New international trio: Carsten Dahl / Reuben Rogers/ Gregory Hutchinson

Carsten Dahl

                    Reuben Rogers

Gregory Hutchinson

                    Playing Standards

Here at the agency I am really excited about this new trio. A trio feat. Some of the finest jazz players from both the Danish and american scene, building on a long musical tradition between these two musical worlds/countries, that started back in the 60s with american jazz musicians living in Copenhagen such as Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon, the old Jazzhus Montmarte. , Kenny Drew and many others.

Gregory Hutchinson
CarstenDahl is among the greatest pianists on the European jazz scene. He has stirred international attention together with Mads Vinding and Alex Riel and, most recently, he has taken Montmartre by storm with the star bassist Eddie Gomez.
And earlier this year the lengedary Jazzhus Montmartre set up the musical meeting with Dahl and Gregory Hutchinson and Rueben Rogers taking on the standard repertoire. Offering his own suggestion of a sound between Copenhagen and New York. 
Montmartre has a venerated tradition of this sort of meetings. Just think about Kenny Drew with Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and Alex Riel.

Now the trio returns to Copenhagen and Jazzhus Montmarte. In feb 2014 the trio will be back playing standards, and this time also record the show. The recording is scheduled for release via Storyville Records in 2014.

Carsten Dahl

Touring Europe in 2015: Booking Now!!

Finally the trio will return to Europe in 2015 for touring. The tour is currently being booked.

Period is planned to be around 04 -14 Feb.  2015

For any booking request please contact your us here at the office for further details.

Jazz Magazine describes him as “the drummer of his generation” and indeed, Gregory Hutchinson is one of the most highly respected musicians of our time. His mastery of timing and expression of rhythms is at the core of his personal style. He is a musician’s drummer, soundly rooted in the jazz tradition he is able to approach all styles of music with supreme accuracy and imagination, decorating compositions with his natural feel and mind blowing innovation.

ReubenRogers'(bas) ability to transport the emotion of a piece into his accompaniment is akin to that of a fine woven tapestry, creating a blanket of rhythm and harmony that is welcomed by vocalists and instrumentalists alike. 
Reuben Rogers

From a hard-hitting groove to a featherlike touch, with each interjection, Rogers echoes an affirmation of the soloist's statement, rendering a musical conversation in which the narrative is smoothly passed. has enjoyed the opportunity of intense musical relationships with jazz artists of world-renown, such as Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Joshua Redman, Marcus Roberts, Nicholas Payton, Mulgrew Miller, Jackie McLean, Charles Lloyd and Dianne Reeves, amongst others. Rogers' peers continue to influence and enrich his musical style and direction. He has toured extensively all over the globe, and has recorded on over 70 CDs.


Lulu Rouge launches new web shop. This is the music and here are the tracks on vinyl and download.

Here at PG Special Agent I deliver many various services to optimize the business performance of an artists. From strategic planning, pre-production to sales, promotion and even booking.

Increase sales for Lulu Rouge
Since april I have worked with the Danish electronic duo Lulu Rouge. They released the outstanding 2nd album ”The Song is in the Drum”. I helped establishing their own label Lulu Rouge Recordings and digital distribution for the international market. This to increase both sales and generate more network for the duo to strengthen their international growth and market profile.

Fans can now buy music directly from the artist
Last week Lulu Rouge launched their own shop to meet fans requests for vinyl and loss-less / wave file sales. We introduced the shop with both the 2 X vinyl deluxe edition of their latest album as well and a super limited 12'' vinyl pressing of ”Fyrkat”. You can now deal directly with Lulu Rouge, supporting the music and artist directly and thereby getting their music right from their studio. We pack and ship the vinyl world-wide.

Check their store HERE.

Export; retailer attention.
Now we are starting to increase the export potentiel for the release as soon as CD is produced and ready to ship. If you are retailer and would like to have Lulu Rouge in your shop, please do get back to your Special Agent for price and shipping conditions.

About Lulu Rouge
The award winning producer duo Lulu Rouge is Buda (Former Banzai Republic) and DJ T.O.M released their 2nd album "The Song is is the Drum" april 2013. They have been part of the electronic scene since the mid 90s. Their first album "Bless You" was released in 2008. Since then they have released tracks in many other constellations as well as remixed artists such as Trentemøller, Moby, Gus Gus, Agnes Obel,  Blank & Jones, Choir of Young believers amo.You will find several edits, bootlegs, mash-ups around on the net.
More info check Lulu Rouge web and follow their intensive activities on Facebook


Nils Wogram honoured with the Albert Mangelsdorff Prize for 2013

A big congratulation to German trombonist/composer Nils Wogram.

