Manfred Schoof

Manfred Schoof (born 6 April 1936) is a German jazz trumpeter.

Manfred Schoof
Manfred Schoof in 1984
Background information
Born (1936-04-06) April 6, 1936
Magdeburg, Germany
GenresJazz, free jazz, classical

Schoof was born in Magdeburg and studied music in Kassel and Cologne.

He is a founder of European free jazz and collaborated with Albert Mangelsdorff, Peter Brötzmann, Mal Waldron, and Irène Schweizer. He has interpreted Die Soldaten, an operatic work by the contemporary composer Bernd Alois Zimmermann.

Schoof won various jazz prizes and is involved in the German musical rights association. Since 2007 he has been chairman of the Union Deutscher Jazzmusiker. He has been a professor in Cologne since 1990.


As leader

  • Voices (1966)
  • Manfred Schoof Sextett (1967)
  • European Echoes (1969)
  • Scales (1976)
  • Light Lines (1977)
  • Horizons (1979)
  • Manfred Schoof Orchester + Albert Mangelsdorff, Wolfgang Dauner, Eberhard Weber (Amiga, 1984)
  • Resonance (2009)

As sideman

With Graham Collier

With Stan Getz, Francy Boland and the Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band

With George Gruntz

With George Russell

With Irène Schweizer, Barney Wilen et al.

  • Jazz Meets India (SABA, 1967)

With Mal Waldron


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