Norwegian invasion at the Jazz and Blues Festival

Norwegian mucisians are everywhere at the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival. Something old, something new and guaranteed something for you!

23/08/2004 ::

Date Time Artist Venue
30/7 9.00 pm Håvard Wiik Trio/
Special Quintet
Henry's Jazz Cellar
30/7 8.00 pm Jazzin' Babies Royal Overseas League
31/7 8.30 pm Silje Nergaard Queen's Hall
31/7 9.00 pm Petter Wettre Quintet Henry's Jazz Cellar
31/7 3.15 pm Jazz Smørgåsbord I The Hub
31/7 7.30 pm Christiania 12 Spiegeltent
1/8 3.15 pm Jazz Smørgåsbord II The Hub
1/8 12.30 pm Laila Dalseth/ Totti Bergh Trio Spiegeltent
2/8 8.00 pm Preston Reed & Arild Andersen The Hub
2/8 9.00 pm Wettre/ Nymo/ Strønen Henry's jazz Cellar
3/8 8.00 pm Morten Gunnar Larsen The Hub
4/8 12.30 pm Bodil Niska The Hub
7/8 9.00 pm Eivind Opsvik Band Henry’s Jazz Cellar
2-6/8 All day Napier University Jazz Summer School Napier University

Box Office 0131 473 2000/ 0131 467 5200

Håvard Wiik Trio/Special Quintet
A pianist with swing, balls, intellect and surprise. Joined on stage by Mats Eilertsen (bass) and Per Oddvar Johansen (drums) and also Laura Macdonald (alto saxophone) and Ryan Quigly (trumpet) for the second set.

Jazzin' Babies
The music of the 20’s and 30’s played by musicians in their 20’s! Erik Eilertsen (trumpet) and the band play with verve and enthusiasm, but also a little devil.

Silje Nergaard
One of the highlights at this year’s festival. Nergaards voice is captivating, intriguing and graceful – described by The Independent as "after-dinner candy, with black coffee and the promise of what is to follow". Her approach to anything from the classic American songbook (Porter, Gershwin etc.) through jazz-influenced pop writers (Sting, Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder) to her own material is fresh and new. A big hit with audiences accross the globe.

Petter Wettre Quintet
Tenor saxophonist Wettre has a free spirit and extraordinary agility. Joined on stage by Frode Nymo (alto saxophone), Håvard Wiik (piano), Per Zanussi (bass) and Anders Mogensen (drums).

Jazz Smørgåsbord I
Explorations in percussion and electronics from Thomas Strønen, and pianist Håvard Wiik forms a trio with Mats Eilertsen (bass) and Per Oddvar Johanssen (drums). Also featuring Scottish Fraser Fifield from Salsa Celtica.

Christiania 12
Beautiful recreations of the swing bands of Ellington and Louis Nelson, and joyful redentions of Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong’s music. An unmissable "let’s have fun" atmosphere.

Jazz Smørgåsbord II
Old partnerships and new beginnings:
Tommy Smith/ Arild Andersen
Petter Wettre/ Steve Hamilton
Paul Towndrow/ Håvard Wiik/ Mats Eilertsen/ Thomas Strønen

Laila Dalseth/ Totti Bergh Trio
Much pleasure to be had from these giants in swingin’ mainstream jazz. Saxophonist Totti Bergh and classy singer Laila Dalseth do Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Lester Young and more.

Preston Reed & Arild Andersen
American guitar guru Reed meets Norwegian bass maestro Andersen and musical sparks fly!

Wettre/ Nymo/ Strønen
Two phenomenal sxophonists, Wettre and Nymo, team up with brilliant drummer Thomas Strønen. Also featuring the energetic Scottish band Triangelhead.

Morten Gunnar Larsen
Probably the world’s finest classic interpreter of early jazz, ragtime and stride piano music. Larsen has enjoyed great success with his music theatre show on Jelly Roll Morton in London’s West End and on Broadway.

Bodil Niska
One of a few female tenor saxophonists working in the tradition of legends like Ben Webster, Stan Getz, Zoot Sims or Coleman Hawkins.

Eivind Opsvik Band
The New York based bassist and composer mixes straight jazz with dance and electronic grooves.

Napier University Jazz Summer School
Norwegian born guitarist Haftor Medbøe is director of this week-long intensive course for jazz musicians of all ages and abilities. Classes focus on theoretical and practical approaches to improvisation and performance, culminating in a public performance.
£280/£120 concessions
For this event only call 0131 445 6374 or e-mail for information.

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Silje NergaardPhoto courtesy of Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival

Petter WettrePhoto courtesy of Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival