My Jazz Story
Jazz was introduced to me by my father who was an amateur musician,
but very passionate about the music. He would take me to any Jazz
concert that was nearby. Growing up in a town of 3000 people, 10 hours
north of Stockholm in Sweden, this was a treat for me. They didn't
come around that often. At 10 I was good enough on the guitar to play
Jazz with my father's Jazzband. At 18 I started my College Music
education entering as a pianist but graduating as a saxophonist. For
many years I was mainly teaching, never thought myself as a
professional Jazz musician. In my early 30th. it took a turn, while
studying at New School of Jazz in New York . Many years, concerts,
tours, practice hours and gigs later I'm now residing in Portland,
Oregon and just received Oregon Jazz scene "Jack Rosenberg memorial
Award" Musician of the month.
My best playing would be in the style of Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon,
but I have also developed a strong style for Blues and Funk. For the
last years I've been singing a whole lot in my band, and by my
audience and followers been requested to sing more. With 100 original
songs, I have added lyrics to many of my songs and that's been
I love Brazilian music and tends to write in that style. The melodies
and chord changes seems to come easy to me.
My favorite recordings would be by Horace Silver, Dexter Gordon, Joe
Henderson, Ivan Lins, Patato, Michael Brecker, Al Jarreau, Alfredo
Rodriguez, Martin Taylor and many, many more.
Music has to have great melodies, harmonies that progress, exciting
rhythms and arrangements that takes you somewhere.
Greatest's books about music are "Moving to higher ground" by Wynton
Marsalis and "Musicophilia" by Oliver Sacks.
These books should be in the Middle and High School curriculums.
How can anyone live without Jazz or go untouched by it's spell?