I consider myself pretty cool when it comes to music. I grew up with punk, lived through new wave and pop, and have settled down to rock and electronica – primarily Scandinavian. My radio is tuned to Danish Radio’s P3 (mainstream) and P6 (DAB channel, indie and rock). And hubby and I are regulars at Vega (Copenhagen’s finest concert venue). Not bad for a couple of 45 year olds, right? And, hey, we even have a rock star friend and often get to hang out backstage!
But I’m beginning to have an identity crisis. Perhaps it’s a mid-life crisis? You see, I’ve started listening to jazz. Is that a sign that I’m getting old? Like, really old? I suppose it’s not really so strange, as my Mum and Dad are huge traditional and New Orleans style jazz fans, so I’ve had plenty of exposure. Hubby and I took my parents to see Mads Mathias – a young Danish jazz crooner/saxonfonist/multi-talented musician – a couple of years ago, when we was performing Christmas jazz (together with the Magnus Hjorth Trio). And he blew us all away – literally.
He also plays with the band Six City Stompers. Well, we bought some of Mads’ CDs as a gift this Christmas for my Dad – and ended up buying a copy for ourselves. And now I’ve been to see him live again. Ummm, okay, make that twice within the last month! Yep, Mads Mathias really is that good. Even if you don’t like jazz! Oh, and he recently won “Best New Danish Jazz Artist” at the Danish Music Awards…
If you’d like to catch him yourself, he’ll be playing along with DR’s Big Band at Koncerthuset, Copenhagen on 22 March. In the meanwhile, here’s a taster from his album “Free Falling”. Enjoy!
Rock on! Or should that be “Ah-one, ah-two, ah-one, two, three, four!”?