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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Otti - Life in Jazz

Otti Kitzler, 1942-1978, lived and worked in Vienna. At an early age he began to play the trumpet, years after he got to know Jazz, chewing gum and chocolate introduced by American soldiers. His parents supported him in becoming the best Jazz trumpet player. In 1964, he won the Jazz Festival of amateurs as the best solo musician in Austria. Studio recordings, the production of an EP and LP followed. His worldwide fame and success was also supported by "duells". These competitions of trumpet players profiled him in permanent competition in the fight for the top. Otti was the founder of Barrelhouse Jazzband 1959 in Vienna. Whether he practiced, played concerts or with his friends, friends and family had fun, and he was always "Hot Otti" with a perfect hearing, physical strength and breathing techniques to generate air columns and to shape tones with lips. The aim is a biographical documentary film about my daddy Otti, the analysis of backgrounds of his life; to show references to and integration into the global music and jazz scene; the reference of his passion for music of African origin and earlier jazz musicians' interpretations and auditory events in the first jazz clubs; but also his ambition to collect unheard tracks from Africa at that time. Traditional music, songs, instrumental performances and musical experiments influenced his musical career.

   Crowdfunding Otti

The financing of the project with crowdfunding makes it possible to let the audience participate in the success of the project: Working in archives, papers, documents, and activating the contacts should be maintained, firstly. To create a project base there are needed assets to promote collections of material, content creation, more conceptual work, international correspondence, telephone calls on * .mp3 and research. Image and sound material can be localized, as well as other media sources. Any license fees are separately loaded and negotiated. Here is the link: https://www.mycrowd.at/projects/1630 

 

Friday, September 12, 2008

A. L. J.


This is an announcement of my A. L. J., the Anthropo Logic Journals at anthlogjour.info, to participate in writing send your social and cultural anthropology related article by registering.





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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Barrelhouse Jazzband (Vienna)

... some old tapes! They show the Barrelhouse Jazzband of the 60ies in Vienna. Not suffice to say, they are great. This is the kind of music I like to hear. I like the interpretation and improvisation of Jazz songs composed, for instance, by Count Basie. I still start to cry, when I hear Lonesome World and my daddy´s horn. The interview preceding Lonesome World and I Got Rythm show Guenther Schifter asking first Horstl Bichler, then Otti Kitzler, Franz Bilik and Peter Hoffmann. Schifter tries to get out the most of them, well, musicians are people, who prefer to communicate in sounds. Courtesy of ORF Austria I added, but left everthing else unedited. However, the music is the message. The tapes I found must have been our mum´s, I copied them to DVD. These tapes are of Jazz historical value, I think.
It feels like home, this Jazz.


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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Jazz: BHBJ

I edited and cut this video, then published it on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOdMfU3S0Zc . Thanks to the Austrian ORF I could copy an old VHS to DVD in best quality, possible - on my machine. This is the Barrelhouse Jazzband located in Vienna in the 1960s of the 20th century: Heinz Feix (b), Peter Hoffmann (p), Otti Kitzler (t), Horsti Bichler (dr), Alfons Wuerzl (cl) and Norbert Vas (tb) are the musicians. They perform three pieces of Jazz, which were very popular in the 1920s: 1 is called Where Am I?, the second is the Flat Foot Floogie, the third on the Shimmy Sha Wabble.

Vienna - Barrelhouse Jazzband
This kind of Jazz focuses on entertainment, it was played in the cafés and bars, but also on the streets in the Deep South. The Barrelhouse Jazzband Vienna was honored for best classical Jazzband in the sixties, as were some of the musicians: Horsti Bichler, the drummer, and my daddy, Otti Kitzler playing trumpet and English horn. The BHBJ refers to the Chicago Style and Dixieland. They published several CDs, recently, and earlier a single and the famous Pferdeplatte.

Here I found something about the Flat Foot Floogie at Ethnopoetics including the lyrics. Jerome Rothenberg writes about lyrics:

"While the initial focus of ethnopoetics was on orality and performance, the discourse turned as well to the visible aspects of language — writing & inscription — both as a persistent contemporary concern & as an often unacknowledged kingpin of a revitalized & expanded ethnopoetics. In an age of cybernetic breakthroughs, the experimental tradition of modernist poetry & art has expanded our sense of language in all its forms, the written along with the oral. In doing this, it should also have sensitized us to the existence of a range of visual/verbal traditions and practices, not only in literate cultures but in those also that we have named "non"- or "pre"-literate — extending the meaning of literacy beyond a system of (phonetic) letters to the fact of writing itself." (Rothenberg: http://www.ubu.com/ethno/visuals.html).

Popularizing the Shimmy in America tells its story. The shimmy was a new kind of dancing dating back to 1910, and "One of the most talked-about dances of the time was `the shimmy`."(Bryant, Rebecca 2002 at JStor: American Music). This site explains a little bit more, where this kind of dance comes from: http://www.streetswing.com/histmain/z3shimy.htm: The shimmy goes back to "Haitan Voodoo" with shales of hips and shoulders. In this text one might stumble over the expression of sheet music, which is self-explaining: It denotes music, which was, for the first time, written on paper. Blues and Jazz were before delivered orally, or should I say early? There is another piece of music relating to the ability of dance, it is called I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate, here are the lyrics and sound, Satchmo played it, too.

The best way to learn about Jazz is to listen to the music: Listen to the sounds and try to get the lyrics. There are lots of internet sites about Jazz. Here are related links:

All About Jazz: http://www.allaboutjazz.com/

Big Band Database: http://nfo.net/

Jazzology: http://www.jazzology.com/jazzology_records.php

Chicago Jazz Archive: http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/su/cja/

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Summer 67 .com

Welcome to Summer 67 .com: "It was the Summer of Love. Flower Power and the San Francisco Sound were in full bloom. The Beatles released Sgt. Peppers, The Doors 'Light My Fire' had burned up the charts and in a small arena on the
beautiful Monterey peninsula the infamous Monterey International Pop Festival proved to be magical."

Friday, June 29, 2007

Jazz playlist

I continually broaden the Jazz channel´s volume, it is my collection of songs, that are sometimes critical, sometimes sad.


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