Saxophonis Johannes Enders (b. 1967, Weilheim, Germany) first became involved with jazz at the age of 14, at the same time switching from flute to saxophone. After studying at the music conservatories in Munich and Graz, Austria, he journeyed to NYC in 1989 with a scholarship to the New School. In the following years he played with such jazz giants as Donald Byrd, Jackie Byard, Joe Locke and Brad Mehldau. Enders has become one of the most important tenor saxophonists in Europe; he has worked with Karl Ratzer, Henning Sieverts’ Blauer Reiter, et al, and his quartet with renowned drummer Billy Hart as well as the group Enders Room have received critical acclaim. Among his many accolades, Enders was finalist at the prestigious Thelonious Monk competition and received the Echo jazz award as best instrumentalist.