German-born Trombonist/ composer Nils Wogram has just been awarded the Albert Mangelsdorff Prize for 2013 - known as the Deutscher Jazzpreis/ German Jazz Prize). The prize has a value of 15,000 Euro and is awarded by the Union Deutscher Jazzmusiker - an organisation representing musicians, chaired by pianist Julia Hülsmann, and currently celebrating its fortieth anniversary. The award has been made every other year since 1994 to "outstanding people of the German Jazz scene ." 

Nils Wogram was born in 1972 in Braunschweig in Germany . He has recorded 22 albums as leader. The early ones were produced by ENJA, he has also recorded for ACT.

His latest release with his Root 70 with Strings ”Riomar” has just been released picking up outstanding reviews so far.

Wogram will receive his award on 3rd November 2013 in the context of Jazzfest Berlin. The GEMA-Stiftung, Förderungs- und Hilfsfonds des Deutschen Komponistenverbandes and the GVL contribute financially to the prize.

For any further info on Wogram and Root 70, please do not hesitate in getting in touch here at you Special Agent.

The Jury explains:

Nils Wogram is a technically brilliant musician with a distinctive sound. Deeply rooted in jazz history , he knows how to combine tradition and innovation, and to give the many facets of a modern jazz sound. He places great emphasis on intensive, continuous work in his ensembles, he, undeterred by fashion trends , his musical companions and himself creates space for artistic development. Nils Wogram taught since 2004 trombone at the University of Lucerne. In addition to his artistic and educational activities , he is committed to the needs of jazz in the European music scene .
"We are pleased to honor with Nils Wogram one of the outstanding representatives of the new jazz generation in Germany ," said Julia Hülsmann , chairman of the Union of German jazz musician . "Our special thanks to the donors of the prize money , the GEMA Foundation, the Promotion and Assistance of the DKV , GVL and the Berlin Jazz Festival , our partner in organizing the award ceremony. "

In german:

Nils Wogram ist ein technisch brillanter Musiker mit einem unverwechselbaren Ton. Tief in der Jazzgeschichte verwurzelt, versteht er es, Tradition und Innovation zu verbinden und den vielen Facetten des Jazz ein modernes Klangbild zu verleihen. Er legt großen Wert auf intensive, kontinuierliche Arbeit in seinen Ensembles, wobei er, unbeirrt von Modeströmungen, seinen musikalischen Weggefährten und sich selbst Raum zur Entfaltung schafft. Nils Wogram unterrichtet seit 2004 Posaune an der Hochschule Luzern. Neben seiner künstlerischen und pädagogischen Tätigkeit, setzt er sich für die Belange des Jazz in der europäischen Musikszene ein.
Wir freuen uns, mit Nils Wogram einen der herausragenden Vertreter der neuen Jazzgeneration in Deutschland zu ehren“, so Julia Hülsmann, Vorsitzende der Union Deutscher Jazzmusiker. „Unser besonderer Dank gilt den Stiftern des Preisgelds, der GEMA-Stiftung, dem Förderungs- und Hilfsfonds des DKV, der GVL und dem Jazzfest Berlin, unserem Kooperationspartner bei der Ausrichtung der Preisverleihung.“


Bogan Via; from the desert of Phoenix Arizona to a new label in Denmark

I am really excited these days. Finally – I get the time to release some of the music that I discover around and fall in love with. And...its not all jazz..ok ?  Music is more than just one genre. I'm still not sure where this project will go, but it will be for the music as I love. The beginning is now.

It all happens when least expected. Suddenly I am sitting here with these guys from Phoenix/ Arizona. lt began with a night out in a club in Arizona, and a few years later the music is doing it. It could have been earlier, as I have worked with labels, artists and music since the mid 90s. But it had to start in the desert of Arizona, and Bogan Via, the timing, the vibes are just right to get a label up and running. 
But now its here, part of the PG music buzz.
With PG Sounds I hope to explore various styles, artists from around the globe and music from different corners of music scenes.

