|The Vintage Jazz Big Band was formed in
Göteborg, Sweden, in 1986. We had all been playing in various traditional jazz bands for
many years and we all had an interest in the big band music from the late twenties and
One main problem was to get hold of written arrangements. Vintage jazz - as played by bands like Bennie Moten, Louis Russel, Fletcher Henderson, and Duke Ellington - is available on records, but the music score (if there was one in the first place) is most often not available.
Trumpet player, the late Rolf Sundby took on the heavy task of transcribing and arranging most of the music for the band. Several classic vintage jazz arrangements were transcribed from records. In many cases, additions and alterations were made in true vintage style - for instance to feature a soloist - and therefore some of the arrangements are not to be regarded as pure transcriptions. In recent years, trombone player Magnus Bylund and saxophonist Johnny Korner also have contributed some arrangements.
More band history is found here (in Swedish).
We also listen a lot to
Kustbandet, a similar band
from Stockholm, which has been playing vintage jazz since the early sixties. We even play
some arrangements written by the leader of Kustbandet, trumpet player
Since 2014, the band also has a fruitful cooperation with the singer Caroline Wennergren: