Photo: P. Essex, Artwork: Holger Risse

Photo: P. Essex, Artwork: Holger Risse


Wem Zeit wie Ewigkeit

I am looking forward to finally rehearse and present my new music for large ensemble and light.

Heidi Bayer - Trumpet
Charlotte Greve - Sax
Uli Kempendorff - Sax
Janning Trumann - Trombone
Tini Thomsen - Bari Sax
Sebastian Scobel - Organ
Stefan Schönegg - Double Bass
Dierk Peters - Vibraphone
Lena Czerniawska - Light/Projector

5th of Oktober 2019, 7PM St. Georgskirche Barum

6th of Oktober 2019, 6PM Klosterkirche Loccum

7th of Oktober 2019, 7PM Antoniterkirche Köln



Release Day 09/20/2019

Photo by Patrick Essex, Design by Holger Risse

Photo by Patrick Essex, Design by Holger Risse

Photo by Patrick Essex, Design by Holger Risse

Photo by Patrick Essex, Design by Holger Risse

Tangible Music Label Nights @ Stadtgarten Köln and domicil Dortmund

Thanks for this great experience, sharing the stage with Marek Johnson, Dierk Peters AMBROSIA, Trillmann and Fosterchild.

Review @ Riffs & Zeichen by Martin Laurentius

Review @ Jazzcity by Michael Rüsenberg




Tangible Music Label Night

It is about to happen! The first label nights present the Tangible Music artists. May 17th Stadtgarten Köln, May 18th domicil Dortmund

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April Tour + jazzahead! with JT6

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New Series: SEASONS

Some exciting news for 2019: I curate and organize a series that focuses and connects the jazz szenes of Berlin, London, New York, Oslo with Cologne. Guests will be musicians as James Maddren, Jonas Westergaard, Eyolf Dale, Brandon Seabrook, Christian Lillinger and many others. The first concert takes place at March 30th at LOFT.

March 30th 2019

Simon Nabatov
Jonas Westergaard
James Maddren
Janning Trumann


New Album: Janning Trumann 6 - Rise Beyond

It is always a long path to go before you hold a CD in your hands. I started to plan this release in spring 2017, designing and thinking about new music. The result could not be more satisfactory. Verneri Pohjola and Dierk Peter are guests solists around my Cologne quartet with Lucas Leidinger, Thomas Sauerborn and Florian Herzog. "Rise Beyond" - the idea is to look forward, far beyond the nearest horizon. 

Release: 19th of November 2018 at TANGBILE MUSIC.

Artwork by Holger Risse, Photo by Patrick Essex

Artwork by Holger Risse, Photo by Patrick Essex


Jazzstadt Köln

A new label to connect the whole Jazz and improvised Music scene of Cologne is online. Proud to present "Jazzstadt" (City of Jazz). 

The new website includes a concert calender, news section, portraits of the Cologne Jazz history and current projects.

Check it out!




Deutschlandfunk Portrait

Thomas Loewner @ Jazzfacts reports about my work! 



There are two concert series starting in the spring at LOFT Köln. I am happy to invite great musicians to this beautiful city! Check it out at:

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TRILLMANN @ New York City

04/2018 .  Concerts at the German Consulate, Carnegie Hall and at NYU brought TRILLMANN back to the metropole of Jazz.



I am very proud to present the start of my own label TANGIBLE MUSIC. Tangible Music focuses on Jazz and improvised Music, the first two releases feature my quartet with Dierk Peters, Drew Gress and Jochen Rueckert and the ensemble TRILLMANN. Go to the website to check it  out!


ALLABOUT JAZZ about the Cologne Open Festival and MAKKRO

On March 1st we played with MAKKRO at the Cologne Open, a new Showcase Festival for the Szene of Cologne. 

Click here to read the article.



