Uli Wunner

Uli Wunner

... plays Clarinet & Altosax

Uli grew up in a family in which music played an important role. He began playing learning the piano and then the clarinet at an early age. With a family member at his side, i.e. his older brother Johannes on piano he founded his first jazz band. Very soon the music of New Orleans became Uli’s passion. When the Australian trumpeter Geoff Bull and his New Orleans style band had a guest performance in the Allotria Club in Munich this passion became even stronger. Enchanted by the New Orleans saxophone legend Captain John Handy Uli started playing the alto sax.

In 1979 the young musicians made their dream come true and visited New Orleans for the first time. The Storyville Shakers, a band that had started as a musical get together of friends and family members now became one of the most renown traditional jazz formations on the European scene. This was greatly owing to Uli’s playing, which was enthusing more and more jazz fans and critics. With this group Uli played with such New Orleans greats as Leroy Jones, Gerald French and the legendary “Sing” Miller.

His virtuosity, his musical sensitivity and his personality have won Uli friends and fans all over Europe. Though Uli has always had a full-time job beside his music, his musical achievements are unique. He is considered one of Europe’s most outstanding clarinettists and alto saxophonist in today’s traditional jazz, yet he equally masters traditional Martinique music and Brazilian choro music.