Biography & Resume

Ralf Rotzek cruise musician

Multi-instrumentalist from Germany

Ralf is a trumpet and flugelhorn, piano and harp player and singer born 1979 in Ulm, Germany. He performs as a featured soloist, 1st chair and band leader in different bands and teaches basic trumpet as well as Jazz improvisation and band leadership skills.

His first class trumpet education both in classical music and in Jazz qualifies him in performing different music styles and being a sought-after soloist and lead trumpet player for Orchestras, Jazz Big Bands, Combos and Dance Bands.

Besides Ralf has been a studio recording artist for more than 20 years and is acting as a Musical Director and arranger for brass sections.

As a freelance musician Ralf is a frequent featured sub in many European Jazz Big Bands and Orchestras and has been touring internationally, performing in the United States of America, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Egypt, United Kingdom, France, The Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Russia, The Czech Republic and of course in all over Germany.

Ralf also performs on cruise ships worldwide and supports international guest entertainers and headliners as the lead trumpet player and soloist. Besides he tours internationally with his own trumpet solo show at sea and on land.

Ralf has been playing, touring and recording with lots of the well-noted and most influencing European Jazz musicians such as Dusko Goykovich, Johannes Herrlich, Günter “Baby” Sommer, Wolfgang Dauner, Klaus Graf, Michael Lutzeier, Peter Tuscher, Harald Rüschenbaum, Joe Viera, Joo Kraus, Harry Reischmann, Peter Gruber and many others.

Ralf Rotzek cruise trumpet

Internationally Ralf is a valued fellow musician and toured with singer and piano virtuoso Austin Ray from Palm Springs and L.A. based and gold-plated Hollywood composer Bob Barrett, Terence Elliott (guitar, Blood Sweat and Tears, Stevie Wonder, George Michael) and Randy Caputo (drums, member of the Jazz Legends Hall of Fame Society).

He's also been performing internationally with world-class star entertainers and headliners such as Ryan Ahern (piano, Las Vegas), Todd Adamson (voc, New York), Duncan Tuck (guitar, Denver) or Craig Richard (sax, Colorado).

Press & audience comments

Rotzek trumpet show
Ralf is a master on the trumpet and the flugelhorn. His ballad-styled solos are soft and heart-warming, tones sweet like honey - often combined with a smooth echo. His playing reminds you of Jazz trumpet legend Chet Baker.
A glistening gem in the trumpet section! Ralf easily masters every solo in a fascinating manner adding a lot of heart and soul and amazing technique to it.
Wow! When closing my eyes I thought Chet Baker was alive again on stage! 
What a "sound rocket"! Jazzy and virtuous trumpet improvisation - screaming, howling, sometimes demanding, then giving in again, even sighing at times. Highest musical talent easily delivered!

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