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Lily Dahab Video

16. January 2019 - 16:23 -- Timothy Davies

Last summer Lily Dahab has released her latest and truly wonderful album Bajo un mismo cieleo. Now the Argentinian singer will go on tour, starting on January 18th. The fans are in anticipation and if you haven´t discovered this very special voice from South America for yourself yet – don´t miss this chance! Warm and passionate timbres await you, likely to shine a light through the dullest of skies and chase the grey away. Take a look at the video:



Nighthawks on Vinyl

21. December 2018 - 12:22 -- Rüdiger Herzog

Way back it all started with heated discussions: “Why should we produce vinyl, who would buy it?” In the meanwhile we simply love our 180 gr discs - just as the fans do. This superbly produced music just is perfectly suited for being enjoyed on a vinyl record. A feast for the ears and the eyes as well! And a must for every sound enthusiast, just as these musicians are. This music creates a sonic space, while turning in circles. Listen to all four records in a row and get high on Nighthawks. Highly recommended for New Year´s Eve.

Jeff Cascaro

3. December 2018 - 22:10 -- Rüdiger Herzog

Jeff Cascaro has just finished his wonderful tour of four cities. And getting to the heart of it: jazz still has a great deal of potential, particularly when it appropriates popular songs. We heartily suggest that you look up Jeff Cascaro in the net and listen to his interpretation of “Ain´t No Love in the Heart of the City”. What you will find: rhythmic energy, beautiful timbres and sophisticated distinctiveness. That´s how the more laid-back hits stick to the mind.

What a Concert!

20. November 2018 - 15:23 -- Rüdiger Herzog

Great acoustics can make for a truly sensual experience! Lisa Bassenge, accompanied by pianist Jacob Karlzon and Andreas Lang on double bass, has played a concert at the small hall of the Elbphilharmonie, which only can be called memorable in all aspects. The thunderous applause rightfully went to this wonderful trio, but also to the very special songs they were interpreting and to the phenomenal architectural acoustics surrounding the audience. Lisa Bassenge and her companions quite obviously were enjoying this evening along with the crowd.

Jeff Cascaro in Vechta

13. November 2018 - 14:54 -- Rüdiger Herzog

For many years now Jeff Cascaro has been an ambassador of soul jazz. Along the way he has released quite a number of brilliant albums, already classics of the genre. At present the singer is on tour with his latest album love & blues in the city, underlining his status as a major voice in jazz singing. Don´t miss your chance to see and hear him this weekend, Friday the 16th of November, at the Gulfhaus in Vechta.

Concert Date with the Nighthawks on November 24th

11. November 2018 - 12:05 -- Rüdiger Herzog

Heck! Who forgot to put the dates on the posters for the date with the Nighthawks? In any case, that´s something we won´t let stand, so up the ladder we climb! Every poster around town counts, especially this close to the Fabrik. For the Fabrik in Hamburg Altona is where the Nighthawks will be playing on November 24th. No doubt, this is going to be a special evening. If you haven´t seen this fabulous electro-jazz band yet, don´t miss this chance. And if you already have, chances are you will be there again … and again.



Lisa Bassenge on Nationwide Tour

7. November 2018 - 16:00 -- Rüdiger Herzog

Planning a tour can be like solving a huge jigsaw puzzle and sure can make one grow a couple of extra grey hair. But by mid November, when Lisa Bassenge and Andreas Lang will pick up Swedish pianist extraordinaire Jacob Karlzon at the airport Berlin for the final rehearsals, the joy will start to kick in. In my mind´s ear I start hearing songs like “Three Cigarettes, Grandma´s Hands ...”, and these wonderful musicians in the practice room, going through their material, discussing arrangements. On November 16th they are expected to play a studio concert at the MDR.

Pasadena Roof Orchestra

2. November 2018 - 11:16 -- Rüdiger Herzog

50 years is quite a number in today´s music business! The Pasadena Roof Orchestra will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2019 and to get you in the mood, we are happy to announce the release of a beautifully designed 3 CD Box Set with some the orchestra´s finest recordings: “Ladies and Gentlemen”, as well as two of their classic recordings from the 1970´s, “On Tour” and “The Show Must Go On”.

MIU has recorded her new album

1. November 2018 - 16:38 -- Rüdiger Herzog

Miu is hardly on the line to get. This has good reasons. Let the horn section play in here, the strings there, a few vocals here. Everyday life in the music business. Everyday life, if you push the second production together. We get financial support from the Initiative Musik gGmbH! That's not a piece of cake, because only in this way is it possible for us to produce a really thick album. And Miu really holds the strings in her hand. She is completely into it and will get her band on stage at Mojo Club Hamburg on August 31st. Then everyone can hear what has been created.

Nighthawks new Video Blue Steel Silver

22. October 2018 - 10:47 -- Rüdiger Herzog

The Nighthawks have a penchant for videos. Their performance at the ElbJazz festival in 2018 truly was a memorable one. Outside thunder and lightning were raging and people were literally running into the hangars for shelter. On this stormy late evening the Nighthawks entered the stage in the machine hall of Blohm + Voss to present their new program 707. There were three cameras on stage and four more in the audience, to catch as much of the atmosphere as possible. That very night the video files were sent to Barcelona for editing. The result is a remarkable live video, capturing the special ambience of this festival and the energetic performance by the Nighthawks perfectly. See and hear for yourself! The 707 album already is advancing to become a classic.

