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    from April 2020 - digital and physical on Bandcamp

    Organ trio + guests




    charm offensive

    2016's Charm offensive


    physical CD

    features Mark Turner, Orlando Lefleming and Mike Moreno


    2014's "We Make The Rules"

    available as high quality download and physical CD on BANDCAMP

    features Lage Lund, Mark Turner and Matt Penman


    "Obstacles" Blue Note Beijing June 2019

    Mark Turner, Lage Lund and Matt Penman

    "purring excellence" live at Smalls in December 2017

    Mike Moreno Joe Martin Mark Turner




    "Pretty from afar" live at Smalls February 2019

    Chris Cheek, Lage Lund, and Matt Penman


    "Billy's bounce" at Cornelia street cafe (RIP) June 2018

    Melissa Aldana, Matt Penman and Lage Lund

    for booking inquiries for the Jochen Rueckert Quartet please contact jochensucks@gmail.com




  • Instructional video series

    I've been teaching increasingly: private lessons at home and on the road, masterclasses, workshops and occasional lessons for the New School in NYC. I almost always come across some common problems. For those unable to come to see me in person, I have teamed up with a pro cameraman, video editor, recording engineer, and a decent espresso machine to create these videos covering some of the topics most discussed during teaching. I have over 25 years of experience playing all over the world, with jazz artists like Kurt Rosenwinkel, the Melissa Aldana trio, the Marc Copland trio, Sam Yahel, Nils Wogram's Root 70 as well as leading and composing for my own Quartet with Lage Lund and Mark Turner.

    Each episode is around 20 minutes and focuses on one topic so you don't have to buy videos on topics you don't need or want advice on.

    Includes English subtitles

    Chinese subtitles for episode 1-4


    Japanese subtitles for episodes 1 and 2



    Download instructions:

    You're downloading a mkv file, which includes a video, subtitles and file(s) Please make sure you download on a device that can download mkv files ( Ipads and Iphones sometimes will not ) and make sure you're on a solid internet connection, as the files are between 120- 300 MB. Once downloaded, use VLC player to play back.
    The webstore has a limit of 10 download attempts to prevent phishing- if you accidentally exceed this, please email me to reset the link.


    each episode is $9.99




    here is a little interview about the video series on

    Jon Mc Caslin's blog


    This first episode focuses on improving your general time, swing time feel, feathering the bass drum and has some tips on playing fast.

    Just over 20 minutes - includes English, Chinese and Japanese subtitles

    This second episode contains pretty much everything i have to say about playing brushes.

    21 and a half minutes, includes English, Chinese and Japanese subtitles.

    This third episode is a collection of things I hear people do all wrong, over and over

    Just over 19 minutes, includes English and Chinese subtitles.

    This fourth episode focuses on the way I like to practice improvising and soloing

    Just shy of 20 minutes, includes English and Chinese subtitles.

    This fifth episode focuses on everything connected to touch and sound, including ways I hold a stick, where I hit a cymbal, but also what cymbals and sticks I use for example

    Just over 23 minutes, includes English subtitles and a the email that you will get from the store will have an equipment list

    This sixth episode focuses on getting comfortable in odd meters like 5/4 and 7/4 as well as more composite time signatures, like 15/8.

    Just shy of 20 minutes, includes English subtitles.

    This seventh Episode offers some thoughts on how to interact in a band, some tips on playing in 2, and how to navigate original music. Around 17 and a half minutes. Includes English subtitles.


    This eighth episode outlines my general influences as a composer - especially besides jazz, and offers some thoughts about 4 of my songs from "we make the rules ": Alloplasty, Yellow Bottoms, Saul Goodman, and Pretty From Afar

    This one is extra long - almost 38 minutes - includes English subtitles

    This ninth episode focuses on background and analysis of 4 songs off my album Charm Offensive: Purring Excellence, 5-Hydroxytryptamine, Stretchmark, Charm Offensive, as well as Hayden Chisholm's arrangement of "Just friends" from my very first album "introduction".

    33 and a half minutes, includes English subtitles

    This tenth episode focuses on answering the question : "who are your greatest influences as a drummer ?". I discuss all of the ones that made a big impact on me, specially when I was in my early 20's, try to explain why, and give listening examples. The email that you will get from the store will have a list of each drummer's records that I listened to a lot. This is the final episode and it's close to 43 minutes long. Includes English subtitles.


  • Lead sheets

    You can download charts of Jochen's original music from his last three Quartet albums (Somewhere, meeting nobody, We make the Rules, and Charm Offensive), the 3 songs he wrote for Nils Wogram's Root 70 over the years, and the 2 songs on Melissa Aldana's trio record. For 25 bucks. Most charts are handwritten C lead sheets, not very well written but somewhat legible, a few are music notation software generated, a few have separate parts and all are either .jpg or .pdf

  • Here's a separate link for all 8 original songs from Jochen's new album "Stars and Garters" Also mostly handwritten, and includes Bb parts. 7 dollars

  • Jochen Rueckert Quartet technical rider ( English and German .pdf)

  • Jochen Rueckert Quartet high resolution press pictures and Bio (English, German, .zip)

    This will take you to a google drive page. On the top right corner will be a downward arrow which will start the download of the .zip file containing 6 pictures and three pdfs according to line-up.



    Wolff Parkinson White is Jochen's electronic music programming alias. Rhythmic complexity, experimental sounds, and harmonic coherence are distinguishing factors.

