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Wolfgang Haffner
Wolfgang Haffner was born in Wunsiedel/Germany in 1965.
He started playing drums and piano at the age of six. After finishing school in 1983 he began his career as a professional musician in the German French Jazz Ensemble, conducted by german Jazz legend Albert Mangelsdorff. The Band played Festivals including the Paris Jazzfestival and the Jazzfest Berlin. Haffner later became the drummer in Klaus Doldingers „Passport“, with whom he played for 11 years, touring Europe and Southafrica. From 1994 to1995 he was the drummer in the Band of one of the greatest female singers of all times, Chaka Khan. 1994 he joined the US Fusion Superband METRO with Chuck Loeb, Mitch Forman and Anthony Jackson. In 1997 Haffner and his long-time colleague Roberto Di Gioia started their succesful Group “Zappelbude“.

Haffner worked with many great Jazz Artists including Pat Metheny, Michael & Randy Brecker, Bill Evans, Woody Shaw, Roy Hargrove, Johnny Griffin, Cassandra Wilson, Joe Pass, Bob James, Joe Lovano, Clark Terry, Eddie Daniels, Mc Coy Tyner, Art Farmer, Pee Wee Ellis, Esbjörn Svensson, Joe Sample, Fred Wesley, Roy Ayers, Hiram Bullock, Will Lee, Robben Ford... ), also with artists and Bands like Jan Garbarek, Michael Franks, „Die Fantastischen Vier“, No Angels, Wolfgang Niedecken, Konstantin Wecker, DePhazz, Lalo Schifrin, and the WDR Big Band Cologne.

Haffner has played Festivals around the world, such as Montreux, Paris, Chicago, North Sea Jazzfestival, Los Angeles, Berlin, Vienna, San Diego, Geneva, Amsterdam, Nice, Stockholm, Madrid, Oslo, Zurich, London.

He toured more than 50 countries (Argentinia, Brasil, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Chile, Uruquay, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia Columbia, Portugal Southafrica, USA, India, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria Italy, Jordan, Poland, Hungary, Thailand, England, Spain, Japan, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Latvia, just to name a few...)

In 2002 Haffner formed the Wolfgang Haffner Band which toured in Europe featuring music of his earlier albums “Music“ & “Urban Life“. When not performing with his own Band he plays with the Nils Landgren Funk Unit of sweden and with german trumpet star Till Brönner.

Haffner has played on about 350 Recordings, including ten albums under his own name. In spring 2004 he produced the new album of the iclandic supergroup, “Mezzoforte“.

“Zooming“ is the new CD by Wolfgang Haffner on Skip Records. This album combines acoustic Jazz and electronic Sounds featuring guest artists: Johannes Enders (saxophone), Till Brönner (flugelhorn), Rebekka Bakken (vocals), Roberto Di Gioia (keys), Martin Koller (guitar), Tim Lefebvre (bass), and Nils Landgren (trombone).

December 2006: Wolfgang Haffner announces his cymbal switch from Paiste to Meinl...

Source: wolfganghaffner.com




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London Drummer Live 2007
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Recorded Live at the Philharmonie Berlin and Festspielhaus Baden Baden, Germany. All songs composed and arranged by Wolfgang Haffner.










performed with:

Passport
Michael Brecker
Randy Brecker
Jan Garbarek
Bob James
Joe Sample
Robben Ford
Chaka Khan
Johnny Griffin
Woody Shawn
Art Farmer
Will Lee
Joe Lovano
Nils Henning
Orsted Pedersen
Clark Terry
Harry "Sweets" Edison
George Gruntz
Bob Mintzer
Gil Goldstein
Dave Liebman
Kenny Burell
Bill Holeman
Manfred Schoof
Victor Bailey
Benny Bailey
Brian Auger
Leni Stern
Barbara Dennerlein
Vince Mendoza
John Abercrombie
Christof Lauer
Michel Forman
Mel Brown
Tim Lefebvre
Jon Werking
Lionel Cordew
Metro
Roberto Di Gioia
Jim Pugh
Lawrence Feldman
Eddie Daniels
Bashiri Johnson
Al Cohn
Peter Valentine
Andy Snitzer
Kip Kuepper
Tony Kadleck
Klaus Genuit
Miller Anderson
Hermann Breuer
Al Cohn
Carmen Cuesta
Eddie Daniels
Klaus Doldinger
Passport
Electric Blues Duo
Paul Heller
Rolf Kuhn
Chuck Loieb
Metro
Joe Pass
Nelson Rangell
Lalo Schifrin
Michael Franks
Eddie Daniels
Gato Barbieri
Paquito D'Rivera
Till Brönner
Mangelsdorff/Dauner
Hildegard Knef
Zappelbude
Rolf Kühn
Ilg/Schröder/Haffner
Konstantin Wecker
Pe Werner
NDR Big Band
Manfred Krug
Peter Herboltzheimer
Scales Brothers
Joe Haider
German Jazz Masters
Quique Sinesi
Roman Schwaller
Isla Eckinger

.....and many more


































Meinl Drumfestival 2007
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Meinl Drumfestival 2007
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London Drummer Live 2007
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NAMM 2008
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The German Jazz Master:
Albert Mangelsdorff - Klaus Doldinger - Wolfgang Dauner - Manfred Schoof -
Eberhard Weber - Wofgang Haffner









Tribute to Wes Montgomery - Berklee 2005





Dusko Gojkovich Quintett - Tokio/Japan.








Wolfgang Haffner - Gully Briem - Musikmesse Frankfurt 2009


Wolfgang and the lovely ladies from Drums & Percussion






Paul Jackson Jr. - Wolfgang Haffner - Larry Carlton



McCoy Tyner



J.R. Robinson



Tom Brechtlein



Johnny Griffin



Ralph McDonald



Benny Greb - Bernhard (Drummerworld) - Wolfgang Haffner
Musikmesse Frankfurt 2006







Drummer Live 2007 London - Ian Croft watching....



Wolfgang Haffner - NAMM 2008



J.R. John Robinson - Wolfgang Haffner
Yamaha Groove Night
Musikmesse Frankfurt 2008





...from Wolfgang Haffner

Dear Bernhard,
This is the best, I mean really the best drummer site I´ve ever seen.
Keep up your fantastic work. Drummerworld rules!!!
All the best to you.
Wolfgang
Wolfgang Haffner