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Videos: Barbara Dennerlein in the 1980s

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Barbara Dennerlein is an exceptional jazz organist. Few in the U.S. are familiar with her, largely because Dennerlein has rarely toured here. Born in Munich in 1964, Dennerlein began playing the organ at age 11 in a household where her parents loved jazz. She quickly became a master of the bass foot pedals and was soon playing concerts. Dennerlein is still a monster player. This live clip with Rhoda Scott from the Bern Jazz Festival in 2002 still rocks and speaks volumes about her playing...



Dennerlein has been around since the 1980s. That's when I discovered her. Here are clips of her when she was just starting out:

Here's Dennerlein with German's WDR Big Band in 1984...



Here's Dennerlein a few years later with the Thilo Wolf Big Band...



Here's Dennerlein with guitarist Emily Remler and also saxophonist Sonny Fortune in Switzerland in 1986...



And here's Dennerlein with drummer Michel Houellebecq playing Night and Day at the Jazzbühne Berlin '88" jazz festival in East Germany in 1988, a year before the Berlin Wall came down...



Bonus: Here's Dennerlein in the 2000s improvising on a J.S. Bach toccata and fugue at a Munich church...

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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