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Herbert Joos ([?h??b??t ?jo?s]; 21 March 1940 – 7 December 2019) was a German jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist and graphic designer. He made recordings solo and in groups, especially with the Vienna Art Orchestra. In 2017, he received the Jazzpreis Baden-Württemberg for his life's work.

Herbert Joos
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Joos in 2014
Born(1940-03-21)21 March 1940
Died7 December 2019(2019-12-07) (aged?79)
AwardsJazzpreis Baden-Württemberg

Life and worksEdit

Born in Karlsruhe, Joos learned trumpet first by self-study and then by a private teacher. He studied double bass[1] from 1958, but then turned to flugelhorn, baritone horn, mellophone, and alphorn. Since the mid-1960s, he has been a member of Modern Jazz quintet Karlsruhe, from which the group Fourmenonly was created (with Wilfried Eichhorn and Rudolf Theilmann?[de]). Afterward, he was a member of various modern and free jazz formations (with Bernd Konrad?[de], Hans Koller, Adelhard Roidinger and Jürgen Wuchner?[de] among others). He played at festivals and in the Free Jazz Meeting Baden-Baden?[de] of the SWF at a flugelhorn workshop with Kenny Wheeler, Ian Carr, Harry Beckett and Ack van Rooyen and made a name for himself with his solo recording, The Philosophy of the Flugelhorn in 1973.[2] He also led his own wind trio, quartet and orchestra. He achieved more recognition in the 1980s as a member of the Vienna Art Orchestra, which he influenced.[3] Since the 1990s he has participated in the SüdPool project. He has appeared as a duo with Frank Kuruc?[de] as well as in Patrick Bebelaar's groups,[3] for Michel Godard, Wolfgang Puschnig, Clemens Salesny?[de] and Peter Schindler.[4] He also played with the Orchestre National de France.[3]

In 2017, he was awarded the Jazzpreis Baden-Württemberg?[de][3] for his life's work.[1][5] Instead of a speech after the laudations, he thanked in a short phrase, and played a concert with an orchestra of 16.[3] He also produced drawings, book illustrations and paintings.[3]

Herbert Joos died on 7 December 2019[1] after surgery in a Baden-Baden hospital.[3]


Joos left a rich discography?[de] as soloist, in small groups and with orchestras, especially recordings with the Vienna Art Orchestra in the 1980s.[6]


  • The Philosophy of the Fluegelhorn[2]


  • Daybreak - The Dark Side Of Twilight (1977)[2]
  • Cracked Mirrors / Harry Pepl, Herbert Joos, Jon Christensen (1988)[2]
  • Orchestra / Eberhard Weber (1989)[2]

With Vienna Art Orchestra


  1. ^ a b c . Deutschlandfunk (in German). 9 December 2019. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e . EMC Records. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Staiber, Thomas (7 December 2019). . Stuttgarter Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  4. ^ . Stuttgarter Nachrichten (in German). 4 January 2017. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  5. ^ . Baden-Württemberg (in German). Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  6. ^ . Vienna Art Orchestra. Retrieved 6 October 2016.

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