Caris Hermes Group


WDR Jazz Award winner Caris Hermes forms her own band: the Caris Hermes Group is a changing duo to sextet ensemble with the best musicians on the jazz scene. Thousands of jazz fans are enthusiastic about the new live program from their successful album “Caris Hermes” and enjoy the modern straight-ahead jazz from Cologne at club and festival concerts.

Whether sensitively singing or humming, whether soulfully grooving or exuberantly walking: Caris Hermes celebrates the entire range of her instrument with sophistication and elegance.

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Live on stage.

Caris Hermes Group feat. Paul Heller
17.05.2024 @ Köln

World-class line up.

Credit: Karl F. Degenhardt

Niklas Walter - Schlagzeug

Niklas Walter is an award-winning jazz drummer from the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen. Some of the musicians/bands Niklas has played with and works with regularly are Tom Gaebel, Jerry Lu, Paul Heller, Tony Lakatos, HR Big Band, WDR Big Band, NDR Big Band, BuJazzo (BundesJazzOrchester), The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, Ack van Rooyen, Peter Weniger, Jerry Bergonzi, Phil Grenadier, Gerard Presencer, Roman Schwaller, Martin Sasse, Jeff Cascaro, Thomas Stabenow, Peter Beets and Dave Liebman.

Credit: Billy Test

Billy Test

Pennsylvania native Billy Test is a pianist, composer, arranger, and educator. Currently holding the piano chair in the Grammy award winning WDR Big Band in Köln, Germany. Billy’s piano playing blends the joys and sorrows of jazz and blues with the finesse and harmonic depth of classical music. His warm touch and clear tone can roar with excitement or sigh with woe. His improvisations are always in the moment, preferring to take risks and be daring rather than play it safe.

Credit: Paul Heller

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The Cologne tenor saxophonist, composer and arranger Paul Heller has been a member of the internationally renowned and Grammy-winning WDR Big Band Cologne since 2005. The list of musicians Paul Heller has worked with during his career reads like a “Who’s Who” of jazz: Johnny Griffin, Dusko Goykovich, Jimmy Cobb, Jasper van’t Hof, Volker Kriegel, Eddie Gomez, Vinnie Colaiuta, Biréli Lagène, Bill Evans, Al Foster, Adam Nussbaum, Franco Ambrosetti, Steve Swallow and with his wife, the multi-award-winning (including the “Golden Record” and the “German Record Critics’ Award”) Dutch jazz singer, Fay Claassen.

Credit: Andy Haderer

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Born 1964 in Baden near Vienna. Studied classical trumpet in Vienna, then studio musician and soloist in big bands and smaller formations. 1985-1988 Radio Big Band Zurich (DRS). Since 1986 P. Herbolzheimer Big Band. Since 1988 WDR Big Band Cologne. Since 1999 professor of jazz trumpet at the Cologne University of Music, workshops at home and abroad.

Credit: Karl F. Degenhardt

Jonatha Böbel

Cologne-based trombonist Jonathan Böbel has played in the BundesJazzOrchester and numerous other renowned bands such as the hr-Big Band, the WDR Big Band, the Subway Jazz Orchestra, Fantastischen 4, Heavy Tones and Tom Gaebel.

Credit: Nadine Targiel

Philipp Brämswig

Philipp Brämswig is a highly active and sought-after member of the vital Cologne and German jazz scene. Besides leading the „Philipp Brämswig Trio“ and the „Mengamo Trio“ he is among others member of the following bands: „Subway Jazz Orchestra“‚ „Soulcrane“, „Luciel“, „Kiki Manders“, „Florian Ross Big Company“, „Vagabond souls“ and more. Concerts and tours led him to South Korea, Belgium, Denmark, China, Albany, Bulgary, France, Poland, Romania, the Netherlands, Austria and Switzerland. He participated in numerous radio-, TV- and theaterproductions in Germany as well as the Netherlands and performed with a.o. the WDR Big Band, Jim Black, Seamus Blake, HR Big Band, Charlie Mariano, Bob Mintzer, Tony Lakatos, Richie Beirach, John Goldsby, Marshall Gilkes, Benjamin Herman, Candy Dulfer, Warren Vache, Paul Heller, Jesse van Ruller, Caro Emerald, Pete Philly & Perquisite a.m.m

Credit: WDR/Claus Langer

Ben Fitzpatrick

US-American Ben Fitzpatrick (May 9, 1998) is a saxophonist, composer and teacher. Since 2022 Ben has been the first tenor saxophonist and thus the youngest member of the WDR Big Band. He has played with Jimmy Heath, Jimmy Greene, Joe Lovano, Bob Mintzer, Dick Oatts and Wynton Marsalis.

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    Caris Hermes

    50668 Köln