marco ullstein quintet

"This highly accomplished quintet, [...] played with great dynamics and beautiful colors under the direction of their humble leader Marco Ullstein. I can't wait to hear them play again [...]!“

– Jury chairman Grachtenfestival Jazz competition Sander Grande

"Marco Ullstein Quintet is a band with character and with characters (musicians) whom each get enough space to perform as an individual. The mature improvisations of Marco and of the saxophone - and guitar player are impressive. The band play is top! Your own repertoire and your own sound makes this band unique!"

– Jury EU Jazz Award Heerlen

"It was as if the dozens of attendees in Amsterdam's Tolhuistuin were transported note by note into another world"

– De Telegraaf

In March 2023, the Quintet won the 1st prize at the Grachtenfestival jazz competition in Amsterdam and went on tour in the Netherlands. In the summer 2023, after playing as finalists at the Conad Jazz Contest at Umbria Jazz Festival (IT) they won the 1st prize at Barga Jazz Festival and the 1st prize at Fara Jazz Festival in Italy. End of August 2023 they were awarded 1st prize at the EU Young Talent Jazz Award in Heerlen (NL). In February 2024 the quintet received the audience award at the Concorso Bettinardi in Piacenza (IT).

dates 2023/2024










Jazz Karussell – Oberhausen

Sudio 150 – Amsterdam 

No Limit – Amsterdam

ECI Kultur Fabriek – Roermond

Pitboel Theater – Sittard

Muziekgebouw – Eindhoven

De Muze – Antwerp/BE

Concertgebouw – Amsterdam

PJPJ Voorschoten – NL

past dates












Heerlen Jazz Competition – NL 

Barga Jazz Festival – IT 

Grachtenfestival – Amsterdam 

Fara Music Festival – IT 

Umbria Jazz – IT 

27bflat – Brugge/BE 

JazzBoz Festival – NL 

Café September – The Hague/NL

Musicon – The Hague 

Zeeheldentheatre – The Hague 

De Muze – Antwerp/BE

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The Marco Ullstein Quintet skillfully blends jazz tradition with contemporary elements through the unique instrumentation of vibraphone, tenor saxophone, guitar, bass and drums. Led by the vibraphonist and composer, Marco Ullstein, the quintet’s music is characterized by its melodic and thoughtfully arranged compositions that create a recognizable blend of instrumental voices. By changing the roles of the instruments throughout each piece, a variety of sounds and catchy passages are created that showcase the exceptional musicianship as an ensemble and of each member as a soloist. 



Inspired by jazz greats like Brian Blade, Gary Burton, Chick Corea and others, their unique sound features a mix of even eights and swing elements, as well as Marco’s classical music background. All members of the band are seasoned jazz musicians who are either currently studying or have studied at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, where they have developed a strong connection both musically and personally over the years. This synergy allows the quintet to achieve a tight, nuanced sound that blends traditional and modern jazz elements.



Marco Ullstein – Vibraphone 

Pietro Mirabassi – Tenor Sax 

Emiliano Roca – Guitar 

Arjun Ramdas – Bass 

Francesco V. Parsi – Drums