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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

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Scaniazz in Dresden

This is a non-edited live recording from “Die Tonne” in Dresden where Scaniazz played on May 17, 1985. Dresden belonged to East Germany. The sound engineer secretly recorded the performance and a cassette copy was smuggled through the “iron curtain” the following year. Under those circumstances some flaws in the sound are easily forgiven. The band was in an exceptionally spirited mood and the audience ecstatic.

Paul Bocciolone Strandberg, cornet and vocal; Arne Højberg, trombone; Jan Nilsson, clarinet and alto sax; Bjarne Lövdin, piano; Björn Ekman, banjo and Karl Kronquist, bass.

The tunes:

  1. Come on Coot and Do That Thing
  2. Mandy Make Up Your Mind
  3. Perdido Street Blues
  4. Big Fat Ma and Skinny Pa
  5. Jazzin’ Babies Blues
  6. Anytime
  7. I Got the Stinger
  8. Crazy Quilt
  9. Buffalo Blues
  10. Buddy’s Habit

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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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