The guitarist Christian Eckert has been back in Germany since 1995 after a long sojourn abroad. He is in demand as a free-lance musician with his own band, in a trio with the New York organ-player Garry Versace and drummer Matthew Jorgensen, in an electronica projekt Sapporo as well as in his acoustic quartet „fritz & gans“ with Steffen Weber on sax. From 1990 onwards Christian lived in the Netherlands, studied at the Hilversums Conservatory and jazz guitar at the CHK-Conservatory in Zwolle. In 1992 he was granted a scholarship to continue his studies at the ”New School” in New York. There he studied with Jim Hall, Hal Galper, John Abercrombie and Peter Bernstein. In addition to performances with the Dizzy Gillespie pianist Ray Bryant, he also appeared regularly in performances and sessions in Manhattan jazz clubs. The guitarist completed his studies in the Netherlands in 1995 with a Master’s Degree.