    Read more at Allmusic

    From Listener reviews: "Relentless, impeccably designed and absurd. Reminds me of early-2000s Venetian Snares in a very good way.. to the point where I haven't been this unsure if I'm listening to something with deep meaning or an album hung upon genital jokes since then"

    "I want to be this album when I grow up"

    " This confuses me"

  • "Off World" - A collaborative album with Hayden Chisholm on vocals is an album from mid 2021-

    read a review by Freq , Electronic Sound magazine

  • "Veritable Rapunzel" is an album from early 2021

  • "Favours", an album from early 2020 features guest singers Natalie Beridtze, Norah Jones, Gabriel Kahane and others

  • "ErSieIhnUm" a 6 song EP for Detroid Underground , October 2014

  • "Gonaïve", a 6 song EP with a slightly more Dub feel. The novelty of Jochen using samples of his own drumming on each song sets this one apart from the other releases. March 2014

  • "forlorn" is a full album from 2012

  • "rest from what" is a full album from 2010

  • a remix for the leboeuf brothers 2013




    This series of ebooks has hundreds of self-timer pictures of Jochen in his hotel room du jour and dozens of little anecdotes about the inanities of traveling as a jazz musician. You can buy the .epub file here and then read them on any computer or mobile device

    Volume 1 and 3 feature a beautiful foreword from Hayden Chisholm, comparing Jochen equally to none other than Thomas Mann and Elvin Jones.

    Peter Hum writes in his top 10 jazz for bookworms list of 2013:

    "Rueckert’s is a must-read, if rambling, reality check. His marvelously aware, painstaking accounts of shabby treatment at the hands of airline staff, promoters, baristas and the like, told in a second-person stream-of-consciousness, evoke sympathy and schadenfreude in equal amounts."

    I recommend using Calibre ebook viewer on windows or mac computers-

    Pocketbook reader on Androids - skip the account registration and read in landscape single page mode. Turn on Immersive mode ( Settings-> Display) to hide the toolbar on top

    Use whatever app Apple decided recently to force you to use for .epub on your Ipad or Iphone - probably "books" at the moment.

    Most devices can now download directly from the email link you will get. Make sure you have a solid WiFi connection as books are around 200 MB

  • Read the Rueckert Volume 5

    download - 5 bucks- It's an .epub file

  • Read the Rueckert Volume 4

    download - 5 bucks- It's an .epub file

  • Read the Rueckert Volume 3

    download - 5 bucks- It's an .epub file

  • Read the Rueckert Volume 2

    download - 5 bucks- It's an .epub file

    (this one is not very well formatted)

  • Read the Rueckert Volume 1

    download - 5 bucks - It's an .epub file

    (this one is badly formatted and not really spell-checked.)


  • FAQ


    With the reign of social media, a fair amount of people contact me with questions- here are the most frequently asked ones:


    Where are you from/ Where did you grow up?


    I grew up on the outskirts of Cologne, Germany.


    When did you move to New York?


    I moved around 1995, when i was about 19, after realising Germany wasn't for me, musically.


    Did you go to music school?


    After quitting high school in 1992, i went to the music conservatory in Cologne for about 2 years, I didn't learn all that much there. I didn't go to school in the US, I had a few private lessons in NYC.


    How was it moving to New York that young?


    It was a little rough, I didn't have much work and had visa trouble. It took me quite a while to get a real gig, about two years. I was lucky enough to have enough work in Europe to keep me going. Eventually I got settled with an O-1 visa, then a green card and now citizenship.


    How long has your Quartet been playing ?


    I started the band in 2009 and we've been playing consistently since then, with Brad Shepik at first,now with Lage Lund and sometimes Mike Moreno. We released an album called "somewhere, meeting nobody" in 2011 on Pirouet records in Germany. It was my first album with original songs.


    How do you write your songs?


    Usually, on the piano, after some wine. My piano skills are close to zero, so it takes a lot of time and imagination; I try to avoid using computers.Often, I write after studying/transcribing.



    Who books your band and how much do you play and rehearse?

    I do all the booking myself ( jochensucks@gmail.com) and it sucks.We play roughly 2 two-week tours in Europe a year, do the odd Goethe Institute tour in weird places as well as a few gigs in New York at Smalls and the like. Initially we rehearsed twice for the first album, now we do it during sound check for new songs since everybody is familiar with the older songs.



    You program a lot of fairly crazy electronic music under the alias "Wolff Parkinson White"- how did you start and does your jazz music and your programming influence each other?


    I always have been fascinated by "Venetian Snares", who programs a lot in confusing odd meters, some amazing stuff, but maybe not the most interesting melodically/harmonically. I felt like I can bring those aspects to the table, so i started programming in 2005. The jazz part does influence the electronic part a fair bit, but not really the other way around.



    Do you have plans to move back to Europe ?


    Fuck no.


    What's with the Ben Street slamming song titles on Wolff Parkinson White albums?


    Nothing, it's a joke, he loves the attention, the racist fatso.


    What kind of Equipment do you use?

    Drum-wise I still use my late 60's Ludwig kit I bought in 1995, bebob sizes, I now play a somewhat deep 6.5" 1930's WFL snare drum. Haven't really looked at other drums since i got these. Cymbal wise, I use some old K Zildjian, some Craig Lauritsen and Spizzichino cymbals, all 24" and 22", I recently started using a very thin 24"old A Zildjian somebody lathed and hammered. I use 15"old K Zildjian and 16" old A Zildjian hihats. I have a 26" 30th anniversary Agop i play occasionally. I have a very light Frank Gegerle MK III 24". For sticks, i play mostly Vater maple bebop 550 or "super jazz models", I use Otis' "Bomber" fluffy bass drum beater and coated Remo Ambassador heads.

    Programming-wise I am in Ableton live plus anything I can get my my hands on. I generate a lot of the sounds used in plugin-synths, most of the songs use 24 notes in an octave and a comprehensive list of metric analysis can be found in the album description on the albums' bandcamp sites.