Born in Braunschweig, Germany in 1972, Nils Wogram started a classical training at the age of 12. Between 1989 and 1992 he repeatedly was awarded at the German federal competition “Jugend musiziert” and won several other prizes for contemporary classical music and jazz. In 1989 he became a member of the German Federal Jazz Orchestra, led by the internationally known trombonist and big band arranger Peter Herbolzheimer. A grant from the “New School” brought Nils to New York where he stayed from 1992 to 1994 and studied with such greats like Reggie Workman, Slide Hampton, Conrad Herwig, Kenny Werner, Buster Williams, Maria Schneider and Jiggs Wigham. His 1994 debut album “New York Conversations” was released by Mons Records.
After returning from New York, Nils has become one of the most sought-after trombone players in Germany. With his own quartet as well as a soloist with bands as Jazzkantine, Frank Band, Underkarl, De 8 Baan, Gunter Hampels Next Generation he has appeared at international festivals as Jazz Baltica, Varna Summer Festival, Moers New Jazz Festival, ENJA 25th aniversary (New York) and played concerts in the USA, France, Switzerland, Austria, Bulgaria, Netherlands, and of course Germany. He also took part in several TV and radio productions in Germany. In 1995 he was nominated for the SWF Jazz Award and received a grant from the federal state of Nordrhein-Westfalen for the production of his CD “Round Trip” (ENJA). 1998 his third CD “Speed Life” (ENJA) was released and he won the jazzprize NÃ¼rnberg as well as the SWR radiojazzprize and the prize of the state of Nordrhein-Westfalen.
He is doubtless one of the most remarkable newcomers in the German and European jazzscene. With his three CD releases “New York Conversations” (Mons Records), “Round Trip” and “Speed Life” (ENJA-Records) the Cologne-based composer and trombonist introduces a kind of music that has as much compositional as impro-vised elements. Different styles such as mainstream, free music and new music are being connected in a very natural way. Enthusiastic reviews celebrate his unique trombone-playing and composing. So a concert becomes an impressive listening experience and during many tours in Europe the quartet has developed it’s very own sound.