Who was/is Arthur Briggs ? - CDs, Vinyl LPs, DVD and more
* 09 April 1899 - 16 July 1991
The American cornet player and trumpeter Arthur Briggs is something special in Europe during the 1920s simply because of his black skin. Born in Central America, raised in Charleston, South Carolina, he brings authentic hot jazz from the New to the Old World. Briggs first came to England in 1919 as a member of the Southern Syncopated Orchestra. After the dissolution of the band Briggs stays in Europe and soon finds opportunities to perform with his Savoy Syncops Orchestra in Vienna, Berlin, Brussels, Paris, Istanbul, Marseille.
The staff of his chapel changes several times. In Berlin, where Briggs and his musicians stopped in 1926/27, the small jazz orchestra played mainly in the Barbarina am Steinplatz and in the Hotel Eden. The recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, such as the titles "I'm Coming, Virginia" and "Sometimes I'm Happy" (vocals: Al Bowlly) are also made in Berlin.