Berlin 21's new album to be released in October!

Jul 21st, 2016 | Torsten Zwingenberger's jazz project "Berlin 21" will release their second album on October 21st! For the recordings the drummer and his bandmates Lionel Haas (p), Martin Lillich (b) and Tim Seier (g) were at Blackbird Music Studio for the last three days. The mixing is scheduled for next week.

We can tell you this much: The record will be way more experimental than their debut "Capital Letters" from 2014. In addition, 25-year-old Canadian Tim Seier is the new guitar player in the band.

UPDATE: The record release show will take place on Nov 2nd at Zig Zag Jazz Club in Berlin.

Jazzrock band "B3" live at the A-Trane on May 6th & 7th!

Apr 28th, 2016 | The Jazzrock band "B3" has long been a guarantee for a packed A-Trane full of thrilled listeners. For two concerts the four Berliners will come back to this legendary jazz club. On May 6th & 7th Andreas Hommelsheim (keys), Ron Spielman (g), Chris Krauss (b) and Lutz Halfter (dr) will not only play songs from their two albums but also present new ones!

Get your tickets by calling +49 (0)30 / 313 25 50 or by following this link:

Qeaux Qeaux Joans live in Berlin on April 14th!

Feb 24th, 2016 | Blackbird Music invites you to a concert with Qeaux Qeaux Joans und Cameron James Laing on April 14th at Berghainkantine. We're very happy that Qeaux Qeaux Joans will play together with the producer and multi-instrumentalist Reyn Ouwehand. Cameron James Laing will present his very new EP with his band.

Tickets are now available right here (KOKA36)!

Lorenz Kellhuber nominated for ECHO Jazz 2016!

Feb 12th, 2016 | Great news! Lorenz Kellhuber is one of the nominees of this year's ECHO Jazz in the categoriy "Newcomer of the Year"! The jury was convinced by his last trio album "State of Mind" which was released in 2015. We are very happy for him and our cooperation gaining such a recognition! Congratulations to all the other Nominees!

Qeaux Qeaux Joans to do Berlin bar tour with Steiner & Madlaina in December!

Dec 7th, 2015 | Before Christmas Qeaux Qeaux Joans will go on a bar tour through Berlin together with the Indie Folk Pop duo Steiner & Madlaina from Zurich and play little, intimate shows accross the city that find their highlight in a band show at Prachtwerk Neukölln. Presented by Prime Tours & Promotion in cooperation with Pon't Danic Music and Blackbird Music. Dates:

16.12. QQJ - Ofenbar (Kreuzberg)
17.12. QQJ w/ S&M - Barkett (Schöneberg)
18.12. QQJ w/ S&M - Kugelbahn (Wedding)
19.12. S&M - Ofenbar (Kreuzberg)
20.12. QQJ + Band w/ S&M - Prachtwerk (Neukölln)

Lorenz Kellhuber Standard Experience to release album in November!

Oct 12th, 2015 | "The Brooklyn Session" is the name of the upcoming release of the young composer and pianist Lorenz Kellhuber with two of the most prominent musicians of the New York jazz scene: Orlando le Fleming (b) and Obed Calvaire (dr). The release is scheduled for Nov 13th, 2015.

After three records with his Lorenz Kellhuber Trio the 25-year old who was considered the discovery of this year's Montreux Jazz Festival by Jazzwise Magazine turns towards his passion for jazz standards. Where else than in the Big Apple he found his two companions for this project. Without ever having played together before, Lorenz, Orlando and Obed recorded 15 tracks of the Great American Songbook at the legendary Systems Two Studios in New York City in January 2015, first takes only. Six of them they will now release as Lorenz Kellhuber Standard Experience.

"Only a few among the young musicians play the old standards, although they are still the basis for all jazz musicians", Lorenz describes the motivation behind his new CD. With extraordinary finesse and musicality he frees the Broadway Tunes from dust and builds a bridge between tradition and the present masterly.

Qeaux Qeaux Joans is with Prime Tours & Promotion now!

Sep 9th, 2015 | Qeaux Qeaux Joans is now with the Berlin based booking agency Prime Tours & Promotion who has been working successfully with great artists such as Sophie Hunger and Zaz. We are really looking forward to the cooperation!

Charity concert for Nepal w/ Erik Penny und many more on Sept 20th at Lido

Aug 25th, 2015 | On September 20th a charity concert for Nepal takes place at Lido Berlin. Among others the line-up features Erik Penny, Astrid North, Eric Mingus, Craig Walker, Siri Svegler, Knox Chandler and DJ Tomekk.

