Wonderful World –Louis Armstrong Sends Günter Boas to a New Planet Called Jazz
// Lecture in the course of the Bauhaus Jazz Exploration
Sat, 5 Mar 2022, 2:30 pm
Bauhaus Museum Dessau
Ralf Weiß from Netzwerk Nachhaltigkeit in Kunst und Kultur e.V. talks about Günter H. Boas (1920–1993). Boas came from Dessau and was already enthusiastic about jazz in his childhood, which is why he soon owned all of Bessie Smith’s records. Because he illegally listened to jazz, which was banned under National Socialism, he was sent to a satellite camp of the Buchenwald concentration camp in 1943. After the liberation by the Americans, he became the driving force of the Hot Club Frankfurt in Frankfurt am Main and founded the Two Beat Stompers in 1948, West Germany's most influential traditional jazz band at the time. For seven years, from 1949 to 1957, he created the weekly programme Blues for Monday for the US military station AFN. In 1956, Boas made a guest appearance as singer and pianist at the Jazz Week in Halle an der Saale, the first small jazz festival in the GDR. Günter H. Boas was thus one of the unsung jazz pioneers. Some copies of the lost hectographed magazine Jazz Home, which he published, have recently been rediscovered. The record that defined his life, Louis Armstrong’s Basin Street Blues from 1928, is now returning to Dessau.