Events, Updates, New Releases

Freddy Live – Box-Set

Freddy Live - Box-SetElectrola
# 507 833-4
Digital remastert
Release: September 9, 2016

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On the occasion of Freddy Quinn’s 85th birthday on 27 September four of the artist’s live concerts are to be released for the first time on CD. The 4-CD box set also includes the two legendary TV show concerts with the Bert Kaempfert Orchestra from 1976 and 1977, including four previously unpublished bonus tracks.

remember when… –
Paul Kuhn Meets Bert Kaempfert

Remember When... – Paul Kuhn Meets Bert KaempfertSilver Spot Records
# 1036004SSR
Release Date: April 10, 2015
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Paul Kuhn and Bert Kaempfert are without doubt two of the leading lights in the music business. Both had their biggest successes at the same time although in fact they never met in person.

In 2001 they come together notionally in a studio: Bert Kaempfert provides his great compositions while Paul Kuhn acts as arranger, bandleader and interpreter.

For this production Paul Kuhn has put together a first-class orchestra formation with violinists and extraordinary instrumental soloists and singers. The arrangements of the Kaempfert songs sound true to his style, invigoratingly fresh and in keeping with the times. The result is an outstanding album, which is being re-released on Silver Spot Records in honour of these two great musicians.

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Biography: Ladi – Weltstar aus Hamburg

Ladi Weltstar aus Hamburg_300Author: Gerhard Klußmeier
Publisher: tredition GmbH Hamburg
Hardbound, 116 pages
ISBN 978-3-8495-9958-4

With his “Knack-Bass” percussive bass Ladi Geisler gave the Bert-Kaempfert Orchestra its distinctive sound. The book “Ladi – Weltstar aus Hamburg” tells the story of the global star from Hamburg. But it also sheds light on his multi-faceted musical career as well as providing glimpses of the private life of this internationally renowned guitarist.

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Barmbek swings – Review

G28_1515On Saturday Bert-Kaempfert-Platz in the Hamburg district of Barmbek turned into a fairground. Hundreds of visitors enjoyed the fantastic atmosphere. And the weather was kind.

Following a varied family programme in the afternoon, a set played by the Shreveport Rhythm jazz band opened the evening’s entertainment. These four Hamburg musicians have been delighting audiences with their highly individual mixture of musical refinement, hot arrangements, rhythmic drive and entertainment since 2008. After them “Swingschmelze” provided a crash course in Lindy Hop for the dance fanatics among the visitors.

The high point of the Hoffest was the performance by the Berlin Jazz Orchestra with front man Marc Secara. This ensemble headed by Jiggs Whigham (USA) has been an established feature of the German big band scene for more than a decade. The big band’s repertoire includes originals from Count Basie to Thad Jones and the latest big band jazz from Harry Connick jr., Peter Herbolzheimer, Jörg Achim Keller and many more. Here are some impressions.

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Barmbek swings –
Hoffest on Bert-Kaempfert-Platz

Poster Barmbek SwingtSaturday, 9 August 2014, from 2 to 9 p.m.

The Museum der Arbeit and its neighbours in the square will be holding the sixth joint Hoffest on Bert-Kaempfert-Platz on Saturday, 9 August 2014.

The musical highlight of the summer festival is scheduled for 7 p.m.: the Berlin Jazz Orchestra. They are preceded by Shreveport Rhythm, a Hamburg jazz combo, who will be playing from 5 o’clock onwards.

The Berlin Jazz Orchestra was founded by Marc Secara 14 years ago. Under the artistic direction of the American star trombonist and band leader Jiggs Whigham this orchestra has earned an awesome reputation and today is known for its first-class big band sound. Shreveport Rhythm is considered by many to be one of the best jazz and swing bands in North Germany.

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Herb Geller (02.12.1928 – 19.12.2013)

Herb Geller, Frankfurt 2006Herb Geller was born in Los Angeles and at the tender age of just fourteen he decided to learn to play the alto saxophone. A mere two years later he had his first professional engagement. He played with countless jazz greats and his talent was recognised around the globe. His career took him to Brazil, Portugal and France before he came to Germany in 1962.

Here he spent three years playing in the RIAS big band and then he moved to Hamburg. For 28 years he was one of the outstanding musicians who helped make the NDR dance orchestra into the avant-garde big band that it is today From 1968 onwards he was also a soloist in Bert Kaempfert’s orchestra on all studio recordings and tours. In addition to his own projects, from 1986 onwards he was a professor for saxophone at the Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg.

Herb Geller (l.) with his daughter Olivia an his friend and colleague Ack van Rooyen at the celebration 90th birthday of Bert Kaempfert on 16. October 2013

“When ten major concerts were given across Germany in 2006 and 2008, Herb Geller was one of the special guest soloists. This was the time when I really got to know Herb well. He was quite a reserved man with exemplary discipline when it came to work. He was always the first to arrive for rehearsals or sound checks. When it came to matters of musical taste, he made constructive suggestions in his own understated way. He was a gentleman and precisely because of this he often surprised me with his highly sophisticated sense of humour. I still have many fine memories of him and his outstanding musical creations!”
Doris Kaempfert

An Unassuming Citizen of the World – In memoriam Bert Kaempfert

4_8_1-90_birthdayBert Kaempfert’s 90th Anniversary was celebrated on 16 October 2013 with reminiscences and a wealth of music.

Associates from the world of music, friends and relations commemorated the composer and bandleader Bert Kaempfert at a ceremony held on 16 October 2013. To celebrate this event Kaempfert’s daughter Doris had invited guests to gather at the casino at Hamburg’s Stephansplatz, where Bert Kaempfert’s career began after the Second War War.

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