Berry, Hans

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Berry, Hans Gender: M
Max Richard Hans Berry
born on 20 September 1906 at 10:45 (= 10:45 AM )
Place Berlin, Germany, 52n29, 13e21
Timezone CET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 26°31' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 21°29 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 17°04'


German jazz musician (trumpet, violin, piano) and composer; in 1960 he was described as "the top German trumpeter from 1930 to today".

He started out by founding his own "Berry-Band" with Hans Rettig, then he had numerous engagements, including from 1929 to 1931 with "Fabian's Jazz Syncopators", and briefly with the famous "Weintraubs Syncopators". Then Hans Berry played with Billy Bartholomew and Kurt Widmann.

On 19 August 1935 the Nazis banned him from employment, however he worked in Switzerland, and later also in the Netherlands and Belgium. He played with Coleman Hawkins, Teddy Stauffer, the Lanigiros, Carlo Minari, Willie Lewis, Benny Carter, Bill Coleman, Ray Ventura, Gus Clark, Davie Bee, Fud Candrix, Jean Omer, Rex Stewart and in the Belgian Quintette du Hot Club.

Hans Berry died in Berlin on 7 October 1984 at age 78.

Link to Wikipedia biography (German)


  • associate relationship with Stauffer, Teddy (born 2 May 1909). Notes: Music collaborators
  • associate relationship with Stewart, Rex (born 22 February 1907). Notes: Music collaborators
  • associate relationship with Ventura, Ray (born 16 April 1908). Notes: Music collaborators
  • associate relationship with Widmann, Kutte (born 2 March 1906). Notes: Music collaborators


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth registry entry from Berlin archives.


  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Composer/ Arranger
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Group/ Duo
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Trumpet, violin, piano)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Jazz