Christof Lauer

Christof Lauer (born 25 May 1953)[1] is a German jazz tenor and soprano saxophonist,[2] born in Melsungen, Germany, perhaps most well known in Europe where he has done projects with various musicians, such as Palle Danielsson, Carla Bley,[3] Anthony Cox, Michel Godard and Gary Husband,[4] Vince Mendoza's Jazzpaña, Michel Portal, Maria João, Alphonse Mouzon,[2] and Peter Erskine.[5]

Christof Lauer
Background information
Born (1953-05-25) 25 May 1953 (age 69)
Melsungen, Germany
Instrument(s)Tenor and soprano saxophone
LabelsCMP, ACT

Since 1979 he is member of the Jazzensemble des Hessischen Rundfunks led by Albert Mangelsdorff. In 1994 Lauer joined the United Jazz and Rock Ensemble and replaced Charlie Mariano,[6] and is also a member of the Hamburg NDR Radio Orchestra.[4]


  • Christof Lauer (CMP, 1989), quartet with Joachim Kühn, Palle Danielsson and Peter Erskine
  • Bluebells (CMP, 1992) with Wolfgang Puschnig, Bob Stewart and Thomas Alkier
  • Evidence (CMP, 1995), trio featuring Anthony Cox and Daniel Humair
  • Mondspinner (Free Flow Music, 1996), quartet with Ralf R. Hübner
  • Fragile Network (ACT, 1999), quintet featuring Michel Godard, Marc Ducret, Anthony Cox and Gene Jackson
  • Shadows in the Rain (ACT, 2001), duo with pianist Jens Thomas plus strings featuring Sidsel Endresen, tribute to Sting
  • Pure Joy (ACT, 2003), duo with pianist Jens Thomas
  • Heaven (ACT, 2003) with Norwegian Brass featuring Sondre Bratland, Rebekka Bakken and Geir Lysne
  • Blues in Mind (ACT, 2007) with Michel Godard and Gary Husband
  • Play Sidney Bechet Petite Fleur (ACT, 2014) with the NDR BigBand


  1. ^ "Christof Lauer Archived 2009-05-03 at the Wayback Machine",, retrieved 2010-02-12
  2. ^ a b Shand, John (2005),, September 25, 2004, retrieved 2010-02-12
  3. ^ "Selected Recordings Archived 2013-10-19 at the Wayback Machine", ECM, retrieved 2010-02-12
  4. ^ a b Fordham, John (2007) "Christof Lauer, Blues in Mind", The Guardian, 9 February 2007, retrieved 2010-02-12
  5. ^ Karlovits, Bob (1990) "Brief disc-cussions", Pittsburgh Press, 29 April 1990, retrieved 2010-02-12
  6. ^ Huey, Steve "The United Jazz + Rock Ensemble Biography", Allmusic, retrieved 2010-02-12