Sokal Harry

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Year of Birth:  1954
Date of Birth:  18. March 1954
Place of Birth:  Vienna
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Harry Sokal is for sure one of the most important "Post Coltrane" saxophonists to be found in Austria.


1977 - 1985

performances with his own formation "Timeless"

1977 - 2010

founding member

1979 - 1999

member of Art Farmer Quintett


Depart: foundation and ever since member, relaunch in 2006

further collaborations e.g. with Art Blakey, Dave Holland, Terje Rypdal, Daniel Humair, Michel Portal, Mike Richmond, Minu Cinelu, Friedrich Gulda, Idris Muhammad, Joe Zawinul, Harry Pepl, Jene Jackson, Andy McKee

initiation and direction of a number of projects with national and international artists

teacher for saxophone and improvisation


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Hans-Koller-Award in the category "Musician of the Year"

Description of Style

Harry Sokal's playing is distinguished not only by his virtuosity on the instrument, but it's his lyrical tone and stylistically pure lines, which always relate to the character of the piece, identifying him as an outstanding musician of this country.
"I try to present as many colours as possible within my music, also for the reunification of quality and different styles and at the same time I try to reach as many people as possible."


Harry Sokal

Press Reviews

4. October 2002

[...] it's nice to live in a time when a musical giant like this unique saxophonist sets the tone.

Wiener Zeitung



Austria's most famous saxophonist Harry 'Saxman' Sokal [...]

Kronen Zeitung



He stomps and blows with recurring motifs [...]

Up, Lauda Air

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