Norbert Susemihl - New Orleans Music

Norbert Susemihl's Joyful Gumbo

Norbert Susemihl's Joyful Gumbo New Orleans Jazzband

Norbert Susemihl's Joyful Gumbo New Orleans Jazzband

Norbert Susemihl's Joyful Gumbo is an international,
Scandinavian based band with a very high standard of musical quality,
musicianship and feeling for the music,
and is praised for its performances on concerts and festivals.

The band consists of handpicked musicians,
each representing the best on their respective instrument.
Founded in 2002, originally as a quintet,
it has evolved and grown to a six-piece band.
Today Joyful Gumbo is high in demand,
receiving enthusiastic audience appreciations and reviews.

Norbert Susemihl masters the wide musical range of
New Orleans Music and develops it further stylistically.
His improvisations and interpretations of the musical material
display an ever present melodical approach and a
full round tone on his instrument.
Susemihl is building the bridge between traditional
New Orleans Jazz and the music of the new generation.
He has divided his time between New Orleans
and Europe ever since 1978, and is considered to be
one of the leading trumpeters in the New Orleans Style.

The Joyful Gumbo has a wide repertoire including different
and fresh songs and interpretations of the whole spectrum
of New Orleans Music today:
Traditional Jazz, Ragtime, Calypso, Swing, Gospel
Rhythm and Blues and Funky Brassband Style.


Norbert Susemihl's Joyful Gumbo New Orleans Jazzband

The Musicians:


Trumpet-Flugelhorn–Vocal (Germany/Denmark/USA)

Norbert Susemihl

Born 1956 in Hamburg/Germany, Norbert Susemihl began to play the trumpet at the age of 15. In 1978 and 1979 he made his first trips to New Orleans. In 1980 he became a member of the New Orleans Musicians Union and he lived there for a year to study New Orleans Jazz and the lifestyle and culture that made and shaped this music. He has been a part-time resident of the Crescent City ever since, playing regularly with all of the local musicians, from the older traditional musicians to the younger generation players, covering all styles of New Orleans Music. He has also made recordings in New Orleans with musicians like Willie Humphrey, Father Al Lewis, Wanda Rouzan, CoCoMo Joe, Jason Marsalis, Louis Ford and Kerry Lewis. Besides playing with his own bands, Norbert is also regularly touring and performing as guest with different bands in Europe, and in New Orleans, performing on many festivals the continent over. He is considered today as one of the leading trumpeters in the New Orleans style.


Clarinet - Vocal (Australia/Denmark)

Chris Tanner

Chris was born in 1978 in Melbourne, Australia. He began playing music at the age of 8 playing piano. When going to high school Chris started the saxophone. After three years he heard the clarinet and was inspired to play clarinet. In his early years he played professionally with Allan Browne New Orleans Rascals, The Yarra Yarra jazz band and The Hoodangers. This gave him a good grounding in playing early jazz music. Chris Tanner came to live in Denmark in the summer of 2009. He had been coming to Europe to play music for the last 10 years. Now living here he has played with many musicians here like Jacob Fischer, Hugo Rasmussen and Ole Fessor Lingren. Chris has also started his own band Chris Tanner’s Rifftet.


Trombone (Sweden)

Hans Ingelstam

Hans Ingelstam, born 1944 in Stockholm, Sweden, was as a teenager one of the leading youngsters driving the New Orleans revival wave in Stockholm, together with well-known personalities like Orange Kellin and Lars Edegran. At the age of 15 he played a couple of songs with George Lewis in Stockholm, and since then he has played with many visiting American musicians like Albert Nicholas, Bud Freeman, Doc Cheatham and Peanuts Hucko. He has played in leading Swedish bands like Jazz Doctors, Vieux Carre and Jazzin' Jacks, travelling all over the world including 14 tours in USA. Currently, Hans shares his time mainly with Norbert Susemihl, Dixie For You (Danish and Swedish) and his own Quartet.


Piano (Oslo-Norway)

Morten Gunnar Larsen

Morten graduated from the Norwegian Acadamy of Music in 1978, having specialized in classic ragtime and early jazz piano, with emphasis on Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, Eubie Blake, and Louis M. Gottschalk. He recorded his first solo album in 1975 for which he received the ‘Spellemannsprisen’ award (the Norwegian Grammy). He has been a regular member of: Magnolia Jazz Band, Ytre Suloens Jassensemble and The Norwegian Rhythm Kings, and has toured with the New Orleans show One Mo’ Time, where he was also Musical Director. Morten is leading his own Orphelia Ragtime Orchestra and he has also created several musical programs such as Memories of Eubie, based on Eubie Blake’s music, excerpts from Joplin’s Treemonisha, and , in collaboration with American actor/playwright Vernel Bagneris, Jelly Roll-The Music and the Man, which played a highly successful Off Broadway run, receiving two Off Broadway awards and gaining Morten an ‘Obie’ for his role as solo pianist and musical director. He has been widely touring Europe and America, also as a featured soloist.


Piano (Germany)

Jan Hendrik Ehlers

Jan-Hendrik Ehlers was born in 1975 in Bremerhaven/Germany. At the age of 10 he started to study classical piano and 5 years later he discovered Jazz and Swing and this became his passion. After formal studies of music he became a professional musician. Besides the piano, he can also be heard on trombone, trumpet, accordeon and tenorbanjo. Ehlers is one of the leading German jazz-pianists covering a wide stylistic spectrum of the music, while the stridepiano is mostly his main focus.


