Wolfgang Dauner

Wolfgang Dauner
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Dauner performing with the United Jazz and Rock Ensemble, 1992
Born(1935-12-30)30 December 1935
Died10 January 2020(2020-01-10) (aged 84)
Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
  • Jazz pianist (also jazz rock, free jazz, electronic)
  • Composer
OrganizationUnited Jazz and Rock Ensemble

Wolfgang Dauner ([ˈvɔlfɡaŋ ˈdaʊ̯nɐ]; 30 December 1935 – 10 January 2020)[1] was a German jazz pianist who was a co-founder of the United Jazz + Rock Ensemble, and played and recorded with Hans Koller, Albert Mangelsdorff, Volker Kriegel and Ack van Rooyen, among others. He composed for radio, television, film, and wrote two chamber operas. He is regarded as an innovative pianist and a father of jazz in Germany.[1]

Education and career

Dauner attended the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart, where he focused on composition, piano, and trumpet.[2] In the 1960s he belonged to a sextet led by Joki Freund. As the leader of his trio, he recorded for the first time in 1964, an early session in the history of European free jazz. In 1969, he was leader and composer for Radio Jazz Group Stuttgart. A year later he started the jazz rock band Et Cetera. With Hans Koller, he began the Free Sound & Super Brass Big Band.[3] In 1975, he was a founding member of the United Jazz and Rock Ensemble.[3][4] It was a collaboration of trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff, trumpeter Ack van Rooyen, sax player Charlie Mariano, bassist Eberhard Weber and guitarist Volker Kriegel.[1] Additionally, he worked as a composer in radio, film, and television.[3][5] He composed two chamber operas.[2]

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