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Jutta Hipp: 1925-2003
Jutta Hipp

Born: February 4, 1925 in Leipzig, Germany
Died: April 7, 2003 in New York City, New York

Pianist made brief impact on 50s bop scene

Copyright © 2003 


Jutta Hipp studied painting in Leipzig, but became interested in jazz in the early 1940s, and formed her own group in Munich after the war. She worked with Hans Koller in Europe, and recorded for Blue Note with her own band in 1954.

She moved to the USA in 1955 and made further recordings with a trio which included Peter Ind (and later Ahamed Abdul-Malik) on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums, and also recorded with Zoot Sims. She stopped playing in public after 1958, and returned to her early interest in visual arts.

Arild Wideröe writes:

Pianist Jutta Hipp died yesterday morning (7 April). It appears that she died without family or friends to help her. She never married. Some neighbors in her apartment building, one of whom is a nurse with the city of New York, helped to care for her after she was discharged from the hospital.

Her brother lives in Germany and is too ill to come to the U.S. although he visited her last summer. Lee Konitz and his wife called Jutta occasionally and visited her when they came to the U.S. Jutta seems to have had insufficient funds for a burial or a funeral, and she willed her body to Columbia University.

JJA members are invited to submit a full obituary or appreciation.

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