Nicolas Kummert (BE)

“There is often a wonderful gentleness to Nicolas Kummert’s playing that perfectly suits the music (…) And he shows a great musical personality”. BRAD MEHLDAU

Jazz saxophonist, singer and composer Nicolas Kummert has always shown versatility and openness to all styles of music. He played and recorded with Pierre van Dormael, Yves Peeters Group, Jef Neve, Alexi Tuomarila Quartet, Karl Jannuska group, Matthieu Marthouret, Viktor Lazlo and has been active with dance performances, hip-hop and house DJs as well as in the African music scene. He is currently signed to Edition Records for which he recorded ‘La Diversité‘ (2017) under his own name, and ‘Flow‘ (2016) with DRIFTER.


Nicolas Kummert

featuring Lionel Loueke (guitar), Nic Thys (double bass) and Karl Jannuska or Jeff Ballard (drums). They bring a rich, but never over-complicated musical style that has compelled and excited audiences across Europe and Africa. With Loueke, Thys and Jannuska’s contributions, the album naturally fuses music from diverse cultural roots into a powerful, organic entity. Just witnessing the friendship and empathy that exists between Nicolas and Lionel and their almost telepathic musical bond, it is hard to see La Diversité as anything less than the beginning of a great musical story.

“REVELATION… this album is the fruit of Kummert’s deep knowledge of west african musical culture… a vibrant call for tolerance and openness of mind.” JAZZ MAGAZINE (FR)

“A name for everyone to put on their watch list.” JAZZWISE (UK)


featuring long time friends Alexi Tuomarila (piano), Teun Verbruggen (drums) and Axel Gilain (bass). A quartet who, under the original name of Alexi Tuomarila Quartet, achieved global success 10 years ago. Flow marks the return of the quartet, fusing the youthful energy and vibrancy of ten years ago with the experience of a decade’s touring.
With echoes of Keith Jarrett’s European Quartet, the writing on Flow is vibrant, distinctive and highly original, combining hypnotic riffs, absorbing melodies with elegant improvised piano phrases from Tuomarila, intertwined with Kummert’s haunting vocal chants and virtuosic, harmonically rich saxophone solos.

“There is a quiet intensity and unhurried poise to Tuomarila’s playing and that of tenor saxist Nicolas Kummert” BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE

“This is a very together CD. There is an ease and confidence of conception, which lifts this album out of the run of ‘very good albums’ into something special…” JAZZWISE (UK)





Nicolas Kummert
 – tenor sax
Lionel Loueke – guitar
Nicolas Thys – double bass
Karl Jannuska/Jeff Ballard – drums

Nicolas Kummert – tenor sax
Alexi Tuomarila – piano
Axel Gilain – bass
Teun Verbruggen – drums

Nicolas Kummert – tenor sax
Lionel Loueke – guitar






Currently no concerts. Stay tuned!