Nighthawks at the Fabrik Hamburg on November 24th

3. October 2018 - 17:48 -- Rüdiger Herzog

It must be a generational, well age thing: musicians sending us postcards?! And who may it be? The jolly jokers of the Nighthawks, of course! They just wanted to remind their label on their upcoming concert in its home town. And now, of course, we are wondering, if carnival is already raging again down in Cologne. In response we have printed a pretty blue postcard in discreet Hanseatic design. And since we are brothers in spirit now, we will, at least for a while, ignore all new media hypes and take a stroll to the nearest mailbox. More importantly though: advance ticket sales are great.

Borrowed and Blue by Lisa Bassenge released today

28. September 2018 - 15:45 -- Rüdiger Herzog


Once upon a time I used to count my coins of German Marks and then walked them to my local record shop. While they were weighing heavy in my pockets, their chink was part of the joyful anticipation of the pending purchase. Credit Cards and streams don´t make any noise and don´t need to be walked. The world has become aseptic and somehow unwholesome, because there is less to sense. And to my mind the effects of this trend are to be felt in music culture as well.

Lisa Bassenge Single "Still Crazy After All These Years" available

14. September 2018 - 15:53 -- Timothy Davies

"Borrowed and Blue", the new album by Berlin-based singer Lisa Bassenge, will be released on September 28th! Now we are providing you with one more track to download or stream. Paul Simon's classic song "Still Crazy After All These Years" is interpreted by Lisa Bassenge in a trio formation with pianist Jacob Karlzon and Andreas Lang on bass. This trio has achieved a version of timeless beauty.

Lisa Bassenge signs Vinyl of her new album Borrowed and Blue

11. September 2018 - 15:57 -- Rüdiger Herzog

The 4th floor! I am pretty sure, that by now nobody knows better than Lisa Bassenge: the weight of vinyl is considerable. One hundred records in one swoop. Why so many? Lisa is signing her new album Borrowed and Blue, which will be released on September 28th, for jpc. Don´t worry – CD´s will be available too. And of course you will find the album in all the usual download forums. Lisa Bassenge has a different problem though: how to get this huge box of vinyl down to the ground floor again, because the records have to be back at jpc in good time.

Benny Greb at VC Jams!

6. September 2018 - 11:22 -- Rüdiger Herzog
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Wonderful! Just two days ago Benny Greb and I had a rather pleasant barbecue session and over the food we got to talking about drums. Basically I wanted to find out more about how drummers think their music. It was the beginning of an intense and, particularly on my part, insightful discussion. Benny simply is great at explaining: a bit like the kind of teacher one always wanted to have, captivating and inspiring, with a roguish smile sparkling over the edges of his glasses.

Nighthawks at the Fabrik Hamburg on November 24th

3. September 2018 - 12:00 -- Rüdiger Herzog

It has been a truly grand weekend at the Jazz Open in Hamburg. Brilliant sun all around and magnificent jazz music sounding from the open air stage at the park Planten un Blomen. Good reasons for many a thousand people to come flocking in. Amongst them a man dressed in black, inconspicuously acting as a walking talking advertising column for the upcoming date of the Nighthawks at the Fabrik. And – surprisingly, or not – he gets asked, talked to and assurances to meet again on the 24th of November at the Fabrik.

Lily Dahab at the ZDF Morning Show

28. August 2018 - 10:03 -- Rüdiger Herzog


The early bird catches the worm. To be proven by Lily Dahab and her band this Tuesday morning, the 28th of August, when she will be featured in the ZDF Morgen Magazin at the dusky break of dawn. The music of the Argentinian-born singer would not really be classified as autumnal though – much rather will she enchant the studio of the ZDF with summery flair and lightness. Her melange of Latin sounds and jazz is simply fascinating and a celebration of life. So out of your beds and take your coffee to the TV or PC and tune in at 8:50 am. Hola – buenos dias!

New Song of Lisa Bassenge's Album available

20. August 2018 - 15:09 -- Rüdiger Herzog

Not long to wait now! On September 28th we will release Lisa Bassenge´s new album Borrowed and Blue. Since the 17th of August a second outtake is available: Keep Me in Your Heart, written by legendary songwriter Warren Zevon. Previously, in July, we already had released Three Cigarettes in an Ashtray. Go and check them out on Itunes. It may not have have your conventional shop-door – one may say the mobile phone acts as such. Without a door handle, but open 24/7.

On the Passing of Aretha Franklin

20. August 2018 - 15:07 -- Rüdiger Herzog

There have been more than a few musical revelations in my life. But it was Aretha Franklin who really awoke my musical mind, filled it with a sense of truth and direction. Her music crossed the borders of the USA and the ocean with ease and even as a child it seemed obvious that this is great and important music – and fun as well! Her energy, timing, timbre, her jubilating power and richness of seemingly effortless ornamentation filled me with awe. How often did one together with friends or strangers spontaneously join into singing the refrains?!