born on 25/7/1938 in Frankfurt am Main, Hessen, Germany
Günter Lenz (born July 25, 1938 in Frankfurt am Main) is a German jazz bassist and composer.
First he learned, assisted by Carlo Bohländer, playing guitar and since the mid-1950s, he played jazz in the clubs of the U.S. Army. During the 1959/1960 national service, he switched to the bass. 1961 Albert Mangelsdorff picked him up as member of the Albert Mangelsdorff Quintet. Since then Lenz has also became a member of the "hr-jazz ensemble," for which he arranged and composed too. In 1965 he worked in the quintet of Krzysztof Komeda. In 1968 he played with Joachim Kühn and Aldo Romano in a band led by Barney Wilen at the Berlin Jazz Days. 1970, he played with the George Russell Sextet, and also with a band led by Leon Thomas. 1972 Günter Lenz played with Lightning Hopkins. This allowed him to collect big band experience.
American jazz musicians like to work with him. Chet Baker, Coleman Hawkins, Oliver Nelson and Benny Bailey engaged him for their concert tours and record productions, as well as German musicians such as Eugen Cicero, Horst Jankowski and Volker Kriegel. Mid-1970s, he joined with the drummer Peter Giger to "Clarinet Contrast", an avantgarde band around the clarinetists Perry Robinson, Theo Jörgensmann, Bernd Konrad and Michel Pilz. 1991 he recorded "Life at the Montreux Music Festival" in trio-formation with Uli Lenz and Allen Blairman
Lenz also created orchestral arrangements for Plácido Domingo. From 2001 to 2006 he taught as a bass professor at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart.
- Ulfert Goeman Der Bassist und Komponist Günter Lenz wurde siebzig Jazz Podium 11/2008: 39-41
- Wolfgang Sandner (Hg.) Jazz in Frankfurt Frankfurt a.M: Societäts-Verlag 1990, ISBN 3-7973-0480-3