Coco Schumann

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Coco Schumann and “Guitarists Who Overcame Great Adversity”

In this video featured on the culture blog Laughing Squid, Coco Schumann is the second guitarist discussed by musician Steve Onotera in his list of guitarists who found musical success despite facing great adversity. You can watch the full episode here and learn more about Coco Schumann’s life and autobiography on our book page.    

Coco Schumann honored on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Thank you, Julie Carbonara of The Jewish Chronicle for an illuminating obituary honoring Coco Schumann on Yom HaShoah: “He insisted he was a musician who survived the concentration camps, not a Holocaust survivor who happened to make music. Indeed for Coco Schumann, who has died aged 93, music, especially his beloved jazz, was as essential as … Continue reading

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

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. Continue reading

Conductor and music educator Murry Sidlin endorses “The Ghetto Swinger”

This compelling personal and insightful tale of survival brings to light another brilliant and selfless Terezín artist. It is storytelling from the inside by a music-maker who rediscovered the humanizing power of jazz and swing at a time when it was needed most. Continue reading

“The Ghetto Swinger” included in Lives in Music list

Unusually interesting amidst the plethora of self-serving musician autobiographies. Schumann has a better story to tell ​… survival under the hardest conditions, the value of well-placed friends and the vagaries of fortune as well as the impulse to create. Continue reading

Israel National News highlights subtle aspects of Coco Schumann’s life

In this moving tribute to Coco Schumann, Rochel Sylvetsky of Israel National News comments on the “impossible position” of Jewish Holocaust survivors in the diaspora in relationship to their homelands. Continue reading

Tributes to the extraordinary musician Coco Schumann

Our DoppelHouse Press family is heartened to see so many touching tributes being paid to Coco Schumann. Smithsonian published a feature on Coco’s extraordinary success under horrific circumstances, noting that he “began his career during a fraught time for German jazz musicians.” Having survived the Nazi concentration camps because of his music, “Schumann returned to … Continue reading

Celebrating the remarkable life of Coco Schumann

Coco Schumann was born in Berlin on May 14, 1924. Throughout his life, he appeared in some of the best swing bands in Europe and alongside jazz notables … Continue reading

Doppelhouse Congratulates Fellow Nominees for 2017 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Awards

Last week we were pleased to announce that The Ghetto Swinger: A Berlin Jazz-Legend Remembers, by Coco Schumann (with Max Christian Graeff and Michaela Haas; Translated by John Howard; Afterword by Michael H. Kater) was named one of five finalists for the 2017 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Awards for Excellence. Today we would like … Continue reading

The Ghetto Swinger reviewed by Los Angeles Jazz Scene

Scott Yanow, American jazz reviewer and editor of the L.A. Jazz Scene considers The Ghetto Swinger in his recent review: Coco Schumann tell[s] his story honestly, colorfully and with occasional humor. It is a fascinating story that is well worth discovering.​ Continue reading

“Book Bit” with Doc Kirby on The Ghetto Swinger by Coco Schumann

His story is inspiring and profound, yet told with a youthful whimsy. Coco Schumann is the very best jazz guitarist you need to know. Listen to this broadcast again on October 15, 2016! Continue reading

Israel National News reviews The Ghetto Swinger

Look for this unusual book. Continue reading

“Reading for Sanity” reviews Coco Schumann’s memoir The Ghetto Swinger

An interesting and enlightening read. … I felt like I was listening to the gregarious great-uncle with stories almost too good to be true, other than the fact that they really are. Continue reading

The Ghetto Swinger reviewed in BLVD

“Why should you read this book? It not only gives a new perspective on World War Two, but provides a closer look at the the jazz scene of the twentieth century as well. Schumann grasps your interest and lets you witness his beautiful, humorous and shocking experiences from up close.” Continue reading

Coco Schumann feature in Finnish!

The book, written with Max Christian Graeff and Michaela Haas, is a spirited and colorful story about the art of humor, as well as the power of hope in circumstances where there is no hope. Even in the Auschwitz death camp music gave Schumann hope, and he gave it to others in the message of his music. Continue reading

Interview with Coco Schumann’s coauthor Michaela Haas

Coco Schumann’s fascinating story has compelled many radio producers around the country and in Canada to feature interviews with Michaela Haas, Schumann’s coauthor, who has known him for over 20 years. Many thanks to “The Voice” in Charleston for sharing their audio file with us to share with you! Continue reading

Coco Schumann, “one of the most joyful people you could ever meet”

“We feigned a normal life. We tried to forget that there was an impenetrable fence all around,” writes Coco Schumann. Michaela Haas has known Coco for over 20 years and brings her warmth and light to this wonderful feature story on The Ghetto Swinger. Continue reading

Coco Schumann Featured in The Jazz Rag

This is a serious and important book, but entertaining to read. … The clear and unfussy translation from John Howard [is] illustrated by a fascinating range of photographs. Continue reading

The Ghetto Swinger – forthcoming from DoppelHouse Press

During the 1936 Olympics, as Nazi Germany was preparing its image of triumphalism for the world stage, the young Jewish musical prodigy Coco Schumann heard swing music for the first time. He was hooked. Little did he know then that this music would save his life…. Continue reading

Coco Schumann wins 2015 Ehrenpreise from German Record Critics

We are thrilled to announce that our author, the legendary jazz musician and memoirist Coco Schumann, has won the prestigious Ehrenpreise, a lifetime achievement award from the German Record Critics Award Association. Continue reading

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