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Bruno Leicht

Bruno Leicht studied jazz trumpet in Cologne from 1985 to 1990 and is an examined music teacher. He is currently mostly active as performer in Cologne and Berlin.

He gives regular jazz history classes at the Cologne Music College.

Career (a rough overview):

After some gigs with local small groups he founded “Blue Seven & The Ghosts” which did several productions for the Bayerischer Rundfunk, the WDR, and some Polish radio station (1988 to 1992).

“Blue Seven & The Ghosts” was inspired by Leicht's “private” workshop group which he lead subversively parallel to the official “International Jazz Workshop” in Siena under master trumpeter Enrico Rava.

The repertoire of the band (trumpet, three saxes, piano, bass & drums) consisted of famous blues compositions (St. Louis Blues, All Blues, Now's The Time) and own compositions, mostly in the blues form (Out Of The Window, Basta Casino aka June's Blues, and Not So Monkish!).

From 1989 on - after Leicht had listened extensively to Booker Little and Charles Mingus - his compositions became harmonically and formally more complex.

His trumpet style can be described as “rooted in the swinging tradition with an 'old' sound, but a modern harmonic conception” (Lothar Lewien, Berlin, friend and biographer of Chet Baker & Charlie Mariano).

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”Cool articulation, Bruno.” — Dizzy Gillespie

“Ich habe Bruno Leicht als einen sehr ernsthaften, engagierten und vielseitig kreativen Musiker kennengelernt.” - - Prof. Jiggs Whigham/ Hans Eisler Universität Berlin

Jazz journalist Marc Myers/ JazzWax about Bruno Leicht's former jazz blog:

“Bruno hosts a fabulous blog that's loaded with jazz insights and free music clips.”

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Thelonious Monk didn't think in scales. You won't even find chord-symbols in his original scores. He was a "melody man", since he was mainly interested in the melody of a song and what you could do with it.

Besides that did he always try to express the sounds he heard swinging in himself. Some notes which would have belonged to a certain chord, he left off intentionally, and added others which weren't supposed to be there, and which would have been considered as "wrong" notes by most academic intellectuals.

"Blue Monk" was his favorite composition among the ca

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