This blog contains mainly archived articles from my former blogs on blogger.

Doug Ramsey from Rifftides about my old blog:

The German trumpeter Bruno Leicht (pictured) has (2007) a blog with the cumbersome name, “Bruno Leicht Presents His Old & New Swingin’ Dreams” (Note: It’s up and running again). He posts at irregular intervals, alternates between German and English and devotes himself more to American jazz from the classic and bebop periods than to what is happening now in Germany. Still, he manages to unearth interesting audio clips and videos and occasionally comes up with anecdotes that make his pages worth a visit.

An example: His encounter with Chet Baker (edited by Bruno Leicht on May 14, 2013).

“The band seemed to be stoned which didn’t seem to bother Chet. He was more worried about his horn which apparently didn’t work properly. There he sat, helplessly pushing the jammed valves, then he eventually grabbed the mike and asked something like: “Some trumpet player around?”

I was seated right in front of him and said: “Yes!” Since the great Chet Baker intended to play on my trumpet, I fetched it from the checkroom and handed it over to him.

He took it, looked at it, and counted: “One, two, three, four!” into a very fast and boppish Conception, George Shearing’s masterpiece, a tune as closely connected to Miles Davis as it was to Chet Baker.

He played it in the key of C, that’s what I remember. After the last note, Chet waved my trumpet over his head, smiled at me in a sardonic way while he was pretending to bung the horn in some corner. I was quite shocked, but of course got the joke in the same second. This was my first real instrument, a Getzen Capri but with a little hole in the middle tube.

What do I remember yet? He played the rest of the concert on his own horn and … kept my valve oil. When I arrived later at home I found it gone. Chet Baker, a thief!”

To check out Bruno Leicht’s blog (…) “you may also stay here.”

(Blog owner’s note: The whole story can be read HERE.)

But first, feel free to listen to this wonderful track:

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  2. Marc A. says:

    Hey, I’m inquiring about the Buddy Bolden recording. I love jazz, and music in general, and hearing that no recordings of Buddy and his band are available is truly sad. I found out you have a recordimg in your possession and you have uploaded at some point, unfortunately, the download is down, and I’m wondering if you can send a copy to me via email (email is … removed for privacy reasons), if you’re alright with so. I’m sorry if I’m wasting your time, I’m just curious to listen to it. Thanks for reading and have a nice day.

    – Marc A.

    Response by the blog owner: Please click on Marc’s link, and you know what’s this comment is about. 😉

  3. A. M. says:

    Hello, I would also like to inquire about the link to the buddy bolden recording. This would be for my daughter’s school where her social studies teacher is going to be teaching about the history of jazz in New Orleans. I would be very grateful to you if you would be willing to help out, but if this is against your moral code/copyright issues I totally understand. Also, any other information you might think pertinent for middle school teens to know about the history of jazz in New Orleans would be great. Thank you so much your time and consideration in this matter. Please feel free to email me at xyz

  4. Rory says:

    Hey, there was an article posted in 2012 about Bunny Berigan’s recording of “Pepsi-Cola Hits the Spot”. The article labelled it as “Get Hep with Pepsi-Cola”, and I know that to be false because that track has never been issued commercially. A link was included to the song that the article was about, but the link has been terminated. Could somebody please send me “Pepsi-Cola Hits the Spot”? I’ve been wanting to listen to this for a long time and the original LP is hard to find. Thank you.


  5. Brew says:

    No problem. I will send it to you as soon as I find it. For safety reasons I have removed your e-mail address.

  6. Brew says:

    Sorry for the delayed response. I think I’ve sent it to your e-mail.

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