Etté, Bernard

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Etté, Bernard Gender: M
born on 13 September 1898 at 17:00 (= 5:00 PM )
Place Kassel, Germany, 51n19, 9e29
Timezone MET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 20°51' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 23°31 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 03°54'

Bernard Etté (1938)
photo: Willy Pragher (1908–1992) Blue pencil.svg wikidata:Q2571685 Willy Pragher Descri, license cc-by-3.0


German jazz and light music violinist and conductor known for his work in a radio jazz band and in a few films. In 1927 Etté and his orchestra were shown in several short scenes of the silent documentary Berlin – Die Sinfonie der Großstadt (Berlin - The Symphony of the City) directed by Walther Ruttmann.

Etté was the son of a hairdresser and studied music formally at the Louis Spohr Conservatory in Kassel. He initially worked with Carl Robrecht as an instrumentalist, playing piano and banjo in addition to violin. In the early 1920s he assembled his own ensemble, which took up a residency in Berlin and performed on radio in the early 1920s. The group also recorded in the 1920s, often with travelling American musicians.

During the 1930s, as the Nazi party rose to power, Etté shifted away from jazz to light music, leading a large orchestra; during World War II he played for wounded soldiers on behalf of the Nationalsozialistische Volkswohlfahrt in 1940 and for prison overseers at Auschwitz in 1944. After the war, he moved to the United States and attempted a new career, but was unsuccessful in adopting to new stylistic trends. He returned to Germany, leading bands for luxury retreats in the East Frisian Islands and schlager and operetta backing bands in central Germany. By the end of the 1950s he had quit actively playing music, and lived out his last years in an old folk's home, dying on 26 September 1973 in Mühldorf, aged 75.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth registry entry from Hesse Archives.


  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Conductor
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Violinist)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Jazz