Axel Dörner

Born in Köln, 1964; trumpet.

Axel Dörner's first instrument was piano, which he initially studied at the conservatory in Arnhem, the Netherlands, from 1988 to 1989, and subsequently (1989 to 1996) at the Musikhochschule in Köln. From 1991 he studied trumpet with Malte Burba at the Musikhochschule. During the five years in Köln leading up to 1994, he worked extensively with trumpeter Bruno Leicht, as The Streetfighters Duo, The Streetfighters Quartet (with Wayne Dockery and John Betsch), and The Streetfighters Double Quartet with, among others, Matthias Schubert and Claudio Puntin. During this time he formed the Axel Dörner Quartet with Frank Gratkowski, Hans Schneider and Martin Blume, and The Remedy with Sebastian Gramss and Claus Wagner (and guests Peter Kowald, Tom Cora and Matthias Schubert). Numerous radio, television and concert appearances were made with these groups.

In 1994, Dörner moved to Berlin and the number of activities increased substantially to include:

Axel Dörner's compositions include:

Further information

Chénard, M. (2002). The other trumpet of Axel Dörner. Coda, no. 302, (March/April), pp. 11-13.


1993, The remedy JazzHaus Musik JHM 69.
1993, The morlocks, FMP CD 61. Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra.
1994, Smack up again, Two Nineteen Records 2-19-002.
1995, Die Enttäuschung, Two Nineteen Records 2-19-001. Compositions by Thelonius Monk.
1995, Backgrounds for improvisors, FMP CD 75. Improvisors Pool with Schlippenbach/Rivers.
?, Requiem für einen jungen Dichter, Sony Music 01-061995-10. Bernd Alois Zimmermann.
1995, Berlin Skyscraper '95, FMP CD 92/93. Butch Morris.
1995/1996, Lines, Random Acoustics RA022.
1996, Live in Japan '96, DIW-922. Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra.
1996, Humannoise Congress #7/#8/#9, Humannoise Congress CD-R/booklet.
1996, Suite for B... city, FMP CD 88. t'Nonet Fred Van Hove.
1997, Navigations, Acta 12. Chris Burn's Ensemble.
1997, Offline adventures, Leo Lab CD 057. Not missing drums project.
1997, Hidros one (1997), Caprice 21566. Mats Gustafsson.
1997, Die Enttäuschung, GROB 426.
1997-1999, Constructions I - IV, Utterpsalm CD4. John Wall.
1998, Claque, Meniscus MNSCS 006. Trio with Fred Longberg-Holm and Michael Zerang.
1998, Sven-Åke Johansson's Ol' Man Rebop Ensemble, SAJ CD(R)1.
1998, Trigger zone, FMP CD117. King Übü Örchestrü.
1998, Die harke und der spaten, Umlaut Records UMFR-CD04. Sven-Åke Johansson.
1999, Sonx, Zeitkratzer Records ZKR 99Z2. Zeitkratzer.
1999, Xtensions, Zeitkratzer Records ZKR 9903. Zeitkratzer.
1999, Second edition, Ninth World Music NWM 021. Sweethearts in a drugstore.
1999, Six little pieces for quintet, hatOLOGY 538. Sven-Åke Johansson.
1999, Barcelona series, hatOLOGY 559. With Axel Dörner/Andrea Neumann.
2000, Transatlantic bridge, Okkadisk OD12040. Territory Band-1.
2000, Chain of accidents, Ayler Records aylCD-035. The Electrics.
2000, The contest of pleasures, Potlatch P201. Butcher/Charles/Dörner.
2000, Axel Dörner/Kevin Drumm, Erstwhile 015.
2000, Lines in Australia, Emanem 4075. Lines.
2001, Atlas, Okkadisk OD12050. Territory Band-2.
2001, Listen... and tell me what it was, SOFA 506. No spaghetti edition.
2001, Axel Dörner/Robin Hayward, absinthRecords 005.
2001, Trumpet, a bruit secret 03. Solo.
2001, Phosphor, Potlatch P501.
2001, Total Music Meeting 2001: Audiology - 11 groups live in Berlin, A/L/L002. On two tracks on this compilation CD.
2001, I hear music, SAJ CD(R)3. Sven-Åke Johansson's Rebop Ensemble Berlin.
2001, Thanks cash, Sedimental Records SEDCD036. Axel Dörner/Greg Kelley/Andrea Neumann/Bhob Rainey.