After the devastating earthquake on April 2015 the situation in Nepal is still difficult. Hundreds of thousands living in tents suffer from disease, cold and dismal hygienic conditions. Clean, safe drinking water is scarce. The concert is hosted by Govinda Development Aid Association that got involved with the help for Nepal in 1998 and that is collecting donations in order to support and enhance the local reconstruction, health services and food supply.

Tickets are available on or at KOKA36.

Lorenz Kellhuber: Montreux Jazz Festival and Regensburg's Sponsorship Award

Jul 8th, 2015 | Tomorrow is the day! Lorenz Kellhuber will make his solo debut at the 49th Montreux Jazz Festival. Having won the Parmigiani Montreux Jazz Piano Solo Competition in 2014, he had already attended the local Jazz Academy last year. Now the „Hotshot“ (Jazz thing) will return to Montreux as a fresh laureate of Regensburg's sponsorship award, to tread the same boards as a lot of long accomplished stars, such as Tony Bennett, Al Jarreau, Lenny Kravitz, Lionel Richie and John Legend. We are very excited for him! If you're not in Montreux, you can still watch the new video for the title track of his current album "State of Mind", recorded at Lorenz's record release show at Blackbird Music Studio.

New music video from Qeaux Qeaux Joans

May 31st, 2015 | You just can't stop Qeaux Qeaux Joans at the moment! After the 20 concerts of her The Ritual Tour through Germany and numerous shows in the Netherlands she now released a wonderful music video for her song "I Can't Breathe" which you can watch and share right HERE (Youtube).

B3: Making-of video of the new album "Memories in Melodies" is online!

May 8th, 2015 | On May 29th the new CD of the Berlin based jazz rocker B3, "Memories in Melodies", will hit the stores. A first insight into the recording of the new album provides a making-of video that was just released and can be seen HERE (Youtube)

Lorenz Kellhuber to release new CD and play at the 49th Montreux Jazz Festival

Apr 15th, 2015 | Having received rave reviews for his last trio album "Cosmos" two years ago, Lorenz Kellhuber will release his new record on May 22nd. As the winner of the Parmigiani Montreux Jazz Piano Solo Competition he recorded "State of Mind" at Balik Music Studios in Switzerland together with his two sidemen Arne Huber (b) and Gabriel Hahn (dr). Prepare for a groovy jazz package that shows again the uniqueness of this trio. In addition Lorenz will play at the 49th Montreux Jazz Festival this July.

Qeaux Qeaux Joans to go on The Ritual Tour through Germany

Mar 17th, 2015 | This Friday Qeaux Qeaux Joans will start the tour through Germany with her brandnew album "The Ritual". Please keep in mind, the record release concert at Neue Heimat Berlin was postponned to Apr 2nd!

20.03. Gewoelbe Vegesack, Bremen (SOLD OUT)
21.03. Schnabulenz, Münster
22.03. Gewoelbe Vegesack, Bremen (ADDED DATE)
23.03. Domkeller, Aachen
24.03. Steinbruch, Duisburg
26.03. "Contrastnacht" Burghof, Lörrach
27.03. Kellerhalle, Karlsruhe
30.03. Brasserie Hermann, Greifswald
02.04. Neue Heimat, Berlin (Record Release Show)
24.04. Frauenkultur, Leipzig
25.04. OMA, Weimar
29.04. Magdeburger Songtage, Magdeburg
30.04. Feinkost Lampe, Hannover
01.05. Apex, Göttingen
02.05. Hafen 2, Offenbach
13.05. Monarch, Berlin
14.05. Objekt 5, Halle/S.
27.05. "KunstKulturQuartier" Tafelhalle, Nürnberg

Qeaux Qeaux Joans to play record release show at Neue Heimat Berlin on March 12th!

Feb 26th, 2015 | On March 12th Qeaux Qeaux Joans will present her new album „The Ritual“ live at Neue Heimat in Berlin. On stage she will be accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Reyn Ouwehand (Vanessa Paradis, Ane Brun u.a.) and drummer Sönke Reich (Mark Forster, Sway Clarke II u.a.). Support act will be singer/songwriter Sam King!

Tickets available now at KOKA36 and Ticketscript.

Update: Due to illness of the artist the concert was POSTPONED to April 2nd! Purchased tickets are still valid.

Erik Penny: Video premiere and single release of "A Path We Share"

Feb 6th, 2015 | Today "A Path We Share", the new single taken of Erik Penny's current album "Heart Bleed Out", hits the online music stores! As a b-side prepare for a very nice remix of The Trommelfellas! On top we are very happy about that there is also a wonderful music video for the song. You might know some of its protagonists! So don't miss it!

