Wolfgang Dauner

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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[edit]

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]

Personal life[edit]

Dauner was married to Randi Bubat, a stage and costume designer.[1][2] He was the father of German drummer Florian Dauner.[1][6]

He died in Stuttgart on 10 January 2020.[3][1]


Dauner recorded with labels Columbia, MPS and ECM. His discography [de] includes:[7]

  • 1965 Dream Talk
  • 1967 Free Action (MPS)
  • 1969 Für (Calig)
  • 1969 Requiem for Che Guevara/Psalmus Spei (MPS)
  • 1969 The Oimels (MPS)
  • 1970 Output (ECM)
  • 1970 Music Zounds (MPS)
  • 1971 Et Cetera
  • 1972 Knirsh with Larry Coryell (HGBS)
  • 1974 Kunstkopfindianer (MPS)
  • 1983 Solo Piano (Mood)
  • 1992 Changes (Mood)
  • 1992 Pas De Trois with Charlie Mariano, Dino Saluzzi (Mood)
  • 1992 Meditation on a Landscape: Tagore (Mood)
  • 1994 Solo Piano 2 (Mood)
  • 2010 Tribute to the Past (HGBS)
  • 2010 Hut Ab/Two Is Company (In-Akustik)
  • 2013 Dauner/Dauner with Flo Dauner (Connector)
  • 2017 Elektronische Mythen with Flo Dauner (Connector)


Dauner received the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, and in 2016 the Echo for his life's work.[1] The same year, on the occasion of his 80th birthday, he was awarded a special prize of the 2016 Jazzpreis Baden-Württemberg, as one of the most versatile jazz pianists and keyboarders ("einer der vielseitigsten Jazzpianisten und -keyboarder unserer Zeit") which included a concert in Stuttgart.[8] He also received the Staufermedaille of the state Baden-Württemberg then.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Schleider, Tim (10 January 2020). "Stuttgarter Jazzlegende / Wolfgang Dauner ist tot". Stuttgarter Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Groß, Thomas (22 December 2010). "Ich habe den Urschrei in mir". Die Zeit (in German). Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d "Jazzmusiker Wolfgang Dauner gestorben". FAZ (in German). 10 January 2020. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  4. ^ "Pianist Wolfgang Dauner ist tot". Der Tagesspiegel (in German). 10 January 2020. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  5. ^ Wynn, Ron. "Wolfgang Dauner". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  6. ^ Carr, Ian; Digby Fairweather; Brian Priestley (1995). Jazz: The Rough Guide. The Rough Guides. pp. 154–155. ISBN 1-85828-137-7.
  7. ^ "Wolfgang Dauner / Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Landesjazzpreis Baden-Württemberg: "Sonderpreis für das Lebenswerk" geht an Wolfgang Dauner". Jazz-Zeitung (in German). 2016. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  9. ^ "Staufermedaille für Wolfgang Dauner". Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg (in German). 4 January 2016. Retrieved 13 January 2020.

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