Thomas Kimmerle Jazztet in Bonn


On Thursday, 15 March, the Thomas Kimmerle Jazztet is a guest at the Dottendorfer Jazz Night.  Local Jazz fans will know Thomas as the man behind Jazztube and his work with the Bonn Jazz Youth Orchestra.  He’s also an excellent Sax player,  but don’t just take my word for it.  On 15 March his Jazztet will be appearing at the Ortszentrum in Dottendorf.  Entry 7pm, show  starts at 8pm.  Tickets at the usual outlets.


Following the motto “The Blue Note Songbook” the jazztet presents musical works of the so-called Blue Note era in the 60s. On offer are compositions by Hank Mobley, Dexter Gordon, Horace Silver, Bobby Watson, Art Farmer and Benny Golson.

In the style of “Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers” Thomas Kimmerle Jazztet consists of a top-class horn section with Peter Protschka (trumpet), Thomas Kimmerle (saxophone) and the American trombonist Andy Hunter.

Andy Hunter is the trombonist of the Bob Mintzer Big Band and a permanent member of the ensemble of the WDR Big Band in Cologne. He worked with Billy Hart, Ron Carter, Snarky Puppy, Vince Mendoza, and Hector Martignon, just to name a few. 

Peter Protschka on trumpet is one of the most versatile and interesting German jazz trumpet soloists of the younger generation. Pure energy and passion characterize his playing and his compositions.

Thomas Kimmerle (saxophone) has already played with various formations at the Dottendorfer Jazz Night. In addition to his activities as a saxophonist (such as BARCODE soul jazz quintet, Bonn Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Oliver Pospiech), he is the artistic director of the JazzTube Festival Bonn.He curates his series of events “Jazz In Concert” at the Pantheon Theater Bonn and, together with his colleague Thomas Heck, is director of the Youth Jazz Orcherster Bonn.

The horn section is powered by an energetic rhythm section. Lionel Haas on piano, Fritz Roppel on double bass and Claus Schulte lay the foundation on which the soloists can let off steam at will.

Lionel Haas has been living in Berlin for quite some time and is an established figure in the jazz scene.

In 2002 he founded the Lionel Haas Quintet. In 2007, he developed into the sextet formation BLOWING FRONT, in which he performed three horn arrangements of his original compositions in the styles straight-ahead jazz and groove music. Blowing Front won in 2007 the Jazz and Blues Award of the Jazzinitiative Berlin e.V.

Fritz Roppel (double bass) is one of the most well-known and accomplished bassists of the “Cologne music scene”. He presented his versatile and first-class playful skills, among others. working with Charlie Mariano, Dick Oates, Jeff Cascaro, Nippy Noya, Michael Sagmeister. Fritz Roppel is also known in Bonn for his collaboration with the Marcus Schinkel Trio and Ernie Watts.

Claus Schulte (drums) completed his jazz studies at the Folkwang University of the Arts with Thomas Alkier and Sperie Karas.

Since then he has been active in various musical projects and also a welcome guest in the Bonn jazz scene.

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