Anne Hartkamp Quintet

contemporary jazz

Anne Hartkamp voc
Thomas Rückert p
André Nendza
Oliver Rehmann dr
Frank Delle ts, ss, bcl

It’s obvious: here, first-class instrumentalists are at work, each individual a master, yet what a team they make! Spirited, expressive, transparent – this is music which opens itself up easily to the listener yet allows for the emergence of ever more layers of interaction, imagination and creative power.
Catchy melodies, intense soloing.
And then, the voice:
bright while warm, clear, sometimes husky, flexible, delicate yet surprisingly powerful, with a splendid array of timbres and expressive nuances. Anne Hartkamp creates moments of gentleness, of the most touching magic, while at the same time shining as a brilliant improviser. She enchants and ensnares, coming up with the most angular melodies just like that, with or without words telling of intimacy and joie de vivre, impishness and profundity, calmness and fervour.

Live on stage, this band is a feast for the audience, of course due to Anne Hartkamp’s bubbly stage presence – but also to her musicians who utterly love playing their music. This love is contagious: the audience emerges from the concert „enraptured“, „fascinated“ and „transported“ by their own description.

The repertoire consists mostly of originals by the band leader, complemented by selected and smartly arranged jazz standards.

"Für und wider" live at Jazz-Schmiede Düsseldorf (Dez. 2010)
"Paper Bird" live at LOFT, Köln (2009)
"Dance No. 1" live at LOFT, Köln (2009)
"Very Early" live at LOFT, Köln (2009)

For details about the musicians: please scroll down

Thomas Rückert: studied at Cologne Conservatory, temporary residence in New York City, CD-, TV- and radio productions as sideman and leader; teaches at Institute for Music, Osnabrück University for Applied Sciences; currently works with Mark Murphy, Greg Hutchinson, Greetje Kauffeld, Mark Johnson, Lee Konitz, Randy Brecker, Jochen Rückert, Adam Nussbaum, Ack van Rooyen, Jay Anderson, John Goldsby.

André Nendza: studied in Hilversum (NL) and Cologne; over 40 CDs as composer and bass player – leader as well as sideman -, numerous radio and TV recordings, collaborations with e.g. Dave Liebman,  Kenny Wheeler, Rick Margitza, Paolo Fresu, Zoltan Lantos, Dominique Pifarély, Charlie Mariano, Rob van den Broeck, Dave Pike,  Quique Sinesi, Ramesh Shotham.

Oliver Rehmann: Awardee „Jugend jazzt“, degree from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, concerts and Productions with, amongst others, Hubert Nuss, Andy Miles, the Duisburg philharmonic, performances in Russia, Luxembourg and Serbia’s Novi Sad Jazz Festival.

on the CD, you hear Claudius Valk (see below) on reeds. Live, the saxophones are played by
Frank Delle: scholarship at "MacPhail Centre for the Arts", Minneapolis/USA, studies at Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg; Bremerhaven arts award 1994; since 2001 permanent member of NDR-Bigband. Ensuing musical projects and concerts with, among others: Maria Schneider, Bobby McFerrin, Al Jarreau, Clark Terry, Kenny Wheeler, Bob Brookmeyer, Randy Brecker, Wayne Shorter, Dave Holland und Dave Douglas.






The saxophonist on "momentum" and an occasional "live" guest:

Claudius Valk: studied in Essen, Cologne and New York (with Dave Liebman, Richie Beirach), Folkwang laureate, teaches at Cologne and Maastricht conservatories; film scores; numerous CD-releases as both  sideman and band leader; festival appearances in Tokio, Granada, Bergen, Budapest, Zurich, Brussels, Berlin, Milan, Madrid, Ljubljana, Viersen, Leverkusen, Wien, Moers, Montreux et al.