New video

On Friday Oct 14th we crammed ourselves into the new cozy place of Hijazz, Uppsala. Here’s a video from that night. Enjoy!

Guitar mania at the release concert!

The finishing song of my release concert in May was 8 minutes I will never forget! I asked all of the guitar players on the record to join me on stage for Old Gal Blues, and here’s how it went. Enjoy!

This song is based on the clip “Old Gal 57 Hammond C3 with 122 Leslie Groove”, posted at the Swedish Hammond youtube channel in 2008. The theme for “Old Gal Blues” is simply a transcription of this original clip”. Watch it here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RS2LTKq9ss

Hammond at the The Royal Dramatic Theatre

img_0220During this fall I’ll be playing the Hammond organ at the Royal Dramatic Theatre i Stockholm! In this production of the Bergman play “Den goda viljan (The best Intentions)”, the Hammond B3 is placed on the stage and add a jazzy touch to the otherwise quite minimalistic setup of the play. The play also features some of Sweden’s finest actors so it’s really an honour to be a part of it.

Read more here:
www.dramaten.se/Repertoar/Den-goda-viljan/

And come check it out!!

 

New video clip

Just put up a youtube clip from the Iceland tour. This one is from Kex Hostel in Reykjavik. Enjoy!

Iceland tour

Tomorrow I’ll be leaving for Iceland for a small tour with Daniel Olsson and Samuel Hällkvist. There’ll be five dates starting in the northern parts and ending in Reykjvik. You can see the tour schdule in the calendar to the right. Hope we’ll be able to see some of the beautiful nature there as well. Really looking forward!

Here’s a link to a presentation of the trio. Below a video from the release concert of Finally!

Album release

And so, the record is finally out! Here’s a compilation of the music:

If you live in Sweden, and certain parts of Europe you can buy it from Plugged records, my distributor.

It’s also available at cdbaby:

I’ll put up some samples soon.

Album delivery and Norway trip

affisch_katalinToday I received the shipment of newly pressed CD:s. Quite a feeling to finally hold in your hand what you have worked with for so long. The official release is May 27th, the release concert May 25th.

Here’s two pictures, one of the record cover and booklet posing on my B3, and the other one the poster for the release concert.

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Here’s the presentation of the concert on Katalin’s web page
katalin.com

Here’s the link to the facebook event
facebook.com/events/1594751514172913/1595108820803849/

Also, this weekend I’ll be going to Trondheim, Norway to play with a new trio featuring singer and guitar player Hans Bollandsås. Really looking forward to that!

http://jazzfest.no/event/hans-bollandsas-m-andreas-hellkvist-vetle-larsen/

Album release and birthday concert

cover-front_1500_webbI’m currently looking forward to one of most exciting months ever!

First of all, my album will be released! It was sent to print last week. How I have waited for this moment! It was also named accordingly: Finally! I’ll post a picture of the cover here. The album will also include a 16 page booklet. I will post some samples of the music later. It’s mostly my own songs, and three different guitar players are featured on three songs each. They are: Erik Söderlind, Samuel Hällkvist and Thomas Arnesen.

Since the release will coincide with my 40th birthday I decided to make a combined release ad birthday concert. I already have a feeling it will be a memorable night! There’ll be three bands playing (I’ll be playing in all of them): First up is Trinity. Then a new project with Micke Skoglund (pi), Jocke Ekberg (dr) and Claes Janson (voc) and we will do a tribute to Kjell Öhman. The night ends with the whole ensemble from the album playing it from beginning to end. Really looking forward!

And on May6-7th I’ll be going to Norway to play in a newly started trio with norwegian guitarist and singer Hans Bollandsås. On the 7th we’ll be playing at the Trondheim jazzfest.

Small update on album

2015 passed quicker than I thought. It has been a special year for me. Spent a lot of time just practising and “woodshedding” and working on getting my album finished. I was hoping to get it out during autumn, but the mixing took longer than I expected. Now, however, I’m in the final stages of the production, and soon you’ll hear more about it. I’m really excited about the whole thing!

Thaat’s all for now. I’ll be back soon…

A master has left us – Kjell Öhman

Last week one of Sweden’s, and IMHO one of the world’s, greatest organ heroes, Kjell Öhman, passed away. Actually, he was so much more than an organ player – pianist (truly brilliant on both), arranger, band leader, studio musician (about 8000 recordings from what I’ve heard) and simply a legend. But, since I’ve listened to him mostly on the organ, that’s what I’ll write about here.

