DJ Wuthe on the „gramophone“
Born in Berlin in 1966, has been a collector of shellac records for almost 40 years, trained as a theater sculptor, fashion and screen designer, has turned his passion for swing music and lifestyle into his profession: as an author, publisher and arranger of historical swing Series on CD, as a consultant for current swing orchestras and as a Europe-wide DJ for swing evenings:
Booked at festivals and workshops from Stockholm to Cannes, from Budapest to London, from New York to Pasadena – both as a swing dancer (social dancer), DJ and speaker on topics from the history of jazz and jazz dance – he not only has an immeasurable collection of Photos, plates, documents collected. He also met a number of singers and musicians whose adventurous stories about the 1930s and 1940s are included in his book „SWINGTIME IN GERMANY“ (Transit Verlag, 2012).
Berlin, dance and cabaret history flow into anecdotes in the „city tours with hot suitcases“ that take place from spring to autumn: With various guided tours to places of Berlin culture from the 20s to 40s, names, music and stories about historical places come to life again.
Several collaborations in the context of thematically appropriate exhibitions with museums such as the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Berliner Stadtmuseum, Deutsches Technikmuseum, the Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection and the stroke of luck of being able to own Otto Dix’s shellac record estate led to the joint preparation of the lecture with Dr. Sven Beckstette on the topic „Jazz in the visual arts – Jimmy dances the shimmy“.
And for many years he has been happy to encourage the swing dancers to dance with the „intoxicating“ sounds of the original old shellac records, be it to the Charleston, Lindy Hop, Shag, Balboa, Foxtrot, Mambo or Waltz…
(Gudrun Fröba, JS)