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Presented by Jazz am Helmholtzplatz e.V.

Hugo Fernández is a Mexican jazz guitarist who settled in Berlin after more than a decade in Madrid. His musical quest has led him to create his own universe, where the rich heritage of jazz coexists with the energy of other musical genres such as pop-rock, world folklore and classical.

At the age of 23 he traveled to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music. In 2003 he moved to New Orleans to earn a master's degree in jazz studies. He has released four albums, performed at concerts and festivals in Mexico and Spain and is increasingly making a name for himself on the German and European jazz scene.

On his latest album OZEAN (Origin Records, June 2022) "his compositions appear in a music with very different elements from folk, western classical music and even pop, shaping his deep jazz sensibilities. They embrace a musical world that a future vision of jazz" - Haus der Kulturen der Welt, HKW Berlin His album "Cosmogram" (Origin Records 2015) in collaboration with drummer Antonio Sanchez was very well received by the public and received excellent reviews from Rollingstone Magazine, Jazztimes, El Pais and Downbeat Magazine, which named "Cosmogram" one of the best albums of 2015.

"His songs are generally both catchy and imaginative, many of the performances take unexpected directions, and the often episodic settings make most of the pieces sound like mini-suites." - DOWNBEAT

Hugo Fernández

  • Thomas Hähnlein - tenor and soprano saxophones
  • Marleen Dahms - trombone
  • Hugo Fernandez - guitar and arrangements
  • Rodolfo Paccapelo - double bass
  • Jan Leipnitz drums


This quintet is dedicated to the music of jazz composers from New Orleans who shaped the unique "New Orleans Sound". Jazz fans and musicians know the great Louis Armstrong and perhaps also the pioneering jazz pianist Jelly Roll Morton. Less known are the composers of New Orleans Jazz like: Ellis Marsalis, Alvin Batiste, James Black, Galactic, Funky Meters and a few others sound.

Text: Hugo Fernández
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