THE HITS OF THE 1920s AND 1930s: Wimmers Boogie Trio live in Cologne [w. Video]

It is the music of the 1920s and 1930s. Boogie Woogie. Born from the need to have up-tempo songs for dance parties. Traditional jazz did not fit exactly. The transatlantic diablog was on location at Klosterkapelle, Cologne, as German band Wimmers Boogie Trio played a few classics to an enthusiastic crowd of music lovers. The band: Jens Wimmers (piano and vocals), Alex Spengler (bass) and … Continue reading THE HITS OF THE 1920s AND 1930s: Wimmers Boogie Trio live in Cologne [w. Video]

“INDIANA JAZZ EXCHANGE” – How and why musicians travel from Indianapolis to Cologne and vica versa

It is a home of Jazz music. The town of Indianapolis in the midwest of the USA. The crossroad of America, as the welcome signs of the town say.

Back in the 1930s and earlier: After young black students were banned from public schools, they were taught at special places, special schools, as University professor Monika Herzig explains. The birth places of Jazz.

Herzig, originally from southern Germany, lives in Burlington since 1991. Together with three (upcoming) alumni of Indiana University, all of them well taught musicians, she now traveled to Cologne, Germany. As part of the “Indiana Jazz Exchange.” A programm that brings young musicians, writers, teachers, even fire fighters from Indiana to Germany – and back.

Since almost 30 years both towns, Cologne and Indianapolis keep a regular relationship – based on a sister-city arrangement.

Since Indiana is the birth place of Jazz, we had to find our own version of the music, says bass-player and award winning musician André Nendza. He is from Cologne, also working there as a music teacher.

We wanted to show the Americans that there is more than simple brass music in Germany,” he explains.

As part of the “Indiana Jazz Exchange” now three upcoming musicians came to Cologne. Bass player Quinn Sternberg, trumpet player Matt Riggen and drummer Josh Roberts.

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PHOTO-REPORT: Music from Brasil and the rest of South America – Maxwell Oliveira and band live

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“No Teatro Do Amor.” No Love Theatre. It’s the title of one of Brasilian musician Maxwell Oliveira’s self-written songs. A title that does not seem to work with the music, since South American rhythms rather are a perfect match for troubles in love.

Studying in Brasil and Cologne, Maxwell Oliveira now lives in Germany. Here is a photo-report from one of his concerts in an ancient chapelle in his now home-town Cologne, where he and his band presented a mixture of pop, samba, bossa nova and jazz…

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