Big Band Splash is a soul/jazz/rhythm & blues orchestra, based in Stockholm, Sweden. Check us out on this video, with clips from our albums and live. Featured singers are Sven Zetterberg, Marino Valle, Graciela Chin A Loi, Knock-Out Greg, EllyEve, Tad Robinson, John Németh, Kristina Talajic, Linn Segolson, Greta, Stella & Sunniva Bondesson (Baskery).
Jakob Norgren Big Band Splash was started in 2004 and on our first two albums Wide Meadow Soul (2005) and East Of The Arctic Circle (2007) we mixed contemporary jazz with soul, blues and even some electronica. In 2010 we shortened the name to just Big Band Splash and decided to let the band develope into a soul/rhythm & blues/soul-jazz orchestra, which you can hear on the albums Another Apple (2010) and Volume 5 (2017). Contemporary jazz is now instead performed under the name Jakob Norgren Jazz Orchestra.
Check out the 5-horns tour edition of Big Band Splash from 2015-2016, feat. Sven Zetterberg, Knock-Out Greg, Linn Segolson & Graciela Chin A Loi here:
In December 2016 we received the very sad news that Sven Zetterberg had passed away in his sleep at age 64. He has been a frequent, very inspiring guest with Big Band Splash since the start in 2004, both live and on our albums.
Different sounds of the early years
Bell Blues is one of my jazz compositions from the early albums of Big Band Splash that now has moved to the repertoire of Jakob Norgren Jazz Orchestra. It was inspired by Fratres by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. On the tracks Strings and Kamoolanju I used processed samples of ourselves to create an electronic atmosphere. I later developed this concept in my project The Emersons. The track Last Call From New Orleans a is remix of Kamoolanju where I added strings that I sampled from arrangements I wrote for Sven Zetterberg’s album “Grounded In Reallity” (2010).