Ingfried Hoffmann: Ein Jazz-Musiker bringt die Sesamstrasse zum Grooven

Ingfried Hoffmann, Komponist der Sesamstrasse-Titelmelodie

Die US-amerikanische Kindersendung Sesame Street feiert ihren 40. Geburtstag. Drei  Jahre jünger ist die deutsche Version Sesamstrasse, die eine unglaublich groovende Titelmusik hat. Komponist des mitreissenden Ohrwurms ist Ingfried Hoffmann, ein deutscher Jazz-Organist, Komponist und Arrangeur, der unter anderem mit Klaus Doldinger gespielt hat. Was wäre ein Geburtstag ohne Musik? Also, anklicken und geniessen!

Mehr Info:
Video über den 40. Geburtstag von Sesame Street auf Welt.de

Ingfried Hoffmann auf last.fm (mit Musikbeispielen)

Darth Vader plays Barney Kessel Be Bop Tune On Concertina

Shot & Found: Nellie Lutcher

Selected music photographs from the Google LIFE photo archive

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Nellie Letcher (Lutcher?)

Nellie Letcher (Lutcher?)

Source: Google LIFE Photo Archive

I think that this is singer/pianist Nellie Lutcher, although in the Google LIFE Photo Archive she is labeled “Letcher”. Does anybody know for sure? Please let me know.

Austin Funk – “Steam Heat” Re-Release And Reunion

When you think of the music scene of Austin, TX, you may think of progressive country music and singer-songwriters in the first place. But the music scene of Austin is versatile. It also has a lively jazz and latin scene. And it has a history of funk.

In 1975 Austin funk band “Steam Heat” released the LP “Austin Funk” and made it clear, that Austin can be very funky. The digital re-release of “Austin Funk” is now available for downloading at Fable Records.

Listen to “Radiator” by Steam Heat:

There will also be a reunion concert by “Steam Heat” to celebrate the re-release on August 21st at 9:00pm at “Threadgills World Headquarters” located at 301 W. Riverside Dr. in Austin, Texas.

Steam Heat is not the only highlight of the re-release party. “Starcrost”, “47 X Its Own Weight” and Beto and the Fairlanes will perform, too. Like “Steam Heat”, these jazz bands were active in and around Austin in the nineteen-seventies.

Austin funk band Steam Heat

Austin funk band Steam Heat

Happy Birthday JazzWax!

On August 4th Marc Myers’ blog JazzWax celebrated its first birthday. JazzWax is a great jazz blog written with love and expertise, featuring many great interviews and entertaining, well researched background stories. It concentrates on the nineteen-forties and fifties. Watch out, you may get addicted to it!