A greenhouse within Norwegian music / A greenhouse for Norwegian jazz
Each Monday evening, a little miracle occurs by the banks of the Sandvika river just outside Oslo: 18 people, each from different backgrounds and professions, come together out of love for the same music – and practise it to a highly advanced level of artistry. The combination of professional musicians, students and talented amateurs, playing side by side, together with the band’s frequent collaborations with leading international stars from the firmament of jazz, has made Sandvika Big Band a considerable greenhouse within the Norwegian jazz scene.
During the 35 years of its history, Sandvika Big Band’s musical direction has varied between what is referred to as “classic, modern, big band swing”, and contemporary music. The band’s live Oslo Concert House recording from 1980 is an example of the former style, followed by “Sister, You Ain’t Had The Blues” (1983), “Come Rain or Come Shine” (1989), “Greenhouse” (1996), and “Lining Up” (1999). Conversely, recordings featuring music by Kjell Samkopf and Terje Rypdal in 1987 and 1991 broke new musical ground. The band’s music, in both cases, has reached far and wide – and well beyond Norway’s national boundaries.
The latest recording "Live at Bærum Kulturhus" unites, for the first time, these two directions on one CD. New Norwegian compositions have been chosen that are also firmly anchored in the swinging, “classic”, big band style. The band’s former guitarist Frode Kjekstad has also returned to deliver a top-notch performance, in good Sandvika Big Band tradition: where those who learnt their trade here return to share their experiences with the next generation. The current musical director, Frank Brodahl, is another member whose links to Sandvika Big Band stretch back over many years.
Former musical director (1989 – 1991 and1993 – 2003), trombonist and dedicated fan
Sandvikas musical director is the well known Norwegian trumpeter and bandleader, Frank Brodahl.