Bogan Via - the first chapter:

The young American duo Bogan Via (Bret Bender & Madeleine Miller) have since 2011 been "hot new artist" in Arizona/ USA, where they have delighted audiences with their mix of synth- pop and folk rock.Now the duo is released in Scandinavia, and they will be playing live soon in this region of the world: from Tromsö to Odense in October .

The album " Wait Up " is out October 1, 2013 in Scandinavia.

" Wait Up " is the name of the album, which is packed with 13 catchy songs / 7 original + 6 remixes that draws on references to both pop, indie and folk. Remixes are here conceived as bonus on this release .

The single " Kanye " is the first radio single. The video is directed by Fredie Paull (MGMT , Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver , Fleet Foxes and others), and shows Bogan Via, there cruising around one night in Phoenix with sharp pistols and rob the local record store .

From the dusty desert to the Arctic Circle : Live in Danish + Norway 2013

Bogan Via is invited to the innovative music festival Insomnia in Tromsö in Norway on 26th October and will of course also came to Denmark, where they play on October 24 in New Jersey and to a secret event in Copenhagen 23th October

Live Tour in Europe this october include

18 Oct - Les Caves Du Manoir / CH 
21 Oct - L' International / - Paris ( F)
23 Oct - Copenhagen / DK ( Secretly event TBC)
24 Oct - Odense / DK, Bobz 


The Images Festival in the heart of CpH, the bridge occupied and music for your mind and soul

Omar Offendum meeting Tawakkol Karaman (Photo from Omar's blog)

The Images festival in Copenhagen is currently happening, and I am proud to be part of it during the weekend concerts taking place at Dronning Louise's Bro; the gateway to most multi cultural area of Copenhagen – Nørrebro.
During 2 weekends here in September the festival will occupy the bridge and set up a big stage feat. some of the finest music from around the world. Music with attitude, political impact, vibes and love. During the week there is all sorts of exhibitions on the bridge as well. As many other shows around town.
Bomba Estéreo taking the crowd on Dronning Louise's Bridge, Copenhagen. (Photo by PG)

The Utopia Stage in the heart of the city
As host/ introducer I have already had the honour to introduce the audience to such fantastic bands as the trio Ajinai from Mongolia, the punk band Demerit from China, the political activists from TurningTables and the marvelous colombian band Bomba Estéreo. I have never seen any of these bands live before, and especially Bomba Estéreo blew me away. Totally.. Their live performance is already on my TOP 3 list of best live concerts this year.

Bomba Estéreo taking the crowd on Dronning Louise's Bridge, Copenhagen. (Photo by PG)
The following weekend 6-7 september I will join The Utopia stage again with fantastic musicians and personalities from around the world. If you are in Copenhagen, don't miss it. Its free to celebrate; a unique experience where you can listen & enjoy these fine musicians:

Blick Bassy & Hervé Samb
Turning Tables
Omar Offendum & Phase 5
African Experience
Alo Wala, Copia Doble Systema & Julius Sylvest

Check out The Images Festival full program for more info on the artists, the vibe, the musical revolution that also include several artist talks, seminars + much more.
Hope to see you next weekend!!

Kom til koncert med Kirstine Stubbe Teglbjærg + lyt til cover af Lars H.U.G

Kirstine Stubbe Teglbjærg drager på

sensommertourné i Danmark
+ Lars H.U.G. cover

 ”En af landets aller smukkeste vokaler. Let som en fjer og fuld af raffineret sødme"
(Undertoner 06.07.13)

***** "Sejhed når helt nye højder" 
(Gaffa 05.05.13)

En af Danmarks mest originale kvindelige stemmer, den tidligere forsanger i Blue Foundation, Kirstine Stubbe Teglbjærg, tager på klub-tourné, hvor hun besøger 5 danske byer i løbet af september. Med sig har Kirstine sit band og sit anmelderroste, dansksprogede soloalbum "Hamskifte", som udkom i april i år. Over sommeren har Kirstine spillet en række stærke koncerter, ikke mindst på Roskilde Festival og Spot Festival, og det er en kunstner i topform, som nu drager afsted for at møde sit publikum på de mindre klubber.

Kirstine Stubbe Teglbjærg var med Blue Foundation stemmen bag hits som ”Eyes On Fire”, ”As I Moved On”, ”Bonfires” og ”End Of The Day”. Sange der tilsammen har fået mere end 40 millioner visninger på YouTube og har gjort Kirstine Stubbe Teglbjærg til en af de mest internationalt anerkendte danske sangerinder.

