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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)

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