Gerd Dudek

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Gerhard Rochus "Gerd" Dudek (born 28 September 1938),[1] is a German jazz tenor and soprano saxophonist, clarinetist and flautist.

Dudek studied clarinet privately and attended music school in the 1950s, before joining a big band led by his brother Ossi until 1958.[2] During the early 1960s, Dudek played in the Berliner Jazz Quintet, in Karl Blume's group and in Kurt Edelhagen's orchestra until 1965.[2] He then became interested in free music and joined Manfred Schoof's quintet.[1] Dudek took part in the first sessions of The Globe Unity Orchestra in 1966,[1] and played with them at various time into the 1980s.[2] He also worked with many other European free musicians and composers, including Alexander von Schlippenbach,[1] Loek Dikker and The Waterland Ensemble And European Jazz Quintet.[2]

He is best known for his work with Manfred Schoof, Wolfgang Dauner, Lala Kovacev, the Globe Unity Orchestra, Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra,[1] Albert Mangelsdorff,[1] Don Cherry and George Russell.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 741. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.
  2. ^ a b c d "Gerd Dudek | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 August 2021.
  3. ^ Ian Carr, Digby Fairweather, Brian Priestley, Jazz: The Rough Guide, The Rough Guides, 1995, p. 181 (ISBN 1-8582-8137-7)

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