Europe's Blues and Soul: A Different Look at Jazz Aesthetics

Part Of: Europe and Jazz

Dr. Wolfram Knauer, Director of Jazzinstitut Darmstadt, reflects on the fact that to play jazz, one must embody a double consciousness: paying respect to the blues and soul of African-American jazz, while finding your own blues and soul. Taking European trumpeters Harry Beckett, Tomasz Stanko and Enrico Rava as examples, Knauer explores the relationship between blues and soul, while responding to an anonymous e-mail query he once received: "Can a German understand what jazz is?" Dr. Knauer gave this lecture as part of his Louis Armstrong Visiting Professorship in Spring 2008, a position made possible by generous support from the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation.

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