in Wonderland“ as „Newcomer of the Year national“ at the Echo-Jazz gala in Hamburg!
Thanks to Enja (our Label), thanks to Initiative Musik, and thanks to the city of Munich for the support!

Jazz Echo 2014

We have been awarded the Jazz Echo in the category “Newcomer of the Year National”! Yay! The award ceremony will be on May 22 in Hamburg.
We are also looking forward to these concerts coming up:
Jazzfrühling Kempten on 26.4.
Landsberg am Lech on 27.4.
Idar Oberstein Jazzfestival on 31.5.
Agratamagatha Festival on 26.7.

See you around!

Downbeat and Tour Dates!

We are happy to announce to be featured in the February edition of Downbeat magazine! You can read about our “auspicious entry” at last years Berlin Jazz Festival and everything else Dan Ouellette has to say about us in the “Reviews” section or right here: Downbeat, Feb 2014.

If you would rather see us on stage than on page here’s some other good news: for the first time we are visiting the far north of Germany to play the MIBNIGHT Jazzfestival in Bremen on February 22 and Hamburg’s MOJO club on March 2.

If you are closer to our Bavarian homebase don’t miss us at Jazzclub Regensburg on February 23. Check out the “Concerts” section for more infos!

End of the year finish

The year draws to a close, but we’re still far from taking a rest!
This week we are featured in two radio programs: on Wednesday, 10pm, WDR 3 takes a close look at the German big band scene in «Young & Big» and the day after at 9pm I’m part of an interview panel on BR Klassik’s «taktlos».
And finally on saturday it’s your last chance to see us live this year when we are playing at Jazzfest Munich!

If you are still looking for a christmas present, click on “shop” where you can order our CD “Failure in Wonderland” directly from us.

Jazzfest Berlin

This was a truly wonderful evening!
Thanks to Bert Noglik and to Jazzfest Berlin for everything. Playing with John Scofield and his Überjam was an honour, but receiving compliments from the legend himself and his band after the concert was even better!:)
For us it was the first time playing such a big international festival and being broadcasted live on several radio stations. An amazing experience and definitely a highlight for us as a band!
Now we are already looking forward to playing Jazzfest Munich on December 14 and hope to meet some of you again soon,
Best wishes
Monika and Bigband

Photos: © Petra Basche, Martin Hufner, Hupe-Kollektiv 2013

Tour Diary Pt. 2

No, this is not us at Abbey Road Studios… this is the village square of Bezau, a lovely little town in Austria! There we played our mild summer nights slot at Bezau Beatz Festival, incorporating the village fountain and church bells to great success: Matthias Schriefl bubbled a refreshing underwater trumpet solo and Hannes Billich went all duet during his piano solo with the church tower clock striking the hour – unfortunately we had to leave both the clock tower and the fountain in Bezau. Saying our goodbyes was hard, we hope to be returning some day! Thanks for everything Alfred, it was amazing!

Lott festival was another highlight!:) Sunshine, camping tents in every colour, right next to the small village of Raversbeuren and bands from all over the world! We seized the chance and made friends with “Yes Sir Boss” (Hello to Bristol!), “Corebeaux” (Salut to France!) and many greetings to Dan of “Skindred” (Cheers to Newport!)!

And since there are almost no pics of our live sound engineer to be found, here’s a pretty series of him and our bass player, trying to out-grimace each other… and failing to do so at the same time.

We went on to Hafensommer Festival in Wurzburg, the last gig of our summer tour. We couldn’t have expected more! You can find some impressions right here (© Foto: Ulf Cronenberg, Würzburg, www.flytotherainbow.de).

So maybe we’ll see each other on September 26 when we are playing at Bluval Festival in Straubing, the next day when we are playing at Kulturhof Langenzenn or on November 3 at the Jazzfest Berlin where it is an incredible honor for us to share the stage with the legend himself, John Scofield! We can’t wait!

Cheers!
Monika and Bigband