Klaus Kreuzeder

Klaus Kreuzeder (4 April 1950 in Forchheim, Germany – 3 November 2014 in Munich, Germany) was a German saxophonist.

Klaus Kreuzeder 2008 in front of a portrait painting by Kai Feldschur


Klaus Kreuzeder was born in Forchheim, Germany in 1950 and grew up in Altdorf near Nuremberg. Since contracting Polio at the age of one and a half years, he was bound to a wheelchair for all of his life, thus also performing live onstage in a wheelchair.

Kreuzeder had a professional music career for more than 30 years. In 1971, he appeared live with the band Ex Ovo Pro at the Free Open Air Festival Hoehn,[1][2] and went on to become a member of the Jazz Rock band Aera[3] whom he performed with as a professional musician from 1973 through 1982, also acting as booking agent and de facto band leader.[4] When Aera disbanded, Kreuzeder suddenly found himself "stranded" and faced with massive debt and financial liabilities as high as 70,000 Deutsche Mark. In below referenced documentary he goes on to explain that his physical disability left him with a very small number of options as to finding a conventional day job, which is why he ultimately decided to make a living as a musician performing in public places and inner city shopping areas (busking). He was joined by guitarist Willi Herzinger and the two rose to some local fame with their street bound performances, which audiences said to be of the highest musical caliber. In 1984 Kreuzeder played four concerts joining Stevie Wonder on stage.

1985 marks the making of the first documentary for movie theaters "Grand Slam" (rated "highly valuable" by critics) and the beginning of a collaboration with Eberhard Schoener for ARD-Klassik-Rocknacht. In the same year, music producer Steve Leistner[5] adds Kreuzeder to his roster of artists and begins producing "Sax as Sax Can"'s first CD. In 1986, Kreuzeder receives the "Kulturpreis" award of the city of Munich and in that same year Bayerischer Rundfunk produce a TV documentary of 45 minutes' length titled "Diesseits von Eden". In 1987 Kreuzeder shares the stage with Stevie Wonder, David Sanborn, Jack Bruce, Gianna Nannini and Sting. The "Sax as Sax Can"-CD is being published in that year followed by many live performances of the duo. In 1988, Kreuzeder is joined by guitarist Henry Sincigno and after some 50 live concerts the two begin producing their sophomore CD "Saxappeal", which is being published in 1990 followed by numerous live and TV performances thus establishing the two-piece act as a household name in the music industry. Kreuzeder also shares the stage with artists like Konstantin Wecker, Bill Withers and Al Di Meola.

In 1999, Leistner's music label Trick Music release a "Best of Kreuzeder"-album.[6] As a proponent of the burgeoning inclusion movement in Germany, Kreuzeder performs six concerts at the Paralympics in Atlanta in 2000.

In 2002 Klaus Kreuzeder becomes a member of the Miroslav Nemec band and often appears with them year round. Notable performances include a concert at Bellevue Palace (Germany) for the German Federal President. Band leader Nemec had risen to popularity due to his part as detective chief superintendent "Ivo Batic" in the German TV crime series Tatort. The two had also become personal friends in addition to performing together.[7]

The progression of Post-polio syndrome symptoms and additionally having contracted cancer resulted in several near fatal collapses of his system. Eventually, his deteriorating condition forced him to terminate his career as a professional musician in 2013.[8][9] Kreuzeder had continued to author his autobiography and a DVD until his death. Both works were due for publication in 2015.[10]



  • Klaus Kreuzeder Glück gehabt. Autobiografie. München (Langen Müller) 2010


  1. ^ Webpage Neustadt near Coburg Archived 2014-12-20 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 2014-02-12
  2. ^ list of music festivals in the 1970s at krautrockseite.de, retrieved 2014-02-12
  3. ^ de:Aera (Band)
  4. ^ Bayerischer Rundfunk docu piece (German), retrieved 2014-11-06 Archived 2014-11-20 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Steve Leistner webpage, retrieved 2014-11-06
  6. ^ Trick Music, official webpage
  7. ^ Webpage Miro Nemec Band Archived 2014-11-04 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved on 2014-11-03
  8. ^ Klaus Kreuzeder Official Webpage
  9. ^ "SZ-Adventskalender "Brotlose Kunst"". Archived from the original on 2014-12-17. Retrieved 2014-11-06.
  10. ^ Bernd Kastner (2014-11-03). "Ein Kämpfer bis zuletzt". Süddeutsche Zeitung. Retrieved 2014-11-05.

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