The influential German newspaper „Zeit“ (Time) said of him, “...as bassist, he is the man of the hour”, and in 2010 he received the prestigious German “Echo” jazz award for his Pirouet production, Blackbird: Henning Sieverts, musi- cian and journalist, born in 1966 in Berlin. Sieverts began playing the cello at the age of five. At 16 he taught himself how to play bass, and collected his first experiences playing jazz. From 1977 to 1984 he studied cello, piano, and music theory at the Berlin Conservatory. In both 1983 and 1984 he was awarded first prize at the „Schülerkomponieren” (Students Compose) competition. In 1985 Sieverts began studying journalism in Munich at the German School of Journalism and the Ludwig-Maximilians University. He received his di- ploma in 1990. Along with his studies, Sieverts was deeply involved with jazz, playing acoustic and electric bass, and composing both jazz and classical pieces. In 1990 Henning Sieverts became a member of the German State Jazz Orchestra (BuJazzO) under the direction of the acclaimed big band leader Peter Herbolzheimer. In the same year he was awarded the Musikförderpreis der Landeshauptstadt München (Munich’s award for outstanding musicians). In 1994 he completed his final exam at the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich and received the Staatlichen Förderpreis für junge Künstler des Freistaats Bayern (Bavar- ia’s award for young artists). In 2007 Sieverts won the New German Jazz Prize as well as the Soloist Prize section of the New German Jazz Prize (in Mannheim). Henning Sieverts can be heard playing bass and/or cello on over 100 CD productions. He has recorded twelve CDs under his own name. Sieverts is also active as journalist; since 2003 he has moderated a jazz program at the Bavarian Radio.
was born in 1979 in Karl-Marx-Stadt, Germa- ny. He was the winner of the state of Saxony’s “Jugend musi- ziert—Jugend jazzt” competition in 1997. In 1998 he began his studies at the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy University of Music and Theater in Leipzig, and then continued on to study in 2002/2003 at the Rytmisk Music Conservatory in Copen- hagen. From 1998 until 2001 Graupe played with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Peter Herbolzheimer. In 2001 he received the Marion Ermer Foun- dation’s Jazz Newcomer Stipendium. Graupe, along with Christian Lillinger and Philipp Gropper, formed the trio Hyperactive Kid in 2002. Now living in Berlin, Ronny Graupe has worked with Carsten Daerr, Daniel Erdmann, Kalle Kalima, Rolf Kühn, Frank Möbus, Matthias Schriefl, and John Schröder. He has also played in groups with Johannes Lauer, Henning Sieverts, and Wanja Slavin. Ronny Graupe is a member of the Berlin Jazz Collective.
Reclams Jazz Lexicon praised Nils Wogram as being “...one the most outstanding trombonists of the younger generation of European jazz musicians.” Born in 1972 in Braunschweig, Germany, Wogram studied classical trombone along with piano and music theory in his home city. In 1988 he began playing in the Lower Saxony State Youth Jazz Orchestra, then in 1989 moved on to the National Youth Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Peter Herbolzheimer. Wogram won the prize for best solo trombonist in the “Jugend musiziert“ competition in 1989 and again in 1991.The first CD under his own name, New York Conversations, came out in1994. In 1998 Wogram received North Rhine-Westphalia’s award for the advancement of jazz as well as Germany’s Southwest Radio Jazz Prize. He leads his own group, is a member of Root 70, Nostalgia Trio, plays in duo with pianist Simon Nabatov and with fellow trombonist Conny Bauer, and is a member of the Aki Takase Quintet. Nils Wogram currently lives in Zurich where he is a member of the group Underkarl. Since 2004 he has been teaching jazz studies at the Univer- sity of Lucern.