Barbara Ina Frenz
Historian and writer, living in Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Historian (PhD) and writer of non-fiction and poetry living in
Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The author of Music To Silence To Music.
A Biography Of Henry Grimes. Foreword by Sonny Rollins, Northway
Books, London 2015. Contributor to long-standing
German Jazz magazine Jazz Podium. Currently working on a biography of US-American drummer
My Jazz Story
Published on: 2017-01-22
Jazz music - i.e. Black American Music - has already been present in my life when I was an embryo. My parents particularly listened to Billie Holiday, Charlie
Christian, Duke Ellington, Ben Webster and Charlie Parker. The music Sonny Rollins and Henry Grimes
were playing together in 1959 and 1963 has a huge impact on my life since about 2004.
Jazz is a musical art form that represents life to me in its ezz-thetic (Max Roach) way. It is brilliant (just listen
to it). It is honest and courageous since it is spontaneous creativity. It lives through the infinity of
improvisational ideas and emotional expression (more than just happy or sad). It is intellectual. It is
political. It represents inclusion—a principle that is desperately needed today.
It goes beyond all of that. I listen to jazz music almost every day.