Jazz Around the World 2 – 20 April – Sweden

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Welcome to Sweden. Sweden is another country that has produced many exceptional Jazz musicians, as we will soon see. A full program awaits us today.


Kicking things off will be the Bohuslän Big Band. This fearless, world-class Jazz ensemble actually started out as a military orchestra, whose beginnings date all the way back to the 19th century. These days the band works with arrangers from around the world, plays original music, in addition to performing compositions by artists such as Gil Evans, Lars Jansson, and even Frank Zappa. On tour, they have performed in Japan, China, and throughout Europe. Though their roots go way, way back in the past, they are also developing the next generation of musicians through their various youth programs.


Please extend a warm welcome to, the Bohuslän Big Band:



Begin the Beguine





With Monica Dominique – Live at the Stora Teatern, Gothenburg, Sweden – “Quincy”





“Sinister Footwear”





With the Avishai Cohen Trio – Live at the Sodra Teatern, Stockholm, Sweden – “Madrid”






Our next artist will take us into the world of Free Jazz. Mats Gustafsson plays six of the saxophones from soprano to contra-bass, flute, flutophone, amplified saxophone, live electronics, and something called a weevil sax. He frequently performs solo work and plays with several ensembles, amassing over 1,800 concerts and 200 recording projects on six continents. According to his website, Gustafsson’s collaborations often find him in the worlds of poetry, theater, contemporary dance, and visual art.


Coming to the stage now, Mats Gustafsson:



How to Raise an Ox





Solo concert at Fríkirkjan, Reykjavik, as part of the Reykjavik Jazz Festival





With The Thing – Live at the 35th Skopje Jazz Festival – “Red River”





Next up is bassist Massimo Biolcati. Biolcati has recorded and toured with some of best Jazz artists, among them Ravi Coltrane, Lizz Wright, Terrence Blanchard, Michael Bublé, Herbie Hancock, and Paquito D’Rivera. His album, Persona, was awarded Best Jazz Album at the 2009 Independent Music Awards. Not only is Biolcati an accomplished musician, but he is also an entrepreneur. His attempts to stuff pdf-formatted images of the Real Book onto the original iPhone motivated him to develop his own music-related app; the iRealBook.


Please give a warm welcome to Massimo Biolcati:




With the ELDAR trio – “Rhapsodize”





With the Lionel Loueke Trio, aka Gilfema – “Tin Man”





With the Tyler Blanton Electric Trio – “GreenWood Jam”










Closing out our concert tonight is trombonist Nils Landgren. Langren began studying classical trombone in college. From his classical studies, he moved on to improvisation. That led to him developing his own sound and style. Soon he was touring and playing in such varied genres as big band, funk, hip-hop, soul, and of course, Jazz. Landgren has been involved in one manner or another on over 500 albums. You can’t miss Landgren when he performs. He’ll be the one playing the red Yamaha trombone.

In addition to his record label and talent agency, Landgren is dedicated to helping those less fortunate through his Funk for Life Project and The Wings of Life Centre.

Now, on stage, Mister Nils Landgren:




With NDR Bigband – Live at Jazz Baltica Festival – “Space Calzone”





With NDR Bigband – Live at Jazz Baltica Festival – “Silent Way”





With Joe Sample – “Soul Shadows”





Live at the 25th Internationale Jazzfestival Viersen – “Redhorn”





With the NDR Bigband – Live – “Brown Blues”





Thank you for joining us here in Sweden. I hope you enjoyed the concert. We’ll meet at the Internet Airport for our flight to Africa. Next stop on our Jazz Around the World 2 tour: Egypt.


April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Support the artists. Buy their music. Go out and see some live Jazz today.

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