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Joki Freund 2009 in Hofheim

Walter Jakob "Joki" Freund (born September 5, 1926 in Höchst am Main , † February 15, 2012 in Schwalbach am Taunus ) was a German modern jazz musician .

Live and act

After training as a technical draftsman and military service, he began with the tenor saxophone, played with Joe Klimm (1951) and Jutta Hipp (1952–1954), among others , then headed his own quintet and played with the Two Beat Stompers, founded by Günter Boas , and Wolfgang Lauth septet . In 1958 he became a member of the "German All Stars", from which the " Jazz Ensemble des Hessischer Rundfunks " emerged in the same year , in which he has played since it was founded.

He was considered a solid instrumentalist (all saxophones, especially tenor and soprano saxophone, clarinet, but also trumpet, tuba, trombone, violin, accordion, sousaphone, piano, vibraphone), but he was more important as a composer and especially as an arranger. In particular , he made lasting contributions to the "Jazz Ensemble des Hessischer Rundfunks" and to the Erwin Lehn orchestra , to which he has been a member since 1962. "For combos and big bands and all sorts of ensembles of almost any size, he was always creating new, surprising sound combinations." ( Joachim-Ernst Berendt )

Selection discography


  • Sandner, Wolfgang: Jazz in Frankfurt , Frankfurt 1990 (Societäts-Verlag).
  • Schwab, Jürgen: The Frankfurt Sound. A city and its jazz history (s) , Frankfurt 2004 (Societäts-Verlag).

Web links


  1. Frankfurter Rundschau of February 18, 2012, p. F15
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