Horst Lippmann (musician)

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Sculpture Black Treble Clef by Taro Miyabe from 1982 on Horst-Lippmann-Platz in front of the Jazzkeller Frankfurt

Horst Lippmann (born March 17, 1927 in Eisenach ; † May 18, 1997 in Frankfurt am Main ) was a German jazz musician , concert organizer, radio writer and television director.

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In the early 1940s, the hotelier's son Lippmann played drums in the illegal Frankfurt Hotclub Combo with Carlo Bohländer and Emil Mangelsdorff and edited and distributed one of the first German jazz magazines, Mitteilungen für Freunde der Moderne Tanzmusik . In it he published the broadcast times of jazz music on the enemy broadcaster BBC. For this he was imprisoned by the Nazis. After the war he played in the combos of the Hot Club a . a. with Günter Boas . Together with Olaf Hudtwalcker he was involved in the founding of the German Jazz Federation and, as its concert advisor , organized jazz tours through West German jazz clubs . In 1953 he founded the German Jazz Festival in Frankfurt .

As a concert organizer, Lippmann first brought jazz - and from 1962 the great blues - and later rock stars to Germany. In 1963 he took on his tour director Fritz Rau as a 50 percent partner in his concert agency, whose name he changed to Lippmann + Rau . Between 1963 and 1985 they organized the American Folk Blues Festivals . Other touring events that Lippmann founded were the Flamenco Gitano Festival and the Musica Argentina. The tour posters for Lippmann + Rau were designed by the graphic designer Günther Kieser , who aimed to visualize the music in his mostly surrealist works and was a style-defining factor for the emerging street art of the concert posters. Kieser's design for Jimi Hendrix is ​​popular, with numerous power cables snaking like Medusa out of his voluminous mane of hair .

Lippmann was also active as a radio writer ( Der Jazzclub ) and as a director of the television program Jazz - Heard and Seen . Together with Rau, Lippmann also founded and operated the record labels Scout and L + R ( L ippmann + R au).

Lippmann's musical estate is in the Lippmann + Rau music archive in his native Eisenach . In 2012 he was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame together with Fritz Rau . In 1991 he was awarded the Johanna Kirchner Medal by the city of Frankfurt for his resistance in the Nazi state .


  • Michael Rieth : Horst Lippmann - A life for jazz, blues and rock . Foreword by Emil Mangelsdorff. Heidelberg: Palmyra 2010, ISBN 978-3-930378-79-1
  • Fritz Rau: 50 Years Backstage - Memories of a Concert Organizer . Heidelberg: Palmyra 2005, pp. 18-20, 23-26, 31-34, 36-40, 235-239 ISBN 3-930378-65-5

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