born on 7/5/1955 in Hamburg, Germany
Axel Zwingenberger (born May 7, 1955) is a blues and boogie-woogie pianist, and songwriter. He is considered one of the finest boogie-woogie music masters in the world.
Zwingenberger was born in Hamburg, Germany, and enjoyed eleven years of conventional piano training. In 1973 he listened to recordings of boogie-woogie pianists Albert Ammons, Meade "Lux" Lewis, and Pete Johnson. He soon joined piano playing partners Hans-Georg Moeller, Vince Weber and Martin Pyrker, and word about the four friends began to spread. In 1974, he played at the First International Blues-and-Boogie Woogie Festival of the West German Radio Station in Cologne which was followed by Hans Maitner's annual festival Stars of Boogie Woogie in Vienna.
By 1975, Zwingenberger received his first recording contract, issuing such solo recordings as Boogie Woogie Breakdown, Power House Boogie, and Boogie Woogie Live, as well as lending his talents to recordings by such artists as Lionel Hampton, Jay McShann, Big Joe Turner, Lloyd Glenn, Joe Newman, Sippie Wallace, Mama Yancey, Champion Jack Dupree, Sammy Price, Ray Bryant, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Vince Weber, and the Mojo Blues Band, among others. In addition to issuing other solo recordings, Zwingenberger continues to tour all over the world. He has also authored several publications about blues/boogie-woogie music and musicians as well as Boogie Woogie: Piano Solo, a book of 12 of his compositions, exactly transcribed.
Being a railfan since early childhood, he is also known for his photographs of steam locomotives, including some taken from within the machinery itself. Zwingenberger established a non-profit foundation within the German Foundation for the Protection of Historical Monuments which donates for the preservation of monuments on rails, including the world's fastest operational steam locomotive, the German DR 18 201.
In spring 2009, coordinated by young pianist Ben Waters from the UK, Zwingenberger renewed his relationship with Charlie Watts, drummer of The Rolling Stones. Together with bassist Dave Green, they played joint concerts billed as The ABC&D of Boogie Woogie. In June 2012 they released their first joint album The ABC&D of Boogie Woogie - live in Paris and presented it in New York by playing concerts at Lincoln Center and The Iridium Jazz Club.
|1996||Boogie Back To New York City||solo - live||Vagabond|
|1992||Boogie Woogie Classics||solo||Polygram Int'l|
|1985||Boogie Woogie live||solo - all original compositions by A.Z.||Vagabond (also issued on Calligraph)|
|1980||Power House Boogie||solo||Vagabond|
|1978||Boogie Woogie Breakdown||solo||Telefunken|
|2012||The ABC&D of Boogie Woogie - Live in Paris||Axel Zwingenberger, Ben Waters, Charlie Watts & Dave Green||Eagle Records|
|2012||The Joy of Boogie Woogie||w/ Keito Saito, p||Quatre Mains Records, Japan|
|2010||The Magic of Boogie Woogie||w/ Charlie Watts, dr & Dave Green, b||Vagabond|
|2009||Lady sings the Boogie Woogie||w/ Lila Ammons, voc||Vagabond|
|2008||Saxy Boogie Woogie||w/ Big Jay McNeely, sax & The Bad Boys||Vagabond|
|2004||Groovology||w/ Gottfried Boettger, p||Vagabond|
|1999||Brothers in Boogie||w/ Torsten Zwingenberger, dr||Vagabond|
|1999||The Boogiemeisters||w/ Vince Weber, p + voc||Vagabond|
|1996||Swing the Boogie!||w/ Jay McShann, p + voc||Vagabond|
|1982||The Boogie Woogie Album||w/ Lionel Hampton Orchestra||Vagabond|
|1978||Let's Boogie Woogie All Night Long||w/ Big Joe Turner, voc - German Record Award 1979||Vagabond|
|1976 2015||Boogie Woogie Session '76 live in Vienna - The Complete Recordings||w/ Hans-Georg Möller, Martin Pyrker, Torsten Zwingenberger & Vince Weber||EMI / Vagabond (re-release of 2 CDs + DVD)|
|Year||Title||Axel Zwingenberger & The Friends Of Boogie Woogie - Series||Label|
|2000||Vol. 10: Kansas City Boogie Jam||w/ Big Joe Duskin, voc, Sammy Price, p, Jay McShann, p||Vagabond|
|1999||Vol. 9: Red Hot Boogie Woogie Party||w/ Red Holloway, sax & voc, Mojo Blues Band - live||Vagabond|
|1993||Vol. 8: Heat It Up||w/ Red Holloway, sax & voc, Mojo Blues Band||Vagabond|
|1992||Vol. 7: Champion Jack Dupree sings Blues Classics||w/ Champion Jack Dupree, voc, Mogens "Basse" Seidelin, b, Michael Strasser, dr||Vagabond|
|1990||Vol. 6: On Stage with Champion Jack Dupree||w/ Champion Jack Dupree, voc & Torsten Zwingenberger, dr||Vagabond|
|1988||Vol. 5: Champ's Housewarming||w/ Champion Jack Dupree, voc, Mojo Blues Band||Vagabond|
|1987||Vol. 4: The Blues Of Mama Yancey||w/ Estella "Mama" Yancey, voc||Vagabond|
|1986||Vol. 3: An Evening with Sippie Wallace||w/ Sippie Wallace, voc - live||Vagabond|
|1985||Vol. 2: Between Hamburg & Hollywood||w/ Big Joe Turner, voc, Joe Newman, tp & voc, Lloyd Glenn, p, Torsten Zwingenberger, dr||Vagabond|
|1984||Vol. 1: Sippie Wallace||w/ Sippie Wallace, voc||Vagabond|
Zwingenberger also appeared on Just For A Thrill by Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings
- Richard Cook & Brian Morton: Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings, Penguin, first issue 1992, 8th 2006, ISBN 978-0-14-102327-4
- Colin Larkin: The Guinness Who's Who of Jazz, Guinness Books UK, from 1992 on, ISBN 0-85112-580-8
- Peter Silvester: The Story Of Boogie Woogie - A Left Hand Like God, Quartet Books UK, 1988, updated issue 2009, Scarecrow Press, ISBN 978-0-8108-6924-0
- Barry Kernfeld: The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd edition 2002 (title of vol.3: Nightclubs - Zwingenberger), 3000 pp. ISBN 1-56159-284-6
- Du Noyer, Paul (2003). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music (1st ed.). Fulham, London: Flame Tree Publishing. p. 181. ISBN 1-904041-96-5.
- All About Jazz: Axel Zwingenberger bio
- Axel Zwingenberger: Boogie Woogie: Piano Solo (1997) - ISBN 3-926398-01-9
- Axel Zwingenberger, Vom Zauber der Züge - The Magic of Trains photo book - ISBN 3-926398-02-7
- Axel Zwingenberger: Boogie Woogie Piano Solo: transcription of the CD VRCD 8.85007 - ISBN 3-926398-01-9
- Axel Zwingenberger's homepage
- Interview with Axel Zwingenberger
- Axel Zwingenberger on IMDb
- Axel Zwingenberger biography at All Music