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”That jazz” is referring to a miracle in music that happened in the beginning of 1900s when people from a big variation of ethnical and cultural background inspired each other to play in a new fashion. Luckily all this coincided with the development of new inventions like the phonograph recordings, photography and film so that it became in part documented and still can be enjoyed today. In my early teens I happened to be exposed to ”that jazz” and it struck a string deep within me that has kept vibrating ever since.

Paul Bocciolone Strandberg

NEW Series: From the Studio and From the Record Shelves

Today’s Tune:

From the Studio #39

Sonny Boy

Al Jolson made a dramatic interpretation, and the dance bands played it normally. We used to play it with my arrangement for The Absalon Orchestra, but it fell out of the repertoire. I think that I was influenced by a critic who said, “Who wants to hear this tune again?”

Still, I cannot leave it to oblivion; I like to play it.

Whatever that guy thought and said in writing, I think that it’s simple and attractive. Sentimental? Yes.

When there are gray skies,
I don't mind the gray skies.
You make them blue, Sonny Boy.

Friends may forsake me.
Let them all forsake me.
You'll pull me through, Sonny Boy.

You're sent from Heaven
And I know your worth.
You've made a heaven
For me right here on earth!

But if the angels grow lonely
Take you 'cause they're lonely
I'll follow you, Sonny Boy.

Radioprogram (Swedish):

Radio Swingtime 100 – 1 november 2002

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Latest CD:

New Sensational CD with Narcisse Jazz Band

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New Paul and His Gang CD:

Paul and His Gang – new CD Live in USA and Canada

Paul and His Gang CD Live in USA and Canada Paul and his Gang was founded in Malmoe, Sweden by Paul Bocciolone Strandberg in 1990. At the most prestigious jazz festival for “old style jazz” in Breda, Holland they won the first prize in 1992. Their genuine interpretations of early jazz created an interest also in the US where (…) view the CDMore about Paul and His Gang CD Live in USA and Canada

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Also Available:

“Remembering” CD

remembering_front I’m proud to present a new double-CD in co-operation with jazzarkivet. The production is a retrospective collection of recordings and presents two of my most successful bands, Scaniazz (CD 1) and The Absalon Orchestra (CD 2), covering the period from 1975 until 1988 (…) continue readingRemembering CD

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