SPECIAL: Frad Garner and Erik Moseholm
Groove to Chapter 14

Co-author Fradley Garner and bassist-composer Erik Moseholm perform
Chapter 14 (“Mezz Mezzow Puts Timme on a Litle Pink Cloud”) for an
unrehearsed video in July 2012. Erik succumbed to a heart attack that
October, while bicycling in Copenhagen.

May 18, 2013: Book Review by Dr. Wolfram Knauer

Dr. Wolfram Knauer, director of the renowned Jazz Institute of Darmstadt, Germany (JazzInstitut Darmstadt), calls Harlem Jazz Adventures "a unique look at the musical world of New York in the 1930s and 1940s" in this English translation of his book review. (The original book review, in German, can be found here on

March 4, 2013: Book Review by W. Royal Stokes

Jazz author and critic W. Royal Stokes says that Harlem Jazz Adventures gave him "a couple of evenings of unadulterated joy" in his book review on (The review is toward the end of the page, so scroll down or do a browser search for "Harlem Jazz" to see it.)

January 30, 2013: Book Review by

Dr. A. Ebert calls Harlem Jazz Adventures "a rare treasure of countless anecdotes, stories, facts and insights (as well as some fables) on the way the jazz masters lived, loved and worked," in his book review on

January 22, 2013: Harlem Jazz Adventures Named A Top-Three Pick for 2012

We are honored that Thomas Cunniffe at Jazz History Online has named Harlem Jazz Adventures one of the top-three jazz books of 2012. Thanks Tom!

October 30, 2012: Book Review by the Duke Ellington Music Society

The Duke Ellington Music Society (DEMS) calls Harlem Jazz Adventures "splendid" in their review in the latest issue of the DEMS Bulletin. Scroll to the end to read the review.

October 10, 2012: Book Review by Eugene Marlow

Multi-talented composer, professor and journalist Eugene Marlow calls Harlem Jazz Adventures "a reflection of the deep character" of Timme Rosenkrantz in his review in JJA News.

August 21, 2012: The Reading Life, by Fradley Garner

In this article that appears in JJA News, Harlem Jazz Adventures editor Fradley Garner describes the making of his video with legendary Danish jazz bassist Erik Moseholm.

July 20, 2012: Help Support

Jazz historian Tom Cunniffe, who wrote an excellent review of Harlem Jazz Adventures (see earlier News entry below), is asking for donations to help support his outstanding (but heretofore unfunded) jazz-history website, Please donate if you can.

July 5, 2012: Book Review by Joe Lang

Jazz journalist and former New Jersey Jazz Society president Joe Lang calls Harlem Jazz Adventures "enjoyable and fascinating" in his review in the July-August issue of Jersey Jazz.

July 3, 2012: George Avakian Remembers Timme Rosenkrantz

Jazz producer, innovator, and A&R executive George Avakian remembers Timme as "warm and friendly," and recalls his brother's employment at Chez Inez (Timme and Inez's restaurant) in this interview in the July-August issue of Jersey Jazz.

July 1, 2012: Dan Morgenstern recalls Frad's recent visit to New York/New Jersey

Jazz advocate and expert Dan Morgenstern gives the skinny on editor Fradley Garner's recent book-signing excursion in his latest Dan's Den article on (Scroll down to "Kicking Off a Visit.")

June 3, 2012: Book Review by Doug Ramsey

Jazz journalist Doug Ramsey calls Harlem Jazz Adventures a "chronicle of three decades when New York was the center of the jazz universe and Rosenkrantz was swinging through it" in his review on Rifftides.

June 2, 2012: Book Review by Ken Dryden

Jazz journalist Ken Dryden calls Timme an "entertaining storyteller" with a "sense of whimsy" in his review of Harlem Jazz Adventures on page 34 of the June issue of the The New York City Jazz Record (

May 20, 2012: Book Adapter Fradley Garner Reads at Sofia's and Birdland, NYC

Fradley Garner and Dan Morgenstern at Sofia's Restaurant, New York City

Harlem Jazz Adventures editor and translator Fradley Garner spoke about (and read from) the book at two NYC jazz venues this week:

– Tuesday, May 22nd, during Vince Giordano's 8:00pm–11:00pm performance at Sofia's Restaurant
– Wednesday, May 23rd, during David Ostwald and The Louis Armstrong Centennial Band's 5:30pm–7:15pm performance at Birdland

Please note that Fradley is available for book readings and signings anywhere, provided basic costs are covered. Contact Fradley at fradgar [AT]

May 18, 2012: Book Review by John Taylor

Jazz journalist John Taylor calls Timme a "humble and unassuming rascal" in his review of Harlem Jazz Adventures on

May 6, 2012: Upcoming interview on WBGO on 5/20/12

Editor and translator Fradley Garner will be on the Jazz From the Archives show on jazz station WBGO 88.3 FM on Sunday, May 20, 2012, at 11:00pm EST. Click on the "LISTEN NOW" tab on WBGO's website to hear it live no matter where you are in cyberspace.

