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Swedish Jazz Kings & Bob Barnard

Swedish Jazz Kings and Bob Barnard, Linlithgow Primary School, Linlithgow


The first Scottish date on the Swedish Jazz Kings’ short British tour didn’t get off to the most auspicious of starts – thanks to the acoustics and a dodgy-sounding piano. Mind you, we were lucky to get to hear them at all: Europe’s premier purveyors of hot jazz had originally been booked to appear at the local town hall but due to the fact that the building work there had not been completed, the Linlithgow Jazz Club had to find an alternative venue for Saturday night’s concert.

By the third number, ears had become attuned to the acoustics and it was possible to enjoy the programme of music associated primarily with Clarence Williams, Louis Armstrong. With their line-up of trumpet, soprano sax/clarinet, piano, banjo and sousaphone, the Jazz Kings produce an often thrillingly authentic sound; the superb trumpet and reeds work of Bent Persson and Tomas Ornberg respectively is really the icing on the cake.

Persson is a master of the jaw-dropping hot “breaks” with which Louis Armstrong made his name, while Ornberg – an eccentric (he looks like an impish intellectual) who, on Saturday, had two horns hanging from his neck and two sets of glasses on his head – is a graceful sax and clarinet player. The addition of the majestic Australian trumpeter Bob Barnard, on what he says will be his last European tour, was a delightful bonus.

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Hot (Jazz) off the Press …

Just in time for those of us suffering from jazz festival withdrawal symptoms (and missing our annual dose of Nairn jazz) comes the news that the excellent Swedish Jazz Kings (including the great Bent Persson, pictured centre, on trumpet) are playing a number of dates in Britain in late August. Not only that but they’re joined by old chum Bob Barnard, the ace Australian trumpeter. Here are the dates and contact details:

* Saturday, August 21st at 8pm: Linlithgow Primary School, Preston Road, Linlithgow. Tel: 01506-848821

* Sunday, August 22nd at 7.30pm: Fairfield House Hotel, Fairfield Road, Ayr. Tel: Katy on 01292 443309 or Stuart on 01292 590773

* Monday, August 23rd at 8pm: One Touch Theatre, Eden Court, Inverness (with British trombone star Roy Williams added). Tel: 01463 234234

* Tuesday, August 24th at 8pm: Charles Cryer Studio Theatre, High Street, Carshalton (Sutton, London).  Tel: 020-8647 2114

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