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Nominated for German Jazz critics award

„Maria Baptist is in a league with the key figures of modern Big Band Jazz such as Schneider, Gruntz, McNeely and Bley.“

–All About Jazz

„Maria Baptist connects the European tradition with the American Jazz ethos.“

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In a league with the key figures
of modern Big Band Jazz

Maria Baptist is an exceptional artist: the pianist and composer, who shares her time between Berlin and New York, inspires her audience with the positive power of her music. Maria Baptist’s variety of facets and her soloistic skills have taken her to the forefront of the contemporary jazz scene. She has been nominated for top prizes such as the ECHO Jazz or the German Record Critics‘ Award and has led top orchestras such as the NDR, hr and RIAS Big Band. Maria Baptist gave more than 1,000 concerts worldwide as a soloist, with her trio and orchestra. For Michael Jackson she played a private concert in the early 00s.
The recording ‘Here & Now’reveals the Orchestra’s unique style: The 16-member international ensemble creates an organic sound, that demonstrates how permeable the line between jazz and classical music can be, what an instrument of both strength and fragility a jazz orchestra can be.


Inspired by philosophy, painting, and natural phenomena, ‘Here & Now’ reflects a positive and inspiring spirit. This album is nominated for the German top ranking award ‘Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik’.

Rhythm: Piano-Maria Baptist, Bass-Fabian Timm, Drums-Tobias Backhaus
Reeds: David Beecroft, Jan v. Klewitz, Max Hacker, Patrick Hamacher, Nik Leistle
Trombones: Jörg Bücheler, Nils Marquardt, Musashi Baba, Christopher Sauloff
Trumpets: Greg Bowen, Philip Sindy, Ruben Giannotti, Eddie Hayes

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