Funk Up's @ Borlänge jazzklubb

Funk Up’s @ Borlänge jazzklubb

It's always a special event when you play in your hometown. It's like you want to show them what has happened since last time and you always want to bring something new. So I was thrilled come there with Kiralina & the Funkups, since that's one of the most exciting projects I've been involved with lately. And did we bring it! It was a fantastic evening with lots of old friends and mentors in the audience. Photo: Palli Kristmundsson
Trinity @ Norrtälje jazzklubb, Norrtälje

Trinity @ Norrtälje jazzklubb, Norrtälje

"The audience is usually never this quiet", one of the arrangers said after the concert. Always glad to hear things like that! The place was pckaed to capacity and we had a wonderful evening.
Claes Askelöf @ Glenn Miller Café, Stockholm

Claes Askelöf @ Glenn Miller Café, Stockholm

Fun playing with new people once in a while. This night I subbed in Claes Askelöf's trio, playing mostly his music. We had a lot of fun!
Claes Janson @ Kulturverkstan, Tingsryd

Claes Janson @ Kulturverkstan, Tingsryd

Last time I was in Tingsryd was about 20 years ago when I did a church gig there. Can't say I remebmber much from that, but this concert surely will be a new pleasant memory.
Claes Janson @ Skottvångs gruva, Mariefred

Claes Janson @ Skottvångs gruva, Mariefred

One of the nicest concert venues in Sweden, I would say. Always great to play at Skottvångs gruva.
Claes Janson @ Royal biograf, Eskilstuna

Claes Janson @ Royal biograf, Eskilstuna

Playing in Eskilstuna again, but this time at the old move theatre Royal. Nice venue for this band.
Claes Janson @ Vetlanda museum, Vetlanda

Claes Janson @ Vetlanda museum, Vetlanda

Another sold out concert. First time for me in Vetlanda. A nice looking room to play, though a little harder acoustically. With most of the light coming from the back, the camera got mostly silouettes. Here's one.
Claes Janson @ Fjällstugan, Jönköping

Claes Janson @ Fjällstugan, Jönköping

Having played quite a lot in Jönköping over the years, it's nice to still find new places and audiences. Fjällstugan is beautifully situated on the top of a hill outside the city. One of these rooms where the B3 really fits in. It was sold out as well, so it was a great start of the tour.
Claes Janson @ JazzPool, Uppsala

Claes Janson @ JazzPool, Uppsala

First gig of a tour with Claes Janson, accomapnied by Arnesen Bluesband. We play the music form Claes' lastest record, "Ett ord till mina polare". I managed to break a key on the lower manual during a solo. Second key ever i broke.
Trinity @ Glenn Miller Café, Stockholm

Trinity @ Glenn Miller Café, Stockholm

It has been a long time since we played Glenn Miller Café, which made it all the more fun. Always nice when you have som new songs to present, and not having been there for a while also makes it fresh in a way.
Trinity @ Folkkulturcentrum, Hjorthagen

Trinity @ Folkkulturcentrum, Hjorthagen

Back at cosy Folkkulturcentrum! There were some logistic problems getting there both for me and Ali but it worked out in the end.
Trinity @ Svejs jazzklubb, Stockholm

Trinity @ Svejs jazzklubb, Stockholm

A crowded hall at the inne city jazz club Swejs in Stockholm. A little tricky getting the organ on stage but a very nice plae to play.
S.H.O.P. @ Contrast, Eskilstuna

S.H.O.P. @ Contrast, Eskilstuna

The classic organ trio format, and a repertoire consisting purely of soul jazz from the 60´s. We played the tunes of Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Groove Holmes and Jack McDuff. What a fun night!
Trinity @ Fasching, Stockholm

Trinity @ Fasching, Stockholm

Since the release of our 4th album, we haven't been playing in Stockholm, so this felt like a belated release concert for the Stockholm audience. Always a pleasure playing at Fasching and this night was no exception.

