Ogerman and Sinatra at a session for the "Francis Albert Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim" recording.
Ogerman Tidbits & News
"Old" news about Claus from Billboard Magazine - October 9, 1965, Page 24!
Gene Lees' publication
"Jazzletter" (Volume 20, No. 9 - September 2001) has Claus Ogerman as
the main and only subject for all 8 pages. It is a splendid account
of the milestones in Ogerman's career and has snips of interview
questions and gives informative background on Claus that shows where
he came from and what influenced him. As I always tell people,
his career has been about as diverse as any musician who ever lived
and Claus is one who can claim that he's done it all--from classical
to jazz to pop and even rock n' roll. Not many musicians (let alone
splendid arrangers) can lay claim to this kind of experience. Kudos
to Mr. Lees for such a wonderful tribute to Claus in this edition of
But absolutely no kudos go to Mr. Lees for calling Claus' early
'60s work for U.S. pop artists "crap" (see my editorial on this
subject, here). These paragraphs in the .pdf docs
below also comprise the same linernotes Gene Lees wrote for
Ogerman: The Man Behind the
Music" boxed set
booklet. The full text of this article is in .pdf format below:
Newspaper Article on Claus' Classical Works
- This is an article written for a São Paulo, Brazil newspaper
which talks about Claus' original classical compositions and the
albums they appear on. (Estadao de São Paulo - February 2002)
Journalist Writes about Claus
- "Ogerman. Elegia dell'easy listening. Secondo il magico Claus" by
Massimo Milano ("Il Manifesto" - June 8th, 2002). [IN
This article analyzes both Claus' arranging and
writing techniques for orchestra and was featured in the weekly
literary supplement of one of Italy's leading daily newspapers.
[Thanks to Massimo Milano for providing this article]
Newspaper: Die Welt 14.01.1982 "Karriere
Newspaper: Süddeutsche Zeitung
24.04.02 "Ein Ohrwurm ist schön, macht aber viel
News-Magazine: Focus 26.11.01 "Jazz
Fanzine/Magazine: Pacific: Interview with Claus
Ogerman by Stefan Kassel (6 pages), no date; approximately 3-4 yrs.
In a book written by Gene Lees regarding the
recording of the Jobim/Sinatra album "Francis Albert Sinatra and
Antonio Carlos Jobim", there is a part entitled "The Performance and
the Pain" (1967). On page 138, the author describes an example when
Sinatra uses a German accent while speaking with Ogerman...
An article Gene Lees wrote in "High
Fidelity-Musical America XXV/10 (1975)", on page 19 is entitled
"The Real Claus Ogerman Stands Up".
from Claus to this webmaster!
Letters have been received since February 2003
by this webmaster from Claus Ogerman himself regarding this website
and facets of his career. Claus has also begun to contribute several
items to this website including an
order form (see below) for those
who wish to obtain printed sheet music of his original compositions
and arrangements. Other items contributed include album listing
information and also an
interview article from a music publication dated January/February
I am very honored and pleased that Claus is participating in providing items for this site - and I will of course add any further items he gives to this site without delay.
form received from Claus
This form lists printed sheet music editions of
his classical works which can be ordered directly from the company
located in Studio City, California. The list has been converted to a
printable .pdf document and is located for downloading, below. Anyone
wishing to order items from the list should print this form, check
off the items desired and then mail it directly to the address on the
form with payment. Please note that this form is NOT a price list nor
does it contain prices and you should therefore call or fax the
telephone numbers provided on the form to determine price and
shipping to your area, etc. Additionally, you can use the EPS Price
List (next item below) to determine the price of the work but keep in
mind that this Price List from EPS may not reflect current prices, so
you still may want to call them for verification.
- Printable order form/list of classical works composed by Claus
Ogerman available for purchase. PLEASE NOTE: Per Claus Ogerman
himself, ALL Claus Ogerman sheet music can be obtained from the U.S.
Studio City, California address listed on this form. Write to that
distributor's address if you are located within the United States,
tell them what you are looking for and you will hear back from them.
There is also a phone number and fax number with the address for your
convenience. If you are located in Europe or any other part of the
world, write to or call the Munich, Germany location listed on this
When you contact the distributor, please
mention that you obtained the information to contact them through
[Updated info on this order form information courtesy of Claus Ogerman]
Please access the .JPG files below within your browser (or download them), print them out and and completing them, mail them to the nearest address contained on the form (depending on whether you are located within Europe or the United States).
Empire-cover.JPG (full-sized version of what is shown above)
Claus Ogerman was extensively interviewed in
this publication concerning his classical works and the pages are
listed below for viewing. Click on each file to bring it up in a
separate browser window. The text had to be inverted (white text on
black background) due to background color of scanned pages and in
order to make it easier to view.
- Page 1 of "Fanfare" interview by Martin Anderson.
- Page 2 of "Fanfare" interview by Martin Anderson.
- Page 3 of "Fanfare" interview by Martin Anderson.
- Page 4 of "Fanfare" interview by Martin Anderson.
- Page 5 of "Fanfare" interview by Martin Anderson.
[Interview article courtesy of Claus
On July 30, 2003 on the "Entertainment Tonight" syndicated tv show, they showed clips of new and upcoming feature films. A love story between two teenagers (title of movie not yet revealed as of that date) had - as part of the soundtrack - Claus' bossa nova arrangement of "The Look of Love", sung by Diana Krall on her album of the same name and also performed during the "Live in Paris" DVD!
Another Claus' arrangement featured in a broadcast tv advertisement!
The Claus Ogerman arrangement of George Benson's "Breezin'" (from the album of the same name) is currently being played in a medley of music for the tv commercial advertising Philadelphia's WJJZ 106.1 FM Smooth Jazz Radio Station as of 8/7/03.
Claus Ogerman composition in Songwriters Hall
The above was found on the internet, indicating that a composition with music by Klaus Ogermann and lyrics by Ervin Drake entitled "Girl of the Year" was selected
to be in the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The composition was published by Claus Ogerman's "Glamorous Music" publishing company.
Claus Ogerman composition heard on NPR "Jazz
On Sunday, April 18, 2004 at 10:00 a.m., NPR
broadcast a radio show hosted by Nancy Wilson on the life and talent
of pianist Hank Jones. One of the first pieces played in the hour was
Claus Ogerman's "Favors", which Jones recorded on three different
occasions, on three different albums.