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A week in A minor

Tags: Cargo 2000   Cargo industry   In Memoriam   Jazz

Oliver Evans on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 3:30 PM

Last Friday, I put on my grey suit and tie in order to pay my respects at a memorial service for Roland Bischoff of Kuehne & Nagel.

Roland Bischoff made his mark on the air cargo industry not only through his professional management of relations with the carriers throughout many years, but also through his participation in, and indeed leadership of, Cargo 2000 and other industry initiatives.

 Then on my way to that service, I heard on the radio that Claude Nobs, the founder and leader of the Montreux Jazz Festival, had passed away also. So my attire (and my respects) were due to 2 unforgettable individuals, Roland himself and Claude Nobs, whose week-long festival was and is one of the highlights of anyone’s annual music agenda, and was the inspiration for this blog.

As I attended the service high up in the hills overlooking the lake of Zurich, and walked back through the drifting snowflakes, my thoughts wandered like a gentle jazz tune:

A professional career, I thought, is not confined to one organization, but influences, guides or inspires all who come in touch with that individual: colleagues, customers, suppliers.
It does not matter whether we are bound together as allies or market adversaries.  What happens during the course of a career in our industry is what happens in every inspired jazz concert: knowledge and ideas are borrowed, visions are adapted, sparks of insight are picked up and transformed in one endless, irresistible flood.

The ideas might change direction and rhythm, sometimes they turn from brighter major chords to sadder minor ones, sometimes they run away with themselves or slow down. But for better or worse, from the moment the first chord is struck it is impossible to tell where the journey will lead.

That is, what makes jam sessions, and careers, so wonderful.

In the obituary for Claude Nobs on the Jazz Festival website, one can read that “each jam session can be the last”. And while that is certainly as true as it is sad, we can take comfort in the fact that life, like jazz, never ends.

Thank you for tuning in.


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Published by Brandon Fried on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 4:15 PM
Well said as usual!

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