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Till Brönner (born 6 May 1971 in Viersen, West Germany) is a jazz musician, trumpeter, singer, composer, producer and photographer.[1]

Till Brönner
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Brönner performing in 2006
Background information
Born (1971-05-06) 6 May 1971 (age 48)
Viersen, West Germany
GenresJazz fusion, vocal jazz, pop
Occupation(s)Musician, arranger, producer
Years active1991–present

Brönner's approach is influenced by bebop and fusion jazz, but also modern pop music, movie soundtracks His trumpet playing is primarily inspired by Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, and Chet Baker. His most influential teachers were Bobby Shew and Malte Burba.

Brönner was raised in Rome and received classical trumpet education at the Jesuit boarding school Aloisiuskolleg in Bonn. He then studied jazz trumpet at the music academy in Cologne under Jiggs Whigham and Jon Eardley.



From 1989–1991, Brönner was a member of the Peter Herbolzheimer Rhythm Combination & Brass. At the age of twenty, he became solo trumpeter of the RIAS Big Band Berlin under Horst Jankowski and later Jiggs Whigham.[2]

Brönner recorded his debut album, Generations of Jazz (1993) with Ray Brown and Jeff Hamilton. His vocal debut was on Love (Verve, 1998). His album That Summer (2004) landed on the German pop chart at No. 16 and made him the bestselling jazz musician in Germany's history. Larry Klein produced his next two albums. Oceana (2006) featured appearances by vocalists Carla Bruni, Madeleine Peyroux, and Luciana Souza. Rio (2009) was a tribute to bossa nova and Brazilian music with appearances by Kurt Elling, Melody Gardot, Sergio Mendes, Milton Nascimento, and Luciana Souza.[2]

Brönner wrote the score for Jazz Seen, a documentary about photographer William Claxton, and composed the soundtrack for Höllentour, a movie about the Tour de France bicycle race. In 2014, he released The Movie Album, which contained cover versions of songs from old movies to the present, recorded in Los Angeles and produced by jazz guitarist and producer Chuck Loeb. 2016 He released his Sony Masterworks debut "The Good Life", a swinging album of standards and originals, produced by dutch producer legend Ruud Jacobs. 2018 he teamed-up with german Bassist Dieter Ilg for his second Sony release "Nightfall", a duo album which won him a platinum record in this category. [2]

In 2010/11 Brönner has appeared as a tv judge on the german version of The X Factor which he won in both seasons with his contestants. He left the show in 2011 to concentrate more on his own music career.

As Germany's only musical representative he participated in Unesco's International Jazz Day celebrations held 2016 at the White House hosted by President Barack Obama, aired on ABC network.

Brönner has worked with Monty Alexander, Tony Bennett, Dave Brubeck, Natalie Cole, Klaus Doldinger, Al Foster, Johnny Griffin, Chaka Khan, Joachim Kühn, Nils Landgren, James Moody, Aki Takase, Take 6, Ernie Watts George Benson Jeff Goldblum and many more.

In 2009 he started to develop his talent in the field of photography, mainly portraits of music artists, later actors and fashion. 2014 he published his first photography coffee table book "Faces of Talent" with teNeues publishing which he received worldwide credit for by trade press and connoisseurs. Since 2018 he has increasingly started to work on commission for art and fashion magazines and is currently preparing his next exhibition on the topic of the german Ruhr region at Museum Küppersmühle (MKM) a center for modern and contemporary art in Duisburg, Germany.

Awards and honorsEdit

  • Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Generations of Jazz, 1993
  • Preis der Deutschen Plattenindustrie, Generations of Jazz, 1993
  • Gold Disc Award, Swing Journal, Love, 1998
  • Echo Award in Jazz Production (National and International), 2007
  • Grammy Award nomination, Best instrumental Jazz Solo, "Seven Steps to Heaven" by Take 6, 2009
  • German Movie Award nomination, Best Music Score, Höllentour


  • Generations of Jazz (Minor Music, 1994)
  • German Songs (Minor Music, 1996)
  • My Secret Love (Minor Music, 1996)
  • Midnight (Universal Classics & Jazz, 1997)
  • Love (Verve, 1999)
  • Chattin' with Chet (Verve, 2000)
  • Blue Eyed Soul (Universal/Verve, 2002)
  • Jazz Seen (A&M, 2002)
  • That Summer (Verve, 2004)
  • Oceana (EmArcy, 2006)
  • The Christmas Album (Universal/Verve, 2007)
  • Rio (Universal Classics & Jazz, 2009)
  • At the End of the Day (Bam Bam, 2010)
  • Till Bronner (Bam Bam, 2013)
  • The Movie Album (Verve, 2014)
  • Canyon Songs (MPS/Naxos, 2015)
  • The Good Life (Sony Masterworks, 2016)[3]
  • Nightfall (Sony Masterworks, 2018) (with Dieter Ilg)


  1. ^ Schulte-Peevers, Andrea (2010-03-01). Germany 6. Lonely Planet. pp. 67–. ISBN 9781741047813. Retrieved 13 December 2012.
  2. ^ a b c Ankeny, Jason. "Till Brönner | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Till Brönner | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 July 2017.

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