Roger Cicero

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Roger Cicero in an appearance (2014)

Roger Marcel Cicero Ciceu [ roˈʒeː ˈtsitsəro ] (born July 6, 1970 in West Berlin ; † March 24, 2016 in Hamburg ) was a German pop and jazz musician .


Roger Cicero in the Kupferberg Sektkellerei in Mainz
Roger Cicero with his big band (2014)

Roger Cicero was the son of the jazz pianist Eugen Cicero, who died in 1997, and the dancer Lili Cziczeo . He grew up in Berlin-Grunewald , where he first attended the Grunewald elementary school, then the Rathenau high school . At the age of eleven he appeared in the opening act for Helen Vita . At the age of 16 he had his first television appearance with the RIAS dance orchestra under the direction of Horst Jankowski . At the age of 18 he was accepted at the Hohner Conservatory in Trossingen and trained in the subjects of piano, guitar and singing. From 1989 to 1992 Roger Cicero performed with the Horst Jankowski Trio , the Eugen Cicero Trio (his father's group) and with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Peter Herbolzheimer .

From 1991 to 1996 he studied jazz singing at the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Hilversum . In the following years he became a guest singer with the groups Jazzkantine and Soulounge , with which he took part in the 2003 Montreux Jazz Festival . In 2003 he founded the Roger Cicero Quartet. He then performed with an eleven-piece big band. Stylistically, he used the swing music of the 1940s and 1950s and combined it with German texts. In 2006 he was involved in the album Good Morning Midnight by jazz pianist Julia Hülsmann and in May 2006 his first solo album was released with men's things . In addition to 13 compositions, most of which come from his producers Matthias Haß and Frank Ramond , there was also a third-party composition. Shoot me to the moon was the German version of the Frank Sinatra classic Fly Me to the Moon . The decoupled single Zieh die Schuh aus , which ironically deals with the gender struggle, placed 71st in the German charts in July 2006, and the album Mannersachen in August of the same year at number 3. By the beginning of 2009, men’s things had sold over a million times.

On March 8, 2007, he won the German preliminary decision for the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 with the song Women rule the world . The composition came from Matthias Haß in collaboration with Frank Ramond, who wrote the text. With the title he represented Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 on May 12th in Helsinki. In the final he finished 19th of 24 places with a total of 49 points. The women's magazine Emma gave him the negative award “Pascha of the month” for the song. This award was processed in 2009 in the song Spontis testify bankers . In addition to Juli , Shakira , Yusuf Islam and Silbermond , Roger Cicero performed at the German Live Earth concert on July 7, 2007 in Hamburg. In October 2007 his second album was released.

In 2008, Cicero received his first film role. In the film Hilde , which premiered during the Berlinale 2009 , he played the musician Ricci Blum alongside Heike Makatsch . His son was born in May 2008. Roger Cicero's third album Artrechte was released on April 3, 2009, the single from it with the title Nicht artgerechte on March 20, 2009. In December 2009, he dubbed the character Prince Naveen in the German version of the Disney film Kiss the Frog . From November 2010 he presented three issues of the Sat.1 show Die Hit-Giganten with Mirjam Weichselbraun . In October 2011, his fourth album was released in this moment . From his appearance on Inas Nacht on November 12, 2011, his song In This Moment was published along with nine other guest appearances on the bonus CD Inas kleine Nachtmusik with Ina Müller's album Ich bin die . In 2012 he released the single For nothing in this world , the official DFB fan song for the 2012 European Football Championship .

In autumn 2012 he took part in the Giraffe album project , in which several German artists, including Ulla Meinecke , Götz Alsmann , Flo Mega , Das Geanned Ich , Lena Meyer-Landrut , Roman Lob , Thomas D and Max Mutzke in aid of the children's aid organization Die Arche Kinderlieder Re-record in modern sound. Cicero also wrote the theme song for this project. In October 2013, Cicero (alongside Lena Meyer-Landrut, Annett Louisan , Stefan Kaminski and Heinz Rudolf Kunze ) acted as speaker in the two giraffe radio plays Wir sind da and The Treasure Hunt by Cally Stronk and Steffen Herzberg. In 2014 he took part in the TV series Sing mein Song - Das Tauschkonzert by Xavier Naidoo , broadcast by VOX . His fifth album Whatever comes out was released in March 2014 .

Cicero suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome . As a result, planned tours in 2014 and 2015 were canceled. His album The Roger Cicero Jazz Experience , which was released on October 2, 2015, was not recorded with his big band as usual, but with a quartet. The result was a jazz album "between bebop and bar ". This seventh album by Cicero contained his favorite songs by pop musicians such as Nick Drake , Paul Simon or James Taylor , some of which were heavily modified by the band in order to be played as jazz pieces.

On March 24, 2016, Cicero died at the age of 45 as a result of an ischemic stroke (cerebral infarction), from which his father had already died. He had lived in Hamburg-Winterhude for over ten years and was buried in his adopted home in the Ohlsdorf cemetery. Only a small name tag on a stone in the quiet forest indicates him.

