Rudi Mahall

Rudi Mahall (born December 23, 1966 in Nürnberg, Germany) is a contemporary jazz bass clarinetist.

Rudi Mahall
Mahall at the Moers Festival 2018
Background information
Born (1966-09-23) September 23, 1966
OriginNuremberg, Germany
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
InstrumentsBass clarinet, clarinet
Years active1988–present
Associated actsBerlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra

While studying classical clarinet, Mahall shifted towards contemporary music, improvisation and jazz. He is, or was a member of following bands: Avantgardeband Die Hartmann 8, Der Rote Bereich (initially comprehending Frank Möbus, Marty Cook, Jim Black und Henning Sievert), the Trio Tiefe töne für Augen und Ohren (with Sievert and Bill Elgart), Carlos Bicas Azul and Die Enttäuschung (amongst others with Axel Dörner, Jan Roder). He carried out several projects and published CDs with Aki Takase, about the work of Eric Dolphy and others. Mahall participated to Alexander von Schlippenbach's recording of the complete works of Thelonious Monk, published by a prestigious Swiss label, and he is a member of the Globe Unity Orchestra. Moreover, he performed with Conny Bauer, Lee Konitz, Barry Guy, Karl Berger, Paul Lovens, Sven-Åke Johansson, Radu Malfatti, Ed Schuller, Ray Anderson, Kenny Wheeler, Hannes Bauer and many others.

Mahall performed at the Free Music Festival Jazz à Mulhouse in 2008, at the Moers Festival, the JazzFest Berlin, the Leverkusener Jazztage and jazz festivals in New York City, Amsterdam, München, Würzburg, Nürnberg, and he toured in Portugal, southern and eastern Africa.


  • Solo, Psi Records, 2006.
  • Monk's Casino: Alexander von Schlippenbach, Axel Dörner, Rudi Mahall, Jan Roder, Uli Jenessen, Aki Takase. Intakt Records, 2005.
  • Contemporary Quartet Marcin Oles, Bartlomiej Oles, Rudi Mahall, Mircea Tiberian. Nottwo Records, 2002.
  • with Juergen Wuchner et al.
    • Trio in Treptow, Rudi Mahall, Jürgen Wuchner, Uli Jennessen, Date unknown
    • Chambermusik, with Jürgen Wuchner Group, 1996
  • with Aki Takase
  • Der Rote Bereich: Rudi Mahall, Frank Moebus & John Schröder
    • Live in Montreux, ACT Records, 2004
    • Love Me Tender, ACT Records, 2001
    • Drei, Jazz4Ever Records, 1998
    • Zwei
    • Eins
  • Die Enttaeuschung: Rudi Mahall, Axel Dörner, Jan Roder, Uli Jennessen
    • 5, Intakt Records CD 166, 2009
    • 4, Intakt Records CD 125, 2007
    • Drei, Grob Records, 2007
    • Zwei, 2002
    • Eins
  • Quartetto Pazzo: Rudi Mahall, Christof Thewes et al.
    • Melancholera JazzHausMusik, 2007.
    • Quartetto Pazzo JazzHausMusik, 2003.
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