Kirstines første soloalbum "Hamskifte" er et smukt og radikalt album på den danske musikscene og efter koncertanmeldelserne at dømme, får albummet endnu mere vitalitet og rum, live. Kirstines band er 5 mand m/k høj, foruden hende selv.
Kirstine fortæller selv: "Hamskifte" er organisk og dynamisk i sin lyd, og jeg har ønsket at spille albummet "helt" live til mine koncerter, uden backingtrack. Jeg har fra tidligere koncerter med Blue Foundation, været vant til at have et backingtrack kørende på computer, som vi spillede til. Det kan være superfedt, men med "Hamskifte" ville jeg gerne gøre noget andet og skabe hele koncerten her og nu. Vi arbejder stadig med samples, og den elektroniske lyd er med på scenen, men lydene spilles "live" med samplers og triggers. Hertil kommer en god portion flossede guitarer og støj, men også stille, atmosfæriske passager. Vi arbejder med kontraster og en råhed i lydbilledet, for at have noget at spille min lyse vokal op imod, og det har fungeret brandgodt på scenen, indtil videre!"

Info og billetter:

Pressen har sagt og skrevet om Kirstine live & album debut:

"Seje Kirstine Stubbe Teglbjærg leverer fremragende koncert, der kombinerer hård, legesyg elektrorock med luftig, melodisk skønsang (…) Teglbjærg leger og eksperimenterer med kontraster: Det tunge og det lette. Det lyse og det mørke. Det fine og det rå. (…) Kirstine Stubbe Teglbjærgs smukke luftige stemme indeholder både en skrøbelighed og en voldsom kraft. Og det danske sprog må siges at klæde hende godt (…) Sejhed når helt nye højder". Gaffa Spot Festival 5. maj 2013. 5 ud af 6 stjerner

"… Først og fremmest har hun en af landets allersmukkeste vokaler. Let som en fjer og fuld af raffineret sødme (…) sjældent har en hvisken virket så stærkt (…) Overfor de poetiske tekster og den knugende nærhed som vokalen formidler, står en dirrende sammensætning af organiske og elektroniske manipulerede lyde. Man ved ikke om man skal være tryg eller urolig. Denne kontrast, som er Hamskiftes helt store styrke, fik endnu mere rum live". Undertoner Roskilde Festival 6. juli 2013: 5 "U'er" ud af 6

Om albummet ”Hamskifte”:
"Uha det er altså afsindigt smukt" (Berlingske ****)
"Overjordisk stemme" (Soundvenue****)
"Uroligt smukt (…) Ren fryd at begrave sig i teksthæftet” (Information)
"Fornem solodebut" (Gaffa ****)
"Vellykket solodebut" (Politiken****)
"Lige i tårekanalen" (Undertoner ****)

"Hvor går Vi hen?":
Kirstine blev spurgt af Gaffa, om hun ville være med til, at fejre Gaffa's 30 år med et cover, af et nummer fra de seneste 30 års dansk musik. Lyt til track her, og læs i det trykte  Gaffa, hvordan det hele blev til + lidt her online


Lars Greve og Carsten Dahl præsenterer duo samarbejde live koncerter + i DR P8 Jazzoom

Lars Greve/ Carsten Dahl
debuterende duo tour
September 2013

05 September: Nørre Vosborg herregaard.

06 September: U Jazz Festival, Aarhus, Atlas.

07 September: U Jazz Festival, København, Jazzhouse

Carsten Dahl er Danmarks mest prominente pianist, og har spillet med en lang række af de aller største musikere på den internationale jazz- og klassiske scene. Stjerner som Joe Lavono, Eddie Gomez, Arild Andersen, Alex Riel, NHØP, Palle Mikkelborg, Michala Petri etc. Utallige priser og anerkendelser igennem årene, både for sin musikalske vitalitet, talent såvel som komponist. Senest har Carsten Dahl modtaget et væld af roser for sin seneste solo ”Dreamchild” (Storyville Records). www.carstendahl.dk

Lars Greve tilhører den yngre generation af musikere. Født 1983 i Vestjylland. Saxofonisten Lars Greve har trods sin unge alder allerede markeret sig som en markant musikalsk stemme. Færdiggjorde i år den overbyggende 2-årige solistuddannelse på Rytmisk Musikkonservatorium, og modtog I 2012 den prestigefyldte Sonning Pris. Udover solo-koncerter er han blandt andet en del af Girls in Airports, Peter Friis Nielsens Kalas og har senest udgivet den internationalt anmelderroste “All Romantic” med Sven-Åke Johansson og August Rosenbaum.  

