Nicole Metzger New York Connection
Nicole Metzger / vocals
Musical training at the "American Performing Arts Company"
Prize winner at the Federal Competition Vocals, in the section Musicals
Winner 2006 at the international Duo-Competition Voice & Guitar
Lecturer of jazz vocals
Several CDs with different musical combinations - from Duo to Big Band
Concerts and festival performances as bandleader and solist in Germany, France and U.S.A.
In coorporation, with other musicans including: Michael J. Stevens, Joe Fonda, Harvey Sorgen, Phil Abraham, Ernie Hammes, Fabrice Alleman, Frank Spaniol, Bob Mintzer, Chritiph Mudrich, Rudi Engel, Dirik Schilgen, Hendrick Smock, Thomas Siffling, Allen Blairman, Keith Copeland.
This international quartet features Joe Fonda (Bass), Michael J. Stevens (piano),Harvey Sorgen (drums) and German vocalist Nicole Metzger. Their debut CD was recorded in 2002 in Brooklyn, NY and their latest CD (recorded in Koln in December 2010) will be released in 2011.
Joe Fonda / bass
Joe Fonda has become well-known due to the tour and recordings with the renowned Jazz-Musican, Anthony Braxton. With him, he recorded the well-known "Charlie Parker Project Recordings" and the "Piano-Quartet-Record".
Amongst other performances, he appeared at the Jazz-Festivals "North Sea Jazz Festival NL" and the "Istanbul International Jazz Festival ,TR"
In cooperation with other musicans including: Ken Mc Intyre, Charlie Persip, Lou Donaldson, Perry Robinson, Kenny Barron, Leo Smith, Curtis Fuller und Chico Hamilton.
Michael Jefry Stevens / piano
Second place at the "Monaco-Inernational-Jazz-Compositions-Contest" and also nomination to "Margret-Lee-Crofts-Fellow 2000-2001" from the MacDowell Artists Colony.
60 CD-productions with his own projects. More than 300 compositions for different groups , musicians and artists.
In cooperations with other musicans including: Dave Douglas, Mark Feldman, Dominic Duval, Gerry Hemingway, Cecil Bridgewater, Leo Smith, Thomas Chapin, Herb Robertson, Paul Smoker, Valery Ponomarev, Han Bennik, Matt Wilson, Marc Whitecage und Billy Martin.
Harvey Sorgen / drums
Former Member of the internationally known Rock group "Hot Tuna".
Recordings with Hot Tuna, The Arc Quartet, The Mosaic Sextet and Sorgen-Rust-Stevens-Trio.
Publicaton of his own teaching-video: "Drumming Made Easy (Homespun Tapes).
In cooperation with other musicans including: Anthony Braxton, Bruce Hornsby, Jack De-Johnette, Bob Weir, david Torn, Ahmad Jamal, Los Lobos, Art Lande, Roswell rudd, NRBQ and Bill Frisell.