Some governments know how to support the arts.
In Denmark, “Nyboder” (which means “new houses”) refers to a historic district of yellow row houses in Copenhagen — houses that were once a naval barracks, built in the early seventeenth century during the reign of King Christian IV. In 2011, the Danish Ministry of Defense created a documentary film about Nyboder.
One of my favorite hot bands — the Scandinavian Rhythm Boys — were invited to play the theme song. IN PRAISE OF NYBODER (“Nyboders Pris”) sounds like a traditional air, but it was written in 1930.
The Boys are Robert Hansson, trumpet; Frans Sjostrom, soprano sax; Ole Olsen, bass; Michael Boving, banjo/vocal. And the fine cinematography is courtesy of Flemming Thorbye, a good friend of JAZZ LIVES:
That song sticks in the memory . . . and here’s one more familiar, the ROYAL GARDEN BLUES (offered at the leisurely Bixish Twenties tempo that Basie and Goodman recalled in the early Forties):
ROYAL GARDEN is also appropriate here because Nyboder is a part of the complex of Rosenborg Castle and the Royal Garden, in the historic part of Copenhagen. A far cry from South Side Chicago, but Joe Oliver would have admired both performances. (Incidentally, a vocal chorus on this song is now a rarity, but in its heyday the lyrics were part of the performance: think of the 1931 Ted Lewis recording on which Fats Waller sings.)
For more from the Scandinavian Rhythm Boys, visit them here
— they obviously know how to create beautiful rhythms and melodies!