Alexander J. Beissenhirtz
Alexander J. Beissenhirtz is a dedicated jazz fan and part-time jazz scholar from Hamburg, Germany
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.
- Mulgrew Miller - The Countdown (with Joe Henderson, Delmark)
- Joe Henderson - So Near, So Far: Musings for Miles (Verve)
- Mark Turner - Dharma Days (Warner)