Alan Skidmore, Gerd Dudek, Rob van den Broeck, Ali Haurand, Tony Levin

Alan Skidmore (tenor sax)
Alan Skidmore was born in London in 1942. He received his musical education at the London Conservatory. When but a young man he already played with John Mayall, Alexis Korner, Georgie Fame, the Johnny Dankworth Orchestra, the Stan Tracy Band and Ronnie Scott. Then in later years with Tubby Hayes, John Surman, Chris MacGregor's "Brotherhood of Breath", the George Grunz "Concert Band", Eberhard Weber, Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen, Weather Report, Dave Holland and the BBC Big Band in London. He made recordings with Herbie Hancock, Mike Gibbs, Mike Westbrook and founded SOS with John Surman. As a guest soloist he played in Hamburg with the NDR Big Band and from 1981 to 1984 with the WDR Big Band. Tours with Charlie Watts took in the US and Europe. He has performed with Colin Towns Mask Orchestra at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. When he represented England in 1969 with his quintet at the International Jazz Festival in Montreux, they won the media’s first prize and Alan was rated best soloist. For many years the tenor saxophone prize awarded by the English Jazz Polls of "Melody Maker" has gone to him. He has made vinyl and CD recordings with Chick Corea, George Grunz, SOH, the European Jazz Quintet, Third Eye, Georgie Fame, the EUROPEAN JAZZ ENSEMBLE, as well as with his own quartet.

Gerd Dudek (tenor & soprano sax)
Born in 1938 in Gross-Döbern (now in Poland) Gerd Dudek, after completing his studies, was a member of the famous Kurt Edelhagen Big Band from 1960 to 1964. Whereupon he joined the Manfred Schoof Quintet. As a member of the Albert Mangelsdorff Quintet and the German All Stars he undertook several tours of Asia and South America. Gerd has also played in a quartet with Alan Skidmore and Adelhard Roidinger. He was one of the founding members of the Manfred Schoof Big Band as well as of both Alexander von Schlippenbach´s "Globe Unity" and "Berlin Contemporary Orchestra". What is more, Gerd Dudek was also among the founding members of the EUROPEAN JAZZ ENSEMBLE in 1976. Besides many other productions with various groups and soloists, he made a recording in Japan in 1961. In the 1960s he went on tour with George Russell and Don Cherry. He has worked extensively in trios, quartets and duets with Ali Haurand. With the EUROPEAN JAZZ ENSEMBLE and smaller formations he has recorded more than 70 records and CDs.

Rob van den Broeck (piano)
Rob van den Broeck was born in Hilversum, the Netherlands, in 1940. In 1961 Rob began playing with various Dutch groups, such as, among others, Dick Vennik´s group and the Chris Hinze Combination (with Gary Brown on drums and John Lee on bass). He has recorded with Billy Higgins, Clint Houston, Joe Farell, Kenny Wheeler, Alan Skidmore, Ali Haurand and Gerd Dudek. For many years now he has headed the Band "FREE FAIR", which is famous both as a combo and as a quartet plus four trombones and four trumpets. Rob has made several CDs for the Timeless label, among them with Joe Farell, Dexter Gordon, Billy Higgins, Clint Houston, Louis Hayes and Ben Webster. He has, moreover, recorded several trio albums with the English drummer Tony Levin. He has worked together with Ali Haurand in the group "THIRD EYE" since 1972, making recordings with that group, with Alan Skidmore and Wilton Gaynair. Rob has been a member of the EUROPEAN JAZZ ENSEMBLE since 1981 and also since 1982 of its Quartet & Trio formation. Thirteen recordings chronicle his intense work with Gerd Dudek and Ali Haurand, among them: "Dedication" (1982), "Relation" (1984), "Interchange" with E.L.Petrowsky (1985) and "Live" (1987); "Pulque", "After All“ and "Crossing Level" between 1990 and 1998 (also published by Konnex Records, Berlin). Tours have taken him as far afield as Canada and Australia.

