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Dangerous Sounds

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Dangerous Sounds

Dangerous Sounds is a podcast series in 8 episodes taking listeners on a historical journey of jazz in Denmark—starting back in the early 1920s when jazz first arrived on its shores from America, and banjos and saxophones were a threat to the bourgeoisie, leading up to the time in the ‘50s and ‘60s when the small state of Denmark became a world center for jazz. The series explores how jazz has impacted and shaped society and the music we listen to today.
  • The first saxophone in Danish music history arrives on a boat from America. The young Valdemar Eiberg tries with enthusiasm to play music he has hardly heard. Early visits from Sam Wooding and later Josephine Baker and Louis Armstrong divide the public but inspire the first generation of Danish jazz musicians to break new ground.
  • This episode profiles three of the biggest personalities in the golden age of Danish jazz. Pianist, composer and vocalist Karen Jønsson struggles to be accepted, Leo Matthisen battles the Nazis during World War II, while Sven Asmussen is taken away by Gestapo to the central prison in Berlin for the crime of playing the violin.
  • Portrait of the greatest drummer in Danish music: Jørn Elniff. He made history with Bud Powell, Oscar Pettiford, Eric Dolphy and Brew Moore. We tell the story of some of the legendary appearances by such artists as Earl Hines, Jimmy Smith, Clark Terry and many more. This episode contains explicit language.
  • The world explodes in freedom, love and understanding. The jazz scene is forever changed as a band of hippies by the name of Blue Sun, toured Denmark opening for Jimi Hendrix. This episode also tells the story of saxophonist Lotte Anker, one of Denmark’s most internationally respected and visionary artists.
  • We dig deeper into the life of John Tchicai and tell the story about his time in New York (the first phone call being from John Coltrane). This episode also tells the story of the collaboration between Palle Mikkelborg and Miles Davis in 1985 (the second phone call being Miles calling Mikkelborg to tell him about the plans to make an album).
  • Many of the young musicians in the early 90’s go to Boston to study. George Garzone is a teacher, Kurt Rosenwinkel a fellow student. They return to Denmark with new energy and fresh sounds. We hear about the two groundbreaking bands "When Granny Sleeps" and "Once Around the Park". We also tell the story of the OAP bassist Anders "AC" Christensen.
  • In this episode, we present a view of some of the main voices on the contemporary jazz scene. Among the artists covered are pianist Jeppe Zeeberg who tries to break the structure, and composer Jacob Anderskov who dreams of new structures. Whereas neo-traditionalists Nana Pi, Oilly Wallace and Johannes Wamberg work inside the structure.
  • When the African-American improviser Luther Thomas arrived in Copenhagen, nobody knew who he was or cared. Thomas became a fixture of the alternative jazz scene and changed the music in Denmark. In an old slaughterhouse, Danish drummer Kresten Osgood opened "The Monday Club", which presented 6 concerts each Monday all year round for 7 years.