/  Fritz K Renold

Fritz K Renold

Musical Director

Early years

Fritz Renold was born in Wettingen, Switzerland. His father played accordion and introduced him to Tango and Dixieland. As a boy clarinetist, Renold played Mozart’s Concerto, “Saints,” gospel, and Beatles songs. He joined the school band at 14 in order to get an alto sax, even though he hated marching bands. He heard Charlie Parker then, but remained unimpressed until, at 18, he joined a big band and played Sammy Nestico’s Basie Book. When he discovered Miles Davis’Funny Valentine and Kinda Blue in the LP bins at Montreux, he was converted to jazz.

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