InstaLessonZ with Jan Rohlfing

In this #InstaLessonZ by Jan Rohlfing, Jan provides some quick tips for playing a great jazz pattern on the HiHat.


Jan Rohlfing – born in 1964 – was raised in a very musical family. His father beeing a business man but very much into art, music and pianoplaying, influenced his son in an early age by listening and playing to a lot of Jazz and Rock at that time. The jazz piano player George Maycock was a good friend of the family – so Jan got the chance to play with George by the age of 6 and was tought hands on by Georg ´Drummer Big Owen Fletchit Champbell and his upright bass player Ali Haurant.

After more than 20 years of theatre work and 25 years of Drummers Institute, Jan cut down his busy work schedule with more than 300 gigs per year to get more freedom and freshness for new projects. One of this being his own recording studio – Sound Lab Production – build at his home.

At Sound Lab, Jan records and produces a lot of different music such as playbacks that are used at Drummers Institute, playbacks that are used for his wifes string classes, drum tracks for pre-produced CD-recordings of other artists, drum tracks for guitar books (P.Bursch, A.Scheinhütte) and last not least, Jan is finaly free to produce his own music or self-written arrangements.

After releasing his first CD-production in 2015 – „Wort & Musik“ with the actress Alicia Fassel and the cello player Eva-Susanne Ruoff presenting poems of Else Lasker–Schüler, Erich Kästner, Rose Ausländer and Tanja Trog, Jan was asked to produce an exclusive feature about the poetress Rose Ausländer. Therefore Jan composed the music for extended chamber orchester including pinao, string quintet, brass and drums. designed the whole dramaturgy and did the full production at his SLP studio. After its presentation on the Frankfurt book fair in 2017, the CD was voted by the hr2/ARD „Bestenliste“ number 1 for beeing the best new production 2018 on the marked. I was also nominated for the „Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik“ and – besides of the original publisher Griot Verlag – was also publishes by the renowned Büchergilde Gutenberg.

Since 2018 Jan is organizing a special series of concerts called U6 – music – art & literature, which is a combination of a concert and art exhibition. For this event, he is inviting his musical colleagues and friends to perfom in front of a selected audience. In this context, he has foundet his own musical project called „JR&Friends“. Besides of his basic band (Pascal Schweren-piano, Bernd Zinsius-bass; Jürgen Schuld-percussion), he presents special guests such as Elmar Frey (sax), Soleil Niklasson (voc), Mathias Haus (vibes) or Christian Kappe (trp).