Bro/Knak live! World Live premier with Løkkegaards "Vesper" at Jazzhus Monmarte...and Samuel Blaser in Malmö!!

Still by Sune Blicher

I have just finished the first European tour with Jakob Bro / Thomas Morgan / Jon Christensen. 10 jobs in 11 days. Criss-crossing the continent. Sold out and packed clubs. Young audience, lots of sold CDs and enthusiasm for Bro's music. Great to see that especially the young European audience shows great interest in jazz. Thank you to all the fantastic clubs and crews for the shows. Thanks for booking the band, and thank you all wonderful audience who came and enjoyed the music.

This week's Bro back in Denmark, where he will play 3 concerts with Bro / Knak set-up. A series of concerts feat. Jakob Bro (gu), Thomas Knak (electronics) and Sune Blicher (visuals)

This is the first time since their critically acclaimed debut at the festival, where Ekstra Bladet’s Peter Albrechten called it a true "Master Meeting".

Artwork by Tal R taken from the "Bro/Knak" album
They play the following dates:

31 October Student House, Aalborg

01 November
Atlas, Aarhus

03 November Jazz House, Copenhagen


NielsLyhne Løkkegaard presents WORLD LIVE PREMIER OF  "Vesper" at Jazzhus Montmarte on 30 October

Tuesday 30th of October Can you  also enjoy Bro’s talent..It happens with Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard and Løkkegaards live premier of “Vesper". The album “Vesper” was released earlier this year and highly acclaimed both in Denmark and abroad. Now his playing the whole album live for the first time. At the well-renowned Jazzhus Montmarte, and the line-up is according to the album including Niels Løkkegaard, Jacob Bro, Marilyn Mazur, Jacob Buchanan and 4 clarinets.

The Swiss trombone player Samuel Blaser is one of the up and coming stars from the Swiss jazz scene. Works with diverse musicians such as Gerald Cleaver, Paul Motian, Russ Loosing, Thomas Morgan.

Thanks to the wonderful JazzinMalmö crew Blaser can be introduced live with his Quartet at a free concert on the 01 November.
Blaser will return end december introducing his new trio feat. french gutiarist Marc Ducret and Danish drummer Peter Bruun.

Dec 20,Charlottenborg with brand new trio! Feat. Marc Ducret and Peter Bruun.


British newcomer jazz trio Partikel Nominated for London Jazz Awards 2013

Londoner  jazz trio Partikel are nominated this year for the London Jazz Awards 2013 and will also perform at this year London Jazz Festival.The 3 young players

Duncan Eagles – Tenor and Soprano Saxophone

 Max Luthert – Double Bass

Eric Ford – Drums and Percussion

have been spending the time promoting their “Cohesion” album, out via Whirlwind. 12 tunes you have to get into.

Have already gained the attention on the brit jazzscene. From Jazzwise to The Guardian you’ll find fans already. They are busy on the live-scene, and Europe needs to be more into them.
They deserve to win London Jazz Award, and you can help by Voting for them here:

“The close-knit nature of the trio shows in how they handle tight, hooky melodies, and in the flexibility of Max Luthert's bass and Eric Ford's impressionistic drumming."
John Fordham, The Guardian


Danish Jazz embracing the world audience - right now! - Jakob Bro & Træben

Two artists are pushing Danish jazz internationally – right now!

Danish jazz has a strong profile among jazz lovers internationally. Jazz musicians from Copenhagen are always out there, somewhere playing; either with there own bands or as side-men. 

2 bands that are worth highlighting right now  is Danish guitarist Jakob Bro with his forthcoming European tour feat. his new trio with Thomas Morgan and Jon Christensen. And the Danish/Dutch quartet Træben, who seems to have captured the world jazz press with storm.  These 2 acts are brilliant examples on how diverse and musically strong the Danish jazz scene really is. Full with talents and sincere musical personality.  

Jakob Bro (gu) on European tour with new trio feat. Thomas Morgan (bas), Jon Christensen (dr)

Jakob Bro is the leading international jazz player from Denmark. 4 times Music Award winner, part of Tomasz Stanko Quintet and worked with a list of names that is among the most impressive with age only 34. He has been searching to find a new trio format, and finally it seems like he found a new musical home. It began live at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival this summer of 2012, when he performed for the first time live with American Thomas Morgan (bas) and ECM legend Jon Christensen (dr) from Norway. 

It was possible to forget about time and tempo during the performance, and just focus on the music unfolding through all the instruments and musicians involved. "It's not just a bang, as to make the music loud or so. It has to be in a place musically spoken. And I can do it because I know it falls on fertile ground with Jakob and Thomas. Playing regularly is not what I want to do. That's because the music (for me) is not happening there," Christensen also said, explained his overall approach.”
Impressions from first concert, Copenhagen 8th July 2012, with Henning Bolte talking to Jon Christensen  in , All About jazz

10 cities in 11 days
The Trio is now about to set for their first European tour bringing them all across europe.
The full schedule is:

foto by Karolina Zapolska
European Tour, autumn 2012

15. Oct. Aarhus, Denmark
Venue: Sunship

16. Oct. Graz, Austria
Venue: Stockwerke

17. Oct.  Bijloke, Gent, Belgium
Venue: Bijloke

18. Oct. Olso, Norway
Venue: Victoria
19. Oct. Helsinki, Finland
Venue: Kokoteatteri

20. Oct. Vasa, Finland
Venue: Doopbop Jazz Club

22. Oct. Bucharest, Romania
Venue: Anglican Church (SOLD OUT)

23. Oct.  Berlin, Germany
Venue: B – Flat

24. Oct. Sofia, Bulgaria
Venue: Sofia Live Club

25 Oct. Bornholm, Denmark                                                                                                                                                                               
Venue: Muzikhuset                                          

Dutch/Danish quartet Træben is going for the stars.

Jazz Wrap
"Traeben may be Europe's top secret weapon. But with Push, the secret is out. This is a band which should have staying power."
Jazzwrap , Stephan Moore (USA)

4 guys, 2 from Holland and 2 from Denmark. Jens Larsen (gu),Soren Ballegaard (sax),Haye Jellema (dr),Olaf Meijer (bas). I met them during Amersfoort Jazz meeting, and since then everything changed.  The energy and focused work form these guys makes such a difference. Since they released their 2nd album ”Push”  they have taken the international press by storm. 

GAFFA, Denmark
"Some of the best modern contemporary jazz I have heard in a long time."
Ivan Rod (DK)

Jazzenzo, Holland
"TRÆBEN is the epitome of a contemporary jazz band."
Jan Jasper Tamboer (NL)

All About Jazz
"On Push, Traeben is consistently playful, spacious and dynamic."
James Pearse (UK)

"An album filled with beautiful melodies and a strong lyrical academic undertone"
George Tonla -Briquet, JazzMozaiëk (BE)

And the list goes on, and you can check it here. From well establish jazz media to bloggers across the globe, Træben’s jazz vibes seems to capture the hearts of contemporary jazz. Check them out live soon  - maybe even near you. For more info just visit their website and get into the grooves