Night Bird - Thoughts on Chet Baker

John Marshall – Trompete/Flügelhorn/Gesang

Alex Jung – Gitarre

Johannes Ochsenbauer – Kontrabass


The music of thr great trumpet player Chet Baker exerts real fascination ever since.
Chet Bakers trademarks are the clarity in his playing, his unmistakably warm, lyrical sound and his undoubted grasp for melody. His favourite lineup often was a drum-less trio consisting of trumpet, guitar and acoustic bass.
John Marshall, Alex Jung and Johannes Ochsenbauer present their own and unique thoughts on Chet Baker in this chamber-music kind of lineup. The american trumpet player John Marshall is  known as on of the most original, authentic and tasteful musicans of his genre worldwide.


John Marshall

was born in Wantagh, NY in 1952. From 1971 to 1991, he worked and recorded with a long list of jazz greats. Buddy Rich, Mel Lewis, Lionel Hampton, Gerry Mulligan, Ornette Coleman, George Coleman, Buck Clayton, Mario Bauza and Dizzy Gillespie, to name only a few. Along the way, he constantly worked at perfecting his craft, studying with the great brass teacher Carmine Caruso as well as jazz trumpeter Lonnie Hillyer. He also led the Jazz quintet “The Bopera House” from 1987 to 1991, and stayed very busy as an in-demand studio player.In 1992 the West German Radio-Television (WDR) Big Band in Cologne, Germany, made him an offer he couldn’t refuse and he moved his base of operations there, assuming the position of their principal jazz trumpet soloist. However, despite his busy schedule there, he still finds time to return to NY at least twice a year to perform and record. His most recent appearance there, along with tenor saxophonist Grant Stewart and drummer Leroy Williams was very favorably reviewed in Jazz Improv NY Magazine by none other than Ira Gitler.John also leads an outstanding european quintet with Dutch tenor saxophonist Ferdinand Povel. Since 1996, John has released eight CDs as a leader or co-leader and several more as a specially featured guest. Meanwhile, his reputation has continued to grow through the many concerts and CDs of the WDR Big Band.


Alex Jung

Astudied jazzguitar at Richard-Strauss-Conservatory in Munich with Peter O'Mara. He is assistent lecturer for jazzguitar at Hochschule für Musik und Theater Munich since november 2007.
Alex Jung won the jazzcompetition "Jugend Jazzt" in bavaria in 2006 with his co-led group Fourscore. Since the today he released 4 CDs as a leader with original arrangements and compositions.
Over the years he shared stages and studio with Klaus Doldinger's Passport, John Marshall, Tony Lakatos, Bobby Shew, Johannes Enders, John Stowell, Lorenzo Petrocca, Rick Hollander.
According to jazzmagazine "Jazzpodium" he is one of the brightest shining stars among the young german jazzguitar scene.


Johannes Ochsenbauer

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 Tony Lakatos, Harry Sokal, Johannes Enders, Mario Gonzi, Leszek Zadlo, Claus Reichstaller) 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!”
Ron McClure: “You are my kind of bass player!!! …You have a strong time and you play with a strong sense of melody! ...”

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