Piano/Vocal (Copenhagen-Denmark)

Hans Knudsen

Born 7. September 1950 in Copenhagen, he is the leading Danish piano player in the New Orleans style, covering a wide spectrum of the music. His instrumental, as well as vocal performance have made him a huge musical attraction. His "Fats Domino" salutations are a big part of his sessions with his own band, Hans Knudsen Jumpband. For many years, Knudsen has also been performing with vocalist Lillian Boutte.


Bass (Denmark)

Jens Kristian Andersen

Born in Aarhus in 1978, he started playing e-bass when 12 years old, and contrabass at 19. Today he is playing a rich variety of music, but primary jazz and crossover-projects and also some classical concerts. Jens has been part of over 30 CD productions between 2004 and 2015, and has written music in different genres for many of them. He has been educated at the classical conservatory in Odense, and he has also been teaching in ensemble playing. Jens Kristian Andersen is a great talent on contrabass and an innovative composer.


Bass (Hamburg-Germany)

Oliver Karstens

Born in Lüneburg near Hamburg in 1972, he began to play the electric bass in 1988 and after playing in several rock/pop bands, he discovered his interest in jazz and the double bass in 1990. From 1993 to 1998 Oliver studied at the Academy for Music and Theatre in Hannover, winning his first prize in the Academy's competition in 1995. From 1991 to 2003 he was a member of the Lüneburg big band "Blechschaden". In 1996 he joined "Norbert Susemihl's Arlington Annex", also recording with the band, which gave him a deep insight into New Orleans Music. CD productions and concerts, among others, with the "Jazz Haus Orchestra Hamburg", number among his other achievements. In addition, Oliver works as a studio and theatre musician in the Hamburg area. He is at home in many musical styles, and has played in several formations. He has a rich, strong and natural tone, and his virtuous and swinging playing gives the band a solid foundation and the possibility for a wide variety of musical expressions.


Drums (Hamburg-Germany)

Thomas Altmann

Born in 1954 in Hamburg/Germany, Thomas Altmann began to play music in 1971. Mostly self-taught, he has a natural and direct approach of drumming and sense of tradition and timekeeping. He has been regularly cooperating with Norbert Susemihl since 1986 and widened his knowledge on New Orleans drumming extensively, which strongly shaped and enriched his playing. He is also at home in other musical styles, making his first of several trips to Cuba in 1984. Altmann is also a master of Cuban Music and of percussion, writing and teaching about Cuban drums and drumming. He is a virtuoso, one of Europe's leading instrumentalists and very much at home with the traditional jazzstyle, Ragtime, New Orleans, Swing and Bop. As percussionist, he is in high in demand for Salsa, Cuban, Brazilian and Ghanaian music, amongst others with the North German Radio Big Band.


Drums (Oslo-Norway)

Torstein Ellingsen

Torstein Ellingsen was born 1966 in Oslo, Norway. As a kid he played piano and cornet, changing to drum set in 1980. For many years he was a member of Caledonia Jazzband, that played on many jazz festivals in Scandinavia, and a.o. recorded with Norbert Susemihl in1991. Since 1999 Torstein has played with the Magnolia Jazzband and has been touring in Europe with such greats as Topsy Chapman and Lillian Boutté. Torstein has also made four recordings with the band. Regarded as the leading New Orleans jazz and gospel drummer in Norway, Torstein is also involved in other active bands that play blues, funk and soul jazz (The Real Thing), and crooner jazz (The Sinatra Songbook). Torstein has collaborated with many of Scandinavia’s leading traditional jazz artists, including Morten Gunnar Larsen, Georg Reiss and Orange Kellin.


Drums (Copenhagen-Denmark)

Andreas Fryland

Andreas Fryland (b. dec. 1983) is one of the new exciting faces in European jazz. A versatile drummer who has been touring and recording with the likes of Teddy Charles, Kenny Werner, Sam Yahel, Tineke Postma, Peter Beets, Debbie Cameron, Hugo Rasmussen, Thomas Hass and Aaron Parks. He has received much international acclaim with the group “Wolff/Angiuli/Fryland”, and he has been nominated for several DMA awards (Danish grammy award). In 2013 he won the award for “Best New Danish Jazz Act”, with Aske Drasbæk Group, “Old Ghost”.


Piano (Copenhagen-Denmark)

Mads Søndergaard

Mads Søndergaard, born in 1978, has studied jazzpiano at the Royal Music Conservatory in Haag and has, since he moved to Copenhagen in 2003, played with a wide variety of musical constellations. Both as sideman and as leader of his own group. He has a very versatile style of playing and swinging the piano, incorporating inspirations from many facetts of New Orleans Music.


Clarinet/Sax/Vocal (UK/Germany)

John Defferary

John was brought up with music all around. By the age of 16 he had started playing along to musicians like Fats Waller, Albert Nichols, and Kid Ory. By the time he was 20, John was touring the United States. He spent a month in New Orleans and became influenced by what he heard whilst in America, playing with many well-known musicians. In Europe he became a protégé of Albert Nicholas, and they recorded an album together. Later he also took lessons from Barney Bigard whilst in the States in the 1970s. Back in England he played with many of the top British bands. He led his own Creole Jazz Band. In this time John also took up the tenor sax. In the 70s he was the featured reed player with Trevor Richards’s New Orleans Trio. The group toured internationally, and played for long periods in the United States. He also did various tours with American musicians, including Louis Nelson, Alton Purnell, and Freddy Kohlman. In the mid-1980s John joined Papa Bue’s Viking Jazz Band. He learned to speak Danish, and stayed for some twelve years until he became the clarinetist in the Chris Barber Band from 1998 till 2006. John Defferary is the top European reed player in the New Orleans style and he represents and continues the very special and lyrical sound of the New Orleans creole clarinet masters.