THE JAZZCATS take you back to the time when the Savoy Ballroom was at its peak with dance, laughter, and people toasting into the wee hours. Some of Sweden’s foremost young jazz musicians have come together in one band to carry on the tradition of jazz.
The Jazzcats sounds like a big band but in a smaller and more intimate format with a unique “horn section,” consisting of trombone, clarinet, and violin. The repertoire includes instrumental jazz from the golden era of swing and contains songs written by composers such as Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, and Count Basie as well as vocal hits made famous by Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra. The upcoming album is a lovely mix of old musical songs, lindy hop hits and famous big band songs, which will instantly put you in a good mood!
Classic Jazz Festival, 2018
Alexander is the clarinetist and the singer of the band. As a clarinetplayer he is influenced by Åke Hasselgård, Putte Wickman and Buddy DeFranco and has developed a style of playing that lies in the borderland between bebop, swing and blues. He is one of few jazz musicians in Sweden who has clarinet as main instrument and he is the first clarinetist in history to graduate from the Bachelor’s Program in Jazz-Performance at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. He has played with artists such as Victoria Tolstoy, Peter Asplund and also sat in the orchestra behind Nils Landgren, Svante Thuresson and Lill Lindfors, among otehrs.
Terese Lien Evenstad
Terese was born in Norway and is the first jazz violinist in history to graduate from the Bachelor’s Program in Jazz-Performance at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. Her music and performances have led to a nomination in the prestigious jazz prize of Jazzkatten in the category ”Newcomer of the year 2018” which is awarded by the Swedish national radio P2. She was also awarded the ”Louis Armstrong-scholarship” by Classic Jazz Association in 2018 and “J:son scholarship” in 2019 by Janne Schaffer. She was nominated for the concert series ”Young Swedish Soloist 2019” produced by Scenkonst Sörmland and “Up & Coming 2019” and performed with Bohuslän Big Band.