His clarinet solos are legendary, his performances with max greger and bill ramsey cult. With his dance orchestra, he achieved worldwide fame in the 1950s: we’re talking about hugo strasser. The old master embodies the german swing-ara like no one else. He arranged and composed numerous melodies.
Also marco plitzner, bandleader of the award-winning "blue moon orchestra, couldn’t get around the old master of the singing and swinging clarinet. The weibenbrunner arranged strasser’s "manhattan jive" for his orchestra new. That was four years ago. The two musicians have been friends ever since.
Since october 2011, the "king of dance music" has been in a new home, who celebrates his 90th birthday in april. Celebrates his 50th birthday with the "blue moon orchestra on rough germany tour. On the first two days of the new year they performed in kronach. Strasser stood like one with the orchestra musicians and vocal performers on the stage of the kreiskulturraum, where he "belted out" one hit after another on his clarinet.
"Call me hugo!"
"If you want to rearrange an artist’s piece, it’s only good manners to ask them. So i tracked down hugo strasser’s cell phone number. I was really excited when I called him", plitzner remembers the first contact. Strasser was very friendly and was pleased with the interest shown. The weibenbrunner tells: "hugo strasser gave my orchestra ten wonderful arrangements of sheet music to rehearse. He wanted to listen to it himself at one of our concerts."
Hugo strasser is a complete stranger to rigid structures, plitzner explains. He immediately said: "call me hugo"!" And the bandleader is happy: "although we are separated by almost 50 years, we have a good friendship. We learned a lot from hugo during our joint performances."