|Tags:||kurt edelhagen classic instrumental under 2000 listeners|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s|
5 June 1920, Herne, Germany, d. 8 February 1982, Cologne, Germany. Arranger, orchestra leader and pianist Edelhagen first came to prominence in the years immediately following World War II. Although the prompt formation of a symphony orchestra is often cited as a notable attempt to re-establish an element of culture in post-war German society, the formation of a radio big band is rather more striking. The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra had never really stopped playing, but dance music, especially that with a jazz-orientation, had been frowned upon by the defeated regime. In these circumstances the speed with which Edelhagen, who had been playing piano in clubs for the Allied armies, formed a big band of such a high quality was quite remarkable. His first band was in operation before the end of 1946 and thereafter he developed a series of radio big bands that continued into the early 70s. He was one of the first post-war European band leaders to bring in foreign jazz...