Born: September 5, 1967 Primary Instrument: Saxophone
Christoph Grab, born in 1967, saxophone player, composer
Christoph Grab's musical education started out with seven years of classical saxophone lessons before attending the Swiss Jazz School in Bern, graduating in saxophone, composition and arrangement. Among his teachers and mentors are Andy Scherrer, Sal Nistico, Jerry Bergonzi, Joe Lovano and Dave Liebman. In 1992 he won the scholarship for young soloists offered by the Friedel Wald Foundation in Basel in a national contest.
Scores of recordings for radio and television broadcasts have followed since, as well as countless tours and concerts in Switzerland, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Russia, Lithuania, Egypt and Turkey. Among those numerous musicians and bands he has been playing with are well-known names like Ray Anderson, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Irene Schweizer, Joe Beck, Mark Egan, Danny Gottlieb, Burhan Oecal, Nils Wogram, Harald Haerter and many others.
At present, Grab leads his own jazz band (The Christoph Grab Quartet); they have released two highly praised albums: personal (UTR4156) and CRYPTIC BLUES(UTR4166 with trombonist Nils Wogram. Besides various freelance jobs on the Swiss jazz scene he works with groups like the Zurich Jazz Orchestra, NEUROMODULATOR, Nadelöhr, Kurt Weil & Vibes Revisited, Elmar Frei Sextett, ContempArabic Jazz Ensemble, BeeStreet, Flisch's News etc.
Along with his occupation as an active musician, Christoph Grab is teaching sax and impro at the Zurich School of Music.
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