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Alexander SchubertAlexander Schubert
Brad LubmanBrad Lubman
Brigitta MuntendorfBrigitta Muntendorf
Christian JaksjøChristian Jaksjø
Cocoon DanceCocoonDance
Ensemble ModernEnsemble Modern
Friederike BrendlerFriederike Brendler
George BenjaminGeorge Benjamin
Gil Monteagudo RuizGil Monteagudo Ruiz
Hendrika EntzianHendrika Entzian
Hermann Kretzschmarhermann Kretzschmar
IEMA Ensemble 2023/24IEMA-Ensemble 2023/24
Jeaduk KimJeaduk Kim
Jim McNeelyJim McNeely
John HollenbeckJohn Hollenbeck
Lawrence PowerLawrence Power
Luke PoeppelLuke Poeppel
Matthias RiekerMatthias Rieker
Megumi KasakawaMegumi Kasakawa
Michael HopeMichael Hope
Niels KleinNiels Klein
Norbert OmmerNorbert Ommer
Po-Chien LiuPo-Chien Liu
Polina KorobkovaPolina Korobkova
Rafaele GiovanolaRafaële Giovanola
Rebecca SaundersRebecca Saunders
Ryoji IkedaRyōji Ikeda
Sofia GubaidulinaSofia Gubaidulina
Stefan AsburyStefan Asbury
Sunghyun LeeSunghyun Lee
Sylvain CambrelingSylvain Cambreling
Tania LeónTania León
Yann RobinYann Robin
Yannik MayaudYannick Mayaud
Yasuhiro ChidaYasuhiro Chida
Żaneta RydzewskaŻaneta Rydzewska


Frankfurt Radio Big Band © hr/Martin Oelze, Dirk Ostermeier
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Today, the Frankfurt Radio Big Band is one of the world's best jazz orchestras of its kind. Based on the playing ideal of jazz, it represents a wide range of styles and genres.

The Frankfurt Radio Big Band unites seventeen outstanding musicians who not only enjoy a high reputation as soloists. Daily rehearsals and concerts, as well as the highest artistic standards, form an ensemble that can meet any challenge with ease. The Frankfurt Radio Big Band regularly explores the possibilities of a contemporary jazz orchestra and transcends stylistic boundaries - for example, when it develops new projects together with Mongolian or North African musicians, with pop stars or with renowned composers of new music. At the same time, beyond any museality, it keeps the great tradition of big band jazz alive with programs ranging from Jelly Roll Morton to Duke Ellington and Gil Evans to Peter Herbolzheimer.

Top-class guests

The Frankfurt Radio Big Band has invited and continues to invite greats from the international jazz scene to Hessen to bring their music to the stage in big band format. For almost all projects, the music is newly arranged or composed. To this end, the Frankfurt Radio Big Band works with a number of top-class arrangers and conductors - first and foremost with its Composer in Residence Jim McNeely, whose arrangements have repeatedly earned the highest praise from musicians, critics and audiences alike.

Promoting young talents

In order to pass on the flame of big band jazz, the Frankfurt Radio Big Band is committed to supporting young musicians. Numerous offers provide young people with intensive, up-close musical experiences and motivate young musicians to be active themselves.

With diverse concert programs performed at the highest level, the Frankfurt Radio Big Band appeals to listeners with a wide range of preferences. All concert projects are recorded for radio or released on CDs.