Oslo Jazz Festival

I’m in jazz nirvana. My

first day at the Oslo Jazz Festival kick started

with lunch in the delicious company of Norway’s jazz royalty, including

Bugge Wesseltoft who had received a special award at the opening

concert at the Operaen the previous evening.

An hour before the concert, Bugge arrived on his bike, cool as you like

at the opera house, had the briefest of rehearsals with Norway’s First Lady of Jazz, Karin Krog, and as you would expect, from two such consummate

professionals, they served up a pitch perfect performance.

I was also in the company of Petter Wettre, who has a new release

coming out http://db.tt/vqk62RLP, Espen Eriksen

(www.espeneriksentrio.com) and Aslak Oppeboen who is head of

information at Norway’s Music Information Centre.

In the evening, in the candlelit Kulturkirken Jacob, which was

like a scene froma Mervyn Peake novel, the Tord Gustavsen Quartet

joined forces with Susanna Wallumrod in a meditative musical

dialogue. I have seen the TGQ in venues across Scotland, but there

was something particularly magical about seeing him on his home

turf; and did I hear him sing?

Later that evening, at Herr Nilsen’s I spoke to the three young

Scottish musicians from the Ruaridh Pattision Trio. Ruaraidh is

studying at London’s Guildhall School of Music, while Brodie Jarvie

(bass) and Pete Johnstone piano are fourth year students at the

Conservatoire in Glasgow.

 

 

 

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