One of my favorite small jazz bands is the Scandinavian Rhythm Boys, pictured above (Michael Boeving, banjo, vocals; Robert Hansson, trumpet, Ole Olsen, bass, clarinet; Frans Sjostrom, bass sax, soprano sax). They spend a good deal of time on land, but regularly play gigs on the canals of Copenhagen.
Michael sent me information about a series of jazz cruises taking place on Sundays and Thursdays — late afternoon and early evening — with the SRB, Doc Houlind, the Copenhagen Washboard Five, and a band with a delectable name, “Henning Munk and Plumperne.” The tours set forth from Nyhavn; the trip lasts for ninety minutes and costs 140 kroner.
During July 1-10, there’s also the Copenhagen Jazz Festival, featuring the same round of bands. For more information, call +45 3296 3000 or visit www.jazzcruise.dk.
I am reasonably phobic about small boats, which have a naughty tendency to go up and down without telling me first, but if a small boat had the SRB on it, I would conquer my fears . . .
Here’s a sample from YouTube, brilliantly captured by JAZZ LIVES’ friend Flemming Thorbye — which has a wonderful impromptu moment when Michael Boeving improvises lyrics so that one of the passengers doesn’t get a concussion — watch this even if you will never get to Copenhagen! (And the SRB has made a number of fine CDs, especially their latest, CHARLESTON MAD, which I’ve praised on this blog.)
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All aboard! (And watch your head.)