B.B. & J.M. Trio are Switzerlands famous saxophonist Juerg Morgenthaler (J.M.) teaming up with bandleader Beat Baumli (B.B.) on guitar and Giorgos Antoniou on doublebass. Nominated for the Swiss Jazz Award 2015, the trio has been successfully performing subtly arranged standards and original compositions by Beat Baumli since 2009. All the three members have been regulars on the Swiss jazz scene for long. Their individual careers include formal education at schools like the "Swiss Jazz School Bern" and "Berklee College Of Music" in Boston as well as extensive freelance work in countless musical settings over decades.
Juerg Morgenthaler has received various awards at Jazz festivals as well as from the Swiss Jazz-Magazine “Jazz’n’More”. The list of stars and musicians with whom he has played is long, the most familiar include Abdullah Ibrahim, Benny Bailey, Bucky Pizarelli, Roy Hargrove, Sir Charles Thompson, Jimmy Woode, and Peter Appleyard. He began playing in traditional jazz bands at the early age of fourteen. Since his graduation from the Zurich Conservatory and the “Swiss Jazz School Bern” he has been performing as a popular soloist and sideman in countless formations. His own combos include “J.M. Rhythm Four” and the sextet “Swiss Jazz Summit”. Originally known as an alto saxophonist and clarinettist he now plays mainly tenor saxophone, clarinet and the flute.
Beat Baumli developed his early guitar skills by teaching himself and playing in local rock bands. Recordings of the legendary guitarist Wes Montgomery lead him to jazz. His studies at the Swiss Jazz School in Bern and at the Berklee College of Music in Boston where he majored in Jazz Composition & Arranging during his last semester were followed by lessons with master improvisers Jerry Bergonzi and Charlie Banacos. Since 1987 Baumli has performed as a freelance musician in numerous contexts, ranging from small jazz groups and big bands to musical theater productions. He is a regular on the Swiss jazz scene, appearing in jazzclubs, cultural clubs, theaters as well as for private functions. He also is a steady member of several Switzerland based combos.
Giorgos Antoniou was born in Athens, where he started studying the classical double bass and launched his career as a bass player. He has been living in Switzerland since 1994. During his time at the “Swiss Jazz School Bern” he soon was in demand as a double bass player. As a member of the Swiss Jazz School Big Band he performed at venues such as “Birdland” NYC and “Blues Alley” in Washington, at the Jazz Festival Bern, and at the Montreux Jazz Festival with Clark Terry, Bob Mintzer, John Lewis and Johnny Griffin. He is regularly on tour as a sideman, performing on stages from the US to Turkey with internationally renowned musicians. He played with stars such as Benny Golson, Scott Hamilton, Roy Hargrove, Warren Vaché and is a steady member of various Swiss Jazz formations.