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Bruce Barth Trio at the Stockholm Jazz Festival

Bruce Barth, from CD cover.

We mark two special events on this week's show: our first trip to Scandinavia, and our first program from Radio Sweden. Fresh from several dates in Spain, pianist Bruce Barth is leading his trio on July 20, 2004, at the Stockholm Concert Hall, in the center of the city. This is the building in which Nobel Prizes are given.

Satchmo Jazz Records

Bruce was born in Pasadena in 1958. When he was 8, he and his family moved to Harrison, N.Y. As a youngster, Bruce listened to all kinds of music, but he especially recalls that early Mose Allison sent him straight to the piano to try to figure out what Mose was playing. He later studied at the New England Conservatory in Boston. At 30, Bruce moved to Brooklyn, his headquarters to this day.

Bruce's friendships are important to him. The late pianist James Williams was a friend. Sadly, James died in Brooklyn on the day of this concert in Stockholm. Saxophonist Steve Wilson is another. Bruce produced Steve's CD Soulful Song (MAXJAZZ) and wrote "Wilsonian Alto" for Steve. He also works with the singers Luciana Souza and Roz Corral, and has produced CDs in the MAXJAZZ Singers Series.

In an interview with Jazz 88's Monifa Brown on WBGO/Newark, Bruce said that jazz has taught him to try to be honest and in the moment, to study the craft and listen and practice, but then it comes down to playing what you have inside. His commitment to this approach comes through in Stockholm. It's must-hear radio.


"Little Ditty"
"Wilsonian Alto" (demonstrating two Brazilian rhythms)
"Muddy Waters" by Dave Stryker
"Big Sky"/"At the Ranch"
"Summer Night" by Al Dubin and Harry Warren

Bruce Barth, piano
Ugonna Okegwo, bass
Montez Coleman, drums


  • Bruce Barth Site

  • Max Jazz Records

  • 2005 Stockholm Jazz Festival

  • Radio Sweden

  • European Broadcasting Union - Radio

    This concert is made available by Radio Sweden, through the European Broadcasting Union and NPR.

    Dee Dee Bridgewater's recording engineer is Ginger Bruner at KUNV Las Vegas, thanks to Gig Brown and Ben Wilson.

    Our producer is Becca Pulliam, Technical Director Duke Markos, and executive producer Thurston Briscoe III, at WBGO Jazz 88 in Newark.

    Copyright 2007 NPR