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His record “Live at the pawn shop” was the first organ jazz record I ever bought, and his playing, the phrasing, timing, melody lines and block chords just blew me away and have continued to do so since then. He is truly one of my main influences and favorite players of jazz organ.

The picture to the right was taken at a dinner for organ enthusiasts I think in 2003. This was one of the first times I met him and I had just played his song “Feppe” for the people in the room. I felt quite nervous doing so, but he liked and gave me a pad on the shoulder afterwards. That’s one of the moments I’ll remember for a long time.

His most legendary organ jazz recording was made in 1968, when he was 25 years old, simply called “Kjell Öhman plays organ jazz”. It has recently been issued digitally (see here) and for long remained a rarity on vinyl. I’m fortunate enough to have it on vinyl (and in two different editions), and it’s the crown of my record collection. If you haven’t heard it, check out this clip below where the whole record is played. My favorite song is “Feppe”, starting at about 21 minutes in.

I’m know sure to what extent he is known outside Sweden. I know in some circles he is, but even in Sweden he is not as well known to the general public as he deserved. So these are just my humble words in remebrance of this great man. Thanks for all the music Kjell!

Finally! at CDbaby

Upcoming shows

  • February 23rd, 2018, 7:00pm
    BB King Tribute w. Claes Janson & Thomas Arnesen
    Ystads teater, Ystad
  • February 24th, 2018, 8:00pm
    BB King Tribute w. Claes Janson & Thomas Arnesen
    Munthe jazzklubb, Karlshamn
  • March 14th, 2018, 8:00pm
    Funk Up’s
    Scalateatern, Stockholm
  • March 24th, 2018, 8:00pm
    Blueskvintetten
    Bollsta Folkets Hus, Kramfors
  • April 7th, 2018, 4:00pm
    Trinity
    Ludvika kyrka, Ludvika
  • April 7th, 2018, 10:00pm
    Funk Up’s
    Private gig, Stockholm
  • April 14th, 2018, 8:00pm
    Arnesen Bluesband
    Williams Pub, Uppsala
  • May 7th, 2018, 8:00pm
    Hans Bollandsås
    Stampen, Stockholm
  • May 8th, 2018, 8:00pm
    Hans Bollandsås
    House of blues, Borlänge
  • May 22nd, 2018, 7:30pm
    Trinity
    Folkkulturcentrum, Hjorthagen
  • May 24th, 2018, 8:00pm
    Funk Up’s
    Mornington hotell, Stockholm
  • June 2nd, 2018,
    Apan & Grisen
    Private gig, Uppsala
  • June 27th, 2018, 8:00pm
    Trinity
    Stora Kopparbergs kyrka, Falun
  • June 30th, 2018,
    Trinity
    Gröndals kyrka, Gröndal
  • July 5th, 2018,
    Trinity
    Sundbybergs kyrka, Sundbyberg
  • July 8th, 2018,
    Kiralina, Andreas & Jesper
    Etelhems krukmakeri, Etelhem
  • July 17th, 2018,
    BB King Tribute w. Claes Janson & Thomas Arnesen
    Falkenberg Jazz Festival, Falkenberg
  • August 3rd, 2018,
    Trinity
    Ystad Jazz Festival, Ystad
  • August 11th, 2018,
    Funk Up’s
    Private gig, Stockholm
  • August 15th, 2018, 7:00pm
    Kent Wennman Elvis tribute
    Parksnäckan, Uppsala
  • August 19th, 2018, 6:00pm
    Trinity
    Bergs kyrka, Hallstahammar

Latest shows

  • February 16th, 2018, 8:00pm
    Guest artist
    Jazzbaren, Upplands nation, Uppsala
  • February 4th, 2018, 5:00pm
    Trinity
    Mälarhöjdens kyrka, Stockholm
  • January 27th, 2018, 7:30pm
    BB King Tribute w. Claes Janson & Thomas Arnesen
    Hallsbergs jazzklubb, Hallsberg
  • January 8th, 2018, 7:30pm
    Funk Up’s
    Globen, Stockholm
  • December 20th, 2017, 2:30pm
    Trinity
    Parkgården, Västerås
  • December 14th, 2017, 3:00pm
    Trinity
    Herrgärdets mötesplats/ servicehus, Västerås
  • December 14th, 2017, 1:30pm
    Trinity
    Skiljeboporten, Skiljebo mötesplats, Västerås
  • December 4th, 2017, 2:30pm
    Trinity
    Oxbackens mötesplats, Västerås
  • December 4th, 2017, 1:00pm
    Trinity
    Bäckby mötesplats, Västerås
  • November 29th, 2017, 8:00pm
    Nanna Sveinsdottir
    Katalin, Uppsala