Drummer, bandleader, and educator Benedikt Hesse is based in Cologne, Germany.

Early in his career, he made a musical pilgrimage to New York and New Orleans to study American styles at their source with some of their greatest masters including Johnny Vidacovich and Adam Deitch. His career now reflects the investment he made to delve into each of his many musical interests, having toured internationally with the musical Dirty Dancing, Tabadoul Orchestra, and Terrence Ngassa among many others.

Benedikt remains firmly rooted in his hometown of Cologne, maintaining a decade-plus tenure with the acclaimed Haenneschen Theatre, running his own drumming school, and cultivating original projects like CubaNola and the organ trio Hesse/Koerner/Petrov

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