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 …
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… Read more Doppelhouse Congratulates Fellow Nominees for 2017 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Awards →
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.
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!
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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.
“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.”
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.