Martin Sasse

Martin Sasse © Gerhard Richter
Martin Sasse © Gerhard Richter

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In the course of his stage career Martin Sasse has collaborated with almost all legends in international jazz and has long been one of the outstanding jazz pianists in Europe. He has released ten albums under his own name and plays as a guest on countless recordings and at concerts worldwide. Legends of jazz shape and shaped his path, including Al Foster, Jimmy Cobb, Steve Grossman and Lee Konitz. For Billy Cobham and Hiram Bullock, he moved from piano to the Hammond B3 and presents himself as an outstanding organist.

“Oscar Peterson had it, Erroll Garner, Chick Corea – You too. The groove is decisive! That’s one of the reasons I like playing with you so much…”

Dennis Mackrel

Sasse played tours with the New York Voices, Dusko Gojkovich, Al Foster, Rick Margitza or Dick Oatts and was pianist in Till Brönner’s series “Talking Jazz” at the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn. He accompanied vocal greats such as Roberta Gambarini, Tierney Sutton, Janis Siegel (Manhattan Transfer) and Bobby McFerrin. His regular partners include Philip Catherine, Peter Bernstein, Dennis Mackrel and Scott Hamilton.

“A true Tausendsasse”


The Martin Sasse Trio has existed in changing formations for almost thirty years. Already the first album, “Here we come” (2000), received best international reviews. Later albums feature Vincent Herring, Miles Davis saxophonist Steve Grossmann and guitarist Peter Bernstein. For the album “Good Times” with Charlie Mariano the trio received the “Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik” Award 2010.

Clip Tokyo “Blue-Magical moments in Jazz” with Martin Sasse

Martin Sasse has also accompanied world stars from pop and classical music, including Bobby McFerrin, Tommy Emmanuel and Chris de Burgh. He performed with Jose Carreras, Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo and played the European tour “Symphonicity” with Sting and the Bochum Symphony Orchestra. With Helge Schneider, Udo Jürgens and Udo Lindenberg, some of the biggest German-speaking entertainers also belong to Sasse’s partners.

The highly acclaimed film “Blue“, which premiered at the “Jazzahead” in Bremen, accompanied Sasse’s performances for over two years, among others at the legendary jazz club “Smalls” in New York and at the famous Annex Sound Studio in Tokyo. His concert tours have taken Martin Sasse through Europe and the USA, Japan and China, Egypt and Sudan. He teaches at the Institute for Media and Music at the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule Düsseldorf.

Clip Studio Dumont Cologne “Blue-Magical moments in Jazz” with Martin Sasse

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Gene Lees writes, “Stan Getz was once asked his idea of the perfect tenor saxophone soloist. His answer was, ‘My technique, Al Cohn’s ideas, and Zoot’s time.’ The fulfillment of that ideal may well be embodied in… Harry Allen.” 

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