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Jeb Bishop with visiting improvisors from Germany!

Jeb Bishop with visiting improvisers from Germany!

4 pm – Sugar Maple front room show!

TRIO JEB BISHOP with Matthias M. and Matthias M.
(trombone improvisors from Berlin and Cologne, Germany)

First CD, Konzert für Hannes (NotTwo):

Live videos of the trio from 2019:

US Tour 2023 dates at

The trombone trio of Jeb Bishop, Matthias M. and Matthias M. plays music that moves between sculptural noise drones, walls-of-Jericho-collapsing fanfares, and delicate textures of air and sound. The acoustic properties of the trombone and the physical resources of the players are pushed to their limits and beyond; the ancient sliding tube is put through the bone mill … pulverized, sublimated, and receiving the breath of new life.

The group has two CDs out: Konzert für Hannes on the label Not Two (Poland), and From A to B on Jazzwerkstatt (Germany), and has done two tours of Europe, in 2019 and 2022, including a number of festival performances.

Jeb Bishop is considered one of the preeminent trombonists in improvisational music. He has played in Peter Brötzmann’s Chicago Tentet, Ken Vandermark’s Territory Band, and the Globe Unity Orchestra. The Chicago Sun-Times has called him “one of the best-kept secrets in American jazz.” Originally from North Carolina, he lived and worked in Chicago for over twenty years, resided in Boston from 2016 to 2022, and has recently returned to Chicago, where he is involved in several projects and groups.

Matthias M. has lived in Berlin since 2004 and has since performed with a variety of outstanding international improvisers. He is a member of the “Splitter Orchester,” a 24-piece ensemble of the Berlin echtzeit music scene and played for many years in the German-French Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Albert Mangelsdorff. Concert tours and festivals have taken him to Africa, Asia, Australia, North America, and various European countries. With his own projects, he has released more than 50 CDs, among others on his own label MaMüMusic.

Matthias M. lives in Cologne. He received the WDR Jazz Award 2021 in the category Improvisation. His large ensemble Bonecrusher – 10 Trombones & Percussion was nominated for the short list of the German Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik [German Record Critics’ Award] for 2022. In his solo projects and Trio T.ON, he uses a wide variety of playing setups: feeds of speech and soundscapes into and on the trombone, spatial expansion using external bells, interactive computer graphics as synesthetic perception, or simply the pure, naked trombone.


Oct 15 2023


4:00 pm