Franz Koglmann

Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s


22 May 1947, Vienna, Austria. Koglmann took up the trumpet after seeing a Louis Armstrong concert at the age of 13. Despite this epiphany, he studied exclusively classical trumpet at the Vienna Conservatory and his interest in jazz was reawakened only in 1968, this time by an encounter with Miles Davis. Koglmann, trumpeter, flügelhorn player and composer, is serious about ‘roots’ and the influence of countrymen Schubert, Berg and Krenek is to be discerned in his music, tempering and shaping the nature of the jazz, and giving new credence to the maligned ideas of Third Stream Music. Though A White Line, specifically setting out to celebrate the (under-recognized) achievements of white jazz musicians, prompted predictable sermonizing from (white) critics, other Koglmann recordings draw upon the music of Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie, and the list of distinguished soloists who have played with Koglmann’s band includes Bill Dixon and Alan...

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