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That’s Jazz. Der Sound des 20. Jahrhunderts

Exhibition catalogue, Darmstadt 1988 (Editors: Annette Hauber, Ekkehard Jost, Klaus Wolbert), 723 pages [Reprint: Bochinsky-Verlag, Frankfurt/Main 1990; Reprint: Häusser-Verlag, Darmstadt, 1997] (only in German)

Thats_JazzThe Darmstadt exhibition catalog is a standard work on jazz history. Authors from many countries deal with jazz history from different perspectives. The history of American jazz is juxtaposed with that of European jazz, but topics such as jazz and literature, jazz and film, jazz and the visual arts, and others are also knowledgeably treated. is still praised worldwide as a prime example of a comprehensive jazz book and, with hundreds of photos, texts written by experts, and its appealing layout, is a standard work as well as the best birthday gift for any jazz lover. "That's Jazz. The Sound of the 20th Century is only available through bookstores, although all editions are now out of print. Nevertheless, it can be worthwhile to ask for it in second-hand bookshops - internet antiquaries are also very helpful here.

Jürgen Schwab: Der Frankfurt Sound. Eine Stadt und ihre Jazzgeschichte(n)

Frankfurt/Main 2004 (Societäts-Verlag), 320 pages, includes 2 CDs, ISBN 3-7973-0888-4, Euro 29,90 (only in German)

Buch_FrankfurtSound"Frankfurt Sound" - this catchphrase, coined by Polish musicians in 1957, tried to sum up the specific cool jazz of the circle around Joki Freund and the Mangelsdorff brothers. At that time, numerous impulses for the national and international jazz scene emanated from Frankfurt am Main. Many a musical beacon was lit by Albert Mangelsdorff, but others also made their mark: Horst Lippmann and Fritz Rau as concert promoters, for example, or the German Jazz Federation as a lobby for jazz. Using the example of the Hesse metropolis, the "jazz capital of the republic" in the first post-war decades, this book tells the story of jazz in Germany: from the earliest astonished reflections in the face of black artists from overseas, through the dance enthusiasm of the 1920s, the criminalization during the Nazi era, the enthusiastic reconstruction work of the 1950s, to the self-evidence of jazz as an expression of contemporary art.

Numerous sources and picture archives were evaluated for the first time for this publication. In words and pictures, this is a highly readable story of how jazz won over a German city and how individual citizens of this city contributed with their enthusiasm to jazz becoming an independent, inspired and at the same time critical art in this country. Two enclosed audio CDs with five hr2 radio features bring "Frankfurt's Golden Wedding Days with Jazz" back to life in musical sound documents and commentaries by contemporary witnesses.

Wolfgang Sandner (Hg.): Jazz (Handbuch der Musik im 20. Jahhrundert, Band 9)

Laaber 2005 (Laaber-Verlag), 359 pages, ISBN 3-89007-429-4, 72 € (only in German)

Buchtitel_SandnerJazzJazz is often called the America's major contribution to the musics of the 20th century. Some crucial characteristics distinguishes it from other musical artforms. The music is even older than its name, and had never been meant to be an artform, although it had been perceived as a source of artistic inspiration. Jazz was passed on orally, and lives, until today, from its vibrant perfomance tradition. The historic legacy of jazz is rather to find in discographiies than in libraries or music archives. It is possible that the eroticizing light music that was played in American city dives at the beginning of the 20th century is far more distant from the musical concepts of Anthony Braxton seventy years later than the music of the Florentine Camerata is from the light cycle of Karlheinz Stockhausen.


  • Wolfram Knauer: Historischer Überblick
  • Jürgen Schwab: Stilelemente
  • Reimer von Essen: Aufführungspraxis historischer Jazzstile
  • Ulrich Kurth: Wirtschaft, Gesellschaft, Produktionsbedingungen
  • Ulrich Kurth: Organisationsformen
  • Peter Kemper: Bausteine einer sozialen Ästhetik
  • Wolfgang Sandner: Der Jazz und die Künste
  • Wolfram Knauer: Die Jazz-Analyse

Deutsche Jazzfotografen: Karlheinz Fürst, herausgegeben von Monika Fürst
Neckargemünd 2012 (Männeles Verlag / Jazzinstitut Darmstadt), 216 pages, 24,90 Euro, ISBN: 978-3-933968-20-3 (only in German)

Fuerst_TitelblattFull of history, but still modern out of time ... this could be the best way to characterize the pictures of the Gemen photographer Karlheinz Fürst. Far beyond digital processing, Karlheinz Fürst kept a photographers eye on an crucial chapter in German jazz history in the years 1958 to 1963, often commissioned by Joachim Ernst Berendt.

Karlheinz Fürst was a fearless pioneer in his consistent renunciation of flash lights. The bluriness and coarseness of his black and white shots had been quickly developed to a exquisit stilistic devise among his peers.

On occasion to an exhibition at the Jazzinstitut's Art Gallery this second volume of the book series "Deutsche Jazzfotografen" had been published. Edited by his daughter, Marion Fürst, in cooperation with the Jazzinstitut Darmstadt, one can find 216 pages with expressive photographs from the 1950ies and erly 1960ies accompanied by a very personal essay of the editor and a most informative review on the German jazz scene of these days from journalist Matthias Spindler.