Born on 18 September 1976 in Aalen, Axel Schlosser is a German trumpeter and composer of modern jazz.
Schlosser, who grew up in Oberkochen, was introduced to music at an early age by his older cousin who played clarinet and saxophone with both the local musical society and a Dixieland band. Consequently, even as a child, Schlosser already had a focus on New Orleans Jazz and music for brass band. At the age of six, he initially received instruction on the recorder, later followed by the clarinet. He then switched to the flugelhorn when he was 12, focusing on this instrument from that time on. In 1994, he joined BuJazzO (Germany’s national youth jazz orchestra) under Peter Herbolzheimer and remained a member until 1998. In parallel, he also played with the Baden-Württemberg Youth Jazz Orchestra directed by Bernd Konrad. After completing his Abitur school-leaving certificate from the Schiller-Gymnasium in Heidenheim an der Brenz, for which he received a music prize, he studied jazz at Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts from 1997 to 2001. During his studies he was lead trumpeter with the Franco-German Jazz Ensemble led by Albert Mangelsdorff.
On graduating, he was employed for two years by the City of Munich where he taught at a secondary school as part of the “Musik als Hauptfach” (Majoring in Music) project. At the same time, he became a founding member of the “L 14,16” quintet, which also included saxophonist Steffen Weber, pianist Rainer Böhm, bassist Arne Huber and drummer Lars Binder. The ensemble’s first two albums were both winners of the quarterly German Record Critics’ Award. Schlosser has been a member of the Frankfurt Radio Big Band since 2022 and also leads his own group.
Schlosser has played with the Sunday Night Orchestra, the Al Porcino Big Band, the Bobby Burgess Big Band Explosion, the Summit Jazz Orchestra, the SWR Big Band, RIAS Big Band, Orchester Hugo Strasser, Peter Herbolzheimer’s Rhythm Combination & Brass, Big Band Bremen, the Ed Partyka Jazz Orchestra, Mannheim Jazz Orchestra, the Glenn Miller Orchestra under Wil Salden and the Frankfurt Jazz Big Band. He has also belonged to combos led by Charly Antolini and Max Greger, the Max Greger Jr. Quintet, Mariette’s Motion Club, the Louis Armstrong Revival Band, the European Swing Stars, Windstärke 4 and Band in the Box. In recent years his focus has increasingly been on composition, and he likewise teaches at the universities of Frankfurt and Mannheim.
Last updated: August 2022