2002, Labor CD, Charhizma 026/027. Compilation CD with Phosphor, plus AD in another duo.
2002, Map theory, Okkadisk OD12050. Territory Band-3.
2002, Look at the music, Olof Bright OBCD09. Solo track on compilation CD.
2002/03, No furniture, Creative Sources CS 009. Boris Baltschun/Axel Dörner/Kai Fagaschinski.
2003, One, SOFA 518. Toot.
2003, Real time satellite data, SOFA 513. No Spaghetti Edition.
2003, To be an animal of real flesh, Charhizma 023. Margareth Kammerer; one track with AD.
2003, A view from the window, Erstwhile Records 041. Rowe/Dörner/Hautzinger.
2003, Stralau, Creative Sources CS 032. Bertrand Denzler/Axel Dörner/Daniel Erdmann/Michael Griener/Günter Müller.
2003, Absence, Creative Sources CS 034. Axel Dörner/Leonel Kaplan/Diego Chamy.
2003/2004, Monk's casino: the complete works of Thelonious Monk, Intakt CD 100. Alexander Von Schlippenbach/Axel Dörner/Rudi Mahall/Jan Roder/Uli Jennessen.
2004, Ballistik I-IX, SAJ CD14. Free Quartett.
2004, Company switch, Okkadisk OD12070. Territory Band-4.
2004, Distinctions, Split CDR 6. Duo with Jim Denley.
2005, ONJO, doubtmusic dms-102. Otomo Yoshihide's New Jazz Orchestra.
2005, Out to lunch, doubtmusic dmf-108. Otomo Yoshihide's New Jazz Orchestra.
2005, Albi days, Potlatch P205. The contest of pleasures (Butcher/Charles/Dörner).
2005, New horse for the White House, Okkadisk OD12080. Territory Band-5.
2005, Primordial soup, Red Toucan RT 9331. Carl Ludwig Hübsch.
2005, Cool Quartett vol. II, SAJ CD18. Cool Quartett.
2005, Live at the Glenn Miller Café, Ayler Records aylCD-034. The Electrics.
2005/08, Two, Another timbre at14. Toot.
2006, Berlin, Absurd. With Mattin.
2006, Live vol. 1: series circuit, doubtmusic dmf-115/116. Otomo Yoshihide's New Jazz Orchestra.
2006, Live vol. 2: parallel circuit, doubtmusic dmf-117/118. Otomo Yoshihide's New Jazz Orchestra.
2006, Tempestuous, Another timbre at01. The contest of pleasures (Butcher/Charles/Dörner).
2006, Collide, Okkadisk OD12090. Territory Band-6 with Fred Anderson.
2006, What matters to Ali, C3R 012. Duo with Diego Chamy.
2006, Super Axel Dörner, absinthRecords 018. Duo with Diego Chamy.
2006, Die Enttäuschung, Intakt CD 125.
2006, Globe Unity - 40 years, Intakt CD 133.
2006, Phosphor II, Potlatch P109.
2006/2007, Sind, absinthRecords 010.
2007, Free electric supergroup, Euphorium Records EUPH 018. Euphorium_freakestra.
2008, Figures and grounds, psi 11.05. Adam Linson Systems Quartet.
2008, The intelligent dancer, absinthRecords 020 (DVD). Includes two duo pieces with Diego Chamy.
2008, A.D., Another timbre at31. Angharad Davies/Axel Dörner.
2008, Dörner/Leimgruber/Landfermann/Lillinger, Creative Sources CS 210.
2008, Nie, Creative Sources CS 203. Ernesto Rodrigues/Christine Abdelnour/Axel Dörner.
2009, Die Enttäuschung, Intakt CD 166.
2009, Große gartenbauausstellung, Olof Bright OBCD 34. SAJ/Andrea Neumann/Axel Dörner.
2010, Cut a caper, Wig 19. Ig Henneman Sextet.
2011, Boperation, Umlaut Records umfr-02. Peeping Tom.
2011, Stonecipher, Fataka 5. Axel Dörner/Mark Sanders.
2011, Fabula, Creative Sources CS 220. Axel Dörner/Ernesto Rodrigues/Abdul Moimême/Ricardo Guerreirot.
2012, Live @ The Ironworks Vancouver, Wig 21. Ig Henneman Sextet.
2012, Vier halbe, Intakt CD 211. Die Enttäuschung.
2012, .AAA. live, Creative Sources CS 255. Dörner/Willers/Kaufman.
2013, The Braxtornette Project, Umlaut Records ub004. Die Hochstapler.
2013, Dirn Bridge, Euphorium Records EUPH 043. Axel Dörner/Elan Pauer/Christian Lillinger.
?, Die Enttäuschung, Crouton Music 25.
?, Improvised music from Japan Extra 2006: Berlin, IMJ-308/9. Track on book/2cd set with Lucio Capece and Robin Hayward.

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