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BERTIL BOSTRÖM 1936-2006

Vår förre basist Bertil Boström har tragiskt omkommit i en icke självförvållad motorcykelolycka den 15 september. Han hade sedan några år tillbaka lagt basen på hyllan, och sedan hans sambo Anne-Marie (flitig gäst i många jazzsammanhang) efter kort tids sjukdom avlidit i våras ägnade han mycket tid åt sin kära mc.
Bertil var en mycket god, stadig och lyhörd basist med rötterna i 50-talets dansorkestrar som ju också spelade jazz i något modernare stil. Han spelade bl.a. med Kenneth Fagerlund och Lennart Malmgren, två kända göteborgsprofiler. Hans intresse för den äldre jazzen väcktes när han hörde Papa Celestin’s Original Tuxedo Jazz Band i Mässhallen i Göteborg 5 oktober 1964 (fast utan Celestin själv, som då varit död i tio år). Bertil har själv beskrivit detta i Jazzbladet nr 1/2013.
Bertil spelade med Göta River Jazzmen 1988-2009 och Red Wing band 1994-1998. Bland hans band finns också de sedan länge upplösta Alingsås Original Jazz Band, Aspen Jazz Band, Jazz Roots, Jazzing Four och Siverts New Orleans Stompers.

En av Bertils idoler var Milt Hinton. I en lång artikel i Jazzbladet nr 1/1999 berättar han hur han under ett USA-besök fick tillfälle att besöka Milt i hans hem och t.o.m. spela på hans Matteo Goffriller från 1740…

Begravningen ägde rum i Älvsborgs kyrka måndagen den 17 oktober kl. 14.00. Det blev en reunion för gamla Göta River: Esbjörn (som slutade spela offentligt för sex år sedan men som fortfarande får gott ljud i trumpeten), Sverker (fortfarande aktiv i New Orleans Jazz Cats och Papa Piders), Göran, vars banjo legat på hyllan sedan årsskiftet, Lennart (som spelade i GRJ i slutet av 1980-talet) och jag själv, som fortfarande spelar i GRJ. Två av Bertils tidigare spelkompisar i Red Wing deltog också: Hans Zakrisson trombon och Staffan Pålsson bas. Vi spelade Just a Closer Walk, In the Upper Garden, Amazing Grace och Shall We Gather at the River. Bertil skulle ha gillat detta!

Vila i frid, Bertil!
Vännerna i Göta River genom Ingemar Wågerman

Photo: Bo Löfgren

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Gota River Jazzmen 2016: Anders Alm clarinet and alto sax, Lasse Falk banjo, Ingemar Wågerman piano, Karl Kronqvist bass, Ragnar Tretow trumpet, Gunnar Boräng trombone,   Tomas Håård drums

Our banjo player since 1988, Göran Möller, has stopped playing and is replaced by Lasse Falk. 

 

CALENDAR 2016:

Friday April 1st 19.00 Klockaregårdskyrkan, Malmbäck

Saturday April 2nd 18.00  Fänneslunda-Grovare kyrka

Sunday April 3rd 18.00 Glöstorpskyrkan, Tuve, Göteborg

Thursday June 16th 19.00 Älvsåkers kyrka NB. Correct time 19.00

Tuesday July 26th 19.00 Trelleborgs kyrka

Wednesday July 27th 20.00 Fjällbacka kyrka

Thursday July 28 th 19.00 Hönö kyrka

Friday July 29th 19.00 Centrumkyrkan, Forserum

Saturday July 30th Undenäs kyrka CANCELLED!!

 

Gota River 2012

Ragnar Tretow trumpet, Karl Kronqvist bass, Ingemar Wågerman piano, Anders Alm clarinet & alto sax, Göran Möller banjo, Tomas Håård drums, Gunnar Boräng trombone

CALENDAR 2015

Brunnby Church on Kullahalvön  Thursday, May 14 (Ascension Day) at 10:00 Church Service
Brunnby Church Friday, May 15 at 19:00 Concert with  New Orleans Music: jazz, blues and gospel. Tickets goran-moller@telia.com
Saturday, May 16 at 18:00: Concert in Västra Vram Church (Tollarp) in the same style but with a different repertoire.

Friday, August 21 at 19:00 Restaurant Skogshyddan, Strangnas
Saturday, August 22 Munsö church 19.00
Sunday, August 23 at 16:00 Hagakyrkan, Orebro

November 6th: Dimbo Church, near Tidaholm, Church conert.
Contact: gotariver@gmail.com

YOUTUBE CLIPS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mb1XL79TG2g

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gm_ZT0oV-uI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxnkTV1Vens

to be completed

CALENDAR 2014:

Thursday May 29th 10.00: Church service, Brunnby church, Skåne Friday May 30th 19.00: Church concert, same.

Saturday June 14th, 19.00: Flatö church, Orust. ”Spirituals, Gospels, Hymns”. Entrance 150 kr. Tickets via http://www.kyrkan.flaton.se

Sunday June 15th, 16.00 Hamburgsund church.  ”Jazz, Blues, Spirituals, Gospels, Hymns”

Saturday July 19th  18.00  Habo church.  ”Jazz, Blues, Spirituals, Gospels, Hymns”. Entrance 100 kr

Sunday July 20th July, 19.00 Stora Lundby church, Gråbo.  ”Spirituals, Gospels, Hymns”. Free admittance!  

