Category Archives: Obituary

R.I.P. JAMES GANDOLFINI, Brew’s favorite gangster (1961-2013)

Not about jazz, only an obituary, rather a dedication to a great actor. I loved watching “The Sopranos”. A friend of mine has lent me the complete series on DVD’s. For some weeks two years ago, there was no day … Continue reading

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RE: AMSTERDAM, MAY 13, 1983 — CHET & ME — PERSONAL MEMORIES OF A TRUMPET COLLEAGUE

In Düsseldorf’s commons (Uni Mensa in German), in 1986, Chet arrived one hour delayed. He was announced there with his fine trio, featuring guitarist Philip Catherine and bassist Jean Louis Rassinfosse who played a half-acoustic bass. The George Adams-Don Pullen … Continue reading

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…as for WEST SIDE STORY :)

– And now? Now, ya gonna be cool, and ya gonna dance to the westside o’town, an’ ya get a copy o’ the Dee-Vee-Dee & the original soundtrack … somewhere ;) A self-critical P.S. by lyricist Stephen Sondheim can be … Continue reading

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20 YEARS AGO: DIZZY GILLESPIE JOINED THE BOPPIN’ BAND OF ANGELS

Dear folks – Everyone who is following my blog since 2007, she/ he should meanwhile know what Dizzy Gillespie means to me: Dizzy is and will remain my great musical and – but not in a religious way! – my … Continue reading

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BREW LITE’s FIVE YULE-ITES remembered GLENN MILLER with HARRY WARREN’s “I KNOW WHY”…

…which was originally composed for the film Sun Valley Serenade (1941). It can be heard now – as promised – in a brand new version, here at this humble blog. — Blog owner’s acknowledgment: Thanks, Mr. Jay, for those beautiful … Continue reading

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GLENN MILLER, MISSING FOR 68 YEARS SINCE DECEMBER 15, 1944…

…and therefore we, BREW LITE’s FIVE YULE-ITES, will remember Glenn tonight with a brand new version of Harry Warren’s “I Know Why”. In case you’re in Cologne, feel free to visit our Yuletide concert at “Die Eule”. Tell the cabdriver … Continue reading

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What Jazz Meant To Dave Brubeck (1920-2012) – A Few Quotes & Sounds

“One of the reasons I believe in jazz, is that the oneness of man can come through the rhythm of your heart. It’s the same anyplace in the world, that heartbeat. It’s the first thing you hear when you’re born … Continue reading

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