Since 1965 Lars Edegran has been a creative nearness in New Orleans music. His achievements as arranger, bandleader, headhunter, record maker, and entertainer are notable all through the world. He got national recognition when his soundtrack for Louis Malle’s film Lovely Infant was selected for an Institute Grant and his arrangements for the off-Broadway raving success “One Mo’ Time” brought about a Grammy Grant assignment for the first cast collection.
Lars was conceived in Stockholm, Sweden in 1944. He began taking old style piano exercises at seven years old yet before long built up an enthusiasm for playing American music traditional jazz and blues – by tuning in to his piano-playing sibling’s band practicing at the house. Lars’ dad additionally played music – guitar, banjo and mandolin – and urged every one of his youngsters to get familiar with an instrument. By the late 1950s Lars was playing piano in neighborhood Dixieland groups and in 1961 he sorted out Another Orleans style band with clarinetist Orange Kellin and a few different companions, The Supreme Band. This current gathering’s primary motivation were the New Orleans Recovery chronicles of the 1940s and 50s. The Royal Band ended up prevalent in Stockholm and visited in Sweden and Denmark albeit the majority of the individuals were still at school at the time.
Lars left Sweden in Walk 1965 when Sway Koester extended to him an employment opportunity in his Chicago jazz record store. There wasn’t much jazz in Chicago just as Lars would prefer so he invested a ton of energy in the blues clubs tuning in to Howlin’ Wolf, Pal Fellow, J.B. Lenoir and others. He likewise got an opportunity to meet and hear a portion of his nation blues top choices – Huge Joe Williams, Child House, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Mance Lipscomb.
Following five months’ stay in Chicago, Lars chose to bring the outing down to New Orleans to hear a portion of his preferred jazz players. He was so overpowered by the kind disposition of the individuals and the energizing music at Conservation Corridor and different spots that he immediately chose to surrender his activity in Chicago and attempt his karma in New Orleans. He has made New Orleans his home from that point forward, aside from a six-year rest in New York.
Lars’ first melodic exercises on the New Orleans music scene was playing clarinet in metal groups and he before long turned into a customary individual from Andrew Morgan’s Young Tuxedo Metal Band. On week-closes he played guitar at Munster’s Ballroom with Tony Fougerat’s band and that way taken in a great deal of tunes not typically heard on jazz records. On the proposal of Harry Shields, Lars joined Sharkey Bonano’s band, which around then played fundamentally private capacities. In 1967 Lars found a fortune trove of jazz organizations in the Tulane College Jazz Documents which prompted the arrangement of the New Orleans Jazz Ensemble, around then the main gathering in the nation playing traditional jazz – somewhere in the range of six years before the film “The Sting”. After appearances at the main New Orleans Jazz Celebration and the 1970 Newport Celebration, the New Orleans Jazz Ensemble started numerous long stretches of visiting and recording is as yet dynamic today. The Global Dixieland Jazz Band (two Swedes, two Japanese and two Americans), under the initiative of Lars Edegran, held forward at Luthjen’s Ballroom for a long time in the late 1960s and after that Lars started a long spell of working in Whiskey
Road clubs that was to last till his transition to New York in 1979. During the 1970s Lars additionally embraced European visits with the New Orleans Bliss Creators, a gathering of jazz veterans, and the New Orleans Jazz Ensemble.
Lars went through six years in New York being utilized by the “One Mo’ Time” organization as piano player, melodic executive and arranger. “One Mo’ Time” was Another Orleans melodic that turned into a hit as an off-Broadway appear while playing at the Town Entryway in New York City and afterward had fruitful keeps running in London, Toronto, Melbourne, Sydney and Washington, D.C., just as various long visits in the USA and abroad. Lars was associated with all the different organizations preparing the vocalists and working with the groups. While in New York Lars additionally filled in as melodic chief and arranger in a few other dramatic preparations. Subsequent to taking some music courses at the Juilliard School of Music and exercises in huge band orchestrating from Swing Time veteran Eddie Barefield he moved back to New Orleans in 1985.
Lars came back to visiting with different jazz groups just as keeping occupied outsourcing on the New Orleans jazz scene. He got a position outfitting the music for the Riverwalk Commercial center in 1987 – as yet going at the hour of composing – and the next year supplanted Sing Mill operator in Percy Humphrey’s Safeguarding Lobby Jazz Band. This prompted various long periods of visiting the USA just as long remains in Mexico and appearances in Thailand, Israel and Greece. As of late Lars has spent the winters working in New Orleans and the summers visiting Europe; typically with his own gathering of New Orleans specialists yet infrequently as a visitor craftsman.
Lars has recorded with various jazz greats – Doc Cheatham, Sammy Value, George Lewis, Louis Nelson, Jim Robinson, Jabbo Smith, Percy and Willie Humphrey, Louis Barbarin, Danny Barker, computer based intelligence Casey, Arvell Shaw – and has delivered numerous chronicles in the blues, gospel and jazz field.
I approached Lars about his arrangements for 2009 and again he will visit Europe, Scandinavia and after that Italy, with heavenly New Orleans performers and the shocking Juanita Rivulets who includes that hot New Orleans flavor to the music. In Scandinavia, he will be Melodic Executive with Sammy Rimmington and Juanita Rivulets. In Italy he will play with his own band from New Orleans, including Tommy Sancton and Freddy Lonzo. I asked Lars for what valid reason he didn’t visit the UK and essentially he said that no one had asked him! I accept that his Mahalia Jackson tribute with Topsy Chapman and Juanita Creeks would fill any show corridor on the planet including the Imperial Celebration Lobby..
New Orleans Jazz authority Geoff Gilbert, banjo player essayist and telecaster lives in the French Quarter. Conceived in Britain in 1932. he shaped and drove the Gothic Jazz Band in 1962. In the wake of moving to Sydney, Australia in 1964, he shaped the Harbor City Jazz Band and started his jazz radio show on 2MBS-FM which kept running for a long time. In 2001, Geoff moved to New Orleans to proceed with his relationship with the origin of jazz.