“A meltdown of big band sound with house and techno music.” (Süddeutsche Zeitung)
With an average of 120 concerts a year, troughout Europe and visiting America, Asia and Africa, the Jazzrausch Bigband is one of the busiest big bands of Europe. With “power, groove and enormous stage presence” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), the band equally reaches audiences from jazz and electronic music.
The driving forces behind the Jazzrausch Bigband project are the Munich-based trombonist and music manager Roman Sladek and the guitarist and composer Leonhard Kuhn, also living in Munich. The nucleus and starting point of the musical journey is a Munich institution: the “Harry Klein”, one of the most renowned electro clubs in Europe. In 2015, just one year after its founding, JRBB became artist in residence at the club – and the young Munich audience went nuts. A big band in the Techno Club! Totally unique! For Munich and the world! Soon, the stages are getting bigger, the band is selling out rock venues like the Munich Muffathalle, as well as classical music temples like the Munich Philharmonic and is performing at major festivals all over Germany. Tours soon take them to the Lincoln Center in New York, the JZ Festival in Shanghai, the Safaricom International Jazz Festival in Nairobi, the Ural Music Night in Yekaterinburg and the SXSW Music Festival in Austin and others.
So it’s not an exaggeration to call the Jazzrausch Bigband a phenomenon. One that shows in a very own way, what has been simmering and bubbling for a long time in this genre called “jazz”: today, more than ever before, it is a category for all that does not fit into categories. And everybody, the musicians as well as the audience, enjoy tearing down musical boundaries of all kinds. In this context, the music of JRBB seems to fulfill various longings: The desires of the dance audience for more genuine, handmade, fresh, original music. And those of the jazz and classical listeners to more groove, big sound and great fun.