Karl Ratzer

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Karl Ratzer is an Austrian jazz guitarist. He “plays jazz as if it was Viennese folk” (Samir Köck) and leads various band projects. In media as well as his own communication channels, he appears as approachable as eccentric, as contemporary as legendary, as Viennese as worldly.

A bit of history

Among the various rock bands Ratzer was part of as a teenager were the The Slaves. After attennding one of their concerts in Vienna, Mick Jagger and his manager Hansruedi Jaggi engaged the teenagers as a support for The Kinks, The Lords, and other groups Jaggi managed throughout Europe. The Slaves became infamous for outperforming the headliners whom they supported. “They played the KINKS into the ground,” writes Hans Pokara. Ratzer was 15 at that time. Seven years and endless projects later, in 1972, he moved to New York, working with Bob Berg, Steve Grossman, Bob Mintzer, and Jeremy Steig. Back in Vienna since the early 1980s, Ratzer has engaged in projects with Chet Baker, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Johnny Griffin, Lee Konitz, James Moody, Clark Terry, and Chaka Khan.