At the age of eighteen, Wolfgang Haffner was discovered by legendary German jazz trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff. One couldn’t imagine a better start to a career. After Mangelsdorff came Doldinger, Chaka Khan, Pat Metheny, the Brecker Brothers – and regularly to this day, Till Brönner, Nils Landgren, and Thomas Quasthoff. Haffner has long been a mentor to aspiring young jazz musicians. "I like strong melodies and beautiful harmonies," he says. He is a drummer who listens and never loses sight (and ear) of his fellow musicians – whether with brooms or sticks, in the combo or in the big band.