Live i Radioen d. 06 September på DR P8 Jazzoom !!!
DR P8 jazz sender direkte fra U Jazz i Aarhus. Lars Greve og Carsten Dahl interview kan høres live fra Aarhus d. 06 september kl. ca. 15-15.30 og dele af koncerten transmiteres.
Link HER


Stella Polaris; The Nine Muses and all the cities.


Stella Polaris 

summer vibes

It's august and it looks like being the hottest summer in years. The city is melting and we are getting ready for the annual Stella Polaris weekend. Only this august, it will 2 weekends. 

And FREE ENTRY as always.

Starting this weekend in Aalborg. The northern parts of Denmark. In the old proud habour city with the fjord, seaside close to city centre. Friday 2 August. Will be playing in the Kildeparken starting easy friday afternoon.
Then off to our hometown Aarhus, where it all started back then. Saturday afternoon the Botanical Garden in Aarhus. Packed with 25.000 chillin´in the grass. H.C Andersen would have been down this Sunday the 04 August in Ansgar Anlæg in his hometown Odense.
Then Esbjerg, the most west we have ever been in Denmark. The first time. We embrace Esbjerg on the 10th August and will be looking forward seeing you. ”Grande Finale” will be Copenhagen enjoyed in front of 25.000 or more at the new space in Frederiksberg Garden. Yes, Stella moved from Østre Anlæg close to the National Gallery and now re-sited to Frederiksberg Garden.Check it here, its an awesome park.
Frederiksberg Have 

The Nine Muses” will be the annual soundtrack. Relased on the 02 Aug. 2013 feat. 14 tracks. 3 already introduced here:

Will be looking forward being part of it all agin this year.
Follow Stella Polaris here and get daily updated on the event and the music here. Musical contributions form djs + artitist this year are:

Leftfield – DJ set
Rob Da Bank
Nick Warren
Lulu Rouge
Pete Gooding
Mads Langer
Mads Bjørn
DJ Static
+ More

Get the full update and news here

See you soon out there. Will be great traveling around Denmark with you


11. Juli udgiver Carsten Dahl Experience album "Reveréntia" + liveoptagelse med DR

11. Juli spiller Carsten Dahl Experience deres første koncert med nyt materiale fra deres nye album ”Reveréntia”. Albummet er optaget i legendariske Rainbow Studio i Oslo og produceret af Jan Erik Kongshaug.

Koncerten finder sted på Krudttønden i København under Copenhagen Jazz Festival og bliver desuden optaget live af DR – K til udsendelse i løbet af efteråret 2013.

Carsten Dahl (pi)
Jesper Zeuthen (sax)
Stefan Pasborg (dr)
Nils ”Bosse” Davidsen (bas)


Hvor + hvornår:
Serridslevvej 2
2100 København
Kl. 20.00 


Mere info  her samt:


Nu bliver det sjovt på Copenhagen Jazz Festival: Hess Is More

Hess Is More 

Copenhagen Jazzfestival Marathon

Hess Is More fejrer Københavns Jazzfestival samt nært forestående 10 års jubilæum med denne marathon koncertrække på CafeTeatret's intimscene Kafcafeen. 
5 koncerter på en dag: Kl 15, 17, 19, 21, 23


Mikkel Hess 
(Integrationsminister i Hess Is More):

"Jeg glæder mig noget så grundigt til at spille 5 koncerter med disse fantastiske musikere. Michael Hanf og Rasmus Bille Bahncke kommer endda rejsende fra New York bare for denne weekend - de kan heller ikke dy sig". 

"Når man er turne med et band sker der tit nogle vilde ting med sammenspillet. Nu har vi så komprimeret en uges turne til en enkelt dags koncert marathon. 
Selv hvis vi tager præcis det samme repertoire 5 gange i træk kan jeg godt garantere at der ikke bliver to identiske koncerter. Vi skal rundt i krogene og vi skal opleve noget nyt".  

"Hvis du kan finde et andet band der spiller 5 koncerter lørdag d. 13 juli noget sted i verden får du 2 turpas til vores marathon inkl fri bar hele dagen". 


