The trombonist and composer Andrej Ugoljew was born on January 25, 1986 in Berlin, where he now lives. He is currently studying at the Jazz Institute Berlin with Professor Ludwig Nuss, one of the most renowned Jazz trombonists in Europe. Andrej has both German and Russian origins. In 1991 he moved from Berlin to Moscow, where his musical development began. Typical of Russian training, his first lessons were on the piano.

With the return to Berlin and also through the influence of his father, a passionate Jazz drummer and a particular fan of Jazz, Andrej began playing the trombone. Andrej’s father took him to the concerts of Joe Zawinul, Ray Charles and the Moscow Art Trio, all of whom continue to inspire him musically to this day.

As with most brass players in Germany, Andrej’s first experience interacting with other musicians was in a symphonic brass orchestra. His strong passion for the trombone and especially for improvising arose from his first band, Tonkabinett. Tonkabinett played German Funky Rock`n`Soul and was the main reason for Andrej’s decision to study jazz trombone.

Andrej began taking lessons with the jazz trombonists Sören Fischer and Jiggs Whigham. His first Big Band experiences were with JayJayBeCe (Christof Griese’s Berlin Jazz Composer’s Orchestra) and Hannes Zerbe’s Jazz Orchestra “Prokopätz”.

After graduating from high school, Andrej began studying with the trombonist Jürgen Neudert at the University of Music in Weimar. Soon after, he was made a member of the Federal Youth Jazz Orchestra of Germany. The German Music Council gave Andrej the opportunity to work with well-known composers and arrangers such as Peter Herbolzheimer, Bill Dobbins, Niels Klein and Ed Partyka. Andrej has played concerts in Germany, USA, South Africa, Bulgaria and Romania.

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