The Big Band Fette Hupe (Greasy or Energetic Horn), founded in 2009 in Hanover by its two band leaders, is keen to reach new and younger audiences. “We’re not playing in suits, we’re dressed like normal guys,” says Marcussen-Wulff. Live home-venue concerts in “Faust Warenannahme” in Hanover, where Modern Tradition was recorded, are usually divided into two parts. In the first half the ensemble plays more standard big band music, mainly from the 1950s and 1960s. In the second, as the band leader explains, “we sometimes do really hard stuff, free jazz and because of this combination the older people who come to the first set stay for the second. The younger ones who come for the second, listen to the first.” The result is, for the jazz scene, an unusually mixed audience.
Saxophone – Nils Brederlow, Paul Engelmann, Lars Stoermer, Coco Guerra, Felix Petry
Trumpet – Benny Brown, Gary Winters, Daniel Zeinoun, Axel Beineke
Trombone – Uwe Granitza, Felix Eilers, Hans Wendt, Robert Hedemann
Rhythm section – Klaus Spencker (git), Eike Wulfmeier (p), Clara Däubler (b), Timo Warnecke (dr)
Conductor – Jörn Marcussen-Wulff