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.
The repertoire of the band (trumpet, three saxes, piano, bass & drums) consisted of famous blues compositions (St. Louis Blues, All Blues, Now's The Time) and own compositions, mostly in the blues form (Out Of The Window, Basta Casino aka June's Blues, and Not So Monkish!).
From 1989 on - after Leicht had listened extensively to Booker Little and Charles Mingus - his compositions became harmonically and formally more complex.
His trumpet style can be described as rooted in the swinging tradition with an 'old' sound, but a modern harmonic conception (Lothar Lewien, Berlin, friend and biographer of Chet Baker & Charlie Mariano).