De første 3 der sender en mail med oplysninger om et andet band der spiller 5 koncerter d. 13 juli får 2 turpas til Hess Is More koncert marathon inkl fri bar. 

Hess Is More - LIVE:
Michael Hanf - Vibrafon
Jeppe Skjold - Horn & keys
Claus Højensgård - Horn & Keys
Oliver Hoiness / Rasmus Vestervig - Guitar
Anders Provis / Henrik Vibskov - Elektriske trommer
Rasmus Bille Bahncke - SH101 Keytar
Nikolaj Hess - Rhodes
Mikkel Hess - Trommer, Vokal og mere ?
+ Special guests i løbet af dagen....

Hvor + Hvornår:
Copenhagen Jazzfestival Marathon
Lørdag d. 13 Juli kl 15, 17, 19, 21 & 23
CafeTeatret, Skindergade 3, 1159 Kbh.K.



Hess Is More : 2 numre gratis download : Live fra Skuespilhuset: 

Hess Is More : Live Video : Would Would You Like to Disco ?



Focus on: Samuel Blaser Trio feat. Marc Ducret & Peter Bruun

Samuel Blaser Trio feat.
Marc Ducret (gu)
Peter Bruun (dr)

Samuel Blaser Trio in the SRF Studio during recording session 
Finally live and kicking. Swiss tromboneplayer Samuel Blaser's new trio feat. French guitarist Marc Ducret and Danish drummer Peter Bruun (known also from Django Bartes Beloved Trio) has recently premiered live. At the Jazzdor Festival in Berlin as well as some selected dates in Europe. Henning Bolte  from All About Jazz wrote about the show:

Trombonist Samuel Blaser, guitarist Marc Ducret and drummer Peter Bruun provided a clear contrast. Their first public performance showed three amazing musicians in a cutting-edge appearance with every moment full of dense and colorful sound, seizing music and relentless surprise

Read more about the Trio concert and the Jazzdor Festival in Berlin here. 

They finished the tour with studio recordings at the SRF Studio in Zurich. The album is scheduled for next year via Hat Hut recordings. Follow the trio here.

The trio is scheduled for European dates and currently the schedule looks like this:

24.10 Basel, Switzerland
25.10 Umea, Sweden 
26.10 TBC
27.10 Bruxelles, Belgium
28.10 TBC
29.10 Newcastle, UK - TBC
30.10 Innsbruck, Austria
31.10 Lausanne, Switzerland
01.10 Dusseldorf, Germany
02.10 Heilbronn, Germany - TBC
03.10 Karlsruhe, Germany
04.10 TBC
05.10 TBC
06.10 TBC
07.10 TBC

Equilibrium - THIRD REEL - Han Bennink Trio: More great Jazz bands to look forward to enjoy 2013 & 14


Han Bennink Trio


joining us here at PG

3 european jazz bands here at PG Special Agent. All of them with unique style, story and history.Their music is as inspirational  
as it is full of vitality.

Here you will find a short introduction to them. Tracks, biographical details, confirmed gigs + much more. Enjoy their world of music, and please do get in touch for any further info or booking request. A full list of for 2014 artists will soon be updated here on the site.

Feat. Mikkel Ploug, Joachim Badenhorst, Sissel Vera Pettersen.

Booking period: oct.nov 2014

 Autumn tour in connection to album release via Songlines Recordings.

Scandinavia exclusive except Denmark
Rest of the world non exclusive

With roots both in the Scandinavian and the european jazzscene, Equilibrium is a marvelous trio feat. Danish guitarist Mikkel Ploug, Belgian reed player Joachim badenhorst and singer/ keys is the amazing Sissel Vera Pettersen from Norway.

Equilibrium synthesise elements of jazz, folk/world, classical, minimalism and the avant-garde in a mixture of free improvisation and original compositions.The group has received critical acclaim from all over the world for the two studio albums ”Equilibrium” and ”Walking Voices” both out on Canadian label Songlines Recordings. The trio is made up of Norwegian vocalist/saxophonist Sissel Vera Pettersen who has worked with the likes of: Chick Corea, Marylin Mazur, Marc Ducret. Danish guitarist Mikkel Ploug, known for his work with saxophonists Mark Turner and Loren Stillman. Belgian reed player Joachim Badenhorst who plays with the Han Bennik trio and with Tony Malaby’s Novola, and on Downbeats HOT LIST 2013 

They are currently working on a new album due to release in 2014 via Songlines Recordings.

