Bei Mir Bistu Shein- The Ghetto swingers.

  Music soothes the savage beast, that is what Eric Vogel  must have thought when he send a petition to the Commander of the Theresienstadt camp on January 8, 1943  , to start a Jazz band, named the Ghetto Swingers. The band would include the following members he noted. Dr. Brammer (piano), Dr. Kurt BauerContinue reading “Bei Mir Bistu Shein- The Ghetto swingers.”

Django’s lucky escape

The title of this blog is not referring to a Western film, it is actually referring to an extraordinary event during WWII. Django Reinhard is one of my favourite guitarists it is actually because of him (and Jim Croce) I picked up a guitar myself. Although I am an admirer of his music and evenContinue reading “Django’s lucky escape”

Captain Macheath- The story behind Mack the Knife.

Mack the Knife is one of my favourite Jazz songs,  I love the Bobby Darin and Louis Armstrong versions equally. It just doesn’t get cooler then that song, sung by those 2 performers, although Sammy Davis Jr, does a pretty cool rendition also. Even though  I have admired this song for decades. it is onlyContinue reading “Captain Macheath- The story behind Mack the Knife.”

Johnny & Jones-Jazz musicians, killed because they were Jewish.

Aside from the human costs of he persecution of the Jews by the Nazis, it also had a devastating impact on culture. So many very talented painters,writers,musicians and other artists were killed because they were Jewish. Artists whose art could still have been enjoyed today,but they never got a chance. Johnny & Jones were aContinue reading “Johnny & Jones-Jazz musicians, killed because they were Jewish.”

Punks in WWII

Before you start thinking that this will be a blog about Punk bands like the Sex Pistols singing about WWII, you’d be wrong. In fact it has nothing to do with Punk music but more about Jazz. I am referring to Punk as a rebellion against the establishment. During WWII there were 2 groups veryContinue reading “Punks in WWII”

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

“The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” is a poem and song by Chicago born Gil Scott-Heron. Scott-Heron first recorded it for his 1970 album Small Talk at 125th and Lenox, on which he recited the lyrics, accompanied by congas and bongo drums. A re-recorded version, with a full band, was the B-side to Scott-Heron’s first single, “Home Is Where the HatredContinue reading “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”