New Orleans Jazz - News and Views - Lars Edegran ske 48 The Imperial Band grew to become common in Stockholm and toured in Sweden and Denmark despite the fact that most of the members were still at school at the time. Lars left Sweden in March 1965 when Bob Koester offered him a work in his Chicago jazz record retail outlet. There wasn't considerably jazz in Chicago to Lars' liking so he spent a lot of time in the blues clubs listening to Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Guy, J.B. Lenoir and other individuals. He also acquired a chance to meet and hear some of his country blues favorites Huge Joe Williams, Son Household, Lightnin' Hopkins and Mance Lipscomb. Following 5 months' keep in Chicago, Lars decided to consider the journey down to New Orleans to hear some of his favorite jazz gamers. He was so overwhelmed by the friendliness of the people and the interesting music at Preservation Hall and other destinations that he proper away made a decision to give up his job in Chicago and try his luck in New Orleans. He has produced New Orleans his house ever considering that, apart from a six-12 months hiatus in New York.
Lars' very first musical actions on the New Orleans music scene was enjoying clarinet in brass bands and he soon became a standard member of Andrew Morgan's Younger Tuxedo Brass Band. On week-ends he played guitar at Munster's Dance Hall with Tony Fougerat's band and that way discovered a lot of tunes not normally heard on jazz information. On the recommendation of Harry Shields, Lars joined Sharkey Bonano's band, which at that time played mostly private functions. In 1967 Lars found a treasure trove of ragtime orchestrations in the Tulane University Jazz Archives which led to the formation of the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra, at that time the only group in the nation enjoying classical ragtime - some 6 years just before the movie "The Sting". Right after appearances at the very first New Orleans Jazz Festival and the 1970 Newport Festival, the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra started many years of touring and recording and is even now active today. The Worldwide Dixieland Jazz Band (two Swedes, two Japanese and two Americans), below the leadership of Lars Edegran, held forth at Luthjen's Dance Hall for two many years in the late 1960s and following that Lars started a long stint of doing work in Bourbon Street clubs that was to final till his move to New York in 1979. Throughout the 1970s Lars also undertook European excursions with the New Orleans Joy Makers, a group of jazz
veterans, and the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra. Lars spent six many years in New York currently being employed by the "1 Mo' Time" organization as pianist, musical director and arranger. "One Mo' Time" was a New Orleans musical that became a hit as an off-Broadway present even though enjoying at the Village Gate in New York City and then had productive runs in London, Toronto, Melbourne, Sydney and Washington, D.C., as very well as a quantity of prolonged tours in the USA and abroad. Lars was concerned in all the numerous organizations coaching the vocalists and functioning with the bands. Although in New York Lars also worked as musical director and arranger in various other theatrical productions.