Happy Birthday Wolfgang Haffner

virtualdrummerschool 4 December, 2017 459 No Comments

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“Wolfgang Haffner was born in Wunsiedel/Germany in 1965. He started playing drums and piano at the age of six. After finishing school in 1983 he began his career as a professional musician in the German French Jazz Ensemble, conducted by german Jazz legend Albert Mangelsdorff. The Band played Festivals including the Paris Jazzfestival and the Jazzfest Berlin. Haffner later became the drummer in Klaus Doldingers „Passport“, with whom he played for 11 years, touring Europe and Southafrica.
From 1994 to1995 he was the drummer in the Band of one of the greatest female singers of all times, Chaka Khan. 1994 he joined the US Fusion Superband METRO with Chuck Loeb, Mitch Forman and Anthony Jackson.
In 1997 Haffner and his long-time colleague Roberto Di Gioia started their succesful Group “Zappelbude“. Haffner worked with many great Jazz Artists including Pat Metheny, Michael & Randy Brecker, Bill Evans, Woody Shaw, Roy Hargrove, Johnny Griffin, Cassandra Wilson, Joe Pass, Bob James, Joe Lovano, Clark Terry, Eddie Daniels, Mc Coy Tyner, Art Farmer, Pee Wee Ellis, Esbjörn Svensson, Joe Sample, Fred Wesley, Roy Ayers, Hiram Bullock, Will Lee, Robben Ford… ), also with artists and Bands like Jan Garbarek, Michael Franks, „Die Fantastischen Vier“, No Angels, Wolfgang Niedecken, Konstantin Wecker, DePhazz, Lalo Schifrin, and the WDR Big Band Cologne. Haffner has played Festivals around the world, such as Montreux, Paris, Chicago, North Sea Jazzfestival, Los Angeles, Berlin, Vienna, San Diego, Geneva, Amsterdam, Nice, Stockholm, Madrid, Oslo, Zurich, London.
He toured more than 50 countries (Argentinia, Brasil, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Chile, Uruquay, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia Columbia, Portugal Southafrica, USA, India, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria Italy, Jordan, Poland, Hungary, Thailand, England, Spain, Japan, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Latvia, just to name a few…)
In 2002 Haffner formed the Wolfgang Haffner Band which toured in Europe featuring music of his earlier albums “Music“ & “Urban Life“. When not performing with his own Band he plays with the Nils Landgren Funk Unit of sweden and with german trumpet star Till Brönner.
Haffner has played on about 350 Recordings, including ten albums under his own name. In spring 2004 he produced the new album of the iclandic supergroup, “Mezzoforte“. “Zooming“ is the new CD by Wolfgang Haffner on Skip Records. This album combines acoustic Jazz and electronic Sounds featuring guest artists: Johannes Enders (saxophone), Till Brönner (flugelhorn), Rebekka Bakken (vocals), Roberto Di Gioia (keys), Martin Koller (guitar), Tim Lefebvre (bass), and Nils Landgren (trombone). December 2006: Wolfgang Haffner announces his cymbal switch from Paiste to Meinl…

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