Watch the music video right here (Youtube).

Download the single here (

Qeaux Qeaux Joans: New album "The Ritual" to be released on March 13th!

Jan 30th, 2015 | With her debut album "No Man's Land" Qeaux Qeaux Joans has already convinced the major part of the German music media. "Strong debut album", the Rolling Stone magazine wrote, for example. With their second album she goes one step further, she reinvents herself. While alternative rhythm-&-blues sounds dominate “No Man’s Land”, "The Ritual" is a modern and complex piece of pop music, cinematic, dark and dramatic, based on a comprehensive crossover approach. On March 13th this wonderful album will be released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Watch the teaser right here.

Erik Penny & Band on tour - presented by Akustik Gitarre, kulturnews & FastForward Magazine

Jan 15th, 2015 | His fans had to wait quite a long time for this: With his brandnew album "Heart Bleed Out" and an outstandig band Erik Penny will be on tour through Germany in February. The 12 concerts are presented by Akustik Gitarre, kulturnews and FastForward Magazine.

Get your tickets right here (Eventim).

14.02. Prinzenbar, Hamburg
15.02. Privatclub, Berlin
16.02. Moritzbastei, Leipzig
17.02. Objekt 5, Halle/S.
18.02. Hot Jazz Club, Münster
19.02. MS Treue, Bremen
20.02. Lux, Hannover
21.02. Pitcher, Düsseldorf
23.02. Studio 672, Köln
24.02. Nachtleben, Frankfurt
25.02. Goldmark's, Stuttgart
26.02. Backstage, München

New year, new releases!

Jan 2nd, 2015 | The team of Blackbird Music wishes all music fans a happy new year! A big thanks goes out to our artists and partners for the great co-operation in 2014. We're looking forward to new releases with Qeaux Qeaux Joans, Lorenz Kellhuber Trio and B3 as well as numerous productions at Blackbird Music Studio in 2015. Of course, our artists will be on the road again as well. More information soon!

Jazz Piyyut Project: New record "Azur" in stores now!

Nov 7th, 2014 | "Azur", the new CD from Jazz Piyyut Project was recorded at Blackbird Music Studio and will hit stores today! The musicians behind the name are Max Doehlemann, Christian Schantz and Martin Fonfara (Max Doehlemann Trio) from Berlin and the two Israeli artists Hadass Pal Yarden and Yaniv Ovadia. The project is about the musical connection between Berlin, Istanbul and Jerusalem. Blue Note meets oriental tonality and shows the variety of the Turkish-Jewish and Kurdish-Jewish music tradition. The record release concert will take place on Nov 9th at International Oud Festival in Jerusalem!

Lorenz Kellhuber attends Montreux Jazz Academy with Lee Ritenour, Bugge Wesseltoft, Erik Truffaz uvm.

Oct 29, 2014 | As winner of the Parmigiani Solo Piano Competetion at this year's Montreux Jazz Festival Lorenz Kellhuber is currently attending the Montreux Jazz Academy, where renowned musicians such as Lee Ritenour, Erik Truffaz, Sonny Emory, Patti Austin, Gerald Clayton, Bugge Wesseltoft, Eric Harland and many more are among his mentors. This one-week intensive workshop that only nine other young talents from all over the world participate in will be followed by a tour through all the internationally known jazz clubs such as Blue Note in New York. More information is available here.

Erik Penny & Band - Record Release Concert at Grüner Salon Berlin on Oct 23rd

Oct 13, 2014 | It is Erik Penny's first full band concert in three years. On October 23rd he will present his new album "Heart Bleed Out" at Grüner Salon Berlin, one day before the official release of his fourth studio record. Tickets are now available on Eventim. The record release show with band is followed by a 20-dates solo tour through Germany, presented by

Erik Penny "Flowers & Fire" music video out now!

Sept 8, 2014 | Last Friday the music video of Erik Penny's new single "Flowers & Fire" was premiered on Directed, filmed and edited by film maker and musician Jim Kroft, it's also available on Youtube now. In the video Erik walks Berlin's streets singing his song with headphones on. In this way wonderful moments and beautiful pictures came to being in different places (on the roof, in line at the kebap shop, in a bar etc.). Watch it here!

Erik Penny to play First We Take The Streets

Aug 29, 2014 | On Friday, Sept. 5th, 3 pm, Erik Penny will play the First We Take The Streets Festival. The event is organized by the team of Berlin Music Week in co-operation with the o2 World, the makers of the showcase festival First We Take Berlin as well as radio station Flux FM. The event is free to the public. The same day "Flowers & Fire", the first single from his upcoming album "Heart Bleed Out", will hit the online music stores - together with a good old b-side! You can already pre-order the single on iTunes.