April 30, 2012: Interview on

Harlem Jazz Adventures editor and translator Fradley Garner did a radio interview in Copenhagen on Monday, April 30. Michael Thrane of Radio Jazz ( hosted a special show titled, “En Halv Timmes Tid” (A Half Hour of Timme). The interview was 95% in English, with the first minute and 54 seconds in Danish. Click to hear this interview (skip ahead to 1:54 to hear the interview in English).

During the interview, Frad reads Chapter 32: “Bud Powell Plays Not Being There,” while the seminal pianist’s records play quietly in the background. Tracks by Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and others are also heard during the show.

April 29, 2012: Book Review by Niels Overgård

Jazz blogger Niels Overgård gives an insightful Danish perspective on Harlem Jazz Adventures in his review on his blog JazzNyt. An English translation of his review is available here.

April 19, 2012: Book Review by George Harris

Jazz journalist George Harris compares reading Harlem Jazz Adventures to travelling through time in his review on

April 18, 2012: Book Review by Steven A. Cerra

Jazz journalist and musician Steven A. Cerra has penned a warm, thought-provoking review of Harlem Jazz Adventures, in which he offers the alternate subtitle, "A Danish Baron’s Book of Enchantments, Revelations and Amusements in The Land of Jazz."

April 16, 2012: Book Review by Michael Scott Cain

Writer and educator Michael Scott Cain describes Timme's memoirs as "life lived after hours" in his review of Harlem Jazz Adventures.

February 24, 2012: Book Review by Michael Steinman

Jazz journalist and Professor of English Michael Steinman compares Timme Rosenkrantz to Huckleberry Finn in his upbeat review of Harlem Jazz Adventures. While you're at it, do visit Michael's lively blog, Jazz Lives.

February 4, 2012: Book Review by Tom Cunniffe

In his review of Harlem Jazz Adventures, jazz historian Tom Cunniffe notes that Timme traces his royal lineage back to the Rosencrantz in Hamlet.

January 29, 2012: Movie Entertainment

Earl Fowler, contributing editor to Movie Entertainment magazine (monthly print edition mailed to 350,000 households in Canada), was kind enough to recommend Harlem Jazz Adventures. Click to read!

January 7, 2012: Remembering Terry Monaghan

Terry Monaghan was a friend and treasured resource on all things related to the Savoy Ballroom and Lindy Hop. Terry passed away in June 2011. Although he did not live long enough to see the published book, his contributions live on in the text and endnotes. We have expressed our sympathy and appreciation to Terry's family in England. (Terry's website)
Obituary in The Guardian
Tribute on

January 2, 2012: Inez, Inez, Inez!

First up: A picture of Inez with two Portugese gentlemen. This picture may have been taken at the Hot Club of Portugal. You can learn about the Hot Club of Portugal (in English) here. Muito obrigado / merci beaucoup (much thanks) to Monique Y. Wells (click on "About the Blogger") and her wonderful Entrée to Black Paris website.

Secondly, we have Inez on video, thanks to Ms. Wells and to video poster Grand Retro. Here she is singing "I'll Never Be The Same," backed by Ben Webster on tenor sax, Teddy Wilson on piano, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen on bass, and Makaya Ntshoko on drums, from a telecast of the Timme Memorial Concert in Copenhagen, Nov. 12, 1969.

Lastly, a super shout out and thank you to Jørgen Thomsen for pointing out ALL of these links.

December 24, 2011: Publication Date Pushed Back Slightly

It's not so bad: The book is now expected out sometime in early February. Not the kind of news we like around here, but we respect our readers enough to keep them posted on all developments, good and bad.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everyone.

—the Timme Team

December 12, 2011: Featured in Jersey Jazz!

We are extremely honored, privileged and pleased to announce that Tony Mottola has deemed it fit to feature Harlem Jazz Adventures prominently in the next issue of Jersey Jazz. Thank you, Tony!

Click here to read the feature.

December 5, 2011: Big News!

The book is going to the presses soon and will be available in January. Read the press release here! And stay tuned for the latest info!

August 4, 2011

Fradley Garner, our book's editor, was first to receive a Master's degree in cultural anthropology (1970) from Colgate University. Frad was honored with a short profile of his 50-year career as a freelancer in Denmark, in the Summer 2011 issue of the Colgate Scene:

The Road Taken

July 26, 2011

Chris Albertson, an artist and friend of Timme's who once shared an apartment with him, has written some some nostalgic pieces about the Icelander's happy days with Timme on his blog, Stomp Off!:

A 1953 Jam Session Emerges from the Closet (includes two recordings from the jam session!)
High in a Basement Penthouse

To view every article that mentions Timme, type "Timme" into Chris' search field on his home page. Thanks Chris!

July 6, 2011

Born on July 6, 1911, Timme would have turned 100 today. We have some poetry (in Danish) in honor of his birthday. (We're a very poetic bunch here.)

Limerick #1 and Limerick #2, by Jørgen Tavs Thomsen.
And here's a poem by Fradley Garner in response to Jørgen's limericks!

May 30, 2011

The Bebop Baroness

David Kastin's biography of Nica (Baroness Kathleen Annie Pannonica Rothschild de Koenigswarter) will be published on June 20.

February 25, 2011

Harlem Jazz Adventures is an Editor's Pick in the February 2011 Edition of Jersey Jazz.

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