Klaus Doldinger (born 12 May 1936) is a German saxophonist, especially well known for jazz and as a composer of film music. He was the recipient of 1997’s Bavarian Film Awards.
Doldinger was born in Berlin, and entered a Düsseldorf conservatory in 1947, originally studying piano and then clarinet, graduating in 1957. In his student years, Doldinger gained professional performing experience, starting in 1953 in the German Dixieland band The Feetwarmers, and recording with them in 1955. Later that year he founded Oscar’s Trio, modeled on Oscar Peterson’s work.
During the 1960s he worked as a tenor saxophonist, working with visiting American jazz musicians and recording in his own right.
Doldinger is perhaps best known for his film scores to the acclaimed German U-boat film Das Boot (1981) and later The NeverEnding Story (1984).
Doldinger married Inge Beck in 1960; they have three children, Viola, Melanie and Nicolas Doldinger. Since 1968 they have resided in Icking, a small Bavarian village, south of Munich.
Doldinger’s recurring jazz project Passport, started in 1971 (then called “Klaus Doldinger’s Passport”), still enjoys huge success in Germany. In its influence it was sometimes called the European version of Weather Report.
The “classic” Passport line-up, 1974
Curt Cress – Kristian Schultze – Klaus Doldinger- Wolfgang Schmid
At various times members of Passport included Peter O’Mara (guitar), Roberto DiGioia (keyboards), Patrick Scales (bass, since 1994), Ernst Stroer (de:Ernst Ströer) (percussion, since 1989), Christian Lettner (drums, since 2000), Michael Hornek (keyboard since 2009), Biboul Darouiche (percussion, since 1995) and others. Guests include Brian Auger (1973), Johnny Griffin (1973) and Pete York (1973). (by wikipedia)
And this is the live album from this unique “Jubilee” Tour through Germany … Passport and friends like Alexis Konrer, BrianAugen, Johnny Griffin and Pete York !
This was a sensational tour and definitely one of the many hightlighs of Klaus Doldingers long career … Today he is 80 years old and still alive and well … I saw him last year in a great concert and he played more than 3 hours !
The private Doldinger with his wife Inge and their two daughters at the
their house in Icking (near Munich/Germany)
Curt Cress (guitar)
Klaus Doldinger (saxophone)
Wolfgang Schmid (bass)
Kristian Schultze (keyboards)
Pete York (drums, percussion)
Brian Auger (organ bei 01., 02., 04. – 06.)
Johnny Griffin (saxophone bei 01., 03., 04.
Alexis Korner (guitar bei 04. – 06., vocals bei 05.)
Volker Kriegel (guitar bei 01., 03., 04. – 06.)
01. Handmade (Doldinger) 5:42
02. Freedom Jazz Dance (Harris) 6.00
03. Schirokko (Doldinger) 9.30
04. Rockport (Doldinger) 9.15
05. Rock Me Baby (Traditional) 4.40
06. Lemuria’s Dance (Doldinger) 6.55