Andreas Hellkvist

Expressive, virtouoso and playful – words commonly used to describe the artistry of Swedish Hammond organ player Andreas Hellkvist. Rooted in the soul jazz tradition he has developed a unique style of his own. With his two hands on the manuals and stops and a rarely seen left foot groove on the pedals he utlilizes the full potential of the Hammond B3.

Andreas discovered the Hammond organ in his late teens during the organ jazz revival of the 90s. There and then, he decided to focus entirely on this instrument, to learn all the ins and outs and how to use it in its entierty. The soul jazz originating from the organ scene of the 60s were his first inspiration and still remains the core of his playing, but his current style reflects a significantly wider spectrum of influences. For the last 20 years, he has been touring mostly as a sideman with some of the finest acts in Sweden, spanning a variety of styles but mostly jazz and blues oriented.

2016 marked the release of his first solo album ”Finally!”, which clearly shows where the journey of developing his own style and discovering the instrument has taken him. The album comprises mostly (all but one) his own songs, and spans a stylistic range of hard swingng shuffle, groovy beats, gospel and even some elements of nordic folk melancholy. The roots of his music are quite obvious, but with added elements unique to his style.

His 2019 release Becoming is an obvious continuation of the path that he is on with his own music, exploring the sound, style and potential of the organ trio format and the Hammond B3.

However, he has gotten most international attention from the youtube clips where he is featured. Many of them, in which he is often playing solo, are constantly being watched, enjoyed and shared around the world which has given him a fan base that stretches far outside Sweden. He is, as the only Swede, listed as a B3 artist at Hammond Organ USA.

Over the years, Andreas has earned a reputation as an organist always in the moment, playfully performing his music with an outstanding technique and relentless groove. At live concerts and internet videos, the audience is simply amazed by the pure skill and devotion to the music.

The visual element of Andreas sitting at the organ clearly plays to his favor and few that have seen him in action leaves untouched. His pedal playing is unique, showing off a coordination and precision out of the ordinary. It is as if he and the organ are one, a unit from which music just flows effortlessly, uninhibited and freely.

Pictures

Organ party on June 11, 2022 8:00 pm
Orgelparty @ Västerledskyrkan, Stockholm on November 11, 2022 7:00 pm
Trinity @ Glenn Miller Café, Stockholm on January 29, 2023 8:00 pm
Trinity @ Glenn Miller Café, Stockholm on January 29, 2023 8:00 pm
Ferlin i ord & musik i jazzton @ Brunskogs kyrka
Trinity @ Byggeriet, Härnösand
Hunky Dory @ Bruna Dörren, Ljugarn on June 29, 2022 12:00 pm
Arnesen Bluesband @ E-street, Sundsvall on March 31, 2022 7:30 pm
Arnesen Bluesband @ Bruksgården, Domsjö on April 1, 2022 8:00 pm
Carte Blanche @ Uppsala Konsert & Kongress on August 27, 2022 4:00 pm

Projects

Records

Videos

Past gigs

  • February 1st, 2023 12:00pm

    Jazz på svenska
    Vaxholms kyrka, Vaxholm
    New acqaintances! I usually don't play with Jojo's program Jazz på Svenska ("Jazz in Swedish"), but this gig got book…
  • January 21st, 2023 6:00pm

    Orgelparty
    Reimersholme hotel, Stockholm
    A friend of mine asked me to play at the opening of his 60 year birthday party. It was supposed…
  • January 29th, 2023 8:00pm

    Trinity
    Glenn Miller Café, Stockholm
    It's been a while since Trinity played at Glenn Miller Café. Too long if you ask me. Yesterday I realized…
  • July 22nd, 2022 8:00pm

    Arnesen Bluesband
    Restaurang Hangaren, Domsjö
    ALways fun playing at venues with a distinct theme or style. This restaurant is located just next to a runway…
  • December 11th, 2022 4:00pm

    Julen är här
    CIK, Knivsta
    It's always nice to do some Christmas shows in december. Helps you get into the Christmas spirit! This took place…
  • November 13th, 2022 11:00am

    Regnbågsmässa
    Skokloster kyrka, Skokloster
    A friend of mine that I have gotten to know when working with the Afro choir also works as a…

Andreas Hellkvist

Links

Upcoming gigs with Andreas

February 6th, 2023 2:00pm
Kiralina Salandy & Andreas Hellkvist
Folkets hus, Åkersberga

February 28th, 2023 12:00pm
Solo organ
Sävja kulturcentrum, Uppsala

March 15th, 2023 12:00pm
Trinity
St Eskils Kyrka, Haninge

March 18th, 2023 4:00pm
Trinity
Norrbärke kyrka, Smedjebacken

July 26th, 2023 7:00pm
Trinity
St. Görans kyrka, Stockholm

July 28th, 2023 7:00pm
Arnesen Bluesband
Gustafsbergs Badrestaurang, Uddevalla

August 31st, 2023 8:00pm
Trinity
Glenn Miller Café, Stockholm