How did German jazz become what it is today? And what is it really? What’s “German” about it? Why has jazz been male dominated here? Who’s Jutta Hipp? Can “German” rhythm groups really not swing? So many questions. You might not believe it but there has been no extensive presentation of the history of jazz in Germany that has gone beyond the ‘who, when and how’ up to now. No presentation that contextualises improvised music, aligns it with societal, political and aesthetic discourses over time, and takes into consideration that thinking and discussions about jazz is a subject that is constantly in motion. Wolfram Knauer has directed the Jazzinstitut Darmstadt since its founding. He is a renowned international jazz researcher with publications on Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker and Duke Ellington. He will now close this gap with his presentation “Play yourself, man! The History of Jazz in Germany” (Reclam Verlag), which wanders off beaten German publication tracks and takes an appraising look at the wide panorama.
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