IGNAZ DINNÉ was born on may 9th 1971 and grew up in Germany surrounded by the music of his father ED KROEGER. He started playing saxophone at the age of 17 and soon received an invitation to become a member of the German Youth Orchestra (Bujazzo) where he featured as a soloist.
Ignaz received a scholarship for the world renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston. Here he formed the IGNAZ DINNÉ International Quartet and toured extensively. Ignaz Dinné was then invited to join the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz on a full scholarship where he was the first european in the program and the only saxophonist. The institutes group toured through India and Thailand with featured guest soloists Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter.
Ignaz has studied and performed with such prominent artists as Wynton Marsalis, Jackie McLean, Jimmy Heath, Ron Carter, Clark Terry, Barry Harris, Slide Hampton, Tootie Heath, Bobby Watson, Al Grey, James Moody, Branford Marsalis, John Abercrombie, Lewis Nash, John Faddis and many others. Upon completion of the program he moved to New York City and was fast becoming one of the most promising saxophonists to emerge on the scene.
After moving to Berlin, Ignaz continues to work with his New York Quartet as well as with other bands in Europe. In 2004 his cd IGNAZ DINNÉ, BACK HOME has been released on NEXT GENERATION, DOUBLE MOON RECORDS, featuring Pete Rende, Matt Penman and Jochen Rueckert. His second release on the same label: IGNAZ DINNÉ, THE NEXT LEVEL, featuring RON CARTER on bass was released in feb. 2008.