ADVERTISE WITH US
Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for 1,000 backers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

Alexander J. Beissenhirtz

Alexander J. Beissenhirtz is a dedicated jazz fan and part-time jazz scholar from Hamburg, Germany

About Me

I have done extensive research on jazz writing, specializing in autobiographical texts by jazz musicians. My Ph.D. thesis was published in 2012 under the title "Affirmation and Resistance: The Politics of the Jazz Life in the self-narratives of Louis Armstrong, Art Pepper, and Oscar Peterson" by Verlag Ludwig in Kiel, Germany. Apart from my field of research, I am generally interested in American and European Jazz and related forms of improvised music.

My Jazz Story

I love jazz because I grew up with it and never stopped listening since then. I was first exposed to jazz as a kid through my father's records collection (MJQ, Brubeck, Miles, Monk, Chet and countless other classics). I met Han Bennink, Toby Delius, George E. Lewis, Matt Wilson,... The best show I ever attended was The Charles Lloyd Quartet with Bobo Stenson (p), Anders Jormin (b), and Alex Riel (dr) in Kiel, Germany in the early 1990s. The first jazz records I bought were Wynton Marsalis's "Black Codes from the Underground" and David Murray'S "Home". My advice to new listeners is to check out as much live jazz as possible.

My Favorites

  1. Mulgrew Miller - The Countdown (with Joe Henderson, Delmark)
  2. Joe Henderson - So Near, So Far: Musings for Miles (Verve)
  3. Mark Turner - Dharma Days (Warner)

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!