Special event honoring Coco Schumann featured in L.A. Jazz Scene


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.

Read the full article here and learn more about Coco Schumann’s book, The Ghetto Swinger: A Berlin Jazz-Legend Remembers on our book page.


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).