“Big Baba Bass” Esat Ekincioglu (1990) picked up the bass guitar at the age 12 to play Blink-182 in order to impress a girl who wanted to play drums. He couldn’t manage to accomplish either.


Esat spent the following years playing in all sorts of bands from musicals to heavy metal to Turkish pop. However, he has never played in any latin bands; nor is he ever planning to.


Since making his first bucks playing the bass on a wavy booze cruise on the Bosphorus, he decided to become a full-time musician. While actively playing in the Istanbul bar scene in his late teens, he tried to save his future by getting a valid university degree, which didn’t work out. Inspired by The Roots somewhere in that period, he picked up the double bass. You read it right, The Roots; not some jazz-dude.


Burning all the bridges, Esat moved to the Netherlands in 2011 to study jazz at the Prince Claus Conservatorium in Groningen; where he [barely] mastered the instrument and learned to enjoy jazz, improvisation and booking. He won the “North European Jazz Talent Contest” as a soloist in 2014 and spent 1/4 of his earnings right there and then by buying the entire venue drinks. The senselessly-big trophy he was awarded broke in half the same night, due to a bike accident at 6am.


The Netherlands has been kind to Esat [so far]. His concert agenda was (and still is) pretty full throughout his studies. He even had a brief period where he lost weight and felt sexy. He graduated in 2015 and continued on to the Masters program the following year. Esat just managed to graduate from that as well and has vowed to never to study in an institution ever again.


Esat has toured and played in Turkey (duh), Greece, Bulgaria, Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Latvia, Lithuania, France, USA, Denmark, Israel, Austria. He cannot prove it; but he has, for sure, played more than 1000 concerts in his career. Maybe even 2000.


At the fragile age of 27, Esat is still residing in Groningen. He loves cooking, is allergic to cats and rabbits, and owns a big blue van named Günther.




Ziv Taubenfeld – bass clarinet
Christian Kuehn – el. guitar
Esat Ekincioglu – double bass
George Hadow – drums

