Håkan Lewin har som jazzsaxofonist turnerat i stora delar av världen, från Kalifornien i väster till Sibirien i öster.
Jazz saxophonist Håkan Lewin has played all over the world, from California in the west to Siberia in the east.
Today, you can hear Håkan playing in three ensembles: The Storyteller (with pianist Tommy Kotter); Lewin & Landgren Duo (with organist Johannes Landgren), and the quartet, Made in Gothenburg (with Kotter, bassist Yasuhito Mori, and drummer Jon-Erik Björänge).
The music of the Lewin & Landgren Duo has been well received throughout Europe and the United States. In 2004, the Duo was invited to perform in Manhattan’s St. Peter’s Church in celebration of Martin Luther King Day. Since then, they have played across Sweden and throughout Europe, and five times they have been featured at the Jazz and Pipe Organ Festival in Tjeliabinsk, Russia.
Håkan and Johannes also founded the organization Music Against Violence in 2005.
In 2007, Håkan was presented with the Christer Boustedt award, one of the most prestigious prizes for Swedish jazz musicians.
Over three trips in 2013-2014, Håkan organized and led the project Gaza Singing for Peace under the auspices of Music Against Violence in collaboration with the Palestinian organization, SYF (Save Youth Future) in Gaza, Palestine, a project financed by the Folke Bernadotte Academy to send a message of humanity, co-existence, and peace.
For many years, Håkan was the lead saxaphone player in the Sandvik Big Band and also in the legendary Gugge Hedrénius Big Blues Band, and in 1987 he represented Sweden in the European Radiounion Orchestra in Amiens, France. He has also played regularly with the Swedish Radio Jazz Group.
MADE IN GOTHENBURG
Made in Gothenburg is a brand new quartet, featuring musicians with solid international experience in their trunks. Members of the group have played with such luminaries as Stan Getz and Toots Thielemans quartets and for many years with Duke Ellington trumpeter Willie Cook and includes two permanent members of the Bohuslän Big Band.
These musicians have played in varius constellations from California in the west to Siberia in the east and throughout Europe and Japan.
Our wide and varied experience tell us that there is a large audience eager to hear to jazz that swings in a warm and inviting atmosphere, to hear music with a humanitarian message as it was played on the bandstands and in the clubs when jazz was at its height.
The musicians of Made in Gothenburg are also eager- to bring audiences their modern take on the music of the world’s greatest jazz composers.
If this short introduction to Made in Gothenburg interests you, please contact us; very soon we will be recording a demo so you can hear just what we are talking about.
Håkan Lewin, alto saxophone:
Since the 1980s, Håkan has been in the top ranks of Swedish jazz musicians, representing Sweden in the European Broadcasting Union Orchestra in 1987. He has toured with various ensembles from California in the West to Siberia in the East, and for many years played together with Duke Ellington trumpet player Willie Cook.
Tommy Kotter, piano:
Western Sweden’s piano giant! For many years, Tommy has often been a guest artist with the Bohuslän Big Band, where his lyrical playing has provided the foundation for world-class artists such as Jojie Wadenius, Nils Landgren, Georgie Fame, Lew Soloff, and Steve Swallow, among others. Tommy has played on over 20 CDs, and the Tommy Kotter Trio and Duo, with drummer David Sundby and bassist Yasuhito Mori, have toured and recorded in Japan.
Yasuhito Mori, bass:
Born and raised in Tokyo, Yasuhito has lived in Gothenburg, Sweden for many years, where he has been the bassist for the Bohuslän Big Band. During his career, Yasuhito has played with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Stan Getz and the Toots Thielmans Quartet. He also directs the concert series, Scandinavian/Japan Connection. More information about Yasuhito is available at https://morimusic.net
Jon-Erik Björänge, drums:
A real swinger, Jon-Erik suits this group perfectly. From the age of two, he grew up around the Sandviken Big Band, where he met Håkan Lewin who played in the Band with Jon-Erik’s father, Åke. After studying at Skurup Folk High School, he continued his studies at the Music Academy in Gothenburg, where he received his Masters degree in 2004. Over the years since then, Jon-Erik has toured with a variety of groups in the U.S.A., Japan, Russia, Gaza (Palestine) and many places in Europe.