ARCTIC SWING QUINTET
Arctic Swing Quintet is a beautifully
balanced swing-band with some of Iceland's most experienced jazz-cats led by the renowned saxophone- and clarinet player Haukur Gröndal. It's repertoire is composed of songs from the golden age of jazz from 1927 to 1945 with special emphasis on swing, lyrical solos and general briskness.
Other members of the band are Snorri Sigurðarson on trumpet, Ásgeir Ásgeirsson on guitar, Þorgrímur Jónsson on double bass and Erik Qvick on drums.
GUNNAR HILMARSSON TRIO
Gunnar Hilmarsson Trio (GHT) is a Reykjavik based swing combo. They seek their main inspiration from the music of the world-renowned roma-guitarist Django Reinhardt.
The members are all actively involved in Iceland's well established jazz scene and well versed in playing for swing dancers.
The trio consists of Gunnar Hilmarsson and Jóhann Guðmundsson on solo and rhythm guitars and Leifur Gunnarsson on double bass.
SIGURÐUR & HIS HOT JAZZ
Sigurður Helgi, a professional classical and jazz pianist, got hooked on Lindy hop at the beginning of 2017 and formed his own swing band a few months later.
With the swing always in forefront the band's influences combine New Orleans and Gypsy jazz elements with traces of klezmer, ragtime and stride. And, of course, the blues is never far away.
Along Sigurður leading from the piano
the lineup consists of Magnús Pálsson
on clarinet, Unnur Birna Björnsdóttir
on vocals and violin, Jóhann Guðmundsson and Gunnar Hilmarsson
on solo and rhythm guitars, Leifur Gunnarsson on double bass and
Kristófer Rodriguez Svönuson
SPECIAL MUSIC GUEST:
Adrian Cunningham is an award
vocalist and world traveller. Originally from Sidney, Australia, and now based
in New York, he is proving to be one
of his country's top exports. With
fluent command of the saxophones, clarinet, and flute, he is one of the
finest multi-instrumentalists in jazz.
Adrian is the recipient of the
Hot House Saxophone Award for 2017. Adrian's band, Professor Cunningham
and His Old School, is the winner
of international band competition
World Jam (2016, 2017) held yeach
year in Madrid, Spain.