BERLIN HAT DEN JAZZ
Friedrich Hollaender was born in London in 1896. He came from an extremely musical family. She returned to Berlin at the turn of the century. There they had the best contacts to the cultural scene. In his youth he often played the piano in a silent film theater near the family`s apartment. There he trained spontaneous improvisation to perfection. Then he studied at the Stern Conservatory. During the First World War, he directed the orchestra in a front theater on the Western front. His serious music became more entertaining.
In the 1920s, Hollaender became a fixture on the Berlin cultural scene. He surrounded himself with like-minded people like Kurt Tucholsky, Walther Mehring or Blandine Elbinger. He was one of the best known composers of revue, cabaret and film music. Jazz had an ever greater influence on him.
Friedrich Holländer and jazz
His music contributed to Berlin becoming the linchpin of the European jazz scene in the mid-1920s. (cf. Bratfisch, Jazz in Berlin, p. 30) In 1927 he got to know the Weintraub Syncopators. And he was overwhelmed. From then on he played the piano in the band. He later reported on their collaboration. „We studied jazz for weeks.“ We sat around the record player for hours. ”(ibid p. 46) So this band now played his music in revues. Such as in “ Bitte Einsteigen ”in 1928 together to Josephine Baker by Rudolf Nelson. Or they appeared in films. For example they were in „Der Blaue Engel“ with Marlene Dietrich in 1931.
In 1930 Hollaender wrote the music for the film „Burglar“ with Sidney Bechet. Three years later Friedrich Hollaender had to leave the country because of his Jewish origin. (cf. ibid p. 55).
See also: KIND OF GOLDEN – The New West