Hammond demonstration @ Hammond booth, NAMM

My first visit to NAMM surely was an experience to remember. I got to do a few demonstrations at the HAMMOND booth, and there were some other extraordinary events. Hope to go back next year!
Andreas Hellkvist American Trio @ Lovitt restaurant, Bellingham

Andreas Hellkvist American Trio @ Lovitt restaurant, Bellingham

First american concerts! Before going to NAMM I went to visit a friend up in Bellingham, WA and he set me up with Cole Schuster and Julian MacDonough. And so we did two shows a Lovitt restaurant, playing mostly my songs. What an experience! Photo: Dustin Crum
Trinity @ Homes for elderly, Västerås

Trinity @ Homes for elderly, Västerås

Every year Trintiy makes some concerts at homes for elderly. This year, most of them were at different places in Västerås. It's usually quite a rewarding experience, both for us and the audience.
Claes Janson @ Borgholms bio

Claes Janson @ Borgholms bio

A friend of mine moved from Uppsala to Borgholm (on the island of Öland), where she had bought an old movie theatre. They've made it a fantastic concert hall! Hope to come back there soon.
Blueskvintetten @ Bollsta Folkets Hus, Kramfors

Blueskvintetten @ Bollsta Folkets Hus, Kramfors

It is starting to become a tradition to go to Bollsta once every spring and fall and play with hits band. This time we also got to do a little sightseeing around the town. Here we found a chair placed in the middle of nowhere.
Claes Janson @ Katalin, Uppsala

Claes Janson @ Katalin, Uppsala

Release concert for Claes Janson's new CD "Ett ord till min polare". Arnesen Bluesband is the accompanying band on some of the songs on the record and live we do it all. Looking forward to playing more of this!
Funk Up's @ Scalateatern, Stockholm

Funk Up’s @ Scalateatern, Stockholm

You never really know what's gonna happen at a Funk Ups concert and that's fun. It keeps you on your toes. There are usually some guests coming up. On this night, one of them was Albin Grahn on trumpet.
Andreas Hellkvist Trio @ Stampen, Stockholm

Andreas Hellkvist Trio @ Stampen, Stockholm

This day started out a little strange. Me and Daniel were supposed to play with Max Schultz, but around noon I got a call saying he was at the hospital and would not be able to do the gig. As a replacement we called Thomas Arnesen and let the concert be in my name instead, and it all worked out. The place was packed to capacity, and the crowd and the mood was on top.
Hans Bollandsås & Andreas Hellkvist In Concert @ Stampen, Stockholm

Hans Bollandsås & Andreas Hellkvist In Concert @ Stampen, Stockholm

Sometimes its a gamble when bringing the B3 to small places. Luckily, we managed to squeeze it in. It's been a while since we played with the full two keyboard line up. Always a blast!
Arnesen Bluesband @ Piren, Norrtälje

Arnesen Bluesband @ Piren, Norrtälje

Sometimes its a gamble when bringing the B3 to small places. Luckily, we managed to squeeze it in. It's been a while since we played with the full two keyboard line up. Always a blast!
Kiralina trio @ Metropol, Härnösand

Kiralina trio @ Metropol, Härnösand

An explosion of gospel and jazz at beautiful Metropol. Playing with these guys, you never really know what to expect but it always is a blast!
BB King Tribute w. Claes Janson & Thomas Arnesen @ Blidösund, Stockholm

BB King Tribute w. Claes Janson & Thomas Arnesen @ Blidösund, Stockholm

Great night onboard steam ship Blidösund! The band was on fire and the audience very appreciative. It got quite crowded back in the stern, but it also makes coozy and intimate. 
Johan Leijonhufvud Quartet @ Stampen, Stockholm

Johan Leijonhufvud Quartet @ Stampen, Stockholm

Always interesting with new musical acqaintances. Got called the day before by Johan Leijonhufvud to do a gig at Stampen. He came directly from Berlin where he lives. I picked him up at the airpost and we went straight to the gig. Max Schultz and Sabsian Ågren were also playing. We had a lot of fun!
Andreas Hellkvist Trio @ Fasching, Stockholm

Andreas Hellkvist Trio @ Fasching, Stockholm

Best. Sound. Ever. I brought my B3 and one 122 and a 142P. The 122 has a deep and round sound, and the 142P is quite sharp with a bite. Together it was just bliss. Alos I think this was the first concert ever where I played only my own compositions. A milestone, both for me and for the trio. Days after, I'm still high from the experience!
Triple A @ Rasbokils kyrka

Triple A @ Rasbokils kyrka

Rasbokil is located just about 20 minutes from my hometown, though I think I have never been there before. The church is from medieval times with nice acoustics. I also got to try the church organ. A real gem! And the concert was fun too. This is a great trio for these kind of gigs.
Andreas Hellkvist Trio @ Uppsala Konsert & kongress, Uppsala

Andreas Hellkvist Trio @ Uppsala Konsert & kongress, Uppsala

What a joy playing my own music, with my own trio in my hometown! Though, there were some technical problems. I brought two leslies and in one of them, one of the wires to the bass jumped off so the bass went silent. Luckily we could finish using only the other cabinet. The concert was also filmed and will be available at jazztv.se. Photo: palli.se