Jazz at Konserthuset
Photo. Yanan Li
Konserthuset is one of the most prestigious and historic jazz stages in Stockholm. Everyone has performed here, from Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald to the stars of our time, such as Esperanza Spalding, Pat Metheny and Gregory Porter. Konserthuset also has its own big band, Blue House Jazz Orchestra, which is led by Peter Asplund and Magnus Lindgren.
Blue House Jazz
In our Blue House Jazz subscription, each season, listeners get to hear the greatest Swedish and international jazz musicians. Concerts in the jazz subscription are held in the Main Hall at Konserthuset, but the smaller Grünewald Hall is often used for more intimate jazz concerts.
Stockholm Jazz Festival
For many years, Konserthuset has also been one of the partners for Stockholm’s major jazz festival and many of the festival’s concerts take place at Konserthuset each autumn.
Blue House Youth Jazz Festival
Konserthuset is the principal organiser of the annual festival, which focuses on members of big bands and jazz ensembles from all of Sweden’s culture schools, upper-secondary school programs focused on the arts, folk high schools and music colleges. The grand finale of the event is the Storbands-SM (the Swedish Big Band Championships) and a jazz ensemble competition.
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Upcoming jazz concerts
Nina Simone's songs with American jazz and soul starFriday 14 October 2022 20.00Genre: Jazz
Nina Simone's songs with American jazz and soul star
Friday 14 October 2022 20.00Ends approximately 21.15
Stockholm Jazz Festival is popping open the Champagne on opening night, when fourteen-time Grammy-nominated New Orleans-born singer Ledisi sings songs from the musical trove of legendary Nina Simone. She is accompanied by a 50-person orchestra constituting a unique blend of big band and symphony orchestra, with an ability to deliver multi-genre music in a big, luxurious format – all under the baton of Calle Rasmusson.
Throughout her career, Ledisi has frequently returned to the songs of Nina Simone, which have played a crucial role for her – especially when life was challenging in her twenties. “I heard her on the radio singing ‘Trouble in Mind.’ Nina’s voice said to me I was not alone.” Together with the big band-symphony orchestra Metropole Orkest, she released the record Ledisi Sings Simone in 2021. On this Grammy-award-winning album, Ledisi draws on the energy of Simone, while remaining faithful to her own voice in interpretations of Simone’s songs.
In addition to albums and tours in her own name, Ledisi has appeared in musical contexts on Broadway, TV shows, and in movies, including in a role as gospel queen Mahalia Jackson in the movie Selma, about the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Ledisi was a frequent guest artist during Obama’s time in the White House.
Thus the Stockholm Jazz Festival begins at the highest level, with a world-class artist and a voice interpreting some of the most legendary artistry of jazz, soul, and rhythm and blues.
In cooperation with Stockholm Jazz Festival
Stockholm Jazz Festival is one of the biggest and oldest festivals in Sweden, and takes place between 14 and 23 October 2022. This year’s festival includes major names, such as Ledisi Sings Nina, Rubalcaba, Gretchen Parlato and Hiatus Kaiyote. Stockholm Jazz Festival is held on over fifty stages each year and is attended by around 25,000 Stockholmers in its ten days. Read more about the festival at stockholmjazz.se
- Ledisi vocals
- Calle Rasmusson conductor
- Dr. Brandon Waddles piano
- Jan Bengtson flute
- Lina Lövstrand flute
- Siobhan Parker oboe/english horn
- Klas Lindquist saxophone/flute/clarinet
- Axel Mårdsjö saxophone/flute/clarinet
- Klas Toresson saxophone/flute/clarinet
- Per ”Texas” Johansson saxophone/flute/clarinet
- Alberto Pinton saxophone/flute/clarinet
- Johan Ahlin french horn
- Blanca Eliasson french horn
- Lennart Grahn trumpet
- Karl Olandersson trumpet
- Patrik Skogh trumpet
- Nils Janson trumpet
- Magnus Svedberg trombone
- Lisa Bodelius trombone
- Hannes Falk Junestav trombone
- Staffan Findin trombone
- Daniel Kåse percussion
- Axel Fagerberg percussion
- Efraim Törnfeldt guitar
- Niklas Fernqvist bass
- Rasmus Kihlberg drums
- Anna Jalkéus harp
- Victoria Stjerna violin
- Sofie Sunnerstam violin
- Conny Lindgren violin
- Karin Liljenberg violin
- Ylva Magnusson violin
- Ophelia Kamkar violin
- Zaida Ponthin violin
- Alva Press violin
- Martin Mårtensson violin
- Sara Nyman Stjärnskog violin
- Isabelle Andö violin
- Lovisa Ehrenkrona violin
- Knapp Brita Pettersson violin
- Nadine Jurdzinski viola
- Alice Nilsson viola
- Anna Manell viola
- Victoria Nilsdotter viola
- Sigrid Kroeker viola
- Mattias Rodrick cello
- Filip Graden cello
- Filip Lundberg cello
- Johannes Rydén cello
- Linnea Fredriksson double bass
- Mattias Normell double bass
Ulf Wakenius celebrates a friend, colleague and inspirer. Please note the change – concert date shifted from November 4th.Friday 21 October 2022 19.30 Watch for free on Konserthuset Play
Oscar Peterson. Photo: Jan Collsiöö/TTGenre: Jazz
Ulf Wakenius celebrates a friend, colleague and inspirer. Please note the change – concert date shifted from November 4th.
