NAN EHRENSTRAALE (S) (String Bass and Sousaphone):
Nan is one of the few female jazz
musicians playing the old style jazz music of New Orleans. She was born in Sweden and
moved to Copenhagen, Denmark in 1969.
From the beginning musicians like George Lewis, Kid Thomas Valentine and Captain John
Handy were her main idols - and still are! "Slow Drag" Pavageau, Pops Foster,
Chester Zardis, Papa John and Terry Knight (GB) are among Nan's favourite bass players,
these are the players from whom she gets her inspiration. Her rock solid, swinging,
slap-bass, helps forming a great rhythm section.
When JENSENS NewOrleans BAND performs as a Street Parade, she "climbs into" the
sousaphone, the very big horn - which is her second instrument.
KURT JENSEN (Clarinet, Tenor Sax and Vocal):
"My introduction to jazz was
in my schooldays when I heard the bands of The Dutch Swing College and Chris Barber, it
was then I decided to take up playing clarinet. One day I borrowed some records from a
friend, when I played the first record I couldn't believe the sound I heard - gentle,
relaxed, a great pulsating drive with all the band working harmoniously together - it was
"George Lewis' Ragtime Band" playing Just A Closer Walk with Thee, the version
where they sing: "walkin' with Jesus..." from that moment on I was really
Over the past 50 years Kurt
has been active on the Scandinavian jazz scene, playing his George Lewis inspired clarinet
with various bands, he has made many recording and has appeared with American musicians
Kid Sheik Colar, Wild Bill Davidson, Dave "Fatman" Williams, Joseph Thomas.
NINA EHRENSTRAALE (Tenor Banjo and Vocals):
To complete the rhythm section we have playing
banjo Nina, she is the youngest member of the band and is a hot name within the Danish
Being the daughter of Kurt and Nan, she heard the jazz music before she was born. She
started playing guitar when she was twelve years old, it did not suit her so she switched
to playing tenor banjo - she has not looked back since.
Nina not only plays a fine gentle banjo with an accurate and excellent drive, she is also
a very good vocalist and whistler.
This magical combination of wonderful banjo playing and singing has made Nina one of the
main attractions in the band.
ERLING RASMUSSEN (piano,
accordeon and vocal):
Erling Rasmussen has been playing
jazz for a long time. He started as a very young man on the trumpet, later he
took up the piano, and also accordeon and violin.
On piano and jazz-accordeon he is very competent, playing both instruments with a
drive and enthusiasm, that make everybody else around him swing. Not only jazz is taking
Erling's time, he also plays folkmusic, mostly traditional danish style on accordeon
Erling played with Cotapaxi Jazzband
(Jutland) from 1970 to 1978, then moved to the eastern part of Denmark, joining the famous
Papa Dip's Jazzband for several years, and later Storyville Jazzband.
HENRIK SKORA (piano / vocal):
One of Jensens musical friends is Henrik Skora. He is in fact so much
of a friend that hes regarded as being one of the regular members of the band, on
the same footing as Erling Rasmussen.
Some years ago Henrik made a switch of career: from being a succesful business man
within the audio branch to make a living as a full time painter.
Besides painting this gives him more time to play jazz, which he has done since his
Henriks repertoire is huge. Hes also a listener, which is appreciated by
his fellow musicians and which makes exciting ensemble playing from the old New
Orleans style, ragtime, rockn roll, evergreens to swing - possible.
Henriks strength lies clearly within the old jazz and hes a master at
|HANS INGELSTAM (SE) (trombone):
Hans Ingelstam often joins the band as a
soloist. He has played jazz his whole life. As a young man in Stockhom he was interested
in the old New Orleans style but he has tried many different styles of jazz since. Today
he is a very all-round musician. He masters the "soft" tone of his instrument
but certainly also a raw rhytm ! He was a member of "Jazzin' Jacks" from
Helsingborg in Sweden for many years and plays today among other bands with "Dixie
For You". He also performs with his son Björn Ingelstam, who plays the trompet - so
here you have yet another jazz family where the jazz is played across the generations!