NewOrleans PARADERS is a brass band, a parade band or a marching orchestra, you name it!
The old New Orleans tradition of taking every chance of having a good time, celebrating
any event, the opening of a pub, a funeral etc. is the basis of JENSENS NewOrleans
When JENSEN perform as a street parade band, someting has changed. The double bass is
replaced by a sousaphone, the drum section is split into two, one playing the snaredrum
and one the bass drum. In the front you will se the Grand Marshal with the umbrella
leading the whole group.
JENSENS NewOrleans JAZZBAND and the smaller version: JENSENS jazz
SERENADERS have been very busy these last years: trips to England (Keswick), Norway
(Sildajazz), Holland(Gorinchem), Germany (Berleburg, Berlin, Dresden), trips to Sweden
(Gothenburg Jazz Festival, Allingsås jazzfestival and Ljungby Jazz Festival where the
band won first prize as the most popular band among the audience - and the jury's second
prize!), FEMØ Jazz Festival and Silkeborg jazzfestival(DK). In 1999 and again in 2003
(this time as a parade band) the band took part of the biggest jazz festival of the world:
the International Dixieland Festival at Dresden, Germany ( photo right).
CLARINET MEETING with
Another big treat for the band - and the audience! - is to have the well-known
English clarinet player Brian Carrick visiting. It is absolutely great to hear Brian and
"JENSEN'S" perform at jazz festivals, clubs and venues.
Kurt was in the beginning supposed to play his tenor sax most of the time to
"replace" the trombone, but when Kurt and Brian both play their George Lewis'
inspired clarinet the result is breathtaking! Brian Carrick is regularly returning to
Denmark to work with the band.
Ehrenstraahle (banjo and vocal):
people performing traditional jazz are hard to find these days. But "JENSENS
BAND" has got one! And she's a female, too! She plays a fine rhythm banjo - and she
1999 was the year when Nina turned into a proper member of the band and into a popular
jazz singer with a repertoire stretching from New Orleans jazz classics and swing to the
She sings for instance: Always, Bye Bye Blackbird, Cottonfields, Crazy, On A Coconut
Island, How Great Thou Art, Pretend, lovely Roy Orbinson tune: Blue Bayou and many others.
The band works
with several musicians, on the picture you see from left band leader, clarinet
player and sax player: Kurt Jensen.
Beside him the number one vocalist of the band: Nina Ehrenstraahle, in the middle Nina's
mother: Swedish Nan Ehrenstraale.
Beside Nan, you see the very dynamic boogie-woogie piano player Erling Rasmussen who also
is a marvelous accordeon player.
To the very right Norbert Susemihl, the well-known Danish/German NewOrleans
style trumpet player: - who often joins the band as special guest. He
also plays the rare flugelhorn which sweets the music with af beatiful soft tone.
On one ef the hottest
summer days in July 2003, the band did a concert with Brian Carrick(UK) and Eddie Bruhner
(S) at the festival on the island Femoe in Denmark. This festival is one of the most
popular jazz festivals in Denmark and always gather a great audience.
The concert was recorded and the CD is released on the label Music Mecca (www.cdjazz.com).
The CD is out of sale at the moment, but a second edition is released in a few months.
Apart from the gigs in jazz
clubs, jazz festivals and other venues, the band can be heard at church concerts. So far
these concerts have taken place in the Netherlands, in Sweden and Denmark.On these
occasions the band performs the beautiful hymns, spirituals and gospels from the classic
New Orleans repertoire. Many are sung by the "number one vocalist" in the band:
Nina Ehrenstraale. You can for instance hear her sing : "How Great Thou Art" -
"I Come To The Garden Alone" - "When The Saints" - "His Eye Is On
These concerts are very
popular and usually gather a full house!