Take Five With Simon Spang-Hanssen
Thelonious Monk, Genius of Modern Music vol.1 (Blue Note};
Chris Stover, Circle by Night (More Zero).
Desert Island picks:
Duke Ellinton, Far East Suite (Columbia};
Grupo Irakere, Live at Newport ( Columbia};
Wayne Shorter, Native Dancer (Columbia};
John Coltrane, African Brass (Impulse! };
Hermeto Pascoal, Zabumba (Bum-a).
How would you describe the state of jazz today?
very creative and becoming more worldwide; great musicians appearing everywhere and a continuous experimentation of mixing jazz with other musical cultures.
What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing?
International exchange , quality performances and conditions, new types of venues and media, curiosity, efficient communication...
What is in the near future?
Concerts in France with my new Trio ( Sébastien Boisseau, bass; Christophe Lavergne, drums), the CD, Luna Moon, was released recently.
Tour in Denmark with my Brazilian Project.
Return to Zanzibar with "Rainbow Spirit" (Dawda Jobarteh, kora; Thomas Fonnesbech, bass; Niclas Campagnol, drums).
Octet "Alisio Ensemble" at Copenhagen Jazz Festival. New album, recording beginning of 2014.
Quartet concerts at Jazzhus Montmartre, fall, 2013
Mix and release of a quartet recording with Michael Gregory Jackson, guitar, voice; Niels Praestholm, bass; Matias Wolf, drums.
Concert November 23, 2013 with Art Ensemble Syd and the Soenderborg Symphony Orchestra (Denmark).
If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a:
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