Photo by Patrick Essex, Design by Holger Risse

Photo by Patrick Essex, Design by Holger Risse

New Recording Coming Out 03/2018
"Be Here, gone and Nowhere"

feat. Dierk Peters, Drew Gress & Jochen Rückert

On March 1st my new Label TANGIBLE MUSIC says hello to the world. Also, a very special CD is coming out and a dream is coming true. To be part of a band with my long time heroes Drew Gress and Jochen Rückert. Order CD on Tangible Music!


Zeitinsel//Residency 2016 feat. Peter Evans

The 2016 Cologne based residence project featured Peter Evans. Peter was invited to create a three day program, showing his musical work. Stay tuned for 2017. The concept created Mascha Corman and myself.


Concerts in the USA

On April 20th I played at Carnegie Hall with these great musicians: Dierk Peters (vib), Jakob Dreyer (b), Jochen Rückert (dr). We are playing again at the 2nd of May at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. There is a Livestream on Youtube at 2nd of May 6pm (USA). 

Trumann, Rückert, Peters, Dreyer (l to r)

Trumann, Rückert, Peters, Dreyer (l to r)


MAKKRO + Subway Jazz Orchestra

I am happy to share the newest videos with you. This is from our concert at the 8th of March 2017 at Club Subway in Cologne.

March 2017 // New York vs Köln

After having a great time touring with Trillmann in January I now enjoy being back in New York. Here I focus on the preparations for the projects in March in Germany with MAKKRO & Subway Jazz Orchestra and for the concerts in NYC in April and May with Trumann Peters Quartet (with Dierk Peters-vib, Jakob Dreyer-b and Jochen Rückert-dr). 



New York Skyline

New Quartett Videos online

I received a special Christmas present today! The video recordings of my Quartett with Lucas Leidinger (p), Florian Herzog (b) and Thomas Sauerborn (dr) are ready. We recorded with Christian Heck and Refining Arts at Loft Köln. All videos can be watched here



Land NRW / R. Sondermann

Receiving the "Förderpreis des Landes NRW 2016"

At November 14th I went to Münster in Westphalia to receive the sponsorship award of music of the NRW country by minister Bernd Neuendorf. It was an event full evening with prices for young creators of art and culture in this country. I am glad to receive this price, and I thank everyone who made this possible. 




Förderpreis Musik des Landes NordRhein Westfalen

Köln, 9. September - Ich fühle mich sehr geehrt über die diesjährige Auszeichnung mit dem Förderpreis des Landes NRW in der Kategorie Musik. Meine Vorgänger, vor allem im Jazz, sind sehr geschätzte Kollegen und Vorbilder (u.A. Nils Wogram, Nils Klein).

Presseerklärung vom 25.08.2016

I am glad about this year promotion award of the country of Northrhine Westphalia. 


New sponsored Rath Trombone

August 17th - Manchester and the landscape around are beautiful. I definetely recommend it. I had the pleasure to have a great day at Mick Rath´s trombone manufactory and to choose a new horn. The 14-member strong Rath team have left a strong impression on me. My new trombone is now the R2 model with brass bell, nickel tuning slide and nickel leadpipe (for all the nerds...). Thank you Mick Rath!


J.J. Johnson Award / Price of International Trombone Association (ITA)

June 12th - Long day, short night - I had fun to listen to great trombone players and I am grateful to call me the "winner" of the J.J. Johnson competition. Even if every finalist deserved it! Now I am looking forward to go over to Michael Rath Trombones in England to choose a new Trombone!





