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At the age of 96 years, he has yet occurred, but now he has put the saxophone to: After a long, jazz consecrated life Emil Mangelsdorff died in his hometown of Frankfurt. What remains of the lively Drive in compositions such as "The grave Town Grapple" is. Mangelsdorff died after information of the Jazzinstitut on Friday.

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, said Culture Minister Claudia Roth (Greens) on Saturday in Berlin. "Early on, he discovered with his brother's love for jazz -. In a time when everyone who then listened to jazz or even himself played risked severe punishment" His music and his work remain in memory.

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also prime minister of Hesse Volker Bouffier (CDU) paid tribute, the musicians that "not only to the culture of Hessen rendered outstanding, but provided valuable as a witness of the darkest hours of German history memory work" did. 2015 jazz musician was awarded an honorary professorship of the state of Hesse.

Frankfurt Mayor Peter Feldmann (SPD) wrote Emil Mangelsdorff was groundbreaking for the Jazz and formative for his hometown Frankfurt. "With him we lose one witnesses the Nazi period, who felt firsthand what it meant to oppose the regime as an artist." The big band of the hessian broadcast paid tribute to him as "one of the great pioneers of the German jazz, not least for Frankfurt made an awful lot has. "

Emil Mangelsdorff was the older brother of jazz musician Albert Mangelsdorff (1928-2005), whose instrument of choice was the trombone. The two went their separate ways musically, but also played always together.

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His first encounter with jazz described Mangelsdorff, according to the Frankfurter Bürgerstiftung once with an experience in front of the radio of his parents: "Since Louis Armstrong ran. I was virtually electrified, had a pulse of 160 and knew: This is what I want to do "

But as a teenager learned the native of Frankfurt that his favorite music was considered subversive: the Nazi regime, he played despite the ban in the back room a Frankfurt hotel with friends American swing. So that the police did not suspect that jazz titles were "Germanized". From the "Tiger Rag" "The lion hunt in the Taunus" was, from the "St. Louis Blues ", the" St. Louis-Serenade ". His life has meant Mangelsdorff as a radical democrat. As a witness he told young people about marginalization and oppression in the Nazi regime.

On Dr. Hoch's Conservatory in Frankfurt, he studied clarinet - before he was briefly detained for "undermining military morale" in 1943 and sent to the front to Russia 1944th

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Influenced he was from swing and bebop. His models: Charlie Parker and that often was Lee Konitz in Frankfurt at Mangelsdorff guest. With Charles Mingus he played in New York. At the alto saxophone he let melt in the audience's hearts with empathy-melodic ballads. He also loved classical music - his 1973 deceased first wife Simone was an opera singer. He brought his special sound into bands, were named as Two Beat Stompers or Frankfurt All Stars. In 1966 he founded the Swinging Oil Drops.

Mangelsdorff occurred to concerts all over Germany. His last in the Frankfurt Holzhausenschlösschen he gave last year on November 1, such as the Frankfurt community foundation announced. It was his 213th concert this secluded place - on the internet you can listen to it yet. The "Frankfurter Jazz Days" from 25 March, the musicians of Emil Mangelsdorff Quartet to play for their deceased band leader.

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