Our event last month in commemoration of jazz musician Coco Schumann is covered by Scott Yanow in L.A. Jazz Scene’s column Jazz Around Town:
A celebration of Coco Schumann’s life was hosted by the German Consul General. Michaela Haas was on hand to expertly summarize the guitarist’s life through her storytelling and photos. A fine quartet comprised of pianist Markus Burger, trumpeter James Linahon, bassist Louis Shapiro and drummer Luicio Vieira performed four swinging standards, [three of which] were used as the titles of chapters in Schumann’s autobiography: “On The Sunny Side Of The Street,” “Summertime,” [and] ”Autumn Leaves.”
The spirit of Coco Schumann, who never gave up nor lost his sense of humor despite his experiences, was honored in a manner that he would have enjoyed.
Photos: Hans Jörg Neumann, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in LA, delivers introductory remarks; co-author Michaela Haas shares stories about Coco with the audience (onscreen: Coco Schumann with pianist Herbert Giesler).