Matthäus Winnitzki - piano/keyboard was born in the polish town of Tychi.He studied jazz and classical piano with Prof.Dieter Glawischnig in Hamburg.In 2008 he was awarded a scholarship by the Dr. E.A. Langner Foundation.2010 he won the first price at the International Jazz Competition Bucharest with the Stephan Braun Trio.In 2014 he was honored with the Werner-Burkhardt-Musikpreis. Mathhäus Winnitzki is working as a bandleader, sideman and composer in numerous formations and he released miscellaneous CD´s, amongst others with Gabriel Coburger, Claas Üeberschär Quartet, Stephan Braun Trio, as wll as with his own projects laufgut 76, SONORA51 and CNIRBS. He is active in diverse musical contexts around the world, most recently on an Africa Tour with his band CNIRBS on behalf of the Goethe-Institut.
Anna-Lena Schnabel was born in 1989 and studied saxophone at the HfTM in Hamburg.She won repeatedly "Jugend jazzt", also Jazzplatz and Praetorius Musikpreis, Ebel scholarship . Anna-Lena received a scholarship for the New York Collective school and "Live Music Now ".She also received scholarship from the Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation since October 2013 and scholarship of the Dr. Langner Foundation..She also played saxophone with the "Hamburg Symphoniker". Apart from appearing on stage on highly recommended festivals ( Jazzbaltica, Überjazz, Elbjazzfestival )she also played abroad ( China, Australia, Poland, Russia, Turkey, Hungary,Senegal, and Guinea - Bissau ).In 2017 Anna-Lena received the Jazz ECHO award.
Axel Fahning - composer/g- started with piano lessons as a child and moved later to the guitar.He studied political economics and played in various rock-and funkbands.Later he took lessons in jazz piano and jazz guitar.
Knud Feddersen - drums - taught himself to play the drums starting at the age of 10. Formal instruction followed with percussion teachers in the area of Husum; during this time, he garnered his first experience playing in school band projects. After he completed his Abitur diploma and alternative national service, Knud studied under Jo Thönes in Weimar and in Hamburg under Mark Walker, Tom Rainy, Danny Gottlieb, and Gene Jackson among others. Knud has played with several musicians such as Wolfgang Schlüter, Herb Geller, Ingolf Burkhardt, and Vladislav Sendecki, to name a few. Today Knud lives in Hamburg as a musician.
Philipp Kacza - trumpet/Fluegelhorn -studied Jazz in Stuttgart and Hamburg. Member of the Bujazzo Bigband with Peter Herbolzheimer. Master of Art/Queen College /New York 2002 ( scholarship German Academic Exchange Programm ). He lives in Hamburg.Founding member of Count Pauli Big Band. Since 2005 member of the band of Jan Delay , Disko No. 1. Various projects ( Soul/Jazz/Pop).Session Musician for the NDR Bib Band, Mousse T, Revolverheld, Juli, Jan Delay, Samy Deluxe.
Giorgi Kiknadze bass - was born in 1982 in Tbilissi, Giorgia In 1991 he moved to Lübeck, Germany and after finishing school, he studied from 2002 - 2012 at the HfMT in Hamburg double bass.He is an active member of the Hamburg Jazz scene and has worked with many famous German and non German musicians such as Till Brönner, John Schröder, Alon Yavnai, Gabriel Coburger and others.
Paulo Pereira - Saxophonist - graduated 1995 in Music and german studies.1997 he moved to Boston to study saxophone, arrangement and composition at Berklee College of Music. He now lives in Hamburg and works as a musician, arranger, instrumental educator and bigband leader. His compositions are published at nil edition, chili notes and advanced music. Contact: www.paulopereira.de
Other fine musicians who played with us
Oliver Karstens, double bass and E-bass, Thomas Burhorn, trumpet / Flügelhorn, Martin Terens , piano, Boris Netsvetaev, piano, Anna Lena Schnabel, saxophone, Marcus Gnadt, double bass and E-bass. Yun Xu, piano, Miguel Ramón Rueda , saxophone, Sebastian Gille ,saxophone, Konrad Ullrich,drums,Hans Malte Witte sax ,Jan Gospodinow tr.,Georgi Kiknadze bass, Jan Philipp Meyer dr, Thomas Fontin sax,Melf Hollmer tr/Fluegelhorn,Adrian Hanack ts, Max Boehm as