Marc Hellman

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Marc Hellman (born June 2, 1941 in Bern ) is a Swiss modern jazz drummer .

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Hellman started learning the drums when he was fifteen. At first he played New Orleans Jazz , Dixieland and Swing . After meeting Heinz Bigler in 1959, he was in a trio with Franz Biffiger and Heinz Christen, one of the few musicians on the Bern jazz scene to perform modern jazz.

In 1963 he switched to professional life and went on tour to Scandinavia with Kurt Weil's sextet . He then worked with musicians like u. a. Ted Curson , Albert Ayler , Clifford Jordan , Attila Zoller , Lou Bennett , Dexter Gordon , Don Byas , Jeremy Steig and Chet Baker , but also musicians from the Swiss scene such as George Gruntz , Franco Ambrosetti , Andy Scherrer , Pierre Favre , Robin Kenyatta and Reggie Johnson . For a short time he was a member of the quintet of Albert Mangelsdorff , the Bern band Off & Out and the group Drum Circus , which approached krautrock from jazz . In 1972 he and Eberhard Weber formed the new rhythm section for Dave Pike and Volker Kriegel in the New Dave Pike Set . From 1977 to 1981 he was a member of the fusion group Tetragon (with Peter Candiotto, Willy Bischof and Christian Geiser), with whom he played at the Montreux Jazz Festival . He also worked in a trio with Beb Guérin and Daniel Bourquin. He also founded his own quartet or quintet, but also played in the Trio von Art Lande , in Runo Ericksson's Omnibus , in Raymond Court -Peter Candiotto Quintet and Peter Giger's Family of Percussion , in Reto Weber's Swiss Drums Orchestra , with the dialect rock group Rumpelstilz and with Martin Heiniger. He also made music for theater, ballet and dance.

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