German jazz pioneer iconic clarinettist Rolf Kühn has died at the age of 92

German media are reporting the death on 18 August at 92 of the iconic jazz clarinettist and early European jazz pioneer Rolf Kühn. The Cologne born player who grew up in Leipzig, an older brother of avant pianist Joachim Kühn, during his long …

Published: 22 Aug 2022. Updated: 3 months.

German media are reporting the death on 18 August at 92 of the iconic jazz clarinettist and early European jazz pioneer Rolf Kühn. The Cologne born player who grew up in Leipzig, an older brother of avant pianist Joachim Kühn, during his long career performed with as vastly disparate iconic figures as Benny Goodman, John Coltrane and Chick Corea. Kühn's career began with the RIAS Dance Orchestra in Berlin and saw him later moving to live in New York.

Back in Germany in the 1960s Kühn directed the NDR television orchestra, conducted and composed and worked for the theatre. Zeit quote Kühn's wife Melanie, his brother Joachim, Jazzhaus Artists and Edel/MPS jointly stating that the clarinettist "was dedicated to music, culture and joy until his last day."

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