Tobias Backhaus

Jazz Drummer & Percussionist

In the past years I’ve co-lead a trio with two dear friends and wonderful musicians. Most of the music we played has been out of the standard jazz repertoire, the Great American Songbook, mostly arranged by myself. We started performing my arrangements of jazz legend Thelonious Monk’s music in late 2017 to honour his 100th birthday. Unfortunately, life so often gets in the way and things remain unfinished.

For my project I’d love to expand on the ideas I’ve been playing around with in the last few years. Digging more deeply into both Monk’s music and my own eclectic musical background, I’d love to create exciting new ways to perform his classic material and finally realize my vision of a “centennial tribute” to one of jazz’s great masters.