Kreuzberg Swing

Am Freitag 9. März von 19 bis 23:30 Uhr veranstalte ich Kreuzberg Swing im Festsaal Kreuzberg, eine Swingtanzveranstaltung im Stil einer kleine Revue, die aber tanzbar bleibt, mit der bösen Berliner Swingband Skullduggery Swing, Fil (ja, DEM Fil), einer Bauchtanzperformance von Amani Said und kleinem kostenlosen Grundkurs mit Daniela und Marcus! Durchs Programm führt Franky Fuzz. Eintritt 6 Euro.

ILJA GLUSGAL, Wenn der Ki-, wenn der Ka-, wenn der Kuß nicht wär, 1949

German pop music probably never sounded more American than in the years right after WWII. American style swing music was discouraged in Nazi-Germany, surpassing the censors only when disguised as “Deutsche Tanzmusik”. Lots of  “German Swing Music” was published in Nazi-Germany, but nothing really wild was recorded until after the war, stuff like Kurt Henkels ultra-fast Swing Heil from 1949.  But by the mid-50s the schmaltzy “Heimat music” took over, killed most of the swing music and suger-coated the timid attempts to play  rock´n´roll  in Germany.

This might not be the really wild and fast type of swing music, but German music never got to be more swingin´ than Ilja Glusgal backed by Walter Dobschinski and his orchestra.

“Without the ke-, ka-, kiss, what would couples do?”

ILJA GLUSGAL, Wenn der Ki-, wenn der Ka-, wenn der Kuß nicht wär, 1949

From the same year, this picture from Paprika magazine, published in Berlin. The young dream girl of 1949:

DJ TRÜMMERSWING bei Ron Telesky!

DJ Trümmerswing spielt Nachkriegsswing auf 78 Umdrehungen. Am 10. Februar ab 18 Uhr bei Ron Telesky, der Kanadischen Pizzeria in der Dieffenbachstrasse 62 in Kreuzberg. Es knackt und es knistert,  es gibt heisse Pizzen und vielleicht wird sogar getanzt….


Two sizzling hot swinging jazz tunes from the ruins of 1949 Berlin. Walter Dobschinski and his orchestra recorded a lot of records for the East-German Amiga label but also for others, like this obscure Regina label. Before the war he played in Teddy Stauffer´s band. In 1947 he got a job at the newly founded Berlin radio and then started his own swing band.

The trumpet player Micky Kasper wrote Three O`Clock Jump, a fast swinging tune complete with some nice trumpet and clarinet solo parts.

(Photos from Neue Illustrierte, July 25, 1951. Swing dancing in Montparnasse.)



JOE DIXIE UND DIE PING-PONGS, Ein,zwei, drei kleine Mädchen, 1949

Ein, zwei, drei kleine Mädchen is again inspired by the Andrews Sisters while Louise is a nice swinging instrumental tune.

I don´t know anything about the group so here´s something completely different instead but from the same time period and also from Berlin. Kolibri was one of the many new German pin-up and cartoon magazines that were appearing out of the woodwork after 1945.

(Kobold magazine, no.8, March 1949)

Incidentally kind of fitting because it is March and Springtime is slowly approaching, although it did snow here yesterday, but the snow didn´t stay: Märzveilchen (sweet violet) illustration by Heinz Musculus for a poem by Erich Kästner:

Perspektiven illustration by Heinz Musculus

Pralinen (sweets) illustration/collage by H.Lucas

Buchstäbliches (literally taken) illustration by Hans Kleefeld

Selbsthilfe (self help) comic strip by Pit

Illustrations by Heinz Musculus for a fictious short story by Karl Bianga about a young couple arguing in the kitchen and the history of jazz in New York city. I know it does sound kind of strange and it really doesn´t make any sense but that´s what the story is. Pretty cool, I guess the writer was a jazz fan and could get away with anything at Kobold magazine.

Just like Heinz Musculus:

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There are simply too many great illustrations in these Kobold magazines, at least I really like them, and I´m tempted to scan in all of the 58 pages. Some of the cartoonists continued to work into the 50´s others dissapeared. The years right after the war were a time of great turmoil and disorder in Germany and as a period were largely ignored by later Generations ( including me for the longest time) as opposed to the 1950´s who were supposedly cooler.

Well here´s two pretty cool German songs from the 40´s:

JOE DIXIE UND DIE PING-PONGS, Ein,zwei, drei kleine Mädchen, 1949