Klaus Doldinger

The founder and leader of legendary fusion group Passport, saxophonist Klaus Doldinger’s diverse musical career began in the 1950s when he was playing in various dixieland bands. By 1961 he was working with such top visiting and expatriate Americans as Don Ellis, Johnny Griffin, Benny Bailer, Idrees Sulieman, Donald Byrd and Kenny Clarke, recording as a leader for Philips, World Pacific and Liberty. In 1970, he initiated a long series of fusion sessions for Atlantic which featured his tenor, soprano, flute and occasional keyboards with an electric rhythm section.
In addition to writing music for films and television in Europe, Klaus Doldinger has remained active as a player.