Till Bronner
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Till Bronner


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"World's Hippest German"

"Any Germans here tonight?" asked Till Bronner, conjuring up Ronnie Scott, who used those words in his standup routine.

This time it wasn't a rhetorical question and a group of German tourists gave a cheery wave. Jazz has come a long way there and Bronner is its biggest star.

A fine trumpeter and charismatic singer, his voice, light and lyrical, and his trumpet tone, warm and breathy, revive memories of Chet Baker, but without the limp fragility.

Flanked by two strong Swedish soloists, pianist Daniel Karlsson and guitar discovery Johan Leinhufvud, and a solid all-German rhythm section - bassist Dieter Ilg, drummer Wolfgang Haffner and percussionist Roland Peil - Bronner rode a flying carpet of Brazilian, Afro-Cuban and jazz-funk beats. His probing trumpet solos were digitally enhanced by Vocoder, echo and delay effects and every arrangement was crisp and sophisticated.

Wes Montgomery's Bumpin' benefited from a new mid-tempo groove and Jimmy Rowles's The Peacocks glowed in a slow-mambo setting.

Vocally, too, Bronner avoided clichés, selecting a Leonard Cohen song, (We're Still in Love) In My Secret Life, and two worthy originals, High Falls and Send Me Wild.

He even took an accomplished electric-keyboard solo. If there were such a poll, he would be voted the world's hippest German. - London Evening Standard


1996 - "German Songs"
1997 - "Midnight"
1998 - "Love"
2000 - "Chattin' with Chet"
2001 - "Jazz Seen OST"
2002 - "Blue Eyed Soul"
2004 - "That Summer"
2004 - "Höllentour OST"
2006 - "Oceana"
2007 - "The Christmas Album"
2008 - "Rio"



“Calling Till Brönner the new aspiring German trumpet talent is obsolete, since he has sold more records than any other German jazz musician. He plays big time now and is well known in the New York jazz circuit, which itself is top of the crop.” ME SOUNDS/Rolling Stone

Born in 1971 in Viersen, Germany and raised in Rome, Italy, Till experienced his outset with the help of Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker: “Hearing Bebop for the first time, Charlie Parker; that set the whole thing off for me. I was 13 years old and it was an almost erotic sensation. I thought that it was indecent. The music was like a woman having a go at me.” Till stems from a family of musicians; after a well-protected childhood, he enjoyed a classical education followed by a study of the jazz trumpet at Cologne’s Music Academy. After only three semesters he convinced the leader of Berlin’s “RIAS-Tanzorchester” at an audition, taking his first hurdle at the age of 20.

Only two years later, he raised more than one eyebrow with “Generations of Jazz”, being both a classic mainstream recording and his debut as a bandleader. By the time he released “German Songs”, his third album of old German film songs, arranged for jazz quartet and classical orchestra, he was the talk of the trade.

- in 2008 he is nominated for a Grammy Award in the category “Best Classical Crossover Album” for “The Jazz Album”, an album he produced with classical bass-baritone singer Thomas Quasthoff

- for “The Christmas Album” he wins the 2008 Echo Award in the jazz category

- as a celebration of “50 years of bossa nova” he releases on September 19, 2008 his new album “Rio” recorded with stellar guests (such as Annie Lennox, Milton Nascimento, and Aimee Mann)

- in 2009 he is nominated for a Grammy Award in the category “Best Jazz Instrumental Solo” for his solo on the album “The Standard” made by the legendary vocal ensemble Take 6

- for his album “Rio” he wins the 2009 Echo Award in the jazz category (it is his third consecutive win in this category)