Thomas Altmann (drum set)
The founder of the SEXTET was born in Hamburg in 1954 and is not only a jazz drummer, but equally a percussionist with an emphasis on congas, bongos and batá. On the drum set, Thomas is mostly self-taught. He was an early exponent of Hamburg's modern jazz scene of the 1970's, although since 1980 he has played a great deal of New Orleans Jazz, Dixieland und Swing in the late offshoots of the "Hamburger Szene", while evolving into a national pioneer of Afro-Cuban percussion at the same time. Internationally, he is widely known for authoring the book Cantos Lucumí a los Orichas.
Thomas has played with Eartha Kitt, Stefan von Dobrczynski, Hendrik Meurkens, Paul Kuhn, Hans Haider, Lucas Lindholm, Joe Gallardo, Lennart Axelsson, Norbert Susemihl, and Gottfried Böttger, also performing with Herb Geller, Sammy Walker, Ack van Rooyen, Don Vappie, Ladi Geisler, Günter Fuhlisch and many others. He directed the ethnic-percussion project Cuero Cuero! and the batá group Ayé Ilu, and founded the Latin-Jazz band Septeto Miramar, as well as the Mainstream-Swing band Avalon Casino Kings.
Thomas Altmann teaches Latin Drumset at the Hamburg School of Music.