Thomas Alkier

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Thomas Alkier (born August 11, 1965 in Recklinghausen ) is a German jazz drummer.


Alkier began playing drums as a child. In 1980 he was already playing professionally with Tyree Glenn Jr. and the Gene Mighty Flea Connors Band . Since 1982 he was a member of the Charlie Mariano Quartet alongside Paul Shigihara and Mike Herting ; he also played with Volker Kriegel ( Palazzo Blue , 1987), to whose band he belonged until 1993, and with Dizzy Gillespie .

From 1983 to 1987 he studied at the Cologne University of Music with Jiggs Whigham . In 1990 he became a member of the Vienna Art Orchestra and in 1989 was the drummer on Helge Schneider's first LP. His greatest successes . Since 1993 he has led his own quintet with Matthieu Michel . He toured the USA and Canada, New Zealand, China, Japan, India, Israel and numerous European countries and performed with Gary Burton , Joachim Kühn , Albert Mangelsdorff , Eartha Kitt , Jerry Bergonzi , Christof Lauer , Betty Carter , Michel Petrucciani , among others , Horace Parlan , Stefan Bauer , David Friedman , Klaus König , Jocelyn B. Smith , Adam Taubitz , Markus Stockhausen , Klaus Lage and Nigel Kennedy . From 2001 he worked with Ed Schuller in the Uli Lenz Trio . In 2001 and 2002 he accompanied Sebastian Weiss and Stefan Weeke Gitte Hænning on three tours. Since 2004 he has been the drummer with the Nighthawks , with whom he also presented himself at JazzBaltica . He was also involved in several Essen productions by Carla Bley and Steve Swallow .

Since 1987 he has been teaching drums at the Folkwang School in Essen ; since 2016 he has been professor for jazz drums and rhythm group coaching.

His brother is Stefan Alkier (* 1961), Professor of New Testament and History of the Old Church at the University of Frankfurt a. M.

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