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Barga Jazz Festival: nordic jazz – Jansson and Harberck

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Venerdì 29 Barga incontra il jazz nordico del pianista svedese Lars Jansson e del saxofonista danese Jan Harberck, che saranno accompagnati da Nino Pellegrini al contrabbaso e Vladimiro Carboni alla batteria.

Lars Jansson was born in 1951, and grew up in Örebro, Sweden, where he was bored by his lessons at the community music school. In his early teens, a relative lent him records with Miles Davis, Ben Webster, and Mose Allsion. During the 1960s, he followed the fashion and developed an interest in the organ. He listened to Kjell Öhman play with the Telstars, to Jimmy Smith and Jack McDuff, and to Hammond organ music. Drummer Sjunne Ferger became an important figure in his life, and together they formed a duo: “Takt & Ton” (Beat & Pitch).

In 1970, after graduation from upper secondary school, he took a semester off, planning to go on and study medicine. He ended up at dental school, but after a year and a half he decided to switch to music. He was accepted at the Göteborg College of Music, where all the professional musicians had their jam sessions at night. That gave him the opportunity to play with Ove Johansson, Jan Forslund, Conny Sjökvist, Gilbert Holmström, Gunnar Lindgren, and others, and he discovered Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, Paul Bley, Bill Evans, Lennie Tristano. Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea.

Lars became a member of Björn Alke’s quartet, with Gunnar Bergsten. He also played with the Arild Andersen Quartet. He went on to play with Radka Toneff and various Norwegian musicians including Knut Riisnaes and Jan Garbarek, and then with Hawk On Flight, Equinox, Red Mitchell, Joakim Milder, Crystal Eagle, and many other groups, both Swedish and Danish. Today, the Lars Jansson trio is, and has long been, one of the most well-renowned jazz groups in Sweden. Originally, the other two members were Anders Jormin and Anders Kjellberg. Lars Danielsson succeeded Jormin as the trio’s bass player in the mid-1980s, and since January 2005 he has been succeeded by Christian Spering.

“Jan Harbeck Quartet – In the Still of the Night” won the prize “Best Danish Jazz Record”, and the group has recently released the album “Copenhagen Nocturne” on Stunt Records. Both CD’s has been among the best selling Danish jazz recordings in recent years.
Jan Harbeck has received the honorable Bent Jaedig Prize 2011 and he was nominated New Danish jazz act at Danish Music Awards 2009


Serata conclusiva sabato 30 dedicata all’organo Hammond con John Paul Gard trio con Matteo Sodini alla batteria e Luca Giovacchini alla chitarra ed Alberto Gurrisi Quartet con Gianni Denitto al sax alto, Luca Biggio al sax tenore e Alessandro Minetto alla batteria. La serata prevede l’abbinamento con la degustazione di vini ed è organizzata in collaborazione con l’associazione dei produttori biodinamici della lucchesia “In direzione del sole”.

Ogni sera a fine concerto Enojazz, presso Villa Libano a cura dell’associazione Nuovo Circolo dei Differenti. Un luogo apposito per le jam session dove fino al 30 agosto, musicisti e appassionati si ritroveranno per suonare fino a notte inoltrata.

Info e prenotazioni tel. 0583723860

Alessandro Rizzardi
BargaJazz Festival 2014
Associazione Polyphonia
tel. 0583724418 – mob. 3483954468 –


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