BAND HISTORY The Swedish New Orleans Revival style band Gota River Jazzmen is still alive! Many of the former members have signed off, but we have a new, strong crew! The band specializes in church concerts, which are very well attended and appreciated, but we also play in clubs, restaurants and festivals etc. The first, short-lived edition of Göta River Jazzmen was founded in 1958 by Lars Ehnström and Esbjörn Olsson. The first clarinet player was Tomas von Brömssen. Tidiga GRJ 1 Göta River Jazzmen, late 50’s: Esbjörn Olsson, Bertil Johansson, Bertil Wahlin, Lars Ehnström. After a break of nearly thirty years the band was reorganized in the late 1980s with the following personnel: Esbjörn Olsson trumpet, Lars Ehnström trombone, Leif Sivertsson clarinet, Göran Möller banjo,  Ingemar Wågerman piano, Bertil Boström bass and Lennart Carlsson drums. GRJ-LeifSivertson  Leif Sivertsson before a gig at the Pub 7an, Gothenburg, 1991 .Image26 Restaurant Grönalid, Fjällbacka 19###. Göran Möller, Sverker Nyström (who replaced Leif Sivertsson in 1993) , Bertil Boström, Esbjörn Olsson, Lars Ehnström, Lennart Carlsson, Ingemar Wågerman. Lennart Carlsson was replaced by Hans Åsberg in 1994. This line-up  was active until 2006. During this period there were several trips abroad, mostly to Denmark and the Netherlands. The most extensive tour was to England in 2003, when the name was changed from Göta to GotaRiver

Molenhoek. Molenhoek, Holland 2001. Ingemar, Sverker, Göran, Esbjörn, Hans, Lars, Bertil.  Photo: John van Zuidam.

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Bude, England 2003. Photo: Marion Hammersley  GreggS  

With Gregg Stafford at the Gothenburg Festival 1999

GRJ hos FA Hönö-beskuren Salvation Army, Hönö. Hans Zakrisson  substitute for Lars. Another personnel change took place in 2006 when Hans Åsberg left the band. He was replaced by Lars Gunnar Röök. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Kungsbacka teater 2006. Photo Bo Löfgren Nya_Skargarden Askersund festival 2006: Bertil, Lars, Sverker, Göran, Ingemar, Esbjörn, Lars Gunnar. Photo: Tito Martino, the clarinetist from Brazil who played with Gota River as a guest artist. In 2009 Sverker left the band and was replaced by Anders Alm. The veterans Lars, Esbjörn and Bertil decided to stop playing in 2010 and were replaced by Ulf Darinder (later Gunnar Boräng), Ragnar Tretow and Karl Kronqvist. Tomas Håård replaced Lars Gunnar Röök, which means that Göran and Ingemar are the only remaining members from the old band.

GÖTA (GOTA) RIVER JAZZMEN CDs AND VIDEOS Between 1997 and 2007 the Göta River Jazzmen (from 2003 Gota River Jazzmen) issued ten CDs including one recorded in Bude, England. CD01 front CD01 back GRJCD01 ”—AND MY HEART’S IN NEW ORLEANS”. Recorded in Rävlanda Parish Hall by Michael Thorén April 5, 1997. Esbjörn Olsson trumpet, Lars Ehnström trombone, Sverker Nyström clarinet, Göran Möller banjo, Ingemar Wågerman piano, Bertil Boström bass, Hans Åsberg drums. CD02 front CD02 back GRJCD02 ”GATHER AT THE RIVER”. Same, March 28-29, 1998   CD 03 front CD 03 back GRJCD03 ”APPLE BLOSSOM TIME”. Same, March 20-21, 1999 CD04 front CD04 back GRJCD04 ”THE OTHER SIDE OF TOWN”. Same, April 1-2, 2000 CD05 front CD05 back GRJCD05 ”SWEDISH HYMNS”. Same, April 7-8, 2001 CD06 front CD06 back GRJCD06 ”THOUGHT I HEARD BUDDY BOLDEN PLAY”. Same, May 2-3, 2003 CD07 front CD07 back GRJCD07 ”IN THAT DAY”. Same, but recorded in Studio Fabriken, Gothenburg, April 2-3. 2005 CD08 front CD08 back GRJCD08 ”DARKNESS ON THE DELTA”. Recorded live at ”Het Nut”, Warnsveld, Netherlands by Aart van de Munt, February 15, 2002 (same personnel), November 14, 2003 (same personnel) and September 23, 2005 (same personnel, but Eddie Bruhner replaces Esbjörn Olsson), CD09 front CD09 back GRJCD09 ”LILIES OF THE VALLEY”. Same as GRJCD07, but Lars Gunnar Röök replaces Hans Åsberg. CD BUDE front CD BUDE back RSCD791 IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME (Recorded in Bude, Cornwall) Same as GRJCD07 CD JA1303 front CD JA1303 back JA-1303 ”DON’T GIVE UP THE SHIP” Unissued recordings 1999-2001 The band is also represented on the following CDs: CD SF 1 front CD SF 1 back   Music Mecca CD 3068-2 NEW ORLEANS JAZZ SORGENFRI KIRKE VOL. 1, December 12, 1999 CD SF 2 front CD SF 2 back Music Mecca CD 3069-2  D:o VOL 2, April 29, 2001 CD JfNO front CD JfNO back TTPCD 049 JAZZ FOR NEW ORLEANS CD museum front CD museum back TTPCD 056 LIVE AT JAZZENS MUSEUM YOUTUBE CLIPS The current Gota River line-up has not recorded commercially yet, but there are some clips on Youtube. CONTACT: Ingemar Wågerman, Prästgårdsängen 9, 41271 Gothenburg, Sweden +46-31-965338, +46-708-289413 gotariver@gmail.com

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