Heinz von Hermann JazzAhead
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Hey man, you ask me what or who is Straight Six?
Let me tell you.

They are a bunch of crazy old musicians who play real jazz! Count their combined ages and you arrive at the amazing number of 300… 

That means 300 years of jazz…
In the meantime they have released a CD on Alessa Records.
Go to the concerts and listen to them LIVE !

Previuos concerts:
Jazzfestival Munster (F), Mannheim (D) "Feuerwache", Neuburg/D. (D) "Birdland", Sibiu (ROM), EU-Festival, St.Pölten (A) Marianne Mendt Festival Eröffnung, Wien (A) "Porgy & Bess", Ludwigsburg (D) „Jazz on a Sunday“, Scheibbser Jazzwoche (A), Jazzfest Wien (A), Kulturtage Eisenerz (A)

Every concert ended with overwhelming enthusiasm shown by the audiences and the many jazz
musicians who were present!

"Alessa Records" recorded the concert at the "Birdland" in Neuburg/D. and the CD is available now.


Heinz v. Hermann sax & flutes
Dusko Goykovich trumpet & flugelhorn
Joe Gallardo trombone
Joerg Reiter piano
Marc Abrams bass
Bruno Castellucci drums


Download Info pdf A4 (1,2 MB)

What´s the idea of this band: Simply get the best musicians of my generation livin in Europe
together to play the best Bebop/Hardbop/Mainstream arrangements
from the era of Art Blakey, Slide Hampton, J.J.Johnson Sextet....

This music we grew up with, which has fascinated us a lifetime and therefore we became
jazzmusicians. Which we also have lived over fifty years and only a few musicians nowadays are
able to pülay it that authentically than us. Because we were lucky to have played together with
these great creators of this music, we learned it from them and so it is our concern to keep this
heritage alive!
No Fusion, no Avantgarde, no Crossover, no political, racist or religious messages, simple "straight
ahead" Jazz - but the finest, so the name "Straight Six" came up almost automatcally.
For the rhythmus section I choose the best I ever played with in Europe: Joerg Reiter piano, Marc
Abrams bass and Bruno Castellucci drums. Adding Dusko Goykovich on trumpet and Joe Gallardo
on trombone, who als brins in a little „Latin-feeling“ with his arrangements.


The Musicians:

Heinz v. Hermann, Tenorsax & Flöte +


Dusko Gojkovich (Trumpet/Flugelhorn)
„is a hell of a trumpet player,“ were the words of Dizzy
Gillespie about the Yugoslav who was born in 1931.
Other than with Dizzy, Dusko Goykovich has played with
Chet Baker, Freddie Hubbard, Art Farmer, Clark Terry,
Woody Shaw, as well as Stan
Getz, Sal Nistico, Kenny Clark, and a great many more
celebrated musicians. Dusko is as well known as a
composer and arranger as he is as a trumpeter. Heinz
von Hermann and Dusko
Goykovich have known each other for many years and
their new cooperation in the „Straight Six“ Sextet will
foster fantastic musical concerts for all involved.

