|A wintry Copenhagen day in front of the Diplom record shop. Timme emerges from his brother’s 1920s rattletrap to deliver an armful of his Baronet records. He reveals a box of Milk-Bone dog biscuits. Those tasty treats were good for your teeth. A decade later, in New York, he introduced me to Lionel Hampton and Billie Holiday and others great and ordinary. Timme was so important to my career. This book is long overdue—thank you, Fradley, for so lovingly reframing Timme’s words.Chris Albertson,author
Bessie Smith: Empress of the Blues (1975) Bessie: Revised and Expanded Edition (2005), http://stomp-off.blogspot.com(references to Timme)————————————–
I am overjoyed that my happy memories of Jazz Baron Timme Rosenkrantz are kept alive here; Timme with his joyful enthusiasm for jazz and jazz musicians, especially my own personal hero, Stuff Smith.
Svend Asmussen (age 95 in 2011)
Danish jazz violinist and composer
Timme Rosenkrantz is one of those people we jazz fans have heard of all our lives, but never knew much about. Now, thanks to Fradley Garner’s wonderful edition of these memoirs, Timme comes back to life, and I do mean life. He says he was there when the word “jitterbug” was coined: his stories, his good humor, and all the great personalities he knew, just never stop. This must be what the Golden Age of Jazz was like.
Author and cataloger
The Penguin Encyclopedia of Popular Music(1989, 1998), Billie Holiday: Wishing on the Moon (1994, 2002), The Rise And Fall Of Popular Music (1995), All Or Nothing At All: A Life of Frank Sinatra (1997),
Now at http://www.donaldclarkemusicbox.com
“I’m just a little layman with an ear for music and a heart that beats for jazz” is how Timme Rosenkrantz modestly describes himself. But his ear and his heart unerringly propelled him into the orbits of Louis Armstrong, Benny Carter, Art Tatum, Fats Waller, W.C. Handy, Duke Ellington, Erroll Garner, Bud Powell, and dozens of other jazz notables. Harlem Jazz Adventures is an insightful and delightfully witty account of jazz people and places, written by one who experienced them firsthand.
Director, Louis Armstrong House Museum
Queens College, CUNY
Frad Garner’s translation of Timme Rosenkrantz’s book is a delightful read. Rosenkrantz came to New York in search of jazz at a perfect time, and his stories of his adventures on the jazz scene are fresh and funny, told with the innocence of a kid in a candy store. If you want to know what it was like to be in Harlem when the giants of jazz walked there, this is the book for you.
Bassist and author, Jazz Anecdotes
Timme Rosenkrantz gives us a lively and very personal insight into the lives and working conditions of Swing and early Bebop musicians he befriended. Could one reason he was able to get so close to so many be that he was a Dane, an outsider? He tells stories about people he loves and respects, always with a smile. Yet we also learn about some hard realities of the jazz life. This is a valuable memoir for jazz lovers and specialists, translated and edited by Fradley Garner with a feeling for the author’s mission and gentle humor.
Dr. Wolfram Knauer, Director
Harlem Jazz Adventuresis an intimate slice of lived jazz history, told by a born storyteller, from a perspective quite different from that of contemporary writings about jazz. This is not the work of a jazz critic. The writer despised music analysis. Timme Rosenkrantz was a jazz advocate, a man who listened and wrote, often tongue in cheek, but always from the heart.
Rutgers University Institute of Jazz Studies
Timme Rosenkrantz is instantly likeable in this delightful memoir. No wonder he could befriend everyone he met as he explored the Harlem jazz world in the 1930s-1960s. That world comes alive in Fradley Garner’s labor-of-love English translation, in language that’s flowing and spiced with Timme’s dry wit. Here you’ll find the dance halls, rent parties, jazz clubs, after-hours joints, and the greatest musicians of jazz’s golden age — along with bartenders, bouncers, club owners, and the colorful gangsters on St. Nicholas Avenue. Sit back and bask in “Harlem Jazz Adventures.”
Tony Mottola, Editor
Harlem Jazz Adventures drew me into a world I’ve only imagined. The passion and joy of these memoirs is irresistible. Suddenly, all the musicians and clubs I’ve heard about became three-dimensional, and I couldn’t stop reading. Each chapter is a play within a play. From Fats Waller to Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong to Benny Carter, the Savoy Ballroom to 52nd Street! Timme Rosenkrantz was an outsider who fast became an insider. He takes me into the dance halls and clubs, and what a thrill! Thanks to Mr. Garner for bringing this most important book into the English-speaking world.
Contemporary jazz & blues vocalist
My husband Billy and I were in the Dorsey Brothers band, so we were part of the Swing era. We knew and performed with others that Timme Rosenkrantz writes about. I didn’t know Billie Holiday, but Timme did, and he takes you into the room where she worked her magic on him and everybody there. Jazz history? Here it is, and I promise you’ll feel like you’re living it. There is chapter after chapter filled with revealing detail and fascinating stories. You won’t put this book down any time soon.