Klaus Doldinger

Not to be confused with Klaus Dinger.
Klaus Doldinger
Background information
Birth name Klaus Erich Dieter Doldinger
Born (1936-05-12) 12 May 1936
Berlin, Germany
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Saxophone, keyboards, synthesizer, film scorer
Associated acts Passport
Website klaus-doldinger.de

Klaus Doldinger (born 12 May 1936) is a German saxophonist, especially well known for jazz and as a composer of film music. He was the recipient of 1997's Bavarian Film Awards.

Life and work

Doldinger was born in Berlin, and entered a Düsseldorf conservatory in 1947, originally studying piano and then clarinet,[1] graduating in 1957. In his student years, Doldinger gained professional performing experience, starting in 1953 in the German Dixieland band The Feetwarmers, and recording with them in 1955. Later that year he founded Oscar's Trio, modeled on Oscar Peterson's work.

During the 1960s he worked as a tenor saxophonist, working with visiting American jazz musicians and recording in his own right.[1]

Doldinger is perhaps best known for his film scores to the acclaimed German U-boat film Das Boot (1981) and later The NeverEnding Story (1984).

Doldinger married Inge Beck in 1960; they have three children, Viola, Melanie and Nicolas Doldinger. Since 1968 they have resided in Icking, a small Bavarian village, south of Munich.

Doldinger's jazz band Passport (2008)

Doldinger's recurring jazz project Passport, started in 1971 (then called "Klaus Doldinger's Passport"), still enjoys huge success in Germany. In its influence it was sometimes called the European version of Weather Report.[2]

At various times members of Passport included Peter O'Mara (guitar), Roberto DiGioia (keyboards), Patrick Scales (bass, since 1994), Ernst Stroer (de:Ernst Ströer) (percussion, since 1989), Christian Lettner (drums, since 2000), Michael Hornek (keyboard since 2009), Biboul Darouiche (percussion, since 1995) and others. Guests include Brian Auger (1973), Johnny Griffin (1973) and Pete York (1973).[3] The first true Passport album had strong ties to Amon Düül II containing contributions from Olaf Kübler, Lothar Meid and Jimmy Jackson, it remains an off-the-radar Krautrock essential

Selected film and TV scores


  1. 1 2 Yanow, Scott. "Klaus Doldinger: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-10-28.
  2. "Klaus Doldinger's Passport". Warnermusic.de. 5 December 1936. Retrieved 2011-07-22.
  3. Klaus Doldinger's Homepage; Flash-based, preventing deep links – to see the band lineup click "Musiker"
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