Ken Shuldman has been an award-winning advertising writer for over twenty years. His story, The St. Louis Blues Saved His Life At Auschwitz, appeared in the New York Times on February 4th, 2001. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children.
"'Reading the extraordinary story of Dutch musician Louis Bannet's life before, during, and after the Holocaust, one comes to a new understanding, and appreciation, of why the tools of his trade are indeed called instruments. From the nightclubs of Amsterdam to the nightmares of Auschwitz, Louis Bannet's trumpet rang out amidst happiness and horror alike, serving as apt conduit for a multitude of purposes: as entertainment, bemusement, comfort, diversion - and, ultimately, as the triumphant sound of salvation. Deftly and evocatively told by Ken Shuldman, Jazz Survivor gives strong testimony to both the indisputable power of music and the indefatigable strength of the human spirit. Suffice it to say that you'll not soon forget the tale of Louis Bannet, who played not only for his own life, but for life itself.' Billy Altman, Music Journalist and Historian"