born on 6/4/1936 in Magdeburg, Germany
Manfred Schoof (born 6 April 1936 Magdeburg) is a German jazz trumpet player.
He studied music in Kassel and Cologne.
He is a founder of European free jazz and collaborated with Albert Mangelsdorff, Peter Brötzmann, Mal Waldron, and Irène Schweizer. He has interpreted Die Soldaten, an operatic work by the contemporary composer Bernd Alois Zimmermann.
Schoof won various jazz prizes and is involved in the German musical rights association, since 2007 he is chairman of the Union Deutscher Jazzmusiker. He has been a professor in Cologne since 1990.
- European Echoes (1969) FMP 0010. Reissued on CD by Atavistic (UMS/ALP232CD).
- Scales (1976) JAPO 60013 (out of print)
- Light Lines (1977) JAPO 60019 (out of print)
- Horizons (1979) JAPO 60030 (out of print)
- Resonance (2009) ECM 2093 (Double CD reissue of most of the tracks of the three JAPO releases)
With George Russell
- Electronic Sonata for Souls Loved by Nature (1969)
With Mal Waldron
- Hard Talk (Enja, 1974)
- One-Upmanship (Enja, 1977)
- FMP releases