Gebhard Ullmann

Born on november 2, 1957 in Bad Godesberg, Germany saxophonist (tenor and soprano), bass clarinetist, bass flutist and composer Gebhard Ullmann studied medecine and music in Hamburg and moved to Berlin in 1983. Since then he has recorded more than 50 CDs as a leader or co-leader for prestigious labels such as Soul Note (Italy), Leo Records (UK), Between The Lines (Germany), CIMP (USA), NotTwo Records (Poland), Clean Feed (Portugal) Unit Records (Switzerland) and others. For many years he is considered one of the leading personalities in both the Berlin and international music scenes and has received numerous awards for his work including the Julius Hemphill Composition Award in two categories (’99), the Deutsche Phonoakademie award (’83), one of the first SWF Jazz Awards (’87) the first Berlin Jazz Award (2017) and the nomination best-jazz-CD-of-the-year by the German Schallplattenkritik for his CD Tá Lam in 1995. His CDs Final Answer (2002) The Bigband Project (2004) New Basement Research (2008) News? No News! (2010) Mingus! (2011) Clarinet Trio 4 (2012) Hat And Shoes (2017) were all listed in Downbeat Magazine among the best CDs of those years. The CD Transatlantic received the prestigious Choc of the French Jazz Magazine in 2012. Since 2005 Gebhard Ullmann is listed in the Downbeat Critics Poll, 2015 for the first time in three categories. Since 1993 Ullmann was a recording artist for Soul Note and has been living in New York City and Berlin. He has toured with his music throughout Europe as well as Africa, the Middle East, Canada, New Zealand, the USA, South East Asia, Mexico and China and performed on most of the world’s most prestigious jazz festivals. Ullmann’s working bands are: Basement Research (with Steve Swell, Julian Argüelles, Pascal Niggenkemper, Gerald Cleaver), the cooperative band Conference Call (with Michael Stevens, Joe Fonda and Dieter Ulrich), the Clarinet Trio (with Jürgen Kupke and Michael Thieke), BassX3 (with Chris Dahlgren and Clayton Thomas) the Berlin quartet Gulf of Berlin (with Gerhard Gschlössl, Johannes Fink and Jan Leipnitz) his new Duo with vocalist Almut Kühne and The Chicago Plan (co-lead with Steve Swell. With Fred Lonberg-Holm and Michael Zerang). Some of the more recent projects are the Double Trio de Clarinettes (the Clarinet Trio plus the French Trio de Clarinettes) the 8-piece Berlin Suite with all well known Berlin based improvisers, the duo with Achim Kaufmann, a 90-minute Solo program and the electro/acoustic project Das Kondensat (with Oli Potratz and Eric Schäfer). He also is a member of the NY Scott DuBois Quartet, the Berlin Hannes Zerbe Jazz Orchestra, the Jazz Orchestra of the japanese pianist Satoko Fujii and Septych,HAT AND SHOES label: Between The Lines recording: Kreisschule Mutschellen, Switzerland by Walter Quintus project: Basement Research – Julian Argüelles (bs) Steve Swell (tb) Gebhard Ullmann (ts, bcl) Pascal Niggenkemper (b) Gerald Cleaver (dr) the project of the Belgian pianist Bram de Looze. During the 80’s Gebhard Ullmann was a leading force in the musicians‘ organisation JazzFront Berlin. Since the mid 90’s he had a teaching assignemnt for saxofone and ensemble at the University of Music Hanns Eisler in Berlin for 10+ years. He also held master classes at universities worldwide. Since 2014 he is the head of the German Jazz Musicians‘ Union. Ullmann recorded or performed with Paul Bley, Andy Emler, Han Bennink, Satoko Fujii, William Parker, Barry Altschul, Herb Robertson, Marvin Smitty Smith, Laurent Cugny, Ellery Eskelin, Bob Moses, Keith Tippett, Frank Gratkowski, Sergeij Starostin, Tiger Okoshi, Bobby Previte, Ernst Ludwig Petrowsky, Glen Moore, Trilok Gurtu, Ab Baars, Andreas Willers, Lauren Newton, Andrew Cyrille, Sylvie Courvoisier, Steve Swell, Frank Möbus, Lee Konitz, Alexander v. Schlippenbach, Benoit Achiary, Willem Breuker, Carlos Bica, Enrico Rava, Rita Marcotulli, Bob Stewart, Dieter Glawischnig, Tony Malaby, Drew Gress, Michael Rabinowitz, Matt Wilson, Ivo Papasov, the Ensemble Percussion de Guinee, the European Radioorchestra, spoken word artist Sadiq Bey, the actor Otto Sander and many musicians from the Berlin scene as well as many others.
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