Born: November 1, 1968 Primary Instrument: Bass, acoustic
Double-bass player and composer André Nendza makes his way with uncompromising determination, always fully committed to his music. Currently, Nendzas’ focus includes the development of his own projects (André Nendza Quartet, the collective band Lemke-Nendza-Hillmann, the electro-acoustic ensemble A.tronic and a duo with famous German saxophonist Angelika Niescier). In addition, he works as a sideperson with bands like the “Philipp van Endert Trio”. In 2000 he founded his own crecycle.music label, which now cooperates with jazzsick records. André Nendzas work is documented on nearly 50 CDs (11 as a leader), numerous radio broadcasts/TV productions and is also featured in all important German Jazz media efforts. He had the pleasure of working with musicians like Dave Liebman, Kenny Wheeler, Rick Margitza, Paolo Fresu, Dominique Pifarély, Charlie Mariano, Rob van den Broeck, Adrian Mears, Alex Acuña, Zoltan Lantos, Marc Bassey, Dave Pike, Ramesh Shotham. As the head of Vorstudium Jazz at the Offene Jazz Haus Schule, Cologne, Nendza is also a well known teacher. He was a visiting professor at the Musikhochschule Frankfurt am Main , the Musikhochschule Dresden and at the Summer Jazz School in Edinburgh. Currently, he also works as an author for the Blog of the magazine Jazzthing.