Das Stue Berlin
Kind of Stue: Fine Jazz Jams
A weekly series launching at Das Stue this Thursday in Berlin. You may want to be part of it and this is why...
Louis Armstrong once said that European jazz enthusiasts knew more about his records than he did himself.
The KIND OF STUE: Fine Jazz Jams weekly series we are launching at Das Stue this Thursday in Berlin. You may want to join us. Thing is…

Jazz did not exist as a formal genre, or a popular one – let alone as music for connoisseurs – before it was discovered in the 1930's by European musicologists (mostly German and primarily from Berlin), popularized by artists and addressed by intellectuals who made jazz socially acceptable in the world – eventually even in the United States. Picking it on the margins in bits and pieces deeply rooted within the Black experience, the European music lovers, musicians and scholars researched the phenomenon inside out, catalogued and analysed its various expressions, extracted and systematized its basic rules, attached value to its techniques, to the genre as a way of life and lived it, lived it to the fullest, oft to excess. Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong once said that European jazz enthusiasts knew more about his records than he did himself.

Originally, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, jazz revealed itself as a mere folk peculiarity, a minority sound and peripheral sonic discontent. It was much later in Europe and against all odds that jazz was converted into and evolved as a method to be universally taught, broadly reproduced, generally appreciated and passed on as a high-cultural form. It's all in the books published by university press, which we read in preparation for the occasion.

Rolf Kühn to open the KIND OF STUE series this Thursday joined by Ronny Graupe, Christian Lillinger & Johannes Fink, a younger generation of extraordinary talents all together comprising famed Kühn's Quartet epitomizes both traditions of jazz – the original spiritual, grass-roots, spontaneous, free-form and experimental one obtaining from his early music career living in the States in the 50s and the school of European jazz, methodical, learned, erudite and progressive, informed by the maestro's native German scene with which, at 87, Kühn is contemporaneous from start. It's this double influence and feedback which has earned Rolf Kühn over more than seven decades the international renown of "Europe's biggest clarinet player" (Jazzthing), "the coolest jazz musician in Germany" (Die Welt), "a rare German jazzists of world rank"...

As you may have guessed already, KIND OF STUE is a play of words with reference to Miles Davis and his 1959 studio album "Kind of Blue" regarded as one of the best jazz albums of all time. Its influence on music in general has led critics to also deem it one of the most influential albums ever recorded. We could not find a more telling and so much promising title for the series. Enjoy!