Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Haurand, Ali, bass; Viersen, Germany, 15 November. His mother is Louise, born in Viersen , Germany June 12th 1913 and died June 22th 1989. His father Alfred Haurand was born 12 May 1912 in Essen and died September 11th 1943 at the Island Helgoland. He has two sisters, Mercedes Haurand born 1 February 1940 and Marielouise born 20 October 1938, both in Viersen. His daughter Lena was born October 20th 1979 and studies politics and sociology at the University at Cologne, Germany.
The bassist and indomitable engine of the European Jazz Ensemble is, with Gerd Dudek and Alan Skidmore, one of the founding members.
After his studies at the Folkwang School in Essen from 1965 until 1970 in 1968 he founded the band "Third Eye" with the pianist Jan Huydts of the Netherlands. He has toured with Philly Joe Joens, Ben Webster, Don Byas, Bobby Jones, John Handy, Wilton Gaynair, Jan Akkermann & George Maycock.
In 1976 Ali founded the European Jazz Quintet/Ensemble with the saxophonists Alan Skidmore, Gerd Dudek, Leszek Zadlo and the percussionist Pierre Courbois. In 1982 it changed: Gerd Dudek and Ali Haurand stayed in the Ensemble and are now with Allan Botschinsky, Ernst-Ludwig Petroswsky, Manfred Schoof, Tony Levin, Rob van den Broeck, the main musicians of the European Jazz Ensemble. For the 12th jubilee tour more soloists were invited, among others John Taylor, Louis Sclavis, Uschi Br'nning, Enrico Rava, Philipp Catherine, Uwe Kropinski and Jon Christensen. For the 20th Anniversary Tour in 1996 with concerts for WDR radio and television in Cologne, Leverkusen, Cardiff, London and at the 10th International Jazzfestival Viersen, Charlie Mariano, Rolf K'hn, Daniel Humair, Joachim K'hn, Manfred Schoof, Tony Lakatos and Enrico Rava were there as guests.
From 1974-84 he played in the trio SOH with the percussionist Tony Oxley and Alan Skidmore, followed by The Quartet, The Trio, Sense and other projects. For many years he worked with Kenny Wheeler, Tony Coe, Eje Thelin, John Taylor, Enrico Rava, Manfred Schoof, Louis Sclavis, Philipp Catherine, David Friesen, Jiri Stivin, John Surman, Jon Christensen, Alan Jones, Al Foster, Daniel Humair,Charlie Mariano.
For a couple of years he has played in a trio with Charlie Mariano and the percussionist Daniel Humair, as well as a duet with the Prague flautist Jiri Stivin.
In 1982, '84, '85 and '87 European Jazz Polls "Jazz Forum", mentioned with SOH, European Jazz Ensemble and as bassist. Since then and because of his 45 LPs and CD recordings and tours in USA, Canada and Australia he became internationally popular in over 50 countries.
European Jazz Quintet: Live at the New Jazzfestival Moers '77 (1978), Friends (1979), No. III (1982), Live at the International Jazzfestival Viersen (1987), Live at the Cologne Philharmonic Hall (1989), European Jazz Ensemble meets the Khan Family, India (1992); European Trumpet Summit: E. Rava, T. Heberer, A. Botschinsky, J. Hoogendijk (1994); European Jazz Ensemble: Live 20th Anniversary Tour (1996); Mariano-Humair-Haurand (2002)