New musical acquaintances! I've known about Per Thornberg for a long time. I even used some of his educational material many years ago . But I never met him. So, when asked to sub in his trio, I gladly excepted.
The Happy duck bar, one of my favorite places in Uppsala, celebrated their 3 years anniversary. I was happy to be part of the celabration with an evening of solo organ.
Playing for elderly where they live is so nice, especially when you have to squeeze into a corner of a living room. We did 5 concerts in two days in the city of Västerås.
Last gig of the tour, at the wonderful Biografbaren in Eskilstuna. Notice the odd shaped bass drum - one of the backline kits.
The main event of the tour, playing at Katalin in my hometown Uppsala! A memorable evening for sure!
This night at Katalin was a recreation of a concert held in Akureyri, Iceland two years ago when Eric's bluesband and Beebee & bluebirds shared the stage. I wasn't there, but I played with both bands this time. What a treat!
I didn't know about this place until working on booking the tour. Very nice scene in an old church. I'm sure I'l be back playing here!
First gig of a tour is always exciting, especially when you haven't played together before. The evening turned out very nicely both musically and audience turn out. Off to a great start!
Been in Tumba many times, at the Swedish Hammond office, but never visited the church. Today Triple A did a lunch concert there. Nice church with pleasant acoustics.
A wonderful organ festival at Sergels torg in Stockholm today. It was a tribute to Maria Johansson, a woman who for many years sat there almost every day playing and singing spritual songs. The backline was a B3, two leslies and a drum set. 5 B3 players - Malin Ahlberg, Errka Petersson, Pierre Swärd, Merit Hemmingsson and me. We all played a set each. And given the occasion, what would be more appropriate than to play my song Jesus?
The first Trinity gigs were on July 18th 2005.- Then we played first Årstakyrkan in Uppsala, and then Väddö kyrka in the evening. This day we did almost the same, except the Karl weren't with us at Väddö. Instead we we out jazz and poetry program. A very nice church with inspiring acoustics.
First Trinity gig in a while, but it sure doesn't feel like it. Once you count it in it's like it was only yesterday we played last. The church was full and we had a beautiful lunch concert.
A concert similar to the one in Boda kyrka the night before. This one equally special. A gorgeous little chapel by the lake. Such warmth, both of the heart and by the sun!
A very special concert, to say the least. It was my first solo concert of this kind, and the concept was to both play and talk about music and life in general. Also, since it was the anniversary of my mother's passing and some of my closest relative were in the audience, parts of the concert was dedicated to her.
Picnic i parken happens on wednesdays in July in Eskilstuna. The idea is to combine good music of all kinds. People come in the thousands to enjoy the music, weather and to have a picknick. And they really seemed to dig organ jazz as well!
Ali sometimes does concerts at his summer house in the archipelago north of Stockholm. The weather was kind of iffy and we were hesitant as to whether go through with the concert, but we did and it turned out nicely. A little cold but cosy.
Katalin, my favorite place in Uppsala, were going to close for the summer and I proposed to them about doing something fun the last night before closing. They jumped on the idea so I got together some of my younger collegues and we played some jazz, some of my songs and a happy hammond version of Van Halen's Jump. Love the sound of a B3 and a piano together.
This day started in a crisis but we managed to solve it. As you may notice in the picture, it is not Erik Söderlind playing the guitar, but Claes Askelöf. We found out the night before that Erik was unable to do the gig but luckily Claes Askelöf could sub. And it turned out a great night.
Now and then Krister Andersson joins me and Ali, often for a church concert. The repertoire is similar to what we do with Trinity, and it's interesting to have another lead instrument than the trumpet. Especially whn it's someone like Krister.
One of the highlights of this summer, for sure! I got a date at Stampen with just a few weeks notice. My first choice was of course to get my own trio there but I was certain that my fellow musicians would be elsewhere occupied. Only they weren't! So I got Samuel on a train from Copenhagen and we had a fantastic night at Stampen. Three sets and a crowded house! Photo by Palli Kristmundsson, palli.se
Mondays at Skansen are all about jazz. First a band at the restaurant Gubbhyllan (today that was Triple A). Then a bigger concert at the main stage and later in the evening you can see and dance to big band jazz.
Interesting and fun to play with new people. I've known of saxophone player Anders Ekholm for a long time but we've hardly met and never played together. But a gig is usually the perfect way to get to know each other. Photo: Palli Kristmundsson
It's been a while since we did our jazz and poetry program but it's always fun. If you're wondering aboutr the guy in the back - he's the sound guy.
Jazz brunch, what a nice way to spend a Sunday! First time in about 10 years I played with Robert Ikiz, but I hope it wont be as long until next time.
My first collaboration with Gloryfires, an Uppsala based gospel choir. A varied repertoire of gospel tunes and some of my songs. The place was packed i capacity and I think everyone had a blast! Photo: Palli Kristmundsson
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
"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.
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!
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.
One of the nicest concert venues in Sweden, I would say. Always great to play at Skottvångs gruva.