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The Real Swedish Essential Songs - Beyond Abba - Now Released

The Real Swedish Essential Songs - Beyond Abba - Now Released

A fruitful cooperation spanning twenty years, vocalist Johanna Grüssner and pianist-composer Mika Pohjola release their twenty-five best tracks on a celebration album, Swedish Songs: The Essential Collection. Grüssner and Pohjola have worked closely since the 1990s, when they were students at the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston. They later performed and recorded on the New York jazz scene, before ...


Pianist Mika Pohjola Presents A Stockholm Concert Series

Pianist and composer Mika Pohjola presents a weekly concert series at the Finnish Church (Finska Kyrkan/Suomalainen Kirkko) in Stockholm spanning July and August 2014. The series features notable guest artists from Sweden and Finland, in a duo and trio format, who will perform with Pohjola every Wednesday starting at 11:30 am. They will present music in the jazz and Scandinavian troubadour ...


Swedish Children's Classics Revamped On "Nu Ska Vi Sjunga"

Swedish Children's Classics Revamped On "Nu Ska Vi Sjunga"

Swedish singing tradition is alive and well. In the latest of revamped versions of children's classics, vocalist Johanna Grüssner and arranger-composer Mika Pohjola interpret forty songs from the Nu ska vi sjunga (Now We Shall Sing) songbook. The album embraces the rich Swedish singing tradition and is in accordance with the Orff & Kodály method tuned to the natural keys ...


Mika Pohjola, Dan Loomis, Kyle Struve: Trio Hour

Read "Trio Hour" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Mika Pohjola is a man of many talents. He runs the New York-based Blue Music Group--"the small label with big music." He has collaborated on albums of religious and traditional Finnish, Swedish music, given classical recitals, accompanied vocalists Jill Walsh and Johanna Grüssner and gigged with diverse jazz aggregations.

It would be a ...


Johanna Grussner: From Scandinavia to NYC... and back again

Read "Johanna Grussner: From Scandinavia to NYC... and back again" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Johanna Grüssner is a truly remarkable young woman. Aged 28, she has emerged as one of the best, most professional jazz singers in the Nordic Area after paying her dues in the toughest environment jazz has to offer; gigging around clubs in New York City, including Birdland, where she sang backed by a big band she ...


Johanna Grussner: Come Rain Or Come Shine

Read "Come Rain Or Come Shine" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Her clear-as-a-bell vocals, assured phrasing and near perfect grasp of English put Johanna Grüssner right at the top of the current crop of Scandinavian female jazz singers. Come Rain Or Come Shine is her third solo album and best yet: a gently swinging, highly enjoyable mix of straight jazz and Brazilian samba, performed with supreme professionalism. ...


Jazz pianist Mika Pohjola releases "101 Compositions"

One Hundred One compositions by Mika Pohjola is one of most important musical statements to-date by the Finnish-born New York jazz pianist who also writes classical music. In 2009, Pohjola was cited as one of fifty “most influential pianists since 1990," by Jazz, a 700- page book on jazz history, authored by Gary Giddins and Scott DeVeaux. Pohjola has recorded ...


Johanna Grussner: No More Blues

Read "No More Blues" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Honestly, I do not know what thrills me more, the fact that Johanna Grussner's No More Blues makes a great companion disc to Peter Cincotti's On the Moon or the fact that it is the first Naxos Jazz release in two years.

Let's address the second fact first. Naxos Records began Naxos Jazz in the ...