Christian Eckert

 
 

The guitarist Christian Eckert has been back in Germany since 1995 after a long sojourn abroad. He is in demand as a free-lance musician with his own band, in a trio with the New York organ-player Garry Versace and drummer Matthew Jorgensen, in an electronica projekt Sapporo as well as in his acoustic quartet „fritz & gans“ with Steffen Weber on sax. From 1990 onwards Christian lived in the Netherlands, studied at the Hilversums Conservatory and jazz guitar at the CHK-Conservatory in Zwolle. In 1992 he was granted a scholarship to continue his studies at the ”New School” in New York. There he studied with Jim Hall, Hal Galper, John Abercrombie and Peter Bernstein. In addition to performances with the Dizzy Gillespie pianist Ray Bryant, he also appeared regularly in performances and sessions in Manhattan jazz clubs. The guitarist completed his studies in the Netherlands in 1995 with a Master’s Degree.

Today he´s living in Weinheim/Germany with his wife Julia, his son Carl and his daughter Luisa.

 

Genuine jazz thrives on risk. And in a time in which garish effects and changing fashion are in demand, the greatest risk a musician can take is to stand up to his feelings. To tell truthful stories in his improvisations, as Lester Young once demanded. The German guitarist Christian Eckert is such a classical storyteller. One who prefers to acknowledge his romantic sensibility or reveal his melancholy moods rather than to get carried away with soulless fingerboard sprints.

Guitar, Electronics & Composition

Christian Eckert was named one of the ten most talented young guitarists

on the international jazz-scene by the magazine " Jazz thing ", along with

colleagues such as Mark Whitfield, Kurt Rosenwinkel or Peter Bernstein