Ali Haurand (bass)
Ali Haurand was born in Viersen, Germany, in 1943. Right after finishing his studies at the Folkwang School in Essen he founded his first trio. Since 1967 he has been a member of the George Maycock Trio. In 1969 Ali with the Dutch pianist Jan Huydts founded the group "THIRD EYE". Ali has toured with Philly Joe Joens, Ben Webster, Don Byas, Bobby Jones, John Handy, John Surman, Kenny Wheeler, Jan Akkerman, Joachim Kühn, John Taylor, Tony Coe, Eje Thelin, Joe Albany and Enrico Rava. Together with Gerd Dudek, Alan Skidmore, Leszek Zadlo and Pierre Courbois he founded the "EUROPEAN JAZZ ENSEMBLE" in 1976. From 1978 to 1984 he played with SOH, a trio that included Tony Oxley and Alan Skidmore. In 1982 with Rob van den Broeck and Gerd Dudek he formed "THE QUARTET". As leader of the "EUROPEAN JAZZ ENSEMBLE" he has been on tour in Australia, Canada, Russia, Africa and very nearly all European countries. He is also a member of Pantomime & Jazz, which includes the mime Milan Sládek from Slovakia and the Czech flute player Jiri Stivin. With Jiri Stivin he has been collaborating in a duet for a long time now. Tours and festivals have taken him all over Europe, America and even further afield; notable festivals include: Moers, Berlin, Warsaw, London, Paris, Den Haag, Vancouver, Toronto, Barcelona, Prague, Burghausen, Munich, Oslo, Sydney, Melbourne, Leverkusen, to name but a few. Since 1998 he has been playing in a trio with the alto saxophone player Charlie Mariano and the drummer Daniel Humair. The 10th, 12th, 20th and 25th anniversary concerts of the EUROPEAN JAZZ ENSEMBLE were recorded for German Television and broadcast by the WDR station in Cologne, West Germany’s leading broadcaster. Ali won the European Jazz Poll of the "Jazz Forum Magazine" in 1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1990, with the European Jazz Ensemble, with SOH, or as a bass player. Since 1991 he has also been doing freelance work for the WDR TV station and has acted as co-presenter of the two TV series "Round Midnight" and "Fullhouse". The more than 50 records and CDs to his name so far - as well as his many concert tours – have made him an internationally recognized artist. Thus in 2005 by being made a "Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" Ali Haurand received the French Republic’s highest award for cultural achievements.

Tony Levin (drums)
Tony Levin was born in Shropshire in the UK in 1940. He has been an ardent student of drums and jazz since the age of 13 and has been working with professional musicians since the age of 17. An artist of renown since the 1960s for his work with world class musicians, his tours throughout Britain and not least his masterful performance at "Ronnie Scott´s" in London, Tony has played with such people as - to name but a few - Al Cohn, Zoot Zims, Steve Lacey, Hank Mobley, Toots Thiedemanns, Dave Holland, Harry "Sweet" Edison, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Kenny Wheeler, Lee Konitz, Art Farmer, Red Rodney, Johnny Griffin, Annie Ross, John Hendricks, Gary Burton and Joe Henderson. Tony was a regular member of many famous British groups (records of all of which are available): from 1965 to 1969 of the quartet of the legendary saxophone player Tubby Hayes, which besides Tony included Mick Pyne (piano) and Ron Mathewson (bass), in 1969 of the Alan Skidmore Quintet and from 1973 until 1979 of the John Taylor Quartet and Kenny Wheeler Sextet, besides being a member of a quartet with Stan Sulzmann, Chris Pyne and Chris Laurence. He formed a duet with John Surman – which was recorded at the Moers New Jazz Festival for Moers Music in 1976. He became a member of the international group Third Eye with Ali Haurand, Wilton Gaynair and Alan Skidmore in 1979. He has also recorded with Rob van den Broeck ("Heavy Duty", Timeless Records, 1982) as well as with Keith Tippett´s Septet (1984) - which also included Larry Stabbins, Elton Dean, Paul Rogers, Nic Evans and Mark Charig. He has performed with Andy Sheppard, Evan Parker and Paul Dunmall. Tony has been on many tours throughout Europe, with, for instance, the group Nucleus, and has appeared at numerous festivals. He has been a member of the EUROPEAN JAZZ ENSEMBLE since 1988. Furthermore, he is also with Keith Tippett, Paul Rogers and Paul Dunmall a member of the group "Mujician".

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