We care a lot about music, especially live music. Let us tell you about the bands and DJs that will play during OLX.
Friday night: “Reiss på Skinner”
David Skinner is our favorite pianist and band leader. He has dedicated himself to swing jazz and Harlem stride piano (the style of Fats Waller). He has released several solo albums and can very well entertain the dance floor with just his piano, but we like him even more with a band around him. For OLX, he has put together two different bands, “Reiss på Skinner” for Friday night, and “Skinner’s All Stars” for Saturday.
We believe that Georg Reiss is the greatest clarinet player in the country, at least within swing jazz, and we were really happy when David told us that Georg could play during OLX (before he travels with another band on Saturday). He has also released several albums in his name, and lectures at the Norwegian Academy of Music, but most importantly, he plays playful and smooth jazz tunes from his clarinet and saxophone.
Reiss and Skinner will be joined by Kristoffer Kompen (trombone), Stig Hvalryg (double base) and Marcus Lewin (drums). There are Wikipedia articles about each of these guys too, so please have a look if you would like to know more about them too.
Saturday night: Two bands!
Yes, twice as many bands means a lot of live music. And they’re good too.
These local cool cats twill be joining us on Saturday to play their swingin tunes! Their New Orleans dixiejazz, mixed with more traditional swingjazz and rhythm and blues have made them a very popular band in the Oslo swing dance scene. A few of the band members have also taken lindy hop classes, so they really know what they are playing for.
The band consists of Lasse Lømo Ellingsen (trumpet), Erlend Barratt-Due Solum (clarinet), Andreas Rotevatn (trombone), Sondre Dyb Berg (piano), Anders Isachsen (banjo/guitar), Hans Erik Wagner (double base/vocals) and Knut Rand (drums).
We are sure you will know why we booked them as soon as you experience their joyful music and the great energy they bring to the stage!
Skinner’s All Stars
We’ve already introduced the pianist and band leader. On Saturday he comes with a quite different set-up. You should look forward to this too 🙂
Sunday: OLX Amateur Almost-Stars
We are a small group of happy unskilled amateur “musicians” (or rather dancers with a desire to play), and we really hope that you want to join us. This may be your chance to play for an audience for the first time or to try out a new instrument.
Our goal is to have fun, to forget everything about self-importance and to spread enthusiasm to the dance floor!
Would you like to play with us? Please join us for practice on Sunday, and play with us on stage during the tea dance! You do not need to be a prefect musician or even consider yourself particularly good, all we ask for is a good portion of enthusiasm and a love for music. We hope you could bring your own instrument, but if that’s too difficult, we might try to find one that you can borrow. If you let us know in advance (e. g. by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org), we will let you know which songs (and in which key) we’re playing, maybe even sheet music, in case you want to practice at home.
Saturday day-time events
More live music!
For Saturday we want to offer you at take on a live jazz pub-crawl. We have currently confirmed that there will be live music in two of Oslo’s jazz joints, you can read more on our schedule, and both venues will clear some dance-space for us. Note that these events are not hosted by us, but we are generously invited to join in, so we advise that you pay respect to the other guests when dancing and also encourage you to support the host/venue by purchasing a drink and/or some food.
We can’t think of better ways to spend a Saturday afternoon than with a beer, some comfort food, live jazz and maybe even a dance or two.
Details more details to come, see the schedule.
To be announced.