Ochsenbauer meets Sokal

Harry Sokal & Johannes Ochsenbauer Trio


Harry Sokal  (sax) - Johannes Ochsenbauer (b) - Tizian Jost (p) - Mario Gonzi (dr)
Als Gast optional: Claus Reichstaller (tp)


During the last years of his life, Ray Brown issued a series of recordings titled “Some Of My Best Friends Are...“. “...Bass Players“ is what Johannes Ochsenbauer would simply add. His project bespeaks the self-confidence of this young master of the low notes: exclusively playing compositions by bass players, covering a broad spectrum of styles. Together with the master drummer Mario Gonzi, the excellent pianist Tizian Jost and the star-saxophonist Harry Sokal (Depart, Vienna Art Orchestra, Art Farmer) Johannes Ochsenbauer indulges his passion for the fine art of premium swing, arranged perfectly for this ensemble. “Ochsenbauer meets Sokal” was founded in 2009 and releases a new Cd in 2014 with special guest Claus Reichstaller on trumpet.

„(…) The playing is World Class, from start to finish, and the program is terrific” (…)

Ron McClure


Harry Sokal


Born in 1954 HARRY SOKAL is surely numbered among the most important "post Coltrane" saxophonists in Europe. In addition to his collaboration with a great number of major European and American jazz musicians such as being member of the Vienna Art Orchestra since 1977, member of the Art Farmer Quintet from 1978 till 1999, further with Art Blakey, Dave Holland, Terje Rypdal, Daniel Humair, Michel Portal, Mike Richmond, Minu Cinelu, Friedrich Gulda, Idris Muhammad, Joe Zawinul, Harry Pepl, Jene Jackson, Andy Mc Kee among others, he initiates and conducts numerous projects with national and international musicians and of course his own projects (as a leader): Rave the Jazz, Full Circle, Roots Ahead, Voices of Time and his latest project "Depart". 2005 Harry Sokal received the "Hans Koller Award" in the category "Musician of the Year".


Johannes Ochsenbauer


JOHANNES OCHSENBAUER (born 1982) studied upright jazz bass with Paulo Cardoso and classical double bass with Professor Cajus Oana at the University of  Music and Performing Arts and the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich. Upon graduation in the summer of 2009, he received his artistic diploma. Johannes has taken private lessons/ masterclasses with Ron Carter and Charlie Haden, among others. Working with various ensembles, he has given concerts in Germany and abroad (for example with Leszek Zadlo, Claus Reichstaller, Johannes Enders, Lorenzo Petrocca, Alex Jung, Jesse van Ruller) and is regularly booked for CD, radio and television productions. Chuck Israels: "I'm so impressed by your beautiful sound and your perfect pitch and technic! That's great bassplaying!"


Tizian Jost


The piano-player TIZIAN JOST developed during his 20 years lasting career to one of the most demanding musician of his genre in Germany.  He became generally known as the youngest member of the "Harald Rüschenbaum Big Band", in which he played 1986 till 1990. 1990 he founded with the Brasilian singer Lygia Campos the project "Domundo", where he fell in love with Brazilian music. In 1995 he became teacher at the "Richard Strauss Conservatory" in Munich (which is now the "University of Music and Performing Arts". Countless bands and artists, like e. g. the "Wine & Roses Swing Orchestra", Mark Murphy, Till Brönner demand Tizian Josts' beautiful Sound and his harmonic imagination.


Mario Gonzi


MARIO GONZI was born in 1966 near Vienna, started to play the drums at the age of 5 and began his studies at the "Konservatorium der Stadt Wien" at the age of 13. Since then he worked with artists like Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Benny Golson, Johnny Griffin, Vincent Herring, Charly Rouse, Sal Nistico, Bob Berg, Randy Brecker, Dusko Gojkovic, Benny Bailey, Clark Terry, Cedar Walton, Bob Brookmayer, Richie Beirach, Joe Haider, Kirk Lightsey, Jimmy Woode, Karl Ratzer, Take Six, Roberta Gambarini, Ann Hampton Callaway and many more. For 14 years - until Art Farmer passed away in 1998 - Mario Gonzi was member of the "European Art Farmer Quintet". He proves his leading qualities as a Big Band Drummer with the international "Vienna Art Orchestra" (1999-2008) and as a sought after guest for various european Radio- and Freelancing Big Bands. He received the "Hans Koller Jazz-prize" as "Sideman of the year 2001".


(optional) Claus Reichstaller


Born in Munich in 1963 CLAUS REICHSTALLER began playing the trumpet when he was nine years old. 1980 he started his four-year classical music education at the "Richard-Strauss-Konservatorium" in Munich. Claus gained further musical experience with the named trumpet players Benny Bailey and Al Porcino. Later, after a hitch in the air force, he played with Harald Rüschenbaum Sax & Brass, Al Porcino Big Band, Composers Improvisation Orchestra, Conexion Latina and various other formations to develop his playing. In 1989 Claus joined the Paris Reunion Band. He got the chance to play with jazz-giants like Nathan Davis, John Handy, Kenny Drew, Curtis Fuller, Bill Hardman and Jimmy Woode. On the European Tour ´89 they recorded the album "Live at the Moonwalker" where Kirk Lightsey replaced Kenny Drew and Nat Adderly came to complete the band. The producer Mike Hennessey wrote on the album: "And to replace the late Woody Shaw we were lucky to discover a fine trumpet player from Munich - Claus Reichstaller- a recommendation of Peter Herbolzheimer and a former pupil of another PRB alumnus, Benny Bailey. Claus has distinct echoes of Woody in his playing."His engagement with each of these giants has provided him with a lot of education. 2009 Claus Reichstaller became head of the Jazz departement of the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich.

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