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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 Record Shelves

Today’s Tune:

From the Record Shelves #34

We Were the Best of Friends

CD Jazz Oracle BDW8059

This is a record with so-called “hot dance music”, well played, spiced with the jazz element. The time is early depression 1930-33. Benny Goodman is if not everywhere, here and there with his silver-toned clarinet, fluent and well expressed. With some exceptions the record contains sessions under his name. The exceptions are under different singers name and the best of these is Steve Washington who also did sessions with Washboard Rhythm Kings and who can be considered a genuine jazz singer. Sadly he died from pneumonia a couple of years later.

The theme of the song is not unusual, two friends drifting apart. The muted trumpet solo is played by Sterling Bose.

Radioprogram (Swedish):

Radio Swingtime 100 – 1 november 2002

MY PRETTY GIRL - Radio Swingtime 100MY PRETTY GIRL – Nu är vi framme vid det näst sista avsnittet i denna unika radioprogramserie. Vi gläds åt livaktig jazz från New Orleans med Oliver Naylor och Halfway House Orchestra, vi njuter av Fletcher Hendersons fina orkester med arrangemang av (…) lyssna på radioprogramlyssna på Radio Swingtime 100

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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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“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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