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ENGELBERT WROBEL

Engelbert Wrobel is one of Europe´s best known Swing and Hotjazz clarinetist and saxophonist. At 16, he formed his first band, the Happy Jazzmen, winner of the German national competition ?Jugend jazzt?. Already during his classical training, Engelbert was a member of Rod Mason´s Hot Five, touring Europe from 1986 to 1989 until he founded the Swing Society in 1989. Since then, the band has performed at countless clubs and festivals all over Europe, end even as far as Angola, resulting in radio and television appearences. Wrobel has performed with many jazz ?greats?, including Clark Terry, Harry ?Sweets? Edison, Louis Bellson, Doc Cheatham, Dan Barrett, Bob Barnard, Tom Baker, Chris Barber and Charly Antolini, to name a few. Engelbert is also featured solo clarinetist of the ?King Of Swing Orchestra?, which plays the original bigband charts of Benny Goodman.

 

MATTHIAS SEUFFERT

Matthias Seuffert is internationally considered one of the most versatile jazz clarinetists and saxophonists. His stylistic range covers early jazz and swing through to bebop. On the international jazz scene, he is a popular and much sought after soloist, ensemble player and arranger. He has performed concerts and recorded CDs together with some of the best jazz players on both sides of the Atlantic ocean. Born 1971 near Frankfurt am Main, Germany, he discovered his love for jazz at a very early age. After classical musical education on both clarinet and piano, he won several youth prizes and received the Prix Sidney d´Or in France 1992. During 2002 and 2003 he lived in England to work as saxophone-lecturer at the jazz department of Trinity College of Music, London, and to play on the British jazz scene. He translates influences of such diverse players as Johnny Dodds, Buddy de Franco, Coleman Hawkins, Benny Golson, Benny Carter and Charlie Parker into his own creative, bluesy style. Due to his qualities as a soloist and ensembleplayer, he was invited to take part in numerous recording sessions with top-musicians, e.g. in the USA, England, Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany.

 

TOMMIE HARRIS

Tommie Harris wuchs in Bessemer/Alabama auf und begann seine musikalische Karriere bereits in jungen Jahren als Gospelsänger. Während seiner Schul- undCollegezeit spielte er in diversen (Marching) Bands. 1957 entdeckte der Saxophonist Jusef Lateef das Talent des jungen Musikers und nahm ihn prompt unter seine Fittiche. Tommie kam in den 1964 nach Europa und machte Deutschland zu seiner neuen Heimat. Hier gündete er die "FABULOUS UPSETTERS". Diese Band bestand bis 1971. Mit Musikern dieser Gruppe entstand eine Folgeband "WESTWAVE". Zahlreiche Tourneen führte diese Combo durch Deutschland, Luxemburg, Frankreich, England, Spanien und Belgien. 1987 wurde er in seiner Heimat in die Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame aufgenommen. Tommie spielte gemeinsame Konzerte mit vielen international bekannten Musikern wie z. B. Jimmy Reed, Sam & Dave, Lillian Boutte, Gene "Mighty Flea" Conners, Ron Ringwood, Lindy Huppertsberg, Big Jay McNeely, Al Copley,Red Holloway. Seine unverwechselbare Stimme macht Harris zu einem der expressivsten Vokalisten der heutigen Bluesszene.