Cicero's grave in the Ohlsdorf cemetery in Hamburg

In March 2017, the best-of album was released Glück ist Leicht - Das Beste von 2006–2016 with the unpublished title One number too big.

Social Commitment

Roger Cicero got involved with the children's aid organization Save the Children , especially for the organization's projects in Romania, the country of birth of his father Eugen Cicero . In April 2008 he auctioned his car on eBay for the benefit of the organization . The 2006 Saab 9-3 Convertible was priced at 21,161 euros.

At the concert in honor of the Dalai Lama in Frankfurt in August 2009, he was one of the participating artists and said that he felt connected to Buddhism .

For the animal welfare organization PETA he campaigned against the wearing of fur.


Roger Cicero in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2007

Studio albums

year title Top ranking, total weeks, awardChart placementsChart placementsTemplate: chart table / maintenance / without sources
(Year, title, rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
2005 There I Go
together with After Hours
- - -
First published: November 25, 2005
2006 Good Morning Midnight
together with the Julia Hülsmann Trio
- - -
First published: January 27, 2006
Men's things DE3
Triple platinum
× 3
Triple platinum

(84 weeks)DE

(39 weeks)AT
CH40 (12 weeks)
First published: May 26, 2006
Sales: +610,000
2007 Or rather DE2
Triple gold
× 3
Triple gold

(44 weeks)DE

(31 weeks)AT
CH17 (14 weeks)
First published: October 12, 2007
Sales: + 310,000
2009 Species-appropriate DE2

(41 weeks)DE
AT4 (12 weeks)
CH8 (16 weeks)
First published: April 3, 2009
Sales: + 200,000
2011 At this moment DE4th

(22 weeks)DE
AT8 (17 weeks)
CH18 (7 weeks)
First published: October 28, 2011
Sales: + 100,000
2014 Whatever comes DE4th

(22 weeks)DE
AT3 (15 weeks)
CH11 (14 weeks)
First published: March 28, 2014
Sales: + 100,000
2015 The Roger Cicero Jazz Experience DE27 (3 weeks)
AT29 (1 week)
CH79 (1 week)
First published: October 2, 2015



Guest appearances



Web links

Commons : Roger Cicero  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. , /kultur-live/musik/article207317397/Trauer-um-Roger-Cicero-Saenger-stirbt-mit-45-Jahren.html , according to other sources Berlin: DNB 13311824X ,
  2. Roger Cicero GQ star portrait
  3. Does your mother still call you often, Mr. Cicero? FAZ No. 4, January 5, 2008.
  4. Barbara Jänichen: Roger Cicero: Hats off? No way! Berliner Morgenpost, May 8, 2007, accessed on April 2, 2016 .
  5. a b Information on the hr3 radio
  6. Women rule the world
  7. ^ "Passover of the month" for Roger Cicero. In: Emma
  8. Roger Cicero is “Pascha of the Month”. ( Memento from May 21, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) In: Netzeitung
  10. "Hilde" -Weltpremiere a tumultuous
  11. Baby Louis is here. Focus Online, May 3, 2008, accessed March 29, 2016 .
  12. Homepage Ulla Meinecke ( Memento from September 6, 2012 in the Internet Archive )
  13. German jazz singer Roger Cicero dies, aged 45. Deutsche Welle , March 29, 2016, accessed on April 5, 2019 .
  14. "Flawless Jazz" , SWR1 , September 30, 2015.
  15. "We did the tour first, then the album." Review on Deutschlandfunk, October 6, 2015, accessed on October 8, 2015.
  16. Jazz musician: Roger Cicero is dead. Spiegel Online , March 29, 2016, accessed on March 29, 2016 .
  17. Roger Cicero is dead: The singer died of a cerebral infarction. dpa,, March 29, 2016, accessed on March 29, 2016.
  18. Farewell to a thoroughbred singer. (No longer available online.) In: March 29, 2016, archived from the original on April 9, 2016 ; accessed on March 29, 2016 .
  19. Roger Cicero: These are the questions that concern us after his death., March 31, 2016, accessed on March 31, 2016.
  20. Roger Cicero loves the water in Hamburg. (No longer available online.) Elbe Wochenblatt , November 20, 2014, archived from the original on April 24, 2016 ; Retrieved April 24, 2016 .
  21. The grave of Roger Cicero., June 30, 2016, accessed June 30, 2016 .
  22. For the children: The swing bard as a Saab seller., April 14, 2008, accessed July 8, 2016 .
  23. ^ Roger Cicero: Concert for the Dalai Lama . ( Memento from August 31, 2009 in the Internet Archive )
  24. (2013): Musician shows the shocking reality of fur production in the accompanying spot ( Memento from June 6, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  25. Götz Alsmann and Gregory Porter present Echo Jazz. In: General-Anzeiger (Bonn) . May 3, 2016, accessed May 3, 2016 .
  26. ( Memento from August 26, 2010 in the Internet Archive )