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  • 1It Had to Be You06:24
  • 2Lulu's Back In Town04:42
  • 3I'm In the Mood for Love08:17
  • 4Invitation05:37
  • 5Dindi05:37
  • 6Blue Funk05:43
  • 7Tea for Two05:17
  • 8Embraceable You08:24
  • Total Runtime50:01

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The internationally acclaimed American jazz trombonist Jiggs Whigham meets the two young, talented Danish musicians, guitarist Pelle von Blow and bassist Matthias Petri on "Jiggs' Back In Town".

"Jiggs' Back In Town" is the result of two days in the studio in October 2021, where the American trombone sensation visited Copenhagen as the guest of fellow trombonist Anders Jacobsen. On the album, Whigham shows that he masters all the elements a trombone player could dream about. Excellent sound, brilliant technique and his very own tonal language. In combination with Pelle von Blow's melodious sound and Matthias Petri's subtle rhythmic precision, the three musicians make up for a charming and accomplished trio.

Known for his fluent and expressive playing, JW puts his very own stamp on compositions by Thelonious Monk, Antonio Carlos Jobim and George Gershwin among others. The result is eight beautiful tunes marked by intimacy, contemplation and love for the music.

JW first came to the attention of critics and fans at the tender age of 17, as featured soloist and first trombonist with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, directed by Ray McKinley. Two years later, he was first and solo trombonist with Stan Kenton. Frustrated with commercial playing, he migrated to Germany in 1965 to play with the Kurt Edelhagen Jazz Orchestra. For many years, he was the musical director of the BBC Big Band and artistic director of the Berlin Jazz Orchestra. JW has often been referred to as “Europe’s Best Kept Secret”, as he has spent most of his professional career based in Europe.

Today, JW is active as a soloist, composer, author and educator among many other things. He has played with Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon and Lee Konitz – just to name a few.

Guitarist Pelle von Bülow is the son of Anders Jacobsen, the man responsible for putting this project together, and the third generation of jazz musicians in the Bülow family, being the son of Christina von Bülow and grandson of Fritz von Bülow. He is one of the biggest talents on the Danish scene, where he has been active over the past eight years, playing as a sideman with the likes of Mathias Heise and Jesper Thilo. Matthias Petri is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, and one of the most sought after jazz bassists in Denmark. Since debuting in 2010, he has worked with various musicians and orchestras.

Jiggs Whigham, trombone
Pelle von Bülow, guitar
Matthias Petri, bass

Jiggs Whigham
is an internationally acclaimed trombonist, band leader and educator. This versatile performer, born Oliver Haydn Whigham III (the nickname Jiggs was given by his grandfather) in Cleveland, Ohio on 20 August 1943, first came to the attention of critics and fans at 17, as featured soloist and first trombonist with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and two years later at age 19, he was first and solo trombonist with Stan Kenton. Following a year of studio and Broadway Musical engagements in New York, he became featured soloist with the Kurt Edelhagen Jazz Orchestra at the West German Broadcasting Company in Cologne, Germany in 1965. In 1966 his was awarded 1st Prize at the first competition for Modern Jazz in Vienna.

He uses Bonn, London and Cape Cod as home bases. In 1979 he was named Professor and Head of the Jazz Department at Cologne University College of Music, the first appointment of its kind in Germany. In 1995 he was named 'Professor for Life' and head of the Jazz-Popular Music Department at the 'Hanns Eisler' College of Music in Berlin. From 2000-2001 he was visiting professor at Indiana University. He was bandleader of the Swiss Radio Band (Radio DRS) from 1984-1986. From 1995-2000 he was chief conductor and artistic director of the Berlin Radio Orchestra (RIAS Big Band Berlin).

He is currently soloist and clinician worldwide, conductor of the BBC Big Band in Great Britain, artistic director of the Berlin Jazz Orchestra and visiting Professor at the Guildhall School Of Music And Drama in London and visiting tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England.

He was recently appointed musical director of the LaJJOB (Brandenburger Youth Jazz Orchestra). In addition, in 2008 he will be the musical director of the 'BUJAZZO' (German national Youth Jazz Orchestra).

Jiggs Whigham is a lifetime member and general advisor to the International Trombone Association, British Trombone Society and the German Trombone Society. He is a lifetime member of the International Trombone Association.

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