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Katharina Maschmeyer - Tenor Saxophone
Nils Pollheide - Guitar
Dirk Schaadt - Hammond Organ
Marcus Möller - Drums


Vinyl Release Oktober 2023

(Compositions by Nils Pollheide und Katharina Maschmeyer)


They are back! GROOVE GROOVE GROOVE is the order of business now. The soulful saxophonist Katharina Maschmeyer and her longtime (musical) partner Nils Pollheide have been a confident, almost telepathically compatible team – with the excellent reputation of their jointly led KaMa Quartet / Katharina Maschmeyer Quartet, delighting audiences at festivals and big clubs alike in recent years, already preceding them. This is why they have repeatedly been awarded the title of one of the “leading and most innovative formations of the local jazz scene”. 

The last album, dedicated to John Coltrane, was voted one of the best albums of the year by renowned magazine, Die Zeit. Now the band is waiting in the wings with a new, exciting cast, devilishly clever grooves, and crisp new compositions penned individually and collaboratively by guitarist Nils Pollheide and saxophonist Katharina Maschmeyer. 

Their groove-oriented and at the same time eminently complex, yet never complicated modern jazz now gets added musical input from two fantastic new band members: Please welcome Dirk Schaadt on the Hammond B3, who has already teamed up with Nils Pollheide on his his debut album, and Marcus Möller on drums. Dirk Schaadt and Marcus Möller have been playing together for many years, as have Katharina Maschmeyer and Nils Pollheide in a well-established team, and just like them, they groove phenomenally. 

“Fetch The Stick” is the title of the new album, which will be released on VINYL LP in autumn 2023 and will also see a digital release. In line with this title, one may imagine a Labrador mix with a drumstick in its mouth. This great, playful companion was not just the namesake for the new exciting project by Nils Pollheide and Katharina Maschmeyer, but has also significantly inspired the “animalistic“ groove of their music. So quite clearly, some compositions had to be named after the beloved comic figure Wicky The Viking. A formidable, multi-layered new concert program has slowly and organically arisen during the long, artistically fertile Covid phase – in combination with an equally traditional (sometimes reminiscent of the best Stanley Turrentine and Shirley Scott albums) as well as amazing new band sound.

Check it out!









VINYL LP Release Oktober 2023

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  •    featured in the „The best albums of the year“ by „Die Zeit“ magazine

listet in the "25 best albums of the year"

    •    Featured on BR (Bayerischer Rundfunk)

•    Album of the Week on NDR Info Play Jazz

•    “Highlights in September“ at Deutschlandradio Kultur

•    Features in Jazz Podium & Jazzthetik magazines


"Puts her own musical mark on John Coltrane's revered suite 'A Love Supreme', interpreted through the lens of her own, individual experiences and veering far off the original's sonic world: Katharina Maschmeyer."

"With her intricately oscillating post fusion album, Katharina Maschmeyer and her delicate, immensely agile KaMa Quartet bridge the gap between Coltrane’s time and the present in a very impressive way, thus positioning her band as a strong German jazz ensemble." - Olaf Maikopf (Jazzthetik/ Deutschlandradio Kultur)

"The band leader, guitarist Nils Pollheide, keyboard player Philipp Rüttgers, drummer Jens Otto and guest percussionist Nippy Noya have rhythmized and spiced up the original quite a bit, adding some inspirational fire to it instead of watering it down." - BR (Bayerischer Rundfunk) "CD Tip in september"

“The top-class German quartet has already proven their abundant creativity and refreshingly original band sound on four impressive releases. For this reason, it is more than just okay to offer “A Tribute To John Coltrane“ , following the powerful spiritual traces of the master of masters. This undertaking was a complete success and floors us with fiery improvisations and eruptive explosions of energy.“
- CONCERTO magazine


Jazzfestival Karlsruhe


Jazzfestival Karlsruhe





"The saxophonist with the powerful sound is lauded as one of the best new German jazz artists, and rightly so. With “Duck On Ice, Flying Cow”, her quartet has definitely proven it’s a winner."


