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.