Icelandic pianist Sunna Gunnlaugs, and Trombonasaurus Wrecks on Jazz NW

Feb 10, 2013

A double bill featuring a piano trio from Iceland, and a six trombone band is featured on Jazz Northwest this week.  The groups were recorded on separate occasions playing at Tula's in Seattle. 

Sunna Gunnlaugs Trio: Scott McLemore,Porgrímur Jóhnsson, Sunna Gunnlaugs.
Credit Hör∂ur Sveinsson

  Pianist Sunna Gunnlaugs was born in Iceland but studied at William Paterson University in New Jersey and lived in Brooklyn before returning to Iceland.  She was in Seattle last Spring as part of a US tour in connection with her latest CD, Long Pair Bond.  Her trio includes Porgrímur "Toggi" Jóhnsson on bass, and Scott McLemore on drums.  The trio plays several original compositions from her latest CD.  The Sunna Gunnlaugs Trio has recently been selected as The Offiical Band of Reykjavik 2013.

Trombonasaurus Wrecks at Tula's.
Credit Jim Wilke
  The second part of this Jazz Northwest features a six trombone band called Trombonasaurus Wrecks, reputedly hatched in Dan Marcus' basement 40 million years ago.  They play three beautifully crafted arrangements and orchestrations by Curt Berg (third from left above) of lyrical music associated with pianist Bill Evans.

Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke and features resident and visiting jazz artists.  The program can be heard each Sunday at 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 KPLU and simultaneously streamed at to internet listeners.  The program is also available as a podcast following the broadcast.

Our next recording session is the Dmitri Matheny Quartet at Seattle Art Museum's Art of Jazz concert at 5:30 PM, February 14.  Highlights will air on February 24.

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