AVA Trio


Esat Ekincioglu – double bass



24 Feb 2018 SALAMURA GRONINGEN, NL Atelier Il Sole in Cantina Atelier Il Sole in Cantina
25 Feb 2018 FARBENFROH Groningen, NL Jethro's Living Room Jethro's Living Room
03 Mar 2018 FARBENFROH GRONINGEN, NL Atelier Il Sole in Cantina Atelier Il Sole in Cantina
07 Mar 2018 KUHN FU BIELSKO-BIAŁA, PL Rude Boy Rude Boy
08 Mar 2018 KUHN FU Budapest, HU Golya Golya
09 Mar 2018 KUHN FU Budapest, HU Opus Jazz Club Opus Jazz Club
10 Mar 2018 KUHN FU BISTRICA OB SOTLI, SI Klub Metulj Klub Metulj
11 Mar 2018 KUHN FU Marghera, IT Argo16 Argo16
12 Mar 2018 KUHN FU Arcugnano, IT La Beccaccia La Beccaccia
13 Mar 2018 KUHN FU La Spezia, IT Bacchus Bacchus
14 Mar 2018 KUHN FU Freiburg, DE WerkJam WerkJam
18 Mar 2018 EVA Den Haag, NL Theater Diligentia Theater Diligentia
19 Mar 2018 All Strings Night Amsterdam, NL De Ruimte De Ruimte
21 Mar 2018 EVA Groningen, NL Literair Cafe Literair Cafe
23 Mar 2018 EVA Beetsterzwaag, NL De Buorskip De Buorskip
01 Apr 2018 SALAMURA Groningen, NL RKZ Kapel RKZ Kapel
12 Apr 2018 AVA Trio Torino, IT TBA TBA
13 Apr 2018 AVA Trio Biella, IT TBA TBA
16 Apr 2018 AVA Trio - Album Recording Udine, IT Arte Suono Studios Arte Suono Studios
18 Apr 2018 AVA Trio Marostica, IT Panic Jazz Club Panic Jazz Club
19 Apr 2018 AVA Trio Luzern, CH Meyer am Bundesplatz Meyer am Bundesplatz
20 Apr 2018 AVA Trio Le Chaux de Fonds, CH L'entre-deux L'entre-deux
22 Apr 2018 AVA Trio Basel, CH Renee Renee
05 May 2018 KUHN FU Rotterdam, NL Dizzy's Dizzy's
11 May 2018 KUHN FU Pontevedra, ES Liceo Mutante Liceo Mutante
12 May 2018 KUHN FU Don Benito, ES The Rincón Pío Radio Rag Party The Rincón Pío Radio Rag Party
13 May 2018 KUHN FU - Album Recording Granada, ES Studio TBA Studio TBA
16 May 2018 KUHN FU Granada, ES Discos Bora Bora Lunch Gig 13H Discos Bora Bora Lunch Gig 13H
21 May 2018 KUHN FU Ainay-le-Chateau, FR Bistrot Culture Bistrot Culture
22 May 2018 KUHN FU Gent, BE De Centrale De Centrale
23 May 2018 KUHN FU Brussels, BE La Machine La Machine
27 May 2018 AVA Trio Brugge, BE Parazzar Parazzar
29 May 2018 AVA Trio Helmond, NL Cacaofabriek Cacaofabriek
08 Jun 2018 Cyril Bernhard Trio Toulouse, FR Moun's Bar Moun's Bar
09 Jun 2018 Cyril Bernhard Trio Toulouse, FR L'astronef L'astronef
10 Jun 2018 Cyril Bernhard Trio Toulouse, FR Le Dynamo Le Dynamo
11 Jun 2018 Solo Concert Amsterdam, NL Huis de Pinto Huis de Pinto
16 Jun 2018 Cyril Bernhard Trio Groningen, NL Atelier Il Sole in Cantina Atelier Il Sole in Cantina
17 Jun 2018 Cyril Bernhard Trio Gent, BE Aap Aap
07 Jul 2018 AVA Trio Bredevoort, NL Koppelkerk Koppelkerk
21 Jul 2018 KUHN FU Novi Sad, SER TBA TBA
23 Jul 2018 KUHN FU Čačak, SER Karusel Festival Karusel Festival
26 Jul 2018 KUHN FU Zelenkovac, BA Zelenkovac Jazz Festival Zelenkovac Jazz Festival
28 Jul 2018 KUHN FU Golyam Perelik, BG Perelik Jazz Festival Perelik Jazz Festival

Past Shows

05 Feb 2018 KUHN FU Mainz, DE Schon Schön Schon Schön
04 Feb 2018 KUHN FU Sarreguemines, FR Brasserie Terminus Brasserie Terminus
04 Feb 2018 KUHN FU Basel, CH Renee Renee
01 Feb 2018 KUHN FU Linz, AT Arthouse Arthouse
31 Jan 2018 KUHN FU Göppingen, DE Jazzclub Göppingen Jazzclub Göppingen
30 Jan 2018 KUHN FU Münich, DE Unterfahrt Unterfahrt
28 Jan 2018 KUHN FU Münster, DE CUBA CUBA
17 Dec 2017 AVA Trio Groningen, NL Stichting Jazz Groningen @ Brouwerij Martinus Stichting Jazz Groningen @ Brouwerij Martinus
15 Dec 2017 AVA Trio Rotterdam, NL Dizzy Dizzy
14 Dec 2017 AVA Trio Utrecht, NL Aleph Bookstore Aleph Bookstore
13 Dec 2017 AVA Trio Amsterdam, NL Splendor Splendor
11 Dec 2017 AVA Trio Den Haag, NL De Gekke Geit De Gekke Geit
09 Dec 2017 KUHN FU Groningen, NL Atelier Il Sole in Cantina Atelier Il Sole in Cantina