Thanks to Claes Jansson, we have these performances by the hot, expert Swedish band KUSTBANDET — a band with fifty years of experience! — recorded in concert on November 22, 2013.
The members are Goran Eriksson, Jon “Jonte” Högman, and Klas Toresson, reeds; Jens “Jesse” Lindgren, trombone / vocal; Bent Persson, Fredrik Olsson, trumpet; Peter Lind, trumpet / vocal; Claes Göran Högman, piano; Hans Gustavsson, guitar / banjo; Bo Juhlin, tuba, string bass; Christer “Cacka” Ekhé, drums / vocal.
Onstage with OVER IN THE GLORYLAND into BIRMINGHAM BREAKDOWN:
More early Ellington with THE MOOCHE:
For Luis Russell, Red Allen, and the New Orleans boys in New York, SUGAR HILL FUNCTION:
Then, some Louis-inspired hot music:
AFTER YOU’VE GONE:
YOU’RE DRIVING ME CRAZY (thanks, Peter!):
YOU RASCAL YOU (with mock-threats from Peter and Jesse, who mean no one any harm):
and swing for saxophones with LADY BE GOOD:
What a band! (How do you say, “Romp it, boys!” in Swedish? No matter.)
May your happiness increase!