Till Brönner (b. 6 May 1971 in Viersen, Germany) is a jazz musician, trumpet player, singer, composer, arranger and producer. [1 ]
His approach is influenced by
bebop and fusion jazz, but also modern pop music, movie soundtracks (especially old German movies), country music and even German pop songs. His trumpet playing is primarily inspired by the listening experiences of Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie and Chet Baker. His most influential teachers were Bobby Shew and Malte Burba.
Till was raised in Rome and received classical trumpet education at the
Jesuit boarding school Aloisiuskolleg in Bonn followed by a study of the jazz trumpet at the music academy in Cologne under Jiggs Whigham and Jon Eardley.
History [ edit ]
1989 - 1991: Member of the
Peter Herbolzheimer Rhythm Combination & Brass. 1991 - 1998: At the age of 20 he became solo trumpet player of the renowned
RIAS Big Band Berlin under Horst Jankowski and Jiggs Whigham. 1993: First solo album
Generations of Jazz (with Ray Brown, Jeff Hamilton, Frank Chastenier and Gregoire Peters) which won several awards: " Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik" and " Preis der Deutschen Plattenindustrie". Brönner worked with a lot of musicians such as Dave Brubeck, James Moody, Monty Alexander, Aki Takase, Joachim Kühn, Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Johnny Griffin, Ernie Watts, Klaus Doldinger, Nils Landgren, Al Foster and others. 1998: First album on Verve (
Love) with his first appearance as a jazz singer. Concert tours in Japan and a Gold Disc Award by the Japanese Swing Journal. 1999: Song writer and producer for
Hildegard Knef's album 17 Milimeter. 2001: Movie soundtrack for
Jazz Seen (a movie about the jazz photographer William Claxton). 2002: Featured on single "Don't Let 'Em" by
Rosie Gaines also featuring Snoop Dogg & Bootsy Collins. 2003: Concert tour with the soul singer
Joy Denalane. 2005: The album
That Summer reached rank 17 in the German pop charts. He's now the best selling German jazz artist of all time. [ ] citation needed
Brönner also wrote the movie soundtrack for Pepe Danquart's
Höllentour (English title: Hell On Wheels; a movie about the "Tour de France" bicycle race). The soundtrack was nominated for a German Movie Award in the category "Best Music Score".
2006: Release of his most recent album
Oceana, recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Larry Klein (former producer of Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen and Peter Gabriel). Guest stars are Madeleine Peyroux, Luciana Souza and the singing top model Carla Bruni. In July he played at the Jazz Festival in Montreux (Switzerland). He has a guest appearance on Madeleine Peyroux's album Half the Perfect World and Vienna Teng's current album Dreaming through the noise 2007: He wins the "
Echo Award" (equivalent to the Grammy Award) in Jazz Production (National and International). European concert tour with the band project REUNION, feat. Chuck Loeb, Eric Marienthal, Till Brönner, Jim Beard, Tim Lefebvre, Dennis Chambers and Michael Franks (special guest). In March 2007 he produced "The jazz album" for legendary classical singer Thomas Quasthoff, featuring pianist Alan Broadbent and drummer Peter Erskine. The album wins the " Echo Award" (equivalent to the Grammy Award) in the classical category and is nominated for a Grammy 2008. 2008: release of his new album
RIO. Produced by Grammy winner Larry Klein in Rio de Janeiro and Los Angeles, with featured guest vocalists Vanessa da Mata, Kurt Elling, Melody Gardot, Annie Lennox, Aimee Mann, Sérgio Mendes, Milton Nascimento & Luciana Souza. 2009: nominated for a
Grammy in category 47 for "Best instrumental Jazz solo" along with Terence Blanchard, James Moody, Pat Metheny, Gary Burton & Chick Corea for his Solo on the track "Seven steps to heaven" on the album The Standard by vocal group Take 6.
Discography [ edit ]
Generations of Jazz 1995
My secret Love 1996
German Songs 1997
Midnight (with Michael Brecker and Dennis Chambers) 1998
Chattin with Chet (A Tribute to Chet Baker) 2001
Jazz Seen (O.S.T.) 2002
Get Well Soon ( Bob Brookmeyer) 2002
Blue Eyed Soul (feat. Mark Murphy) 2004
That Summer 2004
Höllentour (O.S.T.) 2006
Oceana (feat. Carla Bruni, Madeleine Peyroux, Luciana Souza) 2007
The Christmas Album (feat. Curtis Stigers, Yvonne Catterfeld, Frank McComb, Kim Sanders, Don Grusin) 2008
RIO (feat. Vanessa da Mata, Kurt Elling, Melody Gardot, Annie Lennox, Aimee Mann, Sérgio Mendes, Milton Nascimento & Luciana Souza) 2009
At The End Of The Day ( Island) 2012
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