Growing up in Sweden I met Orjan Kjellin (and Lars Ivar Edegran, p) in 1962 playing in the Imperial Band. This band was modeled on the early American revival bands from the 40's and 50's. They recorded their first titles on Sture Hallstom's Pirate Records. On a pre Katarina visit to New Orleans a few years ago I found a CD issued on GHB BCD-144 with all their 17 recorded titles. These recordings have stood the test of time. How a bunch of Swedish teenagers aged 17-18 could sound almost as good as the 1953 Delmark recordings of Geo Lewis is beyond me.
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From: silverleafjb <silverleafjb@...
Sent: Wednesday, July 2, 2008 6:58:32 PM
Subject: [RedHotJazz] Orange Kellin
Yes, I'm aware that Orange Kellin was born and spent his early years in
Sweden. But, he has spent most of his life in New Orleans playing New
Orleans jazz. Hence, in my mind, he's a New Orleans clarinetist.
BTW, I work and have worked with Orange quite a bit. He was a member of
my Silver Leaf Jazz Band in New Orleans and I work with his group the
New Orleans Blues Serenaders. I will be playing the Edinburgh jazz
festival later this month with Orange.
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