Peter Herbolzheimer

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Peter Alexander Herbolzheimer (* 31 December 1935 in Bucharest , Romania ; † 27. March 2010 in Cologne ) was a German Jazz - trombonist and bandleader .


Peter Herbolzheimer was born in Bucharest to a German father and a Romanian mother. In 1951 his family moved to Germany. Herbolzheimer learned the guitar and spent four years in the USA , initially as an exchange student, later he worked as a draftsman for General Motors in Detroit and also gave guitar lessons. In 1956 he returned to Germany.

After studying music in Nuremberg , he played as a trombonist in various jazz formations, including with Udo Lindenberg in the Free Orbit formation founded in 1969 . For many years he was a trombonist in Bert Kaempfert's orchestra - together with jazz greats such as Jiggs Whigham and Herb Geller , whom he brought to his big band , the Rhythm Combination & Brass , founded in 1969 . In this group, the rhythm section (with two keyboards, guitar, bass, drums and percussion ) stood on an equal footing with the eight wind players ( Allan Botschinsky , Dusko Goykovich , Palle Mikkelborg , Art Farmer , Herbolzheimer, Jiggs Whigham, Rudi Fuesers , Joe Gallardo , etc.) , while the saxophone setting was mostly reduced to a single wind player (Herb Geller or Heinz von Hermann , later Ferdinand Povel ). The concentration on brass without a saxophone setting enabled strong contrasts between precise setting and soloistic freedom. With this band he often appeared on radio and television, including in Bio's Bahnhof . Initially, his music for the Rhythm Combination & Brass was closer to jazz rock (and opened up new audiences with its combination of Latin , straight-ahead jazz and rock). He later played other timbres and a classic big band repertoire with the band.

Herbolzheimer arranged for the orchestra director Kurt Edelhagen with Dieter Reith and Jerry van Rooyen the entrance music for the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. From 1972 to 1988 Herbolzheimer was repeatedly responsible for the wind parts in Udo Lindenberg's panic orchestra , where he also played the trombone.

Peter Herbolzheimer was a permanent, appointed member (bass trombone) in Bert Kaempfert's orchestra in the 1970s (all recordings in the Polydor Studio Hamburg from 1970 to 1979 and on tours).

Since it was founded in 1987, Peter Herbolzheimer directed the Federal Jazz Orchestra with great commitment until the end of 2006. Until the end of 2006, he was the first chairman of the Union of German Jazz Musicians (UDJ), which is based in Bonn - and remained Honorary President until his death.

In addition to his work as a big band leader, he was probably one of the best German jazz arrangers and also wrote for Herbie Hancock and Konstantin Wecker . At the opening of the Haus der Geschichte he arranged in 1994, the Song of Germany , the East German anthem and the European anthem together in one piece. Herbolzheimer was also active as a film composer, for example for Das Traumhaus (1980), Abgehauen (1998) and the television series So he lived all days (1984). He ran his own publishing house with his wife Gisela (September 3, 1936 - May 30, 2017). Concert tours have taken him across Europe and South Africa.

His granddaughter Lisa Herbolzheimer is a member of the a cappella group Les Brünettes .

Prizes and awards

Herbolzheimer was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit on ribbon in 1973 for his arrangements to the music for the invasion of the 1972 Olympic Games . In 1974 he won the competition for jazz composers announced by the Principality of Monaco. For his life's work he received the Frankfurt Music Prize in 1998 and the Federal Cross of Merit 1st Class in 2001. In 2007 he received the Teacher Welsch Language Prize .

Discographic notes

  • Soul Condor, 1970 (Polydor)
  • My Kind Of Sunshine, 1970/1971 (MPS)
  • Wide Open, 1973 (MPS)
  • Waitaminute, 1973 (MPS)
  • Scenes, 1974 (MPS)
  • Time Travelers Galaxy, 1974 (Polydor)
  • Live im Onkel Pö, 1975 (Polydor)
  • The Catfish, 1975
  • Jazz Gala, 1976
  • Hip Walk, 1976 (Polydor)
  • Touch Down, 1977 (Polydor)
  • Quality in Sound, 1978 (Acanto / Bellaphon)
  • I hear Voices, 1978 (Polydor)
  • Toots Suite - Alanna
  • Thirty Years - Live in Concert - Mons (SunnyMoon)
  • Colors of a Band - Mons (SunnyMoon)
  • Masterpieces - MPS-Record (Universal)
  • Music for Swinging Dancers 1-4, 1984 - Koala Reco (Bellaphon)
  • Latin Groove, 1987 - Koala Reco (Bellaphon)
  • Fat Man Boogie, 1981 - Koala Reco (Bellaphon)
  • Fatman 2, 1983 - Koala Reco (Bellaphon)
  • Bandfire, 1981 - Koala Reco (Bellaphon)
  • Jazz Gala Concert 1976 - Koala Reco (Bellaphon)
  • Jazz Gala 77 - Telefunken / Decca
  • Jazz Gala Concert 79 - Rare Bid / Bellaphon
  • Smile - Koala Reco (Bellaphon)
  • Friends and Silhouettes - Koala Reco (Bellaphon)
  • Big Band Bebop, 1984 - Koala Reco (Bellaphon)
  • More Bebop, 1984 - Koala Reco (Bellaphon)
  • Colors of a Band, recorded in 1995, with Dianne Reeves

Lexigraphic entries

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Pssst ... (1990),
  2. ^ The German Hymn Controversy , Die Welt , September 22, 1998
  3. a b c d e f g Re-released in 2008 on Big Band Man - The MPS & Polydor Studio Recordings (MPS)
  4. contains the music from "Time Travelers Galaxis"