Creative Jazz Club: Friends & Neighbours (Norway)

Where: Backbeat Bar, 100 Karangahape Road, Newton, Auckland

Restrictions: R18

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $22.50 ($20.00 + $2.50 fees)
  • CJC Members: $16.00 ($15.00 + $1.00 fees)
  • Students: $16.00 ($15.00 + $1.00 fees)
  • CJC Student Members: $5.00 ($5.00 + $0.00 fees)
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Norwegian jazz quintet Friends and Neighbours announce a nation-wide New Zealand tour. The group represents the leading young voices in the thriving Norwegian modern jazz scene, and promise high energy excitement, swooping melodies and a touch of Nordic darkness.

Thomas Johansson (trumpet)
André Roligheten (saxes/clarinet)
Oscar Grönberg (piano)
Jon Rune Strøm (bass)
Tollef Østvang (drums)

Featuring Thomas Johansson (trumpet), André Roligheten (saxes/clarinet), Oscar Grönberg (piano), Jon Rune Strøm (bass), Tollef Østvang (drums), the music of Friends and Neighbours represents a new generation of Norwegian jazz groups. Through original and strong compositions, this has resulted in a band sound with strong identity, crystal clear presence and personality. The quintets members can also be heard in bands like Team Hegdal, Forde Gjerstad trio, Cortex and All Included. Together they draw upon the melodic innovations of Ornette Coleman alongside a unique Scandinavian sensibility to create vital and compelling music which has never been heard live in New Zealand.

“sweeping melodious content and an airy underpinning...this undeniably adrenalized and sharply focused program boasts a profusion of flavorsome delights that sustain value on recurring listens.” AllaboutJazz

"Friends & Neighbors underscores the implicit point that the language it springs out of, with tentacles going back to Ornette ́s revolutionary sound, is alive and thriving.

In this case, a spirited quintet of Norwegian musicians have made it their own.

Call it a neo-"New Thing" sensation" - Downbeat

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