31.08.2019 - SEASONS Vol. III feat. Lewis Wright, Max Andrzejewski & David Helm @ LOFT Köln

12.09.2019 - Subway Jazz Orchestra “Still Screaming” @ SUWBAY Köln

21.09.2019 - Janning Trumann 4 @ LOFT (Tag der Offenen Tür)

05.10.2019 - Janning Trumann 8 “Wem Zeit wie Ewigkeit” - St.Georgs Kirche Barum
feat. Charlotte Greve, Tini Thomsen, Heidi Bayer, Uli Kempendorff, Sebastian Scobel, Dierk Peters & Stefan Schönegg

06.10.2019 - Janning Trumann 8 “Wem Zeit wie Ewigkeit” - Kloster Loccum

07.10.2019 - Janning Trumann 8 “Wem Zeit wie Ewigkeit” - Antoniterkirche Köln

09.10.2019 - Subway Jazz Orchestra feat. Steffen Schorn @ SUWBAY Köln

16.10.2019 - European Broadcast Orchestra feat. Christoph Cech @ Graz Music University

17.10.2019 - European Broadcast Orchestra feat. Christoph Cech @ ORF Funkhaus Vienna

18.10.2019 - European Broadcast Orchestra feat. Christoph Cech @ Linz Music Conservatory

16.10.2019 - European Broadcast Orchestra feat. Christoph Cech @ Jazz & the City Salzburg

20.10.2019 - Leidinger/Sauerborn/Trumann/Zwissler @ LOFT Köln

23.10.2019 - HR Bigband feat. Michael Formanek @ Alte Oper Frankfurt

25.10.2019 - TRILLMANN @ Goethe Jazz Festival Brussels

26.10.2019 - HR Bigband feat. Joachim Kühn @ HR Sendesaal Frankfurt

02.11.2019 - HR Bigband feat. Joachim Kühn @ Jazzfest Berlin

03.11.2019 - SEASONS Vol. IV feat. Elias Stemeseder, Christian Lillinger & Brandon Seabrook @ DUMONT Aachen

04.11.2019 - SEASONS Vol. IV feat. Elias Stemeseder, Christian Lillinger & Brandon Seabrook @ Studio672/Stadtgarten Köln

05.11.2019 - Hendrika Entzian Bigband @ HFMT Köln

13.11.2019 - Subway Jazz Orchestra “(Re) Birth of the Cool @ Subway Köln


Projects / Ensembles

There are several ensembles I play with and projects I curate and organize. 


by Patrick Essex  2017

Janning Trumann
"Be here, Gone and Nowhere"

Album Release in February 2018. 

Janning Trumann (trb)
Dierk Peters (vib)
Drew Gress (b)
Jochen Rückert (dr)


by Patrick Essex 2017

Janning Trumann 4 (6)

Foundet in 2015 with the cologne based musicians Lucas Leidinger, Florian Herzog and Thomas Sauerborn. We play original composition of myself, connecting improvisation with simple composition.

Janning Trumann (trb)
Lucas Leidninger (p)
Florian Herzog (b)
Thomas Sauerborn (dr)

In 2017 there have been two guests who we worked with:

Verneri Pohjola (trp/FIN)
Dierk Peters (vib)


by Peter Tümmers 2016


The concept is easily explained: Two drums, two basses, piano and trombone come together. MAKKRO plays rhythm and harmony against each other, they shift and interfer musical patterns and open up new spaces. The six musicians from Cologne play together since 2012 and played on a couple of international festival stages (including Moers Festival, Jazz House Festival Hamburg).

After the debut Räume, was released 12/2013 on Fuhrwerk Musik, the second album .why has been released in March 2016 on the Cologne based Label KLAENG - records. On ".why“, MAKKRO combines acoustic instrumentation with electronics. 

by Dominik Asche 2017

by Dominik Asche 2017



The four musicians met in New York and decided to keep on playing after moving back to Germany. They all compose for the quartet and found a way to express their approach with an unique style of interaction. Their music is straight composed and leaves detailed space to vary form and dynamic. 

Fabian Willmann (sax)
Janning Trumann (trb)
Eva Klesse (dr)
Florian Herzog (b)


by Peter Tümmers

Subway Jazz Orchestra

The Subway Jazz Orchestra combines 18 of the finest young Cologne based musicians. The Orchestra plays every 2nd Wednesday of the month at "their" club Subway. They work with international renowned musicians and composers, such as Helge Sunde or Steffen Schorn, and create every month a completely new program for large ensemble. 