José “Joe” Gallardo (trombone) Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, attended Del Mar Junior College and University of Corpus Christi.Played with the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra under Maurice Peress both as 2nd trombonist and as soloist. Played as guest soloist with the Houston Symphony Orchestra under Nelson Riddle. Played as soloist with the Houston Pops Orchestra under Ned Battista. Played with the Luis Arcaraz Orchestra, Stan Kenton, Chet Baker, Perez Prado and various other bands. Has performed with the German Brass Ensemble as guest soloist. Was pianist with Mongo Santamaria 1973-75. Composed, arranged and recorded “Amanecer” (Dawn) with Mongo Santamaria which later won a Grammy (1976).
Performed also as pianist with Chet Baker. Recorded with Mel Lewis, Mongo Santamaria, Al Jerreau, Kai Winding, Benny Bailey, Slide Hampton, Chet Baker, Herb Geller, Arturo Sandoval,
Paquito d´Rivera, Luis Gasca, Bobby Shew, Joe Henderson, Mark Levine, Michael Mossman, Oscar Stagnaro, Mark Walker, Alon Yavnai, Nils Langren, Peewee Ellis, Peter Herboltzheimer and
many others. With the NDR Big Band has backed up and worked with Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Dave Holland, Jimmy Smith, Chuck Israels, Lionel Hampton, Al Jerreau, Colin Townes,
Steve Gray, Michael Gibbs, George Gruntz, and many others.
Is the leader of “Latino Blue”, a latin jazz octet from Hamburg,
joerg Joerg Reiter (Piano) since 1976 present in the
German Jazz scene, performed with most named
European Jazz musicians as well always again as
soloist in classical symphony orchestras. He
received the 1. Jazz reward of Baden-Württemberg
in 1985. Jörg Reiter played in different radio big
bands and the Peter Herbolzheimer RC&B with
countless TV appearances together with Dianne
Reeves, Al Jarreau, Caterina Valente, Billy
Cobham, Jerry Brown, Anthony Jackson and many
more. Since 1992 he plays in duo with Ack van
Rooyen. Was musical director on the German tour
1994 for Chaka Khan. Not only for her he wrote
songs and arrangements but for many others in the
pop-field. Since 1993 he is professor for piano and harmony in the Jazzdepartement of the
Musikhochschule Mannheim-Heidelberg (GER)
Marc Abrams (Bass): Born: 24 December 1958, New York , U.S.A.
Professional Experience, collaborated and recorded with:
Chet Baker (Timeless Records) - Karl Berger (Douglas Music) –
Paolo Birro -
Robert Bonisolo - Herman Breuer (Enja Records) - Dennis Charles -
Kenny Clarke
Johannes Enders (Enja Records) - Gil Evans - AI Foster (Jazzline
Records)- Benny Golson - Slide Hampton - Eddie Henderson-
Keptorchestra with (Guest artists - Steve Lacy - Lee Konitz - Joe
Lovano) - Tony Lakatos - Kirk Lightsey - Munich Contemporary
Chamber Music (MCCM Records)- Joe Nay (PTA Music) - Sal
Nistico (Enja Records) - Mike Nock – Pietro Tonolo.
Participates in radio and television broadcasts, Jazz festivals,
concerts and tours in the following countries:
Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Israel , Italy,
Poland, Russia, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, United States, Slovenia, Croazia, Serbia, Spain.
Teaching Experience: Theory and Jazz Improvisation for the Association of Recreation and
Culture (A.R.C.I.), Padova, Italy.
Bass Violin and Electric Bass (Government Funded Programs) for "The Thelonious Monk School"
and "Suono Improvviso”, Venice, Italy. Italian All Stars Concert Lecture Series, Duke University,
Durham, North Carolina. Bass Violin and Electric Bass, conservatory of music “Giuseppe Tartini”,
Trieste, Italy.
Education: University of Massachusetts, Hartt Conservatory of Music Endorsements:
Thomastik - Infeld
bruno Bruno Castellucci (Drums) is of Italian birth and now resident
in Belgium. He has been in love with Austria for many years.
For around twenty years he has been the permanent drummer
for Jean „Toots“ Thielemans and the Peter Herbolzheimer Big
Band. He has also played with practically every great international star in jazz and show business, such as Jan Akkerman, Marcel Azolla, Charles Aznavour, Chet Baker, the Count Basie Orchestra, Francy Boland, Ray Brown, Benny Carter, Philip Catherine, Dee Daniels, Sammy Davis Jr., Johannes Faber, Art Farmer, José Feliciano, Bill Frisell, Richard Galliano, Benny Goodman, Johnny Griffin, Slide Hampton, Tom Harrell, Michel Hatzigeorgiu, Michel Herr, Jasper vanʻt Hof, Freddie Hubbard, Al Jarreau, Bobby Jaspar, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Chaka Khan, Lee Konitz, Joachim Kühn, Bireli Lagrene, Charlie Mariano, Palle Mikkelborg, Bob Mintzer, Red
Mitchell, Tete Montoliu, Airto Moreira, Walter Norris, Judy Niemack, Joe Pass, Jaco Pastorius, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Jaques Pelzer, Astor Piazzolla, Ferdinand Povel, Paolo Radoni, Dianne Reeves, Jörg Reiter, Claudio Roditi, Ack van Rooyen, Frank
Rosolino, Alex Scorier, Tony Scott, Vladislaw Sendecki, René Thomas, Peter Tiehuis, Tina Turner, Jiggs Whigham, Phil Woods and Joe Zawinul. Bruno Castellucci lectures at countless seminars in Germany, Belgium, Holland, and teaches at the Royal Brussels Jazz Conservatory.






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