Dusko Gojkovic has a name that has provided him with many different identities over the years. He was born in in what is now Bosnia and Herzegovina but has spent most of his life in Munich, Germany. He became a professional trumpet-player at a Bent Jädig* - Danish Jazzman 1967 young age and was one of the first people to create the sounds we now know as Balkan Jazz.
His resume of songs speaks for itself. Here is an interview with a man who has been a staple in European Jazz for many, many years:. My real name Bent Jädig* - Danish Jazzman 1967 Dusan Gojkovic. One day I suggested that I should change my name. He was vehemently against that. How did you find that experience and did you study with any other musicians that became well known?
It was fantastic. It was so exciting. Great teachers. We also became friends. The great Herb Pomeroy was my primary teacher. You would write a chart in the evening and bring it Bent Jädig* - Danish Jazzman 1967 next morning for school rehearsal.
They would play it for you. Then you could hear all the mistakes that you made. Which was your first record? Was it Swinging Macedonia? A year later we did another LP. I was not so well known then. I said OK. I thought at the time that it was important that the music was good not what name it was under. It was based on European-Balkan, folk-ethno groove and that was not so Mr.
T* - JA Style in jazz at the time. I think I can be proud of the fact that I happen to my knowledge to be the first playing this music in jazz-idiom and inventing the term Balkan Jazz. I had a quintet with tenorist Sal Nistico. At that time Copenhagen was full of excellent jazz Bent Jädig* - Danish Jazzman 1967 and I think it was one of the hippest places in Europe.
And Bent was a lovely person, always laughing and telling jokes. You also recorded for the German library music label Selected Sounds. How did that come about? And how was it as an artist to record library music? At that time life for a jazz musician was not easy here in Munich.
There were not many jazz gigs. It was getting hard to pay the rent. You must have heard those kinds of stories from jazz musicians from all over the world. An Austrian composer, pianist and producer asked if I wanted to do some joint projects with him. It was not commercially available. You joined Canadian horn-player Maynard Fergusons band from to That was Allegro Moderato - Gabriel Fauré, Guilet String Quartet, Daniel Guilet, Gaby Casadesus - String Quar big break for you.
How was it to work with him? Man, he was phenomenal! He was always joking, good natured and he never got mad. There was an extreme excitement and energy in the band even though we only had maybe two gigs a week. I got on the band What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life? - Various - Eternas (The Best Jazz Vocals) recommendation of Swedish trumpet-player Rolf Ericsson, who left Maynards band to join Duke Ellington orchestra.
One afternoon we were driving in her car through the city and I saw a familiar-looking Black man standing on the corner trembling. Many moons later he told me that he came over to save his life and to get away from the drug-scene in New York. Anyway, I told him I was looking for piano player and asked if he would come to Cologne to play at my sisters jazz club. He stayed there for at least a year then we both moved to Munich. Dusko Gojkovic still lives in Munich, Germany and is very active to this day.
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