US tour with the trio + Steve Swell.

IMG_0833Steve Swell eating before the gig in Charlotte.

Thursday, November 13th,  we started our US tour with Steve Swell, in New Orleans. We came directly off the plane – i lost my luggage so lots of work – but when we hit, it was very nice to once again discover that when we play, the tiredness goes away! Steve is a very nice addition to the group and it sounded like we had played together for quite some time.

Here is the tour list:

13th  new orleansthe ALLWAYS LOUNGE,   14th  columbia @ the conondrum music hall,  15th  charlotte  @ the McColl Center16th ashville  @ the Mothlight , 17th  lexington  @  mecca dance studio,  18th  cleveland  @ Mahalls bowling alley,  19th  chicago  @ constellation, 20th  detroit  @  Trinosophes , 21st  kalamazoo  @  Satellite Records , 22nd  milwaukee  @ the Sugar Maple, 23rd  edmonton  @ the  Yardbird suite , 24th  montreal  @  Casa del Popolo

We bring many CDs and LPs for good prices….



Ross is our man in Columbia, South Carolina. He makes fantastic food and has a wonderful garden where he grows his herbs etc


Our bassist,  Johnny Rune (Ruun) with coffee and new cap  bought in Houston. He loves Texas!



New CD: Silver Cornet

tumblr_inline_neu1ju6mb81srvqwb This is the new CD with Bradford, Ingebrigt, Frank and I, recorded in Baltimore  while we did our little tour in March 2014.

Enjoy! Here is a review:

The review also has a YouTube clip showing us playing on the first track of the recording

The record was released on Nessa Records in Chicago. I am very proud that we could have a record on this label because I remember I used to buy records by Roscoe Mitchell and Henry Threadgill. So in my opinion, that was a high class label! I am also glad that we documented the tour this way so we all can have a recent document by Bobby Bradford to listen to.

Next summer we will have an LP with the same band coming out on “No Business”. They also released an LP a few years back with mostly the same band, called “Kampen”, recorded in Oslo.


Another new CD.   TiPPLE: No sugar on anything.

David Watson, electric guitar, Kevin Norton, percussion, vibes and marimba and myself. A nice little trio producing music that is not constantly loud, but reflective and moving.

These pictures are from our gig in April 2013 when we played in Connecticut. The performance came out on FMR records as “Live TiPPLE”

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We have just recorded another album and also released “No sugar on anything” and we have played some concerts in and around New York to warm up for the recording.

Watch out for our next release. Which will include alto flute, contrabass clarinet and bagpipe in addition to our “normal” arsenal of instruments.

Bradford/Gjerstad Quartet

We did the tour of the States last March. It was a celebration tour: Bobby turned 80 in July and I really wanted the country to see what a good musician he still is!

Our last gig was in Baltimore so I arranged for a recording of the concert. When it was all mixed, Chuck Nessa wanted to release the performance as a CD! It´s called Silver Cornet and will be released today, October 21st. shows a clip from the concert.

The tour we did was very nice with good music every night, but the concert we did in Baltimore was probably the best.

Thanks to Bernard Lyons for setting up the show and to Chuck     Nessa for releasing the tracks.


This pic was taken by Lisa, Bobbys wife while I visited them in LA last August

New CDs

There is a new CD with Louis Moholo-Moholo and myself on FMR. it was recorded last year in Stavanger at Gallery Sult (hunger), and it´s simply called SULT.

Also I did a duo recording with my friend Fred Lonberg-Holm. The CD is called “Life on sandpaper” which reflects some of our ups-and-downs! I love Freds cello playing. His playing makes me want to sing!

Hope to do another tour with him….




This little track comes from a concert in Moscow that we did in December. A new CD “Russian Standard” will be released on NotTwo records in May.

In May, the trio will go to Japan for the very first time. I am looking forward to see what that will be like. We hope to bring along our new CD from a concert we did in Moscow in December, called “Russian Standard”.


These the gigs are booked:

20th Big Apple, Kobe
21st Life Time, Miyasaki
22nd New Combo, Fukuoka
23rd Valentine Drive, Nagoya
24th Candy Jazzspot, Chiba
25th Superdeluxe, Tokyo
26th Dolphy, Yokohama


Bradford/Gjerstad Quartet



Photo: Marek Lazarski

This is a bit from our concert in Buffalo

The band:

Bobby Bradford, cornet,  Frode Gjerstad, alto saxophone, clarinet, Ingebrigt Haaker Flaten, acoustic bass, Frank Rosaly, drums

I am very pleased to say we are going to do a little US tour with Bobby, who will be 80 later this year. He did not want to call it an anniversary tour, but I guess, that´s what it is…

This quartet has not been working together before, but Ingebrigt, Bobby and I plus Paal Nilssen-Love have. We even made some recordings together. This time Paal was busy and Ingebrigt suggested Frank. I have heard him a few times and I am very much looking forward to playing with him!

I have known Bobby since 1986 when we first met and played together in England. It was us plus Johnny Dyani on bass and John Stevens on drums.

We toured around the south of England and made a couple of LP´s and a CD while we were together. The CD “In Time Was” is a concert performance from The Bracknell Jazz Festival. I still have great fun listening to that record! I was playing tenor at the time and when I got back, I visited Oslo and then my tenor plus my Otto Link No 10 mouthpiece was stolen. I played several tenors but the biggest problem was the mouthpiece.  My sound was gone!

