Manfred Schoof (trumpet & flugelhorn) PDF Print
Manfred Schoof was born in 1936 in Magdeburg in the eastern part of Germany. Manfred grew up perfecting his innovative jazz style, often practicing on either his jazz trumpet or his flugelhorn. By the time he reached high school, Manfred was composing his own arrangements. In 1955 he decided to purse a musical career, enrolling in the Music Academy (Musikakademie) in Kassel. After studying and performing there for three years, he moved on to improve his techniques still further to the Cologne Academy of Music (Musikhochschule). While there, Manfred took a jazz course given by Kurt Edelhagen, a West German bandleader with a radio program of his own. Schoof and Edelhagen established a musical connection, with the pupil contributing to the teacher's Radio Big Band radio show. At the same time, Manfred began touring with Gunter Hampel. In 1965 Manfred created a free jazz quintet with Gerd Dudek and Alex von Schlippenbach. It would provide the foundation for another band he formed in 1969, the Manfred Schoof Orchestra. The group toured throughout Germany and Europe, featuring Evan Parker and Irène Schweizer, among others. In 1969 Manfred joined the George Russell Orchestra and stayed with the band until 1971. Throughout the next two decades he expanded his musical horizons, recording and performing with several groups and artists, including the Globe Unity Orchestra and Jasper van't Hof. Manfred also began composing classical music pieces, often for the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 1985 Manfred Schoof has been a regular guest with the EUROPEAN JAZZ ENSEMBLE, performing at its 10th anniversary bash in 1986, in 1989 in concerts with it at the Cologne Philharmonic Hall, in London and Madrid and as one of the artists celebrating its 20th anniversary with the CD "Live" in 1996 and at the concert the ensemble gave for German TV.