SWEDISH AZZ – the return

Dec.01, 2021

SWEDISH AZZ is back!!!!!  …. in a slightly new version, exploring new pieces.

we havent given up on the swedish jazz tresure.  Old pieces from the legacy os Swedish jazz in updated versions.

first attempts:

10.12 – Sångbolaget, Stockholm, Sweden http://www.sangbolaget.se/hem-4/
11.12 – Teater Trixter, Göteborg, Sweden   https://feedback.facebook.com/events/1952410878265945/







Susana Santos Silva – trumpet

Mats Gustafsson – baritone sax and flute

Alexander Zethson – piano and keyboard

Dieb13 – turntables

Per Åke Holmlander – drums and tuba




A new updated version of SWEDISH AZZ is back!

New instrumentation and new material. The same basic idea is intact though: to play swedish jazz from – primarily – the 50s and 60s, and to turn it into a contemporary setting and sound. To go deeper into the heritage of swedish jazz.

The world needs more swedish jazz… and it needs very likely to be delivered by SWEDISH AZZ.


SWEDISH AZZ started in 2008 and took a pause in 2015 to recharge the batteries and to find new material for a new setting. NOW IS THE TIME!


SWEDISH AZZ will now dive deep into wellknown and unknown pieces by Eje Thelin, Dick Gyllander, Lennart Åberg, Per Henrik Wallin, Börje Fredriksson and of course Lars Gullin… as well as others…

To treat the wonderful melodic lines of the swedish jazz in a respectful and loving way, by putting them in new situations, forms and structures. This is our goal and mission.


The swedish jazz legacy will be treated in an unusual instrumentation and approach of electronic and acoustic sounds mixed together.

We like to put the swedish jazz heritage in a contemporary situation and sound.

Why trying to repeat what was already done so well?  We prefer to listen to our heroes and sources of inspirations at home (on vinyl…) rather than hearing tame and watered down repititions being done live now. The quality and uniqueness of the materials of swedish jazz from the ”golden years” of the 50s and 60s are amazing and very creative to our ears. And we hope that by putting it in a contemporary and experimental setting that we will be able to make new (and old ) generations curious of swedish jazz… made back in the days… and made now… and for the future….



swedish azz playing graphic scores

Nov.10, 2013



the swedish azz tour is over for this time….

with some amazing musical results this time. — further research in swedish jazz from the “Golden age” of jazz… the Swedish 50´s and 60´s…

playing two graphic scores from 1966, recording for LP release on Not Two Records in 2014!

summer is gone by Bengt Ernryd

fåglarna ( the birds) by Gilbert Holmström


spectacular s**t!!!!

Ernryd – trumpet and Holmström – tenor sax,  were joining us for the concert at Rönnells in stockholm and the recording!

there are more to come….


photos Micke Keysendal


swedish azz on tour

Nov.27, 2012

the coming week….


swedish jazz


swedish azz

and a duo concert in poznan…..



Bim Huis in amsterdam made a nice poster for us…. come OUT and check it OUT!


another heavy azz release!!!

Mar.19, 2011

a new SWEDISH AZZ release: our full lenght album is here!!!


this is what we do:
1. Side A: Full opus 3 – Fånerier, nr 8 – Full opus 4 / PH Wallin [08:30]
2. Side A: Karl- Bertil Jonsson 14 år / G Svensson [02:30]
3. Side A: Lidingö Airport / B Nilsson + Visa från Utanmyra / trad-Jan Johansson [10:30]
4. Side B: Hugin och Munin / G Riedel + Fedja / L Gullin [16:05]
5. Side B: Elysium / L Werner [06:08]

and of course only on vinyl…. this time on 12″ format… the previous relesaes has been on 11″ (!) and 7″… plaese check the great label Not Two Records web for more information:


RELEASE DATE march 21st 2011 !!!!

the ULTIMATE XMAS ep!!!!!

Dec.18, 2010

swedish azz  and NotTwo Records are VERY proud to present: the release of  the ULTIMATE xmas record:

Merry azzmas! Christmans never gets better then this… EVER!!!!

7″ red vinyl and a KILLIN Marek Wajda cover… XMAS IS HERE!!!! there is no way out.

check out also other NotTow xmas offers:


limited edition of course… with special 2010 stickers — order it NOW from:


Memories of a winter tour 2010

Mar.12, 2010

Thanx to all involved!!!

SWEDISH AZZ will be becak soon with more swedish azz jazz in a village close to you…..”

New record, poster and tour

Feb.14, 2010

Swedish Azz
New new 11 ”

The Tour poster

And to see the Tour list, Click here

Swedish Azz

Mar.31, 2009


Mats Gustafsson — saxophones and live-electronics
Per-Åke Holmlander — tuba, cimbasso
Kjell Nordeson — vibraphone
dieb13 — turntables and electronics
Eric Carlsson — drums

New group by Mats Gustafsson and Per Åke Holmlander, consisting of  five European improvisers loving, respecting, and playing the swedish jazz masterpieces from the 50´s and 60´s.
The Golden Age of Swedish Jazz happened in  the mid 50´s, as we were told, and was represented by some very distinct and personal voices that were all taking their main inspiration from the American West Coast Jazz, but transforming it into a swedish colour and language, also including elements of traditional Swedish Folk Music.
Lars Gullin, Jan Johansson, Bernt Rosengren, Georg Riedel, Lars Werner, Berndt Egerbladh and later Per Henrik Wallin were all part of this movement and we just LOVE this music!
Swedish Azz wants to explore the possibities to use these wonderful and strongly lyrical melodies and put them in a contemporary structure and soundscape. We want to find out, or at least try out, what will happen when you put these melodic lines in connection with a.o. live electronics and experimentation in form, using the freedom of improvising freely.

Contact and info: mats@matsgus.com


Mats Gustafsson – born 1964 in Västerbotten
Saxophones and live electronics

favourite swedish jazz composer: Per Henrik Wallin
favourite swedish jazz player: Lars Gullin
favourite swedish jazz film: Sven Klangs Kvintett
favourite swedish jazz record: Bengt Nordström ”Natural Music”


Per-Åke Holmlander – born 1957 in Västerbotten
Tuba and Cimbasso

favourite swedish jazz composer: Georg Riedel
favourite swedish jazz suite: “Arktisk Svit” / Berndt Egerbladh
favourite swedish jazz tune: Theme from – “Sagan Om Karl-Bertil Jonssons
Julafton” / Gunnar Svensson
favourita swedish jazz bassist: Gunnar Johnson


Kjell Nordeson – born 1964 in Jämtland, in the swedish mountains on the border to Norway
Favourite Swedish jazz musician: Per-Henrik Wallin
Favourite Swedish jazz composer: Lars Färnlöf
Favourite Swedish jazz tune: Att angöra en brygga
Favourite Swedish jazz drummer: Janne “Loffe” Carlsson


Erik Carlsson born 1976 Lerum in the westcoast of sweden

favourite swedish jazz player: Bengt Nordström
favorite swedish jazz drummer; Sven Åke johansson
favourite swedish jazzband; Hansson & Karlsson
favourite swedish ”other” band; Träd Gräs och Stenar


dieb13 – born 1973 as dieter kova?i? south of sweden
turntables and electronics


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