Bruno Leicht studied jazz trumpet in Cologne from 1985 to 1990 and is an examined music teacher. He is currently mostly active as performer in Cologne and Berlin.
He gives regular jazz history classes at the Cologne Music College.
Career (a rough overview):
After some gigs with local small groups he founded Blue Seven & The Ghosts which did several productions for the Bayerischer Rundfunk, the WDR, and some Polish radio station (1988 to 1992).
Blue Seven & The Ghosts was inspired by Leicht's private workshop group which he lead subversively parallel to the official International Jazz Workshop in Siena under master trumpeter Enrico Rava.
Cool articulation, Bruno. — Dizzy Gillespie
Ich habe Bruno Leicht als einen sehr ernsthaften,
engagierten und vielseitig kreativen Musiker kennengelernt. -
- Prof. Jiggs Whigham/ Hans Eisler Universität Berlin
Jazz journalist Marc Myers/ JazzWax about Bruno Leicht's
former jazz blog:
Bruno hosts a fabulous blog that's loaded with jazz insights
and free music clips.
Willing to teach
Thelonious Monk didn't think in scales. You won't even find
chord-symbols in his original scores. He was a "melody man",
since he was mainly interested in the melody of a song and
what you could do with it.
Besides that did he always try to express the sounds he
heard swinging in himself. Some notes which would have
belonged to a certain chord, he left off intentionally, and added
others which weren't supposed to be there, and which would
have been considered as "wrong" notes by most academic
"Blue Monk" was his favorite composition among the ca