idea is simple and straightforward — words that the Ruhr was ashamed of
for a long time. For no reason. Simple ideas and structures can bring
forth things of genius. As is the case with the plainly and
functionally titled Bundeswerkstatt Jazz.
Here, for the first time, 6 high-ranking representatives of the major
German jazz cities Berlin, Cologne, Munich, Hamburg, Mannheim and the
Ruhr meet face to face. The outcome of the 3 days long rehearsal period
can be awaited with eager anticipation.
It is particularly fortunate that they are then going on to play the
big festivals in their hometowns (besides Cologne)—the Enjoy Jazz
Festival, the Berlin Music Week, the Internationale Jazztage Dortmund,
the Hamburger Jazztage and the Munich Jazzfest—and will probably have
good things to report of what started as a simple idea.
Here we see the Berlin representative, Roland Fidezius.
Musicians and festival organisers will come together, start figuring
things out, joining forces and moving closer together. Many of the
Republic’s Jazz musicians and Jazz fans have been talking about this
for a long time—it is only just now coming about— this, too, can be the
effect of a jazzinitiative such as jazzwerkruhr—as long as it has the
backing of a Capital of Culture, looks outside the box, and gets a move
on! Heiko Langanke, Hamburg
Gabriel Coburger, Hamburg (saxophone)
Roland Fidezius, Berlin (bass)
Denis Gäbel, Cologne (tenor saxophone)
Bernd Oezsevim, Essen (drums)
Thomas Siffling,Mannheim (trumpet)
Andy Lutter, Munich (piano)