So after about 3 years of searching I was very frustrated and I gave up. Then I found an old Martin alto, which I still play. That was much more fun than trying to find my past!

I also remember the first night I played together with Bobby: it was in a bar in London somewhere and I was so nervous, my legs were shaking! But when we started playing, it was fine.

A few months later, unfortunately Johnny Dynai died. I remember seeing him smiling and waiving his hand when he left the Plough in Stockwell, London, after our final gig. What a great bass player he was!

After 1986, Bobby came to England several times and we had Kent Carter and Paul Rogers playing bass with us.

And then in 2008 I had a new version of my Circulasione Totale Orchestra with Bobby included. When we played the Molde Jazzfestival that year, we were also asked to do a quartet with Bobby and that´s when we made the “Reknes” CD.

When Bobby heard we were going to play the Victory Grill in Austin, he said that´s the place he first saw Ornette Coleman!



el nicho Aural – Mexico city

Sitting in the airport ready to go home after 3 nights in this wonderful city. I have met many musicians new to me and I have heard some very interesting sounds.

I played a trio concert Saturday with drummer Eli Ketzler from NY and bassist Itzam Cano from Mexico city. Both excellent. Then I did a solo on Sunday and later a duo with guitarist  Fernando Vigueras. Also excellent!

New people. New sounds.

Walking around Mexico city was very interesting. Nice old houses which almost bursted with historic information.

Thanks to all who made this trip possible.

Contra bass clarinet

When I was in London in December with my trio, I brought my bass clarinet. Because it´s a deep C clarinet, the lower part is quite long and I always travel with the lower part in a plastic tube – over my shoulder. The rest is inside my trolly bag along with the alto sax and Bb clarinet. When I got to London I had to see someone and after that was over, I got a cab and drove to the Vortex club where we were going to play. But when leaving the taxi, he stopped at a very difficult place with lots of traffic and when I got out, asked for a receipt and took my suitcase and trolly bag out of the cab, I forgot the lower part of the bass clarinet inside the cab.  It took me awhile to discover, but when I called the company, the driver in the end said he had not found anything!

So I lost it. I thought that was a sign of stopping to fool around with the bass clarinet. So I did not bother to look for another horn. But then I discovered someone was selling a contra bass clarinet nearby where I live. I went by and tried one – he had several –  and was chocked to hear and feel the sound. However, he was asking for more money than I have available for this kind of thing. So the next day I looked at eBay, and someone had one for sale in Seattle! I thought that was another sign!

My son and I were going to New York for a visit, so I bought the horn, had it shipped to New York, where I picked it up at a friends house.

When I got home, I had it looked over and adjusted and now it plays very well and fits nicely in a flight case that I sometimes used for my old bass clarinet pluss Bb clarinet.

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So now I am ready to go with my new contra. And what an amazing sound!!!!

Frode Gjerstad Trio

• Paal Nilssen-Love, drums

• Jon Rune Strøm, bass

• Frode Gjerstad, clarinets, alto sax

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After two decades of trios with various international musicians, this is Frode Gjerstads first all-Norwegian trio. And it is a significant move towards a Nordic improvised sound. In the past, he has played in trios with Hamid Drake, William Parker, John Stevens, Johnny Dyani, Kent Carter, Wilber Morris and Rashid Bakr, John Edwards and Mark Sanders.

This trio has made 8 recordings so far: “Last First” on the US label, Falcata-Galica. A studio-recording from November -99 when the group was quite fresh. Then came a live recording from September 2000 in Oslo, “The Blessing Light” on Cadence Jazz Records. This CD is dedicated to the late British drummer, John Stevens. “Sharp knives cut deeper” with Peter Brøtzmann on the Italian label Splash came in-03, “St.Louis” is a live recording from our 2002 US tour that came out on FMR in -04 and in 2005 we recorded “mothers & fathers”. In 2007 we recorded “Nothing is forever” at a concert in Oslo. Then there is “MIR” recorded in 2010 at cafe MIR, Oslo. This was the first try out for the new trio. And the “East of West” was recorded in April 2011 and this is also our latest recording.

The trio has so far toured and/or played festivals in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Poland, Germany,  Slovenia, Kroatia, Italy, New Zealand, Russia, England, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, USA and Canada.

Ben Watson, Hi-Fi News:
This trio has a freshness which the big names in London and New York find it hard to muster these days.

Glenn Astarita, All about Jazz:
This band often performs with a distinct sense of spiritualism to coincide with an abundance of hearty soloing and curiously interesting three-way dialogue.

Paal Nilssen-Love first started playing with Frode Gjerstad when he was 15. Since then, he has become one of the most active musicians of the new generation in Norway. He has also played and recorded with international sax-players Mats Gustavsson, Joe McPhee, Ken Vandermark and many, many more! He is now traveling the world and also is a permanent member of the Brøtzmann Tentette.

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Jon Rune Strøm now plays bass in the trio. We first played with him last September in Oslo at the MIR club. A CD form the gig will be out soon, called MIR. Then we did a tour in May with him. Before the tour, we rehearsed a couple of days and also recorded. So another CD is on it´s way “East of West”. I feel very excited playing with Jon Rune and I think we are moving into something else…


Frode Gjerstad/Paal Nilssen-Love:  Duo


Paal and I sometimes play as a duo as well. We did 13 concerts in the US and Canada in August -08.

Check out the video from Toronto on YouTube….

sax/clarinet player/improviser