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Jan Lundgren

Lundgren, born in Kristianstad in southern Sweden on March 22nd 1966, and raised in Ronneby, Blekinge, had his first piano lessons at age five. He was soon discovered to have an exceptional musical talent. After a long period of classical training, he discovered jazz more or less by chance in the late 1980’s. He was instantly hooked, rapidly absorbed the jazz piano tradition from Oscar Peterson, Erroll Garner to Bud Powell and Bill Evans, and acquired a depth of knowledge of the Great American Songbook like possibly no other European jazz pianist. While sailing through his studies at the renowned Royal College of Music in Malmö, he also took up a busy schedule as a professional musician that quickly helped to build his reputation in Sweden

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Art Ensemble of Chicago, Marilyn Mazur, Echoes of Zoo and More

Read "Art Ensemble of Chicago, Marilyn Mazur, Echoes of Zoo and More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

New releases keep coming at an exciting place and Mondo Jazz obliges, sharing tons of exicting new releases, in particular celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Art Ensemble of Chicago and its spiritual offspring as well as some great European projects. Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 ...

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Umbria Jazz Winter

Read "Umbria Jazz Winter" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Umbria Jazz Winter Varie sedi Orvieto 28.12.2018-01.01.2019 La ventiseiesima edizione di Umbria Jazz Winter ha visto una programmazione più che mai all'insegna del jazz italiano. Potremmo anzi definirla la “dolce casa del jazz italiano," nel senso che era non solo tesa a celebrare nomi ed esperienze ormai consacrati, ma anche pensata ...

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Michael Dease's new album and a focus on Paolo Fresu

Read "Michael Dease's new album and a focus on Paolo Fresu" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week the exceptional new record from Michael Dease is the featured album, plus we focus on trumpeter Paolo Fresu, and spin a selection of high quality jazz music. Playlist Michael Dease “Pearls" from Bonafide (Posi-tone) 00:00 Daniel Bennett Group “Loose Fitting Spare Tire" from We Are the Orchestra (Manhatten Daylight Media) 06:08 Florian Weber “From ...

Potsdamer Platz

Label: ACT Music
Released: 2017
Track listing: Potsdamer Platz; No. 9; Lycklig Resa; Bullet Train; The Poet; Never Too Late; Twelve Tone Rag; Song For Jörgen; Dance Of Masja; On The Banks Of The Seine; Tväredet.

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Alfa Jazz Fest 2017

Read "Alfa Jazz Fest 2017" reviewed by Thomas Conrad

Alfa Jazz Fest 2017 Lviv, Ukraine June 23-27, 2017 Jazz festivals are different in Europe. There are more of them, and they are crucial to the economic viability, social solidarity and creative evolution of the jazz art form. Many European towns that host their own annual jazz events seem like ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jan Lundgren: Potsdamer Platz

Read "Potsdamer Platz" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Pianist Jan Lundgren is a fine example of a classically-trained European musician with a strong empathy with mainstream jazz. Potsdamer Platz is, in turn, a fine example of Lundgren's ability to compose fresh-sounding and often beautiful tunes, allied to a talented quartet of players who know just how to bring the pianist's ideas to life.

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Jan Lundgren: Styne and Young

Jan Lundgren: Styne and Young

In 2001 and 2002, Swedish pianist Jan Lundgren released songbook tributes to Jule Styne and Victor Young, respectively, with his trio and special guests. Within a few years, the prized releases recorded in Copenhagen on the Sittel label disappeared and were available only through independent sellers for upward of $155. Now, The Jan Lundgren Trio Plays ...

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Time in Jazz 2016

Read "Time in Jazz 2016" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Time in Jazz Sardegna, vari luoghi 8-16.08.2016 Erano diciassette i Comuni della Sardegna nord-orientale coinvolti in questa ventinovesima edizione di Time in Jazz, diretta dall'instancabile e onnipresente Paolo Fresu, sempre alla ricerca di collaborazioni, idee e proposte nuove. Le suggestive ambientazioni naturalistiche e storiche del festival, comprendente le appendici di Time in ...

Jan Lundgren: Swedish Ballads... & More... Quietly There

Read "Jan Lundgren: Swedish Ballads... & More...  Quietly There" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Are Scott Hamilton and Harry Allen, two American saxophonists playing technically accomplished and downright enjoyable jazz, the Zoot Sims and Al Cohn of our day? The answer must be Very Likely, to judge from an excellent two-album reissue by Danish company Stunt Records. Hamilton and Allen are featured playing with quartets headed by ...


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