The band

The Second Line Jazzband was formed in 1989 and since then has established a position as one of the most popular traditional jazzbands in Europe. Original improvisations and arrangements and a tremendous intensity in our playing have given us oppurtunities to perform at many jazz clubs and festivals, on TV and radio in, for example, England, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Finland, Denmark, Norway and, of course, Sweden.

Many prominent musicians have guested with our band over the years such as Antti Sarpila, Lillian Boutté and Orange Kellin. Our unique style comes from our widely differing musical backgrounds but above all it is the New Orleans revival style which gives us the greatest inspiration and is the kind of music we specialize in. We do our best to keep the New Orleans music alive.

The line-up

Jesper Albrektsson
Trumpet & vocal

Jesper – “baby boy” of the Second Line has played with the Second Line since the very begining, and works as a musician and is the head chef at the eminent restaurant Gottskär Hotell south of Gothenburg. He has developed his very own style of playing, but he is also a bit of a “Bunk Johnson-phantom” and sometimes appears as the lead player at special Bunk-concerts. Jesper is also one of the organisers of the famous Gothenburg Jazz Festival.

Niklas Carlsson
Trombone & vocal

Niklas is also one of the founder members and works full-time as a musician, playing all kinds of music. Sometimes he lends
his talents to studio work with horn sections and as a soloist. He has received several awards, for example “Louis Armstrong award” (Stockholm -97), “Swedish Open i Gladjazz soloistprice” (Ljungby -99), Malte Johnson award (Gothenburg -00). Niklas is also a talented songwriter.
Together with Jesper and Jesper´s father Ulf Albrektsson (Max Lagers) he organizes Gothenburg Jazz Festival.

Olof Skoog
Saxophones, clarinet & vocal

Olof joined the band in 1997. He has been studying music at Gothenburg University, and before that he was a student at “Svalövs Musikfolkhögskola”, a school specializing in contemporary music. Olof is a full-time musician and music teacher and plays with all kinds of bands, for various occasions. He was awarded the “Lerums kulturstipendium” (Lerum -97), and the “Louis Armstrong award” (Stockholm -02).

Anders Wasén
Banjo

Anders worked for 30 years as a journalist at a daily newspaper. He grew up in a well-known musical family and is a bit of a jazz legend in Sweden thanks to his work at his jazz club in the 60s and 70s. Anders has also taken part in sessions with jazz celebrities like George Lewis, Chris Barber, Trummy Young etc. Visit Anders banjo site if you like.

Per Bach
Bass

Per works as an electrician, but his bass playing takes up a lot of his time. His popularity is perhaps a result of his “slap”-technique, a style of playing few bass players are able to use.
In his spare time (if he has any), Per plays his 17th century cello with his own string quartet. A doublebass of his was stolen once in Copenhagen so please keep an eye out when you go to Denmark.

Johan Horner
Drums

Johan joined the band 2007. Johan has studied music at Skurups Folkhögskola, a school specialising in jazz, and at Gothenburg Music University. Now he plays all kind of conteporary music and after moving from Skåne (the very south of Sweden) he has become a very sought after musician at the clubs around Gothenburg. You can read more at his personal myspace.

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