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About Gunnar Pfabe


agent, promoter, manager (on the foto on the left side me together with Butch Morris), i see myself rather as a producer than simply an agent. Cause a extended live-tour is a product and a good number of set-ups of projects or bands which went out on the road and got successful and recorded CDs and albums were my idea.
I got into the business in 1973 as a roadie for Eberhard Weber's band Colours, soon became roadmanager of ECM records and travelled along 7 years with nearly all the cats as there are Jack De Johnette, Lester Bowie, Pat Metheny , Egberto Gismonti, Jan Garbarek or Charlie Haden, only to mention a few thanks Thomas Stöwsand, who was business-manager at ECM in the seventies. Then after three years as booker and roadmanager in Gabi Kleinschmidt's agency, where i worked with Alphonse Mouzon, Joe Henderson or Sun Ra, only to mention a few, i started my own agency in 1984 with my first exclusive artist Baden Powell, whom i brought back on the european market for a so called "come back" after a long pause of absence caused by problems people go through some times in life. Charlie Mariano was the second one in the late 80's which i promoted for live-tours. I brought as the first agent Myra Melford with own bands to Europe after i heared her once in Frankfurt on a festival where she performed during the first Knitting Factory European Tour. Also Dave Douglas became stable on the European market through my initiative bringing over his Tiny Bell Trio for several times or in duo with Han Bennink. Though this guy would never agree this fact if you would ask him ;-)). And a lot more artists got somewhere through my activities. Most of "my" artists i once started to work with years ago are loyal and staying with me until today, profit from my experience, reliability and consequence and my constantly increasing contact-list of theatres, clubs or festivals. Want to know who they are ? Check # (to be continued) #

Gunnar Pfabe joined the JazzTimes community on Aug 14, 2010