Charly Antolini

Charly Antolini ( born May 24, 1937 in Zurich ) is a Swiss jazz drummer, who began with Dixieland and swing and in the 1960s and 70s to hard bop and fusion ( jazz-rock ) oriented. He is regarded as one of Europe's craftsmanship and best technical drummer.


His education began at the traditional Basel Antolini drum in a drum of schools in his hometown. In 1956 he began playing as a professional jazz musician in Paris. His model is Louie Bellson. In Paris he played among others with Sidney Bechet, Bill Coleman and Albert Nicholas, followed by festival appearances throughout Europe. He became known in the 1950s by his play in the Oldtime Jazz Band "The Tremble Kids" ( with trumpeter Oscar Klein and clarinettist Werner Keller ), with whom he still occasionally played in the 1990s. In 1962 he settled in Germany (Stuttgart), where he made five years along with bassist Peter Witte and pianist Horst Jankowski the rhythmic backbone of the SWR Big Band under Erwin Lehn. He also played in the big bands of Kurt Edelhagen (1974 /75 also took in 1974 at the Soviet Union tour of the orchestra part ), Peter Herbolzheimer and Max Greger and in the NDR Big Band.

Since 1976 he leads with changing line-ups, their own band, "Charly Antolini Jazz Power", in which he with the choice line-up Steve Hooks (tenor saxophone), Andrei Lobanov (trumpet ), David Gazarov (piano), Rocky Knauer ( bass) also always accompanied famous international jazz musicians. He also played, among others Rudi Wilfer, Wolfgang Dauner, Benny Goodman (1981 /2 for the tour in Germany and Italy, a concert in Copenhagen was televised ), Lionel Hampton ( in the 1980s for performances in Sylt and Copenhagen ), Barbara Dennerlein, Albert Mangelsdorff, Earl Hines, Roy Eldridge, Jimmy Giuffre, Art Farmer, Oliver Nelson, Art Van Damme, Fatty George, Stuff Smith, Baden Powell and others. was also famous for his direct cut album Knock Out ( 1979), that within a few days was sold out. It is still regarded as a stress test for hi-fi systems.

In 1994, Antolini with pianist Dirk Rauf iron and bassist Jimmy Woode Super Trio.

Discography (excerpt)