Travejazz Festival 2018


Katharina Maschmeyer (saxophone/composition) got her Master Degree in the Netherlands. She graduated her Bachelor Study in Jazz- Saxophone at the “Conservatory of Arnhem” (Netherlands). She studied with Jörg Kaufmann and Frans Vermeerssen and attended workshops by Dave Liebman, Vincent Herring, Steve Swallow, Carla Bley and Kurt Rosenwinkel. Further she absolved vocal lessons by Lis Harting, Hartog Eysman and Marielle Vester.

In the course of her following Master Study in Zwolle (NL) she additively focused on composition. She had lessons (saxophone/bass clarinet/composition) from Rolf Delfos, Sjoerd Dijkhuizen, Allard Buwalda, Simon Rigter and Joan Reinders, furthermore additional vocal lessons from Adrienne West and workshops with Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas.

She concentrates on composing and realizing her own music. Two records of her own quartet are already released. "On these albums she not only play the tenor and soprano saxophone in a very appealing and refreshing way, but also presents original music, which has much autonomy and is very multifaceted and energetic and relates from jazz, funk to rock music." - Sonic

"The saxophone player Katharina Maschmeyer is one of the most hopeful talents of the german jazz scene. Her latest album confirms this." - Wendland Jazz e.V.

“The interaction with Nils Pollheide, g, Jens Otto, dr, and Philipp Rüttgers, Rhodes, is marked by mutual inspiration, empathy, groove and movement, harmony and intensive dialogues. The well elaborated, smart and angular profiled compositions of the leader show soul and hard bop aspects, rhythmic capers and melodic richness.” – Jazz Podium   





Katharina Maschmeyer Quartet

Katharina Maschmeyer - tenor & soprano saxophone/bassclarinet
Nils Pollheide - guitar
Philipp Rüttgers - rhodes/synth bass (Clavia Nord)
Jens Otto - drums

guest solist: Frederik Köster - trumpet/flugelhorn

The quartet play original music which is very multi-faceted and energetic and relates from jazz, funk to rock music. After establishing the quartet in 2005 many successful and reputable concerts in Jazzclubs like Club Voltaire in Frankfurt followed. 2010 the Debut Album which documents the first creative years of the quartet was released on the label Mons Records. The album received many good reviews and a feature in one of Germany's most well known jazz magazines „Jazz Thing“.

Now the quartet recorded the second album for Mons Records. For this album she invited WDR jazz award winner Frederik Köster on trumpet. "Frederik Köster himself was very impressed by the recording: 'Katharina is not only an experienced saxophone player with many technical skills, but also a very talented composer.`" - Sonic

"With always creative arrangements, great manual skills and musical richness the quartet plays a very ambitious and exciting jazz which enthuses the audience." - about a concert of the quartet









(Katharina Maschmeyer Quartett feat. Frederik Köster)
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(Katharina Maschmeyer Quartett)
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Sonic feature november 2011



Album reviews and concert-reports:









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Katharina Maschmeyer

phone: 0049(0)541/9708528

mobil: 0049(0)15119357457




18.01.13; Rostock, Jazzclub; feat. Frederik Köster (tp)

19.01.13; Jameln, Wendlandjazz e.V. ; feat. Frederik Köster (tp)

08.02.13; Xanten, "Jazzquisite"

07.03.13; Lippstadt, Jazzclub; feat. Frederik Köster (tp)

19.04.13; Biberach, Jazzclub

20.04.13; Mainz, Jazzinitiative

25.05.13; Wernigerode, Jazzclub; feat. Frederik Köster (tp)

02.08.13; Meppen, Blues und Jazznacht

24.08.13; Ratzeburg, Jazz in Ratzeburg e.V.




"Circle of Elements" - Katharina Maschmeyer Quartet feat. Frederik Köster - Mons Records (2011)

Circle of Elements
Publication: april 2011

"Synergy" - Katharina Maschmeyer Quartet
- Mons Records (2010)

Publication: march 2010