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Take Five With Simon Spang-Hanssen

By Published: May 13, 2013
Nico Gori, Shadows (EmArcy};

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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