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Matthias Broede

Matthias Bröde, born in Karlsruhe, Germany, is a composer, improviser, jazz harmonicist and pianist. NEWS: THREE NEW ALBUMS WITH THREE DIFFERENT LINE UPS ARE RECENTLEY RECORDED AND READY TO BE PUBLISHED !!! 1.) January 2020: Recording-session with Berlin piano master Rolf Langhans for a harmonica/piano duo album, mainly playing jazz originals & standards; 2.) February 2020: The Berlin based BROEDE-SCHIRMER-UNIT recorded an album with all new compositions by Matthias Broede in Berlin @Tito's Zentrifuge, the real unique studio in Berlin-Wedding; with Bernd Oezsevim - dr, Jan Roder - bass, Tobias Schirmer - clarinets, Matthias Broede- harmonica, piano. 3.) November 2020: The Cologne based BROEDE-SCHICKENTANZ-QUARTET recorded a new album at Topaz-Studio in Cologne; Compositions by M.Broede & Andreas Schickentanz - trombone, Volker heinze - bass, Roland Hoeppner - drums.

From 1983-1990 he lived in Dusseldorf than moved to Cologne. He worked with Wolfgang Engstfeld, Claudio Puntin, Norbert Gottschalk , Peter Weniger, SDR–Big-Band , Michel Herr , Hubert Nuss , Paul Heller , Robert Landfermann, Christopher Dell , Oliver Potratz , Kalle Kalima, Jan Roder , Roland Höppner , Volker Heinze, Ralph Beerkircher, Martin Sasse, Johannes Fink , Michael Kersting , Joachim Schoenecker, Peter Weiss and Brasilian Singer Rosani Reis .

Matthias Bröde has recorded with the Norbert Gottschalk Band "Two Sessions" (Dr.Jazz Records,1993) and "Light Weight Sight" (Dr.Jazz Records,1988) which won an award from the "Deutsche Schallplatten Kritik" , with the Axel Fischbacher Group "Moods" (Blue Flame,1989) and "Spots From The Academy" (Dr.Jazz Records,1994) and with Othella Dallas a Live-CD at the Stadtgarten Cologne "Fever For Bluesy Jazz" (Mons Records,1995) .

As a leader he recorded with the MATTHIAS BRÖDE QUINTET “European Faces feat.Wolfgang Engstfeld” (GLM, 1999), with the MATTHIAS BRÖDE CHAMBER TRIO “From East To West:Strange Beauty Of The World” (Mr.D.Music, 2003), with MATTHIAS BRÖDE'S SPEAK TRES “Space Between Intervals” (Quadrant Records, 2012), with BRÖDE-VIER "Instinct to Play" (Jazzwerkstatt,2013) & with OH!-KESTER-OSLOER-3 "Where is Wedding"(Unitrecords, 2017).

Two quotes about his second CD “ FROM EAST TO WEST – STRANGE BEAUTY OF THE WORLD ” recorded by the MATTHIAS-BROEDE–CHAMBER-TRIO: TOOTS THIELEMANS : „ The world of Matthias Broede – pianist composer harmonica virtuoso : I can only applaud Matthias and his friends . I enjoy and I learn , what more to expect from a recording…? “ DAVID LIEBMAN : „ This is a very interesting and different approach to using the harmonica in jazz . With a giant like Toots around , it is hard to escape the shadow but Matthias has accomplished that admirably on this recording . “

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About the CD "Instinct to Play" by BRÖDE-VIER: REINER KOBE in Jazzpodium 07/2013: “BRÖDE, who is this years winner of the WDR Jazz award, is a MASTER on the harmonica .”

About the CD “From East to West: Strange Beauty of the World“ by the MATTHIAS BRÖDE CHAMBER TRIO: David Liebman: “This is a very interesting and different approach to using the harmonica in jazz. With a giant like Toots around, it is hard to escape the shadow but Matthias has accomplished that admirably on this recording.”

Toots Thielemans: “The world of Matthias Bröde – schooled musician pianist composer harmonica virtuoso. I can only applaud Matthias and his friends. I enjoy and I learn…”

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Primary Instrument




Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced


I'm able to give lessons for piano (jazzpiano as well as classical piano), chromatic harmonica, diatonic harmonica and improvisation. These lessons can be given in German, English or Spanish. I already taught jazz piano at the University of Duisburg and at the Jazz Haus Schule in Cologne(Germany). I also worked for some time as a guest teacher at the jazz college in Arnhem(Holland). For about ten years I taught Piano at the Music School in Wipperfürth(Germany) and gave privat lessons for harmonica & piano in Barcelona.


Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Berlin, Germany

FMR Records


Where is Wedding ?

Unit Records


Instinct to Play

Jazzwerkstatt Berlin-brandenburg E.v.


Space Between...

Quadrant Records



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