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Behind the South Quartet with Ull Möck (piano), Jan Dittmann (double bass), Matthias Daneck (drums) and Peer Baierlein (tp, flgh) hide four musicians on absolute top level.
The list of bands with which each of them has already performed reads like a ‘who is who’ of the German and international jazz and popular music scene: Reggie Washington, Clark Terry, Randy Brecker, Reggie Johnson, Peter Herbolzheimer, Pointer Sisters, Ute Lemper and many more.
The ‘South Quartet’ belongs to the new generation of jazz players who are swinging into the 21st century with music that knows no prejudice, and which adheres to tradition while at the same time desires to express an individual creativity. The quartet ventures into unknown ground and follows unexplored paths.
Music which readily allows itself to be called jazz, but which also stands out through its open-mindedness to other music styles, yet, all the while marked by authenticity and carefree creativity.
Playing without pretention and working well together, the four musicians continue to evolve with their own repertoire and sound – giving them an unmistakable identity. The taste, the swing and the drive with which this group creates space, leaves the listener with a wonderful feeling.

 

Ull Möck
Pianist Ull Möck was born in Stuttgart and started playing classical piano at the age of 10.
He became a professional teacher when he was 17.
Ull studied classical piano between 1981 and 1985 at ‘Musikhochschule’ in Heidelberg / Mannheim.
Meanwhile he is not only known as a piano player, but also as an arranger, composer and bandleader ( Ull Moeck Trio, Trio Arsis, Labyrinth). He worked several years as a répétiteur at the Opera house in Stuttgart.
He played with Ack van Rooyen, Herbert Joos, Bill Molenhof, Ute Lemper, Energy Band, Thomas Stabenow, Bernd Konrad, Jim Snidero, Klaus Graf and many other well known national and international jazz musicians.

 

Jan Dittmann
was born in Dortmund in 1992 and started playing double bass at the age of 17.
His interest for jazz soon lead him to the local Jazzscene. Between 2012 and 2017 he studied double bass with Thomas Stabenow in Mannheim. During that time he played concerts with various bands and ensembles in the south of germany and performed as part of the Landesjugendjazzorchester Baden-Württemberg in India. Today Jan lives in Mannheim as a working musician and explores his role in jazzmusic even further in preperation for his master-studies. Since 2018 he is part of the South Quartet where he influences the bands
sound with his playing-style and compositions.

 

Matthias Daneck
Drummer Matthias Daneck studied classical music at the Conservatory of Bern (Switzerland) and jazz music at the Swiss Jazz School in Bern with Billy Brooks where he graduated in 1990. He furthermore studied in New York with Kenny Washington, Victor Lewis, John Riley, Joe Morello. Besides being bandleader and composer with Matthias Daneck’s N.O.W. and “the instant loop generation” he plays in the Anne Czichowsky Quintett, Herbert Kramis Guadalcacin Septet, Ragna Schirmer’s Handel Project, the Böhm-Huber-Daneck-Trio. He worked with jazzgreats like Randy Brecker, Jerry Gonzales, Jimmy Woode or Bireli Lagrene and can be heard on more than 60 Jazz-CDs. He toured in many countries such as Africa (Tanzania and Madagascar), Finland (Jazzfestival Espoo), Ukraine (Jazzkarneval Odessa with Matthias Daneck’s N.O.W.), Croatia and Slovenia.

 

Peer Baierlein
started his professional studies at the early age of 16 at the ‘Musikhochschule’ in Cologne/Germany with Prof. Malte Burba. He first became a classical trumpet teacher before beginning his studies as an orchestra musician (also in Cologne) and with Arno Lange at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. In 1996, he moved to Leuven in Belgium to study with his favourite jazz-trumpet player, Bert Joris at the Lemmensinstituut. Upon completion of his education, he moved for a year to New York City in 2000, to take lessons and to play his instrument abroad. He then came back to Belgium, where he finished his studies for jazz trumpet and -after that- specialised as ‘lead-trumpet’, also at the Lemmensinstituut. Between 2004 and 2006, Peer Baierlein has been studying classical composition with Piet Swerts. He has completed his studies and followed a special education for composing film music with a.o. Denis Pousseur, Victor Kissine and Jean-Luc Fafchamps in Mons/Belgium. From 2010 – 2013 he was a student for ‘new media’ at the ‘Hochschule für Musik und Theater’ in Hamburg.
Baierlein played in the Brussels Jazz Orchestra and a.o. with Kurt Van Herck, Emil Mangelsdorff, Ron Van Rossum and Dré Pallemaerts. He could be heard on several famous Belgian jazz-festivals.
He is a regular guest as a trumpet player and composer for the ‘Deutsches Schauspielhaus’ in Hamburg and the theatre in Stuttgart, Hannover, Leipzig, Magdeburg and Bern.

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