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Born May 8th 1963 in Wallington (GB)

1969: started playing the trumpet; tuition at first by father, then private lessons with various teachers

1973: moved from London to Lengerich in Westfalia/Germany

1978: awarded 1st prize at „Jugend Jazzt“ (Youth Jazz Competition)

from 1978 -1984 member of the Youth Jazz Orchestra Northrhine-Westfalia

1981-1986: member of „EuroJazz" (European Community Big Band)

1982: passed A-levels at Gymnasium in Lengerich

1982 - 1984: studied jazz trumpet at Cologne Conservatory with Manfred Schoof & Jiggs Whigham a.o.

since 01.01.1985 solo trumpeter with the Big Band of the SDR in Stuttgart (South German Broadcasting Corporation)

since 1985: teaching at Stuttgart conservatory

1989: marriage with Karin (Suhre)

from 01.01.1992 to 31.12.2011 managing partner of the SWR (South-West German Broadcasting Corporation) Big Band - née SDR Big Band - together with Rudolf Reindl

one Grammy award 2023 and seven Grammy nominations with the SWR Big Band: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010 & 2023

since 1993 musical director of the Bow-Tie Big Band

2001 formation of the small group Jazz-it! together with Regina Büchner; CD "Everything Else" released 2005

Recordings and performances with Bob Mintzer, Maria Schneider, Sammy Nestico, Pat Metheny, George Benson, Quincy Jones, Chris Potter, Bob Florence, Frank Foster, Bill Holman, Rob McConnell, Phil Woods, Clark Terry, Don Menza, Slide Hampton, John Beasley, Magnus Lindgren, Paul Kuhn, Max Greger sr. & jr., Peter Herbolzheimer, Horst Jankowski, Hugo Strasser, Buddy De Franco, James Morrison, Randy Brecker, Manny Albam, Etta Cameron, Caterina Valente, Umberto Tozzi, Ricchi e Poveri, Al Martino, New Swabian Brass, Sound Of The Supremes, RSO Stuttgart, Bob Moses, Sam Rivers, Lee Konitz, Arturo Sandoval, a.o. ...

Own small groups: “The Farrent/Büchner Jazz-it!” (GB/D), „Quintessence" (GB/D/USA) and „Under Construction" (GB/D/F)

CDs with the SWR Big Band, the SDR Big Band, the Südfunk-TO Erwin Lehn, the MHS Big Band Stuttgart, EuroJazz, the Köln Big Band, rimaak, the LUX-Orchestra, Jazz-it! a.o. ...

TV, radio and festival performances, studio work, film music, theatre, teaching and workshops

Karl Farrent  | www.farrent.com