JAZZPAR Artists - Steen Vig

   Steen Vig (DK), 1944-1994, and his Bluesicians - Ole "Fessor" Lindgreen (tb, arr), Gene "Mighty Flea" Conners (tb, voc), Steen Vig (ts, ss), Cornell Dupree (g), Søren Kristiansen (p), Hugo Rasmussen (b), Thorkild Møller (d) - performed at the JAZZPAR Event 1993.

   Steen Vig was one of Europe's most adventurous and wild players - deep-seated in the older part of the jazz tradition, but hard to categorize as he dug both trad, swing, R&B, soul, rock, and fusion as well as the Scandinavian sound (Garbarek a.o.). In today's jazz world you can hardly find another soprano saxophone player carrying on the Sidney Bechet tradition with the power and conviction of Steen Vig. But using vintage Coleman Hawkins as a starting point he really considered the tenor sax his main instrument.
   Over the years Vig played with many visiting American jazzmen. For instance Ben Webster, Wild Bill Davison, and Sammy Price have been enthusiastic members of "The Steen Vig Fan Club". Vig's dossier included a long time membership of Fessor's Big City Band, a group coming from the old jazz, but today known in many parts of the world because of its quality and openness to a variety of influences. Also worth mentioning is Vig's collaboration with guitar player and folk singer Paul Banks.
   Steen Vig asked four of the best Copenhagen traditionalists / mainstreamers to join his Bluesicians during JAZZPAR 1993. Lindgreen is the vigorous leader of the above-mentioned Fessor's Big City Band. Søren Kristiansen is a young very talented player covering most of the jazz piano tradition. Hugo Rasmussen is still another of those highly qualified Danish bass players. Celebrated for maintaining a rhythmic foundation firm as a rock, Rasmussen has worked with almost everybody on the Danish scene (JAZZPAR Artist 1991).

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