The tiresome business of practising was never a problem for him: as a child, Joja Wendt would eagerly sit at his beloved instrument from early in the morning until late in the evening. A few years later, the pianist would demonstrate his flair for boogie-woogie and ragtime every night in Hamburg’s bars, where a certain Joe Cocker discovered him and immediately engaged him for his tour.
More than 20 albums and thousands of concerts later, Wendt is a globally acclaimed entertainer who inspires his audiences with lyrical talent and dazzling wordplay. Mozart, Jerry Lee Lewis or new arrangements of chart hits – no genre is left out. Indeed, it’s quite surprising that a man of such diverse tastes has never performed a proper jazz programme before. Now, at ELBJAZZ, the pianist celebrates the premiere of his new jazz trio along with the Jazzkombinat – and will, as always, put on a veritable firework show on 88 keys.