Wolfgang Haffner was born in Wunsiedel/Germany in 1965. He started
playing drums and piano at the age of six. He began his career as a
professional musician in the German French Jazz Ensemble, conducted
bygerman Jazz legend Albert Mangelsdorff. The Band played Festivals
including the Paris Jazzfestival and the Jazzfest Berlin. Haffner later
became the drummer in Klaus Doldingers “Passport”, with whom he played
for 11 years, touring Europe and Southafrica. From 1994 to 1995 he was
the drummer in the Band of one of the greatest female singers of all
times, Chaka Khan. 1994 he joined the
US Fusion Superband METRO with Chuck Loeb, Mitch Forman and Anthony
Jackson. In 1997 Haffner and his long-time colleague Roberto Di Gioia
started their succesful Group “Zappelbude”.
Haffner worked with many great Jazz Artists including Pat Metheny, Michael & Randy Brecker, Larry Carlton, Bill Evans, Earl Klugh,Woody Shaw, Roy Hargrove, Johnny Griffin, CassandraWilson, Joe Pass, Bob James, Joe Lovano, Clark Terry, Pat Martino, Eddie Daniels, Mc Coy Tyner, Art Farmer, Pee Wee Ellis, Esbjoern Svensson, Joe Sample, Fred Wesley, Roy Ayers, Hiram Bullock, Will Lee, Robben Ford… ), also with artists and Bands like Jan Garbarek, Michael Franks, “Die Fantastischen Vier”, No Angels, Stefan Raab Helge Schneider, Xavier Naidoo, Sasha, Wolfgang Niedecken, Konstantin Wecker, DePhazz, Lalo Schifrin, NDR Big Band Hamburg and the WDR Big Band Cologne.