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Andre NendzaThe bassist and composer André Nendza is among the most prominent musicians of the German music scene today, thanks to the large number of his own projects (Andre Nendza's A. tronic, Duo with Angelika Niescier, André Nendza quartet, Lemke-Nendza-Hillmann) as well being a much sought-after sideman (including Philipp van Endert Trio, Christoph Spendel Trio, Olaf Kübler Quartet).  Nendza studied at the College of the Arts in Hilversum, the Netherlands and at the jazz department of the College of Music in Cologne (Diploma 1997).

The Bassist performs both live and in the Studio with musicians such as Dave Liebman, Kenny Wheeler, Rick Margitza, Paolo Fresu, Dominique Pifarély, Charlie Mariano, Adrian Mears, Dave Pike, Rob van den Broeck, Marc Bassey, Rudi Mahall, Eivind Aarset, Gabriele Hasler, Céline Rudolph, Thomas Heberer, Pablo Held, Michael Küttner, Frank Haunschild, Tom van der Geld, DJ Illvibe, Ramesh Shotham, Jasper Blom, Zoltan Lantos, Michal Cohen.

Nendza's awe-inspiring bass playing appears on over 50 recordings, (twelve of which are under its own name) as well as on several radio and TV soundtracks. In 2000, he launched its own recording label under the name Crecycle Music, in cooperation with "Jazzsick records".

Nendza has performed in countless concerts in Germany and abroad including the Berlin Jazz Festival, JazzRally Düsseldorf, The Ingolstadt Jazz Festival, Sax-No-end in the Stadtgarten,  Winterjazz Cologne, and the jazz festival in The Hague.

In 1997 Nendza was awarded the Cultural Excellence Award of the International Savings Banks Foundation.  The duo of Angelika Niescier & André Nendza made it to the finale of the New German Jazz Prize in 2009.  In 2012, Andre Nendza was awarded an Echo Jazz award (the European version of the Grammy) as the "instrumental Bass/Bass Guitar player" of the year for the record, Rooms Restored.

Since 2007, Nendza has contributed regularly to Blogthing, the online Blog of the journal Jazzthing.  André Nendza also has served as the director of the Open Jazz House School in Cologne since 1997, and as a visiting lecturer at the Conservatoires Frankfurt, Arnhem (Netherland) and Dresden as well as on the "Summer Jazz School" in Edinburgh. He also is on staff teaching the daily "jazzemble" course in the Remscheid Academy.