Erik Penny to release new album with Blackbird Music

Aug 19, 2014 | We're proud and happy to announce that a new wonderful artist joined Blackbird Music: Welcome, Erik Penny! Since the beginning of the year we have been working with the US-American, Berlin-based singer/songwriter towards the release of his new album "Heart Bleed Out". The 14 songs are mixed and mastered and ready for your ears! All fans of Singer/Songwriter Pop and Americana can look forward to new stuff and concerts of the Texan who released his last record "Bend" four years ago. "Heart Bleed Out" will hit the stores on Oct 24th, 2014. We will try to make your waiting time as pleasant as possible.

Lorenz Kellhuber wins Parmigiani Montreux Jazz Solo Piano Competition

Jul 16, 2014 | Yesterday Lorenz Kellhuber won the final of the Parmigiani Piano Solo Competition at Montreux Jazz Festival. Out of nine talents from all over the world he was chosen best by the jury (click here for photos). The award is endowed with 10.000 Swiss Francs. On top Lorenz will be part of the official line-up of the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2015. Congratulations!

BERLIN 21 plays record release studio concert on May 15th in Berlin

Apr 24, 2014 | BERLIN 21, the new project of drummer Torsten Zwingenberger, will play an exclusive record release concert at Blackbird Music Studio on May 15th. Everyone willing to join should book his/her ticket in advance. The ticket is 20 € and includes the quartet's new CD/DVD "CAPITAL LETTERS" and a glas of champagne. Since the capicity of the studio is limited, we recommend an early booking.

Ticket booking:
+49 30 89 74 91 48 (weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm)

Blackbird Music Studio, Salzufer 15-16, 10587 Berlin

7 pm/8 pm

Johan Leijonhufvud Mighty Mezz: "Vol. 1" in stores on 06/06/14!

Apr 3rd, 2014 | After three studio albums and a live CD in Sweden, Johan Leijonhufvud's forthcoming album will be presented by Blackbird Music on June 6th, 2014. Together with Christian von der Goltz (p), Lars Gühlcke (b) and Tobias Backhaus (dr) he started his new project Johan Leijonhufvud Mighty Mezz. Their first release is simply called “Vol. 1”, a modern jazz album longing to combine the sounds of both Malmö and Berlin.

BERLIN 21: New CD in stores on May 16th, 2014!

Apr 2nd, 2014 | BERLIN 21 will release their debut album "CAPITAL LETTERS" with Blackbird Music on May 16th. The project has been started by drummer Torsten Zwingenberger with Lionel Haas on piano, Patrick Farrant on guitar and Martin Lillich on bassello. The album package will also include a bonus DVD featuring the complete recording sessions at Blackbird Music Studio.

Qeaux Qeaux Joans to play at women in (e)motion festival

Mar 11th, 2014 | Qeaux Qeaux Joans will play the women in (e)motion Festival at Music Hall Worpswede on Friday, Mar 14th, 2014. The festival takes place for the 26th time and is presented by - among others - Nordwestradio/Radio Bremen. In Worpswede Qeaux Qeaux Joans will perform together with her producer Reyn Ouwehand. Get your tickets here

Upcoming concerts:

14.03.14 | Worpswede, Music Hall (women in (e)motion Festival)
21.03.14 | Berlin, Imperial Club (Nero Bar)
29.05.14 | Hamburg, Elbphilharmonie Kulturcafé
07.06.14 | Wiesbaden, Walhalla Theater
08.06.14 | Offenbach, Hafen 2
28.06.14 | Nürnberg, St. Katharina Open Air

B3: Record release show at the A-Trane Berlin on Jan 25th, 2014

Jan 7th, 2014 | Due to their record release, B3, the fusion band around Andreas Hommelsheim, will play a show at the famous Berlin jazz club A-Trane on Jan 25th, 2014. As on their debut album "Back To My Roots", the trio will be supported by some outstanding guest musicians that evening. The concert will take place at 9 pm (doors: 8 pm). You can reserve tickets here (A-Trane Website).

B3: "Back To My Roots" in stores 01/31/14!

Nov 27th, 2013 | B3 is the new band of keyboard player, composer and producer Andreas Hommelsheim. Together with Lutz Halfter on drums and Christian Krauss on bass he created an album that insiders already regard as fusion record of the next year. On Jan 31st, 2014 "Back To My Roots" will be in stores.