Spencer Davis, Photo: Siegfried Loch
Exhibition | 10.03.2007 EXTENDED UNTIL 2.06.2007

Love of my Life

50 Years of Music History | Photographs by Siegfried Loch
His big love is jazz: Siggi Loch, one of Germany’s record label veterans. At twenty-five, he was the youngest director of an international record company (Liberty-United Artists), and he made it all the way to president of Warner Europe. He then fulfilled a childhood dream and founded his own label, ACT, one of today’s leading European jazz labels.

Siggi Loch paved the way for numerous famous stars, often coming much closer to them than professional photographers. Loch has been capturing the magic moments of jazz, the blues, and rock since the fifties, both on audio media as well as on film. The exhibition Love of My Life presents fascinating photographs of Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, Klaus Doldinger, Johnny Griffin, Dexter Gordon, Cannonball Adderley, Little Richard, Nils Landgren, and many more. Loch: “There are experiences that hit us like lightning: ‘big points’ in our life that set the tone. Turning points for our vast future. These are the ones I want to talk about here. I had never been to the Niedersachsenhalle before. It was out of pure curiosity that I wound up there one day in 1955 at a concert by the great Sidney Bechet. I had never consciously listened to jazz before. Yet this small, white-haired man enchanted me with the way he played the saxophone. He aroused my love by the name of jazz. For me, this was the beginning of a fascinating expedition into the world of jazz. Louis Armstrong, George Lewis, the Dutch Swing College Band, Ken Colyer, Papa Bue, and Chris Barber were the idols of this period. I tried to experience the spirit of jazz myself in my own band, the Red Onions. Year for year, I rode my moped to Düsseldorf to the Amateur Jazz Festival, where in 1958 I encountered Klaus Doldinger and his Feetwarners and the modern Oscar’s Trio for the first time. This somehow served as a model to me, and my musical horizon quickly expanded in the direction of jazz and the blues. My record collection grew quicker than I could earn the needed money doing jobs on the side. But nothing could stop me from trying to belong. For me, jazz was—and still is—above all a quest for individual freedom in a group of like-minded people. And this applies to musicians as well as fans.”

An audiobook of the same name has already been published in conjunction with the exhibition Love of My Life.

The exhibition will open on March 10, 2007, at 6:00 p.m. at the Weserburg, parallel to the opening of the Jazzahead! fair.

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