Take Five With Jakob Elvstrom
I was born in 1966 on the Funen island in Denmark, being the oldest of three. I graduated from the Conservatory in Aarhus in 1995 with saxophone as my major, and since then I've been making a living playing and teaching music.
Saxophone (alto, soprano, baritone, tenor)
Teachers and/or influences?
Listened a lot to David Sanborn, Paul Desmond and Lou Donaldson.
I knew I wanted to be a musician when...
Aafter I tried to become a computer scientist at Aarhus University, and I thought it was awfully boring and I didn't understand anything after all.
Your sound and approach to music:
I like to keep things simple.
Your teaching approach:
My students are on a guided tour, they have to do the hard work themselves.
Road story: Your best or worst experience:
All the times when people have been dancing to the music I've played!
Copenhagen Jazzhouse. It's been a long time since I've played there, but it's a great place.
Your favorite recording in your discography and why?
SaxClub Vol. 1. This is the record I have always wanted to do and now I am able to play it like I think it's supposed to be.
What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically?
CDs you are listening to now:
Desert Island picks:
Earth, Wind & Fire.
If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a:
Probably a rock n' roll musician.