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Kind of Cool

Wolfgang Haffner and the percussionists of the Berliner Philharmoniker

He has worked with many international rock and pop stars: Wolfgang Haffner is probably the best-known German drummer today. The programme he’s presenting at the series “Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic” is called “Kind of Cool” – together with the percussionists of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

Wolfgang Haffner Drums

Jan Lundgren Piano

Pascal Schumacher Vibraphone

Dan Berglund Bass

Dusko Goykovich Trumpet

Jukka Perko Saxophone

Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Raphael Haeger Percussion, Franz Schindlbeck Percussion, Wieland Welzel Percussion

Thomas Quasthoff Vocals

Miles Davis

So What

Joseph Kosma/Jaques Prévert/Johnny Mercer

Autumn Leaves

John Lewis


Richard Rodgers/Lorenz Hart

My Funny Valentine

Cannonball Adderley

One For Daddy-O

Wolfgang Haffner


Wolfgang Haffner


Wolfgang Haffner/Maurice Ravel/Dave Brubeck

Drum Fantasy/Boléro Blue/Rondo A La Turk

Billy Eckstine/Sid Kuller

Piano Man

Wolfgang Haffner


Dates and Tickets

Wed, 10 Dec 2014 8 p.m.

Philharmonie Foyer

Introduction: 7:00 pm


Wolfgang Haffner, who began playing with jazz trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff’s band at the early age of eighteen, is today probably Germany’s best-known jazz drummer. He not only works with the very best of the current jazz scene (as well as across generations, from Klaus Doldinger to Till Brönner and Michael Wollny), but is also very successful on the international stage: American stars like Pat Metheny, Michael Brecker, Chuck Loeb and John Abercrombie, as well as Scandinavian greats from Nils Landgren to Lars Danielsson, rely on Haffner’s uncompromising drive and inspired creativity. His forceful and dynamic playing has made him one of the most sought-after accompanists to rock and pop stars like Chaka Khan, Die Fantastischen Vier, and the British downbeat band Nightmares on Wax.

In this jazz series, Wolfgang Haffner performs with percussionists of the Berliner Philharmoniker to explore soundscapes that combine the players’ athletic abilities, the physical presence and momentum of sounds, and the wealth of colours of the instruments into a fascinating, full-body sensual music. It becomes clear why the aura of extreme sport is an indispensable element of drumming. Wolfgang Haffner has named this programme Kind of Cool, an evening for Berlin jazz fans to expect any and everything – but nary a dull moment!

Wolfgang Haffner

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