Fabian Dudek is a German saxophonist and composer. He is currently working on composing idiosyncratic musical forms that deal with rhythm, harmony and structures within the music. These are mixtures of conventional and avant-garde notation and are regularly revised and updated. They focus on the exchange of intellect and emotion.
Dudek’s creative process is strongly influenced by everyday life. Experiences, persons, objects, states, the good, the bad. A majority of the events, visuals, sounds, experiences of everyday go unnoticed. Things that seem normal​ can, under a magnifying glass, unfold differently, perhaps with beauty, perhaps with uniqueness.

Prizes and other things:

  • „Distant Skies, We Dream“ is nominated for the German record critics‘ award (Preis der deutschen Schalplattenkritik)
  • Nomination for Deutscher Jazzpreis (composition / arrangement)
  • „Protecting A Picture That’s Fading“ was nominated for Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (German Record Critics‘ Award)
  • Comissioned compositions „Day by Day“ and „An empty room, then smiling“ for Cologne Jazzweek 2023.
  • Horst & Gretl Will scholarship for Jazz and imrpovised music (prize of the city of Cologne) 2023
  • In 2022 Fabian became one of five new artists for NICA Artist Development
  • In 2022 „Isolated Flowers“ was nominated for Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (German Record Critics‘ Award)
  • Bachelor’s and master’s degree in Cologne at „Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln“
  • In 2018 Fabian Dudek won the Avignon Jazz Award „Tremplin Jazz Européen d’Avignon Grand Prix“ with the Simon Below Quartet.
  • From 2018-2022 Fabian Dudek was a scholar of „Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes“.
  • In 2017 he received the soloist price at „Junger Deutscher Jazzpreis“ in Osnabrück.
  • 2017: Scholarship of the „Dr. Carl Dörken Stiftung“ with Simon Below Quartet.
  • From 2016 to 2018 Fabian Dudek was a member of the German Youth Jazz Orchestra BuJazzO.
  • In 2016 Fabian Dudek and his band „The WhereMe?!“ received a scholarship for artists (Arbeitsstipendium der Stadt Frankfurt) from Frankfurt.
  • In 2015, he received „Kulturförderstipendium der Stadt Rüsselsheim“, a scholarship for artists from Rüsselsheim.
  • From summer 2012 until winter 2013 he studied with Denis Gäbel as a pre-college student in Mainz.

In the past Fabian Dudek played at national and international festivals and locations such as Deutsches Jazzfestival Frankfurt, Jazzweek Cologne, Tampere Jazz Happening, Serious Series, Moers Festival, Avignon Jazz Festival, Jazzfest Bonn, Winterjazz Köln, Klaeng Festival,  c/o Pop Festival, Klaipeda Jazz Festival, Kölner Philharmonie, Loft, Jazz-Fabrik Rüsselsheim …

Fabian Dudek played concerts in France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Ecuador and India.


  • Parzhuber Trio – Snap-Reading Method (Owl Way) – 2024
  • Simon Below Quartett – Encircled (Traumton) – 2023
  • Fabian Dudek / La Campagne – Protecting A Picture That’s Fading (Traumton) -2023
  • Pascal Klewer Big Band – Live at Loft (stssts) – 2023
  • Fabian Dudek Quartett – Isolated Flowers (Traumton) – 2022
  • Wolfgang Pérez – Who cares who cares (Fun in the church) – 2021
  • Dudek/Windisch/Sundland/Baumgärtner (Bandcamp release) – 2021
  • Simon Below Quartett – Elements of Space (Traumton) – 2020
  • Fabian Dudek Quartett – Creating Meaning (Fixcel) – 2019
  • BuJazzO – Cuban Fire (Double Moon) – 2019
  • Moritz Wesp – Recycling Allstars (Independent) – 2019
  • Gianni Brezzo – New Magic (Paper Cup) – 2019
  • Simon Below Quartett – Wailing Wind’s Story (Double Moon) – 2018
  • The WhereMe?! – The WhereMe?! (Independent) – 2018
  • BuJazzO – 30 Jahre Bundesjazzorchester (Double Moon) – 2018
  • Gianni Brezzo – Limonata (Paper Cup) – 2018
  • Dudek/Tiemann/Philipp (Bandcamp release) – 2018
  • BuJazzO – Verley uns Frieden (Double Moon) – 2017


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