Again this summer, the City of Trier, Trier Tourism & Marketing, and the Trier Jazz Club invite guests to the Trier Brunnenhof to hear nationally and internationally successful jazz artists. The program is as unique as the artists themselves: modern & classical, young & older, vibrant & reserved, lively & relaxed. The musicians travel here from all over the world, for example, from far-off Cuba, to thrill Trier and its visitors with their multi-faceted jazz sounds. Along with the individual concerts on seven Thursdays in July and August 2019, visitors will again experience the traditional “Regional Evening” with three established jazz ensembles from the Trier region and the wider area.

Please note: Jazz in the Brunnenhof is a part of the TuWeTh cultural semester ticket for  students and thus free of charge for all students of the Trier universities. Starting 20 minutes before concert begin, tickets will be handed out at the box office upon presentation of a valid student ID. If the event is sold out, students have no claim to admission. Further info at:

Patron of the event series “Jazz in the Brunnenhof” is once again the governor of Rhineland-Palatinate, Malu Dreyer.

We’re looking forward to having her here and welcoming her to enjoy the finest of jazz music with us in the splendid ambience of our Brunnenhof!

Here are the new dates and artists of the event series “Jazz in the Brunnenhof 2019.”

Conexion Cubana
July 11, 2019, 8:00 p.m.


Everybody worldwide has been talking about “Conexión Cubana” for years, not only in Cuba itself, but through their tours. The band has thrilled audiences with their enthusiasm for music and their wealth of ideas, but also by the first-class Cuban musicians. Nicolás Sirgado is one of the most in-demand composers and arrangers from Havana. He has composed several LP and TV productions. He is the leader and double bass in his own project “Conexión Cubana.” After five European tours with Luis Frank under the name “Soneros de Verdad,” he has now taken on William Borrego Rodriguez, a Cuban singer greatly in demand. With him, Sirgado brings Cuban joie de vivre and the musical tradition of “Son Cubano” to Europe – and into the Brunnenhof.

Image: © Petra Kellner

Peter Protschka Quintett w/ Rick Margitza
July 18, 2019, 8:00 p.m.


Tenor saxophonist Rick Margitza doesn’t need to be introduced to jazz fans: In 1988, Miles Davis booked a European tour with him and recorded three albums with him. Numerous albums of his own with legendary record label Blue Note and countless concert collaborations on both sides of the Atlantic later, Margitza has become one of the jazz musicians of his generation most in demand. For seven years he has played as well with jazz trumpeter Peter Protschka, with whom he has developed compositions as lyrical as energetic. Together with Martin Sasse (p), Martin Gjakonovski (b), and Tobias Backhaus (dr), the line-up has worked out a warm, highly emotional, and very independent sound reminiscent of the post-Bop era of the 1960s.

Image: © Gerhard Richter

July 25, 2019, 8:00 p.m.


Groove and jazz unite the four first-class musicians Alexander Kuhn (sax), Christoph Neuhaus (guitar), Jean-Yves Jung (Hammond organ), and Daniel Mudrack (drums) in their band “BYRN!” All of them are no longer unknowns in the scene: Christoph Neuhaus came up second in the State Jazz Prize in Baden-Württemberg in 2016; Alexander Kuhn won this title in 2013. Both were scholarship holders of the Baden-Württemberg Art Foundation and have already been underway with many different jazz formations. Together with Jung and Mudrack they will present their own compositions and selected covers. Always along for the ride: a bubbling Hammond organ, groovy drums, and virtuous guitars and saxophone lines.

Image: © Sven Goetz

Benedikt Koch Quintett
August 1, 2019, 8:00 p.m.


Award winner of the state competition “Jugend Jazzt,” longstanding member of the state youth jazz orchestra in Hesse, and a top grade in finished studies at the Music School in Weimar – Benedikt Koch in his career reads like the perfect application for a successful music career. It’s no wonder, then, that Koch lives in Cologne as a freelance artist and travels around the world in different bands. Nevertheless, the jazz saxophonist has fortunately found time for the Brunnenhof. With his four band colleagues Matthias Schwengler (trumpet), Fabian Arends (drums), Felix Hauptmann (piano), and Reza Askari (bass), he will introduce their album “True in No Possible World” that treats the impressions of living in the big city, his own composition, and that is always a bit shrouded by the haze of melancholy.

Image: © Benedikt Koch

Raul Midon
August 8, 2019, 8:00 p.m.


Two hands are enough for Raul Midón to create the voluminous sound of an entire orchestra. Two lips to sound out his famous “mouth horn,” a sort of a-cappella trumpet. And two minutes to fire up the audience with his joy of music and improvisation. The blind singer freely reveals his recipe for success: “I have never seen images.” That can be heard on his new album as well, “If You Really Want,” which won a Grammy nomination for “Best Jazz Vocal Album.” Midón wrote the title song shortly before he moved to New York to get his music career rolling – the success of this journey can be heard up close in the Brunnenhof.

Image: © Samuel Prather

The Allan Harris Band
August 15, 2019, 8:00 p.m.


I’ve found nothing that better defines my place in this wild and mysterious universe than music.” These are grand words that the singer, guitarist, and composer Allan Harris finds to speak of himself and his work. But also the names are grand that the jazz musician from Harlem can claim for his orientation: Ray Charles, Nat ‘King’ Cole, and Eddie Jefferson. They inspired the singer, celebrated for his deep, raw voice, and performer to enrich his compositions with the abundant tradition of R ‘n’ B, Blues, and the world of Brazilian rhythm. The result: a sound journey that thrills and brings along all the power of live jazz.

Image: © Sandrine Lee

Jeff Cascaro Quartett
August 22, 2019, 8:00 p.m.


The passion when singer and trumpeter Jeff Cascaro talks about jazz pearls out of every part of his program “Love & Blues in the City,” in which he has reduced the line-up with bass, percussion, and piano down to the bare necessities to place the vocal further in the foreground. Focusing on the vocal was already crucial in the past for selecting his musical partners, among whom were, for example, the Fantastischen Vier, H-Blockx, or Götz Alsmann. With his quartet in the Trier Brunnenhof, he will interpret the wonderful “Ma Babe,” remind the audience of the folky million seller of the sixties with “Ode to Billy Joe,” and send his listeners extremely tender ballads such as “A Taste of Honey” or “Since I Fell for You” into the sound space: jazzy, intimate, yet light and fine in their nuances. And naturally always with great passion.
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Image: © Jim-Rakete

Regional Evening with Robbi Nakayama Quartett, Michel Meis 4tet, Nils Wills
August 29, 2019, 8:00 p.m.


The Regional Evening is traditionally one of the absolute high points of the series. Again this year, the artists’ names will guarantee a full house. The Robbi Nakayama Quartet will present its own compositions, which move freely between the genres amid contemporary jazz and, for example, that inspired by French organ music of the 20th century. Percussionist and composer Michel Meis, a rising star of the Luxembourg jazz scene, and his band will present a thrilling universe of sound between melancholy and energy decidedly dedicated to modern jazz. And Nils Thoma, on the board of the Trier Jazz Club, will be there with his nine-man band “NilsWills” in the Brunnenhof to provide for the right atmosphere with a perfectly balanced wind instrument faction and smoky rock vocals.

Image: © Kary Photography


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