Strange Brothers

The Bird Next Tree

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It all began in 1976 when 3 young boys from Copenhagen, Denmark started the band and later the same year won the first prize at the international jazz competition in Dunkerque, France. Later the same year they were joined by the late saxophone legend John Tchicai, made 2 recordings and toured Europe. Since then the original trio has crisscrossed in several bands and finally in 2017 re-emerged with trumpeter Kasper Tranberg. The old tunes mixed with brand new material keep the music fresher than ever: energetic free jazz, unique themes and close-knit interplay is still the band’s trademark.  Now they plan to go to California, where John Tchicai lived back in the ‘90ies, following in his traces. For now, Covid19 has set the plans on pause.

Line-up

Simon Spang-Hanssen: saxophones and flute

Kasper Tranberg: trumpet

Peter Danstrup: bass

Ole Rømer: drums

Strange Brothers at ILK Sessions, Copenhagen H15, 2020
Strange Brothers with John Tchicai around 1976. Left to right: Ole Rømer, Simon Spang-Hanssen, Peter Danstrup, John Tchicai.
Strange Brothers 2019, photo interpretation of the cover art (painted by Simon Spang-Hanssen)