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Friday guest

Swedish jazz cat made good in the US

Published fredag 12 juli 2013 kl 14.34
"Jazz is about being in the now"
(9:34 min)
Tomas Janzon is a Swedish jazz musician based in Harlem, New York. Photo: Magnus Sundholm

Radio Sweden's Friday guest is Tomas Janzon, a long-time jazz musician who has been living in the United States since 1991, who tells Radio Sweden he is grateful for being welcomed into the jazz community there.

"Everything comes together in my interest in improvisation," Janzon tells Radio Sweden. "That comes from walking around as a child making music up in my head. Classical music and American jazz are different, but it all connects."

Janzon spent a total of 18 years in Los Angeles, having arrived to study under his mentor, Joe Deeorio, in 1991. After studying, he began playing gigs around the country, recordng music and teaching. "If I look back I have to acknowledge that I was accepted by the community in a very special way. That doesn't happen so often, and I'm very honoured," Janzon says.

Since 2010, he has been based in Harlem, New York, having arrived after traveling across the United States, writing his 2011 album Experiences in the process. His new home is a city where jazz history abounds.

"When you live there you're not living in history – that's for the tourists," he said. "But sure, there are those kinds of places. The Apollo Theater is just down the street from where I live."

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