Band Projects

Matt Littlewood Trio (Matt, Sreenath, Holger) (from 2016 onwards)

The work with Matt Littlewood on Piano, Sreenath Sreenivasan on drums and Holger Jetter on Bass concentrates on re-harmonisations of Jazz standards and own compositions, Reflecting the characters of the players this is a more quiet project than earlier ones.

Matt Littlewood Trio featuring Maarten Visser

Matt Littlewood Trio featuring Sid Jacobs

Jettersons (2010)

Jazz in Berlin is presently very striving and attracts a lot of great international players. Berlin based sound engineer Wolf Blazejczak introduced Holger to some greats musicians of the scene so he could form a band and record a beautiful CD. The line-up showed Michael Cliffton – drums, Marque Lowenthal – piano, Robin Draganic – bass.

Holger also collaborated with Michael Cliffton live in Berlin in various other line-ups.

Flying Cats (2010)

Flying Cats has been among the most energetic jazz bands Holger founded. Featuring  Sangoma Everett on drums and Mishko M’Ba on Bass, Holger arranged original tunes to bring out the specific quality and amazing strive this band had to offer. Three matured strong characters, three different approaches exploding into dense rocking performances….

Indo-German Jazz exchange  – Holger Jetter & Barbara Jungfer project (2009)

The two German musicians Holger & Barbara conceptualized their India tour in June 2008 in Munich and started to work on compositions right away. They invited two Indian jazz musicians to exchange knowledge and to explore the Indian jazz scene together. The band featuring Holger Jetter – violin, Barbara Jungfer – guitar, Keith Peters – bass, Jeoraj George – drums completed a 12-events tour through India in 2009 organized by the Jazzwave India Initiative.

OTO3 (2008 onwards)

India’s highly regarded saxophonist and composer Maarten Visser worked with Holger sporadically since 2008. The extremely experimental and sound oriented trio OTO3, toured India and Holland between 2011 and 2014. It featured Marteen Visser on soprano and baritone saxophone, Robert van Hulzen on drums and Holger Jetter on Jordan 6-string violin.

Steve Rudolph & Holger Jetter Myanmar (2007)

Performance with electric 6 string violin) and pianist Steve Rudolph at the Bagan Hotel, Bagan, Myanmar (Burma) – compostion “The Last Lulaby” by Steve Rudolph – the backdrop is a view through the window of a Buddhist Temple.

3 Raags (2003-2010)

Settling down in rural South India in 1991 with just a violin and a bunch of kids would have been a big enough step but not giving up on being a jazz musician was surely a challenge. Holger’s  path promoting the Jazz was slow and tedious. It is hard to keep up seriousness practice when the environment doesn’t nurture the artist. This long stretch of musical solitude ended when Mishko M’Ba’s arrived in Pondicherry in 2004. A new classic jazz trio formed and Holger could finally go places again. Three Raags with Holger on violin, Mishko on Bass and Suresh Bascara on drums developed their own style, combining Jazz with rock elements infiltrated with Indian traditional elements. Apart from performing original material they had a chemistry that allowed for totally free improvised playing without the results being too hard on the audience. Ever fresh, energetic and full of surprises…

Modern String Quartet (1984-1990)

Holger’s strong affinity to improvised music led him to form the „Modern String Quartet“ in 1984. Fresh sounding string arrangements and many original compositions contributed to the wide professional success of the ensemble. In the following six years of collaboration involving more than 1000 concerts and two CD productions, Holger Jetter toured several times with well known artists such as Konstantin Wecker, Joan Baez and Mercedes Sosa with the MSQ.

The CDs “Elephants and Strings” and  “Jazz für Streichquartett”  are both available with “Mood records” and “2001”.

The original line-up saw Jörg Widmoser – violin,  Holger Jetter – violin, Andreas Höricht – viola and Jost Hecker – cello.

During this period Holger intensified his activities as composer and produced music for audio books and for small movies. After the first America tour he left the Modern String Quartet and went to Kolkatta, India, to study some Hindustani music with Ustad Imrat Khan.