One of our favorite Hammond organ players, Steinar Nickelson, is coming back to Shanghai for a few weeks. Another fantastic Norwegian musician, drummer Håkon Mjåset Johansen, will be in town also for only a few days and will play a short concert with Steinar and — shameless plug alert — the writer of this post at JZ Club this Monday night (the 26th). We will play one set, performing a selection of original compositions written by Steinar and, yes, the writer of this post. This show is not replacing the regularly scheduled performance, as Monday night players Arlene, EJ, and Yuko will still play the second and third sets as normal.
Steinar will also have copies of his recently released album, Mis en bouteille à New York for sale at the show. He recorded the disc, his first album as bandleader, late last year in New York with American drummer Ari Hoenig and Norwegian guitarist Lage Lund.
Steinar keeps a full-size Hammond B-2 organ in Shanghai, and he knows how to rock that thing. He had it sent out here after buying it in the States and keeps it at his father’s place here, and then he comes to town at least a few times a year to play it. He’s lots of fun to play with so we’re looking forward to this concert. Hope to see you there.
JZ, 46 Fuxing Xi Lu, near Yongfu Lu (复兴西路46号,近永福路). Music starts at 10 pm. Free entry.
Editor’s note: We realize this post seems a little self-serving, but our jazz contributor also happens to be one of the better jazz musicians in town, so such overlaps are inevitable.