Friday 21 October 2022 19.30Ends approximately 21.30
Watch the concert at Konserthuset Play.
Ulf Wakenius is one of Sweden’s most prominent jazz guitarists internationally. He debuted in the 1970s and became a name through the group Hawk On Flight, of which he was a founding member. The duo Guitars Unlimited, with Peter Almqvist, also received significant attention in the 1980s.
Wakenius has worked with a long line of the world’s leading names in jazz, and in 1997 he joined Oscar Peterson’s acclaimed quartet. Oscar Peterson himself described Ulf Wakenius as one of the greatest guitarists. And many excellent guitarists count themselves among Wakenius’ outspoken admirers, including Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin, John Scofield and Mike Stern.
In a tribute to friend, colleague and source of inspiration Oscar Peterson, we hear Ulf Wakenius together with the versatile Hungarian-Canadian pianist Robi Botos, who has drawn inspiration from Oscar Peterson. We also hear a highly skilled rhythm section consisting of Swedish bassist Hans Backenroth, whose credentials are endless, as well as Lewis Nash on drums, one of the most sought-after musicans in jazz and represented on many hundreds of albums.
- Ulf Wakenius guitar
- Robi Botos piano
- Hans Backenroth double bass
- Lewis Nash drums
At last, a great jazz vocalist is back.Friday 4 November 2022 19.30
Dianne ReevesGenre: Jazz
At last, a great jazz vocalist is back.
Friday 4 November 2022 19.30Ends approximately 21.30
Dianne Reeves is one of the leading American jazz vocalists of the contemporary era. She is active in the same tradition as legends like Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington and Carmen McRae.
Reeves is deeply rooted in classic jazz and blues, but brings the music into modernity with fresh influences and elements. Throughout her career, Dianne Reeves has regularly moved beyond the borders of jazz to intermingle world music and pop with her own autobiographical songs, inspired by African folk music.
Dianne Reeves and her quartet are beloved return guests. They last visited Konserthuset in autumn 2013.
- Dianne Reeves vocals
- Edward Simon piano
- Romero Lubambo guitar
- Reuben Rogers bass
- Terreon Gully drums
External organiser: NIBCO ABWednesday 9 November 2022 19.00
Foto: Birgitta Hjelm
Mårten Lundgren. Foto: Torun BörtzGenre: Jazz
External organiser: NIBCO AB
Wednesday 9 November 2022 19.00Ends approximately 21.00
Mårten Lundgren and Royal Big Band pay tribute to Dizzy Gillespie.
Trumpet player Mårten Lundgren is one of Sweden’s most renowned arrangers and names in jazz. He has worked in the Copenhagen-Malmö area for years, but now we finally have the opportunity to hear him in Stockholm. Together with Royal Big Band, he presents a tribute concert to the legendary Dizzy Gillespie.
John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie was one of the leading figures in the evolution of jazz in the 1940s. At this concert, Mårten and Royal Big Band highlight Dizzy’s playful, joyful Afro-Cuban style along with hits from the swing era.
Mårten Lundgren studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and has played with big bands like Mats Holmqvist’s Stora Stygga, Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, Gugge Hedrenius Big Blues Band, Radiojazzgruppen and Hector Bingert Latin Lover Big Band. In 1999 he moved to Copenhagen and played with, among others, the Tivoli Big Band and the Danish Radio Big Band, and then moved to Malmö.
Royal Big Band was started in Stockholm in 1992 and has developed into a top-level ensemble. Major sources of inspiration include orchestra leaders like Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones and Gordon Goodwin. The band has previously worked with Monica Dominique and Jonas Kullhammar, among others.
- Royal Big Band
- Mårten Lundgren trumpet