Tuesday, December 25, 2007

R.I.P.: Günter Noris

The pianist and band leader Günter Noris died November 27th in Kerpen, near Cologne, Germany, at the age of 72. Noris played with the Helmut Brandt Combo in the late 1950s, worked as an arranger for German Radio in the 60s as well as accompanying the singer Hildegard Knef. In 1971 he formed and led the Big Band der Bundeswehr (Army Big Band), a job he quit in 1983 after being dissatisfied with the army's bureaucracy. He then formed his own Gala Big Band playing dance music. Obituaries: Bunte, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

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