“…you can get a feeling of elevation, maybe even levitation. It’s that stunning…my favorite record of the year so far.” – Mark
Saleski, Jazz.com
Top 10 jazzalbum of the year 2009” The Epoch Times (NYC/World Wide)
Top 10 jazzalbum of the year 2009” Jazznyt - DK
Best albums of 2011” Jazzwrap
Additional links

Han Bennink Trio
Feat. Han Bennink, Joachim Badenhorst, Simon Toldam

Booking period:
2014: 15 april – 15 may+ upon request

Scandinavia Exclusive + non exclusive rest of the world.

Han Bennink was recently awarded The Skoda Jazz Award at Jazz Ahead. The 4th artist to be awarded the honour. For decades now Han Bennink has drummed himself through all jazz styles with esprit and humour.

Han Bennink is one of the most individual and stylistically open personalities of jazz of the past 40 years, a humoristic and vivid synthesis of the arts.” jazzahead!’s artistic directors Peter Schulze and Uli Beckerhoff agree.

Together with Danish pianist Simon Toldam and, yes again Joachim Badenhorst on reed, they have started this exciting trio. In the summer of 2008 Han formed the first band carrying his own name; Han Bennink Trio with Joachim Badenhorst and Simon Toldam. The trio has since its birth performed several very succesfull concerts across Europe and released their debut-album PARKEN in 2009. An album that has become one of Ilk Music absolute bestsellers. In 2012 their 2nd release ”Bennink & Co” also on Ilk Music.

The music has a very broad spectre of qualities and ranges from regular songs to taking off in adventurous abstract improvisations. The space between these extremities, is where Han Bennink Trio finds the joy of playing music.

Limits in jazz do not exist for 70 year old Han Bennink and that’s mainly the reason why he has played with the world’s giants, everywhere across the globe. Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins, Eric Dolphy, Derek Bailey, Cecil Taylor – to name a few – and not the least the collaboration through 50 years with fellow dutch free spirit Misha Mengelberg.
Now Bennink has found two young musicians who share the same free spirit:

Joachim Badenhorst (b.1981) is impressive in his versatility: he knows a wide variety of the jazz history; ranging from the Ellington horn section to as far as free jazz exponents such as Evan Parker. And on top of all he has a strikingly beautiful tone on both clarinet and bassclarinet.
He has received several prices in Belgium, and moved recently to NY on a 3 years artist-visa.

Simon Toldam (b.1979) is the one who sends the music in different directions with his witty interventions. He is a controlled player, who adds sublte sound-colors and restricts his playing to what the composition really needs. Sometimes a chord or a few solitary notes, on other moments using thick, dark clusters. He is an empathic player who reacts freely and originally to his fellow musicians.He has received 4 grammies in Denmark.

feat. Roberto Pianca, Nicolas Masson,Emanuele Maniscalco.

Booking period:
2013: November

Confirmed gigs:

July 9th / Goethe-institut, Portugal

July 27 Clusone Jaz, Italy

Aug. 29 Jazz Festival Willisau, Switzerland

Nov. 29  Unterfahrt, Germany

2014: TBC

Territory: The World exclusive

THIRD REEL is a mutual collaboration between guitarist Roberto Pianca, saxophonist Nicolas Masson and drummer Emanuele Maniscalco.

Released the highly acclaimed debut album on ECM Recordings in early 2013.

I got into this band via drummer Emanuele Maniscalco. He recently moved here to Copenhagen to finish his degree in Music. His solo projects and earlier various groups attached and moved me, and I think that this young trio has much to give and surprise you with for the future.

Each band member brings own compositions, always conceived as material for multiple, unpredictable developments, and with individual stylistic connotations: the music of Roberto is, in fact, minimal, based on a delicate and introverted kind of “tone vs harmony” approach; Nicolas uses more rhythmic parameters, while Emanuele melodic ones. The contemporary jazz lesson (from Brooklyn to northern Europe)  finds in this ensemble its personal response, unitary and aware of its influences and references. There is no need to impress audiences, but over time, the need of waiting for the ideal sound for every moment explored. The search for wonder without any fixed pattern manifests itself in depth. 

Recent Reviews:
Le Courrier, Switzerland
All About Jazz, USA 

Jazz Camera, UK