Doldinger performing in 2005
|Birth name||Klaus Erich Dieter Doldinger|
|Born||12 May 1936|
|Instruments||Saxophone, keyboards, synthesizer, film composer|
Life and work
Doldinger was born in Berlin, and entered a Düsseldorf conservatory in 1947, originally studying piano and then clarinet, graduating in 1957. In his student years, Doldinger gained professional performing experience, starting in 1953 in the German Dixieland band The Feetwarmers, and recording with them in 1955. Later that year he founded Oscar's Trio, modeled on Oscar Peterson's work. During the 1960s he worked as a tenor saxophonist, working with visiting American jazz musicians and recording in his own right.
Doldinger's recurring jazz project Passport, started in 1971 (then called "Klaus Doldinger's Passport"), still enjoys huge success in Germany. In its influence it was sometimes called the European version of Weather Report.
At various times members of Passport included Peter O'Mara (guitar), Roberto DiGioia (keyboards), Patrick Scales (bass, since 1994), Ernst Stroer (de:Ernst Ströer) (percussion, since 1989), Christian Lettner (drums, since 2000), Michael Hornek (keyboard since 2009), Biboul Darouiche (percussion, since 1995) and others. Guests include Brian Auger (1973), Johnny Griffin (1973) and Pete York (1973). The first true Passport album had strong ties to Amon Düül II containing contributions from Olaf Kübler, Lothar Meid and Jimmy Jackson, it remains an off-the-radar Krautrock essential.
Doldinger contributed film scores to the German U-boat film Das Boot (1981) and later The NeverEnding Story (1984). He also composed the famous musical theme of the long ongoing German-Austrian-Swiss series "Tatort" (Crime scene).
Selected film and TV scores
- Negresco**** (1968)
- The Naughty Cheerleader (1970)
- Baal (1970)
- Tatort (1970–)
- The Net (1975)
- To the Bitter End (1975)
- The Swiss Conspiracy (1976)
- The Old Fox (1977–)
- The Second Awakening of Christa Klages (1978)
- Ein Fall für zwei (1981–2013)
- Das Boot (1981)
- The Roaring Fifties (1983)
- The Neverending Story (1984)
- Nonni and Manni (1988)
- Peter in Magicland (1990)
- Salt on Our Skin (1992)
- Palmetto (1998)
- Yanow, Scott. "Klaus Doldinger: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 28 October 2010.
- "Klaus Doldinger's Passport". Warnermusic.de. 5 December 1936. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 22 July 2011.
- Klaus Doldinger's Homepage Archived 2 September 2006 at the Wayback Machine; Flash-based, preventing deep links – to see the band lineup click "Musiker"