Torsten Zwingenberger 4tet

The band name stands for a quartet consisting of four exquisite Berlin Jazz musicians: Patrick Braun (sax), Kenneth Berkel (piano), Carmelo Leotta (bass), Torsten Zwingenberger (drums/percussion).

The drummer feels at home in both Jazz and Swing. He is also known as a Blues and Boogie-Woogie accompanist. The premise “It must schwing” by the German founder of the famous Jazz record label Blue Note, Alfred Lion, is also the motto of this band. They play Modern Swing, Hard Bop, Cool Jazz or even Brazilian and funky Soul Jazz in a mixture of American Songbook titles and the band’s own compositions.

Patrick Braun studied the saxophone at Hanns Eisler Music Academy in Berlin and has since worked in many different formations. In addition to his diverse studio and theater work, he played in band such as “Toughest Tenors”, “Jive Sharks”, “Berlin Jazz Orchestra”, “Potsa Lotsa”, “Berlin Hot Jazz Band”, “Kind of Dukish” or “Blue Ribbon”. He worked with artists such as the New York Voices, Ruth Hohmann, Ack van Rooyen, Dieter Hallervorden, Manfred Krug, Niels von der Leyen, Patti Austin, Paul Kuhn, Hugo Strasser, Jiggs Whigham, Bill Ramsey, Gitte Henning, Joja Wendt and many more.

Pianist Kenneth Berkel (born 1996) began playing the piano at the age of 6. Shortly after a classical education, he became enthusiastic about Jazz at the age of 10 and learned the basics of improvisation. In 2021 he completed his studies at the renowned Jazz Institute Berlin, where he studied with Professor Wolfgang Köhler and Tino Derado, among others. Kenneth Berkel plays in numerous bands such as “Kick ‘n Quartet” and “Savoy Satellites”. He also performed several times with the Big Band of the Deutsche Oper (director: Manfred Honetschläger). He also played in the state youth jazz orchestras of Brandenburg (director: Jiggs Whigham), Hamburg (director: Lars Seniuk) and Berlin and took part in competitions such as “Jugend musiziert” and “Jugend jazzt”. Concert tours have already taken the young piano player way beyond the borders of Germany.

Bassist Carmelo Leotta has been a professional musician since 1999. The Italian debuted with the electronic bass in several blues bands, with which he played at the first Blues festivals of his home country. At the same time, he devoted himself more and more to the double bass, through playing it he deepened his understanding of the language of Jazz. From 2005 to Bobby Durham’s death in 2008 he played in his trio with Massimo Faraó on the piano. In the following years he went on tour with several renowned US-American musicians such as Archie Shepp, Benny Golson, Jimmy Cobb, Mickey Roker and Michele Hendricks. In addition to his live engagements, the bassist composes, arranges and produces with bands of all sizes (e.g. “Unity Music LLC”, CA, USA). In addition, Leotta teaches both as a private teacher and at various music schools. He has been living in Berlin since 2014, where he has been involved in numerous music projects from the very beginning.

Berlin-based drummer Torsten Zwingenberger is one of the busiest personalities in the German Jazz scene. Over a hundred concerts a year, international tours and numerous projects as a bandleader and sideman are on his agenda. In addition, with “Drumming 5.1” he has developed a sensational drum technique, for which he expands the classic drum set with a variety of percussion instruments and plays with innovative drumming techniques. Zwingenberger prefers to show live and in direct contact with the audience how variably the sound bodies can be used for different musical atmospheres.

Upcoming Shows

06.09.22 | Preussisches Landwirtshaus, Berlin, DE

19.10.22 | Beavers, Erlenbach/Main, DE

20.10.22 | Bürgersaal "Beim Forstner", Oberhaching, DE

21.10.22 | Gut Leben, Westhofen, DE

26.10.22 | Pan Con Tomate, Hamburg, DE

27.10.22 | Augustinum, Dortmund, DE

28.10.22 | Speicher im Kulturbahnhof, Bad Homburg, DE

30.10.22 | Flügelsaal, Langenfeld, DE

10.11.22 | Kunstfabrik Schlot, Berlin, DE

11.11.22 | Kunstfabrik Schlot, Berlin, DE

20.11.22 | Friedenskirche Charlottenburg, Berlin, DE

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