Markus Strothmann is a jazz drummer by heart, who also likes to play various other styles. He is currently involved in several musical projects of various natures, resulting into gigs at high profiled jazz occasions such as “WDR Jazznacht” as well as “Wacken” in one and the same year. He teaches at the Artez Conservatory of Music in Enschede the Netherlands, as well as two German music schools.
Even during his studies at the Artez Conservatory of Music in Enschede, which he completed with the degree “Master of Music”, Markus Strothmann was able to establish himself as a recognized personality within the European jazz scene.
He was able to initiate his career as a jazz musician 2009 with his own concert series “Markus Strothmann meets…”, in which he met European jazz personalities such as Nippy Noya, Norbert Gottschalk, Bart van Lier and many more on stage.
His project “Transitions Organ Duo”, a Hammond/Drum duo with Dutch organist John Hondorp, does not only continue work with renown guest soloists. It displays Markus’s vision of a contemporary jazz music that combines communicational and dynamic aspects of jazz music with the rawness of rock sounds, always in respect of the heritage of jazz music. He likes to refer to this music as “Razz”. On Transitions Organ Duo’s album “No Idea”, which was released on Unit Records 2014, Jeanfrançois Prins (guitar) and Frederik Köster (trumpet, winner of the German Jazz Echo prize) join the duo on Markus compositions “Emerald” and “No Idea”, as well as Prins’s composition Futebol. Larry Goldings listened to this album and commented: ”I’m really impressed with the thoughtfulness of the music.”