Photo by Nadine Targiel (2014)

Photo by Nadine Targiel (2014)


In 2013 Florian Herzog and Janning Trumann formed a duo to experience new sounds. They work with minimal structures to express their approach of interaction.

Trombone, Composition



Janning Trumann (*1990) studied Jazztrombone at the Conservatory of Music in Cologne and at New York University. As a instrumentalist and composer he is active all around Germany. There, he organizes and curates his own concert series. His actual focus is on the work with his own Quartett. 

There are various projects he plays with and also released CDs. To name a few:

by Patrick Essex

by Patrick Essex

Janning Trumann - Be Here, Gone and Nowhere (feat. Drew Gress, Jochen Rueckert & Dierk Peters)

Janning Trumann 6 - Rise Beyond (feat. Pohjola, Peters, Leidinger, Herzog, Sauerborn)

TRILLMANN - Foen (feat. Willmann, Klesse, Herzog)

MAKKRO - .why (KLAENG records)

MAKKRO - Räume (Fuhrwerk Musik)

Trumann Doktrin - Impuls (Fuhrwerk Musik)
HERMANN (Jazz Haus Musik)
Subway Jazz Orchestra - Primal Scream (FLOATmusic)

Janning Trumann won the 2016 International J.J. Johnson Award of ITA and is a scholarship recipient of the German Exchange Service (DAAD). Also, he is the 2016 promotion music award winner of Northrhine Westphalia. 

/// German

Janning Trumann (*1990) studierte Jazzposaune an der Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln und der New York University. Er ist als Posaunist und Komponist seiner eigenen Ensembles Deutschlandweit zu hören. Darüber hinaus ist er als Kurator eigener Konzertreihen in Köln tätig und Sprecher der Kölner Jazzkonferenz.

In 2016 gewann Janning Trumann den renommierten „J.J. Johnson Award“ der Internationalen Posaunenvereinigung ITA und wurde mit dem „Förderpreis Musik des Landes Nordrhein Westfalen 2016“ ausgezeichnet. 

Janning Trumann ist ein Macher: einer, der auch mal die Ärmel hochkrempelt und selbst Hand anlegt; einer, der Ideen entwickelt und alles daran setzt, dass diese auch realisiert werden; einer, der kulturpolitisch denkt und eloquent das Gespräch mit den Entscheidern in der Politik sucht. Auch deshalb ist Trumann, 1990 irgendwo in der Lüneburger Heide geboren, der Mann der Stunde, um die „Jazzstadt Köln“ (das ist auch der Name eines Projektes, das Trumann als Vorständler der Initiative „Kölner Jazz Konferenz“ vor anderthalb Jahren mitentwickelt und an den Start gebracht hat) voranzubringen und auch gegenüber der Metropole Berlin zu positionieren.

Trumann ist aber auch Posaunist, der über Hamburg nach Köln zog, wo er an der Jazzabteilung der Hochschule für Tanz und Musik studiert hatte. Schon die Form seines Konzertexamens 2014 machte deutlich, dass er eben nicht nur ein junger aufstrebender, talentierter Jazzmusiker war, sondern auch ein Aktivposten für die Kölner Szene: Er gestaltete sein Examen als kleines Festival.

Irgendwie logisch, dass Trumann Anfang vergangenen Jahres auch seine Plattenfirma Tangible Music auf den Weg gebracht hat. Sein Label ist aber nicht nur Heimstatt für die eigenen Produktionen. Vielmehr ist es Plattform für die junge Szene in Köln, die sich seit einigen Jahren rund um die Jazzabteilung der Musikhochschule gebildet hat – und an deren zunehmender Wahrnehmung von außen Trumann großen Anteil hat.
— Martin Laurentius auf RiffReporter (25.05.2019)