Soloists and Arrangers


Beside the intensive orchestra camps, Kicks & Sticks participates in outstanding stage appearances — both in Germany and abroad — and CD productions with international soloists. Playing music with well-known jazz stars is a challenge for the band members and is an important part of their studies.

Amongst others, Kicks & Sticks has performed with:

Alley Scats
Decebal Badila
Marjorie Barnes
Madeline Bell
Randy Brecker
Dee Dee Bridgewater
Bobby Burgess
Jonathan Butler
Allard Buwalda
Nanni Byl
Debbie Cameron
Jeff Clayton
John Clayton
Dee Daniels
Joey DeFrancesco
Barbara Dennerlein
Wilson de Oliveira
Elke Diepenbeck
Silvia Droste
Nelson Faria
Joan Faulkner
Herb Geller
Dusko Gojkovic
Gunter Hampel
Thomas Heberer
Lorraine Hinds
Steve Kirby
Josee Koning
Ladies Nyght
Tony Lakatos
Gustl Maier
Albert Mangelsdorff
Emil Mangelsdorff
Claire Martin
Don Menza
Barbara Leah Meyer
Bob Mintzer
James Morrison
Mike Mossman
Mzanzi Golden Voices
New York Voices
Bill Ramsey
Dianne Reeves
John Ruocco
Diane Schuur
Bobby Shew
Jocelyn B. Smith
Russ Spiegel
The Real Group
Tran Manh Tuan
Kazutoki Umezu
Jule Unterspann
Bart van Lier
Ack van Rooyen
Anette von Eichel
Sylvia Vrethammar
Peter Weniger
Jan Wessels
Jiggs Whigham


The State Youth Jazz Orchestra Hesse performs not only standards from mainstream jazz but also performs titles which have been exclusively composed or arranged for the orchestra by prominent arrangers from the international jazz scene.

For example, these are the works of top arrangers such as:

Michael Abene
Manny Albam
Ray Brown
John Clayton
Bill Dobbins
Paul Ferguson
Clare Fisher
Bob Florence
Joe Gallardo
Steve Gray
Peter Herbolzheimer
Bill Holman
Lex Jasper
Jörg Achim Keller
Torsten Maaß
Rob McConnell
Darmon Meader
Bob Mintzer
James Morrison
Mike Mossman
Kenny Napper
Ed Neumeister
Rob Pronk
Claudio Roditi
Florian Ross
Frank Runhof
Maria Schneider
Nicolai Thärichen
Jerry van Rooyen
Jan Wessels.

Their arrangements can be heard among others on the CDs Kicks and SticksMagic Morning, CelebrationTouch of LipsCrossover XmasHappy BirthdayEssence of Harmony, Corazón Latino Especial, A Tribute to Kenny Napper, Didn’t We, Christmas Celebration and Wunderland.