Jochen Rueckert

Jochen Rueckert

Musicians | Instrument: Drums | Location: New York City

Melodies that have a habit of insinuating themselves deep in your head.


Updated: May 25, 2023

Born: May 13, 1975

Jochen Rueckert is a Jazz drummer, composer, band leader, and Oxford Comma-enthusiast born in Germany in 1975, currently residing in New York City.

Besides a decade of touring with his own quartet with Mark Turner, Lage Lund, and Matt Penman, Jochen is known for his work in 12 years of the Marc Copland trio, the mid-2000 Kurt Rosenwinkel New Quartet, all of Nils Wogram's Root 70, recent work with the Melissa Aldana trio and Fred Hersch, his electronic music programmed under the alias "Wolff Parkinson White", as well as his series of ebooks aptly titled "Read the Rueckert- travel observations and pictures of hotel rooms".

Jochen's deliberate avoidance of formal music education, albeit initially for budgetary reasons, provides a great lack of erudite nonsense in his playing and writing.

He's celebrating his 5th album as a leader, titled Stars and Garters.


" highly personalized breezy slice of hard-swinging fun" - Modern Drummer Magazine

"Jochen Rückert's career has clearly shifted up a gear"  - All About Jazz 

"The group played masterfully, performing Rueckert's compositions with authority and refinement." - Do the Gig 

"there's often a kindred and appealing combination of quirkiness and catchiness.... Excellent"  - Ottawa Citizen

"Melodies that have a habit of insinuating themselves deep in your head" - Downbeat

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West 4th St

From: Longing
By Jochen Rueckert

The Dress

From: With Best Intentions
By Jochen Rueckert