blutone sextet

Thomas Altmann (drum set)

The founder of the SEXTET was born in Hamburg in 1954 and is not only a jazz drummer, but equally a percussionist with an emphasis on congas, bongos and batá. On the drum set, Thomas is mostly self-taught. He was an early exponent of Hamburg's modern jazz scene of the 1970's, although since 1980 he has played a great deal of New Orleans Jazz, Dixieland und Swing in the late offshoots of the "Hamburger Szene", while evolving into a national pioneer of Afro-Cuban percussion at the same time. Internationally, he is widely known for authoring the book Cantos Lucumí a los Orichas.

Thomas has played with Eartha Kitt, Stefan von Dobrczynski, Hendrik Meurkens, Paul Kuhn, Hans Haider, Lucas Lindholm, Joe Gallardo, Lennart Axelsson, Norbert Susemihl, and Gottfried Böttger, also performing with Herb Geller, Sammy Walker, Ack van Rooyen, Don Vappie, Ladi Geisler, Günter Fuhlisch and many others. He directed the ethnic-percussion project Cuero Cuero! and the batá group Ayé Ilu, and founded the Latin-Jazz band Septeto Miramar, as well as the Mainstream-Swing band Avalon Casino Kings.

Thomas Altmann teaches Latin Drumset at the Hamburg School of Music.


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Enno Dugnus (piano)

Enno Dugnus, born in 1959, studied classical piano and trumpet at the Musik-Akademie in Kassel from 1982-1987, while taking jazz piano lessons with Christoph Spendel, Paul Grabowsky and Walter Norris. He has lived in Hamburg since 1991.

Enno has performed with James Moody, Dusko Goykovich, Elza Soares, Rachel Gould, Sal Nistico, Allan Praskin, Spike Robinson, Joris Dudli, Paolo Cardoso, Matthias Schubert, Wolfgang Engstfeld and Ken Peplowski. He has played on national und international jazz festivals (Echo Jazz, Jazzfest Mühlheim, TFF Rudolstadt, Gdansk, Tobago Jazz Festival, Bulgary, Albania etc.), has toured in France, Switzerland, Denmark, Island, Poland, Greece, and played on several CDs. For the "Poetic Jazz" project in Poland he played concerts with the Polish Sinfonia Baltica orchestra.

As a pianist, musical director and composer, he has collaborated in numerous national and international film-, television-, and theater productions. In addition, he is an experienced accompanist of singers, having earned his place in the singer-songwriter and chanson field (Dominique Horwitz: "Brel", Heinz Ratz: "Strom+Wasser", Hannes Wader, Konstantin Wecker).

Enno Dugnus has been one of the most renowned piano teachers in Hamburg for many years, also teaching in foreign exchange programs of the German embassy.

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Sebastian Hoffmann (trombone)

Trombonist Sebastian Hoffmann, born in Kiel in 1975, studied Jazz at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg. Since 1999 he has worked with the NDR Bigband as a "steady guest musician", recording and performing with stars such as Abdullah Ibrahim, Steve Gray, Colin Towns, Joao Bosco, Nils Landgren, Albert Mangelsdorff and Peter Erskine. As a sideman, he further accompanied Bob Mintzer, Wolfgang Schlüter, Gitte Haenning, Bobby Shew and Dianne Reeves, and was a member of the Jazzbaltica Ensemble. Since 2015 he had played bass trombone in the Big Band of Roger Cicero until the singer's untimely death in 2016. He also played with the German Hip-Hop band Fettes Brot and collaborated with Rocko Schamoni and the ensemble Studio Braun.

He is leading his own bands called Der Kosmische Souverän and Operation Grand Slam.

Sebastian Hoffmann is professor for jazz trombone at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen.

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Jan Kaiser (trumpet /flügelhorn)

Jan Kaiser was born in 1991 in Berlin, where he received classical trumpet lessons from Gerhard Greif, solo trumpeter at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. At the age of 16, he became the youngest member of the Landesjugendorchester Brandenburg under the direction of Jiggs Whigham.

From 2010 to 2015 he studied jazz trumpet with Till Brönner, Malte Burba and Sebastian Studnitzky at the Hochschule für Musik "Carl Maria von Weber" in Dresden. In 2012, he joined the Bundesjugendjazzorchester ("Bujazzo"), touring as far as to West Africa.

Currently, he is living in Hamburg to finish his master studies with Claus Stötter (NDR Bigband). Jan Kaiser holds a scholarship granted by the Dr. E.A. Langner foundation.

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Oliver Karstens (bass)

Oliver Karstens, born in Lüneburg in 1972, is probably the most versatile, and also the most in-demand bass player in and around Hamburg. Oliver had studied with Detlev Beier at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover. He has played with Roger Cicero, Jan Delay, Anett Louisan, Ulita Knaus, Joja Wendt, Florian Poser, Dusko Goykovitch, Jason Marsalis, John Santos, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra. In 1996 he won the prize Kulturförderpreis des Landkreises Lüneburg. He toured and/or recorded with the Capri di Rote Quintett, Tim Rodig 5, Der Kosmische Souverän, and the Jazzhaus Orchestra of Hamburg, the Avalon Casino Kings, with Anna Depenbusch, Joscheba Schnetter, Dan Gottshall's Artful Earfull, and the Big Band Blechschaden (Lüneburg); in the latter he had the chance to collaborate with guest musicians such as Bill Ramsey, Georgie Fame, Joe Gallardo, Bob Mintzer and Maria Schneider.

He has worked for theater- and musical productions at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus and the Operettenhaus in Hamburg.

Oliver teaches at the Hamburg School of Music and the Musikschule der Hansestadt Lüneburg.

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Stefan Maus (tenor saxophone)

Stefan Maus finished his Popular Music diploma for saxophone at the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (Hilversums Conservatorium) with Ferdinand Povel and Jasper Blom in 1997.

He has worked with numerous small and big bands, such as the Nils Gessinger Band, Jazzhaus Orchestra, Count Pauli Big Band, Hans Leonhard Jazz Orchestra, NDR Bigband, Dual City Bigband (NL), the Martin Zenker- and Ladi Geisler Quartets, with "Work of Art" - Tribute to Art Blakey, and with Rocko Schamoni (Tour 2002). Moreover, he has performed with such artists as The Supremes, George McCrae, Philip Catherine, Delfeayo Marsalis, Jesse van Ruller, Greetje Kauffeld, Bill Ramsey und Roger Cicero.

His own projects include: the Stefan Maus-Trio (Straight Ahead, Modern Jazz), the Beatrice Asare-Lartey - Stefan Maus Quintet and Beatrice Asare-Lartey-Trio, as well as the Hamburg Jazz Duo with guitarist Sandra Hempel.

Stefan teaches at the Hamburg School of Music.


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