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Klein started playing the saxophone at the age of thirteen . After graduating from the Lothar-Meyer-Gymnasium in Varel, he studied saxophone with Frank Gratkowski and Claudio Puntin, as well as composition and arrangement, from 1998 at the Cologne University of Music . From 1998 to 2000 he was a soloist and composer with the Federal Jazz Orchestra (BuJazzO). In 2000 he and his Niels Klein Oktett won the Jazzpodium Niedersachsen. From 2001 to 2009 he was a member of heavytones , the band of the television show TV total , with which he accompanied rock and pop musicians such as Lionel Richie , Busta Rhymes , Anastacia and Michael Bublé ; He is represented with a composition on the group's 2006 album Heavytones .
In 2002 he appeared as coleader of the Firomanum group at the Jazz Baltica Festival . In 2004 he received the support price of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia for music , and the first album by the Niels Klein Trio (with Dietmar Fuhr and Nils Tegen ) was released. In 2005 he put together the Niels Klein Tentett on behalf of the WDR , for which he composed a 90-minute program that was performed at the Traumzeit Festival in Duisburg and at the Jazz Cologne Festival in Cologne. In the same year he composed a mass for choir and double wind quintet for the ensemble O-Ton. His third stream composition Refractions , for which he was awarded the European Composer Prize of the City of Berlin , was premiered jointly by the Federal Jazz Orchestra and the Federal Youth Orchestra in 2009 . In 2011 he received the WDR Jazz Prize as a composer .
Since 2006, Klein has designed the Jazz-O-Rama concert series in Cologne's Artheater with Oliver Leicht and Matthias Schriefl . He took part in tours and CD recordings (2005) with the Frank Wingold Quartet ("Clairvoyance"), Underkarl ("Goldberg Variations"), Florian Ross ("EightBall") and the James Choice Orchestra . In 2008 he led the European Jazz Orchestra on a European tour; In 2009 he also conducted the NDR Bigband . Together with Jiggs Whigham , he has led the Federal Jazz Orchestra since 2011.
As a sideman he worked with Toots Thielemanns , Jeff Hamilton , Nils Wogram, Albert Mangelsdorff , Bob Brookmeyer , Charlie Mariano , Peter Erskine , Vince Mendoza , Markus Stockhausen , Arkady Shilkloper , Victor Bailey and others.
Since the winter semester 2009/10 he has been teaching a professorship for jazz theory and ensemble at the Institute for Music at the University of Osnabrück . For the 2016/17 winter semester he was appointed professor for jazz saxophone at the Cologne University of Music and Dance .
- Firomanum: Scope , with Arne Jansen , Eva Kruse , Nils Tegen , 2004
- Niels Klein Trio: It only Took ... , with Dietmar Fuhr , Nils Tegen, 2004
- Frank Wingold : Clairvoyance , 2006
- Niels Klein Tentett: The Last Soup with Oliver Leicht , Steffen Schorn , Stephan Meinberg , Arkady Shilkloper , Matthias Muche , Frank Wingold , Wolf Kerschek , Dietmar Fuhr, Eric Schaefer , 2007
- Florian Ross : EightBall , 2007
- James Choice Orchestra : Live at Musik Triennale Cologne , 2008
- Rüdiger Baldauf : Own Style , 2010
- Niels Klein Quartet , with Pablo Held , Robert Landfermann , Jonas Burgwinkel , 2012
- Tubes and Wires , with Lars Duppler , Hanno Busch , Jonas Burgwinkel, 2013 ( ECHO Jazz 2015)
- Loom , with Stephan Meinberg, Matthias Schriefl , Ludwig Himpsl, Johannes Lauer , Mattis Cederberg , Wanja Slavin , Leonhard Huhn , Heiko Bidmon , Steffen Schorn , Pablo Held, Kathrin Pechlof , Dierk Peters , Frank Wingold , Robert Landfermann, Jonas Burgwinkel, 2015
- Tubes and Wires: Life in Times of the Big Crunch , with Lars Duppler, Hanno Busch, Jonas Burgwinkel, Friedrich Paravicini , 2017
- News from the Neue Musikzeitung dated August 24, 2008
- European Composer Prize at Young Euro Classic ( Memento of the original from December 27, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.
- Niels Klein on ECHO Jazz
- Discussion of Jazzthing
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German jazz musician (soprano and tenor saxophone, clarinet, composition)|
|DATE OF BIRTH||1978|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Hamburg|