RIAS Big Band (Berlin, Germany)
RIAS = Radio im Amerikanischen Sektor (Broadcast in the American sector of the devided city of Berlin, founded 1946)
The orchestra was founded on Nov 1, 1948; the 1st public concert took place on April 24, 1949.

current lineup:
Jörg Achim Keller - conductor

former members: Hans-Georg Arlt, conductor of the string section; Helmut Brandenburg aka Cookie Freeman, conductor (1970-1975); Eugen Cicero, piano; Peter Herbolzheimer, conductor; Dave Hildinger, conductor, composer, arranger (1966-1970); Horst Jankowski, piano, conductor (1975-1995); Rolf Kühn, clarinet; Werner Müller, trombone, conductor (1948-1966); Barry Ross, trombone, arranger; Jiggs Wigham, trombone, conductor (1995-2000)

guest soloists: Monty Alexander, Carlie Antolini, Benny Bailey, Ray Brown, Dave Brubeck, Charlie Byrd, Conte Candoli, Jeff & John Clayton, Natalie Cole, Ray Conniff, Keith Copeland, Sammy Davis jr., Buddy de Franco, Robin Eubanks, Georgie Fame, Alan Farnham, Peter Fessler, Herb Geller, Astrud Gilberto, Stephane Grappelli, Benny Green, Max Greger, Allan Harris, Deborah Henson-Conant, Red Holloway, Greetje Kauffeld, Geoff Keezer, Pete King, Lee Konitz, Paul Kuhn, Chris Potter, Claudio Roditi, Lalo Schifrin, Bud Shank, Clark Terry, Jean "Toots" Thielemans, Catarina Valente, Bill Watrous, Nancy Wilson, Helmut Zacharias


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