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SJRCD1037 Staffan william-olsson/three shades of blue

SJRCD1041 staffan william-olsson/smile

SJRCD1044 staffan william-olsson/oak road boogaloo

SJRCD1050 staffan william-olsson/pop

(category: melodic, hard driving, swinging bebop jazz guitar)





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String Jazz is pleased to announce that, in association with Real Records, Norway, they have taken all 4 of top Swedish jazz guitarist, Staffan William-Olsson's CDs into their catalogue.

Staffan William-Olsson was born on the 13th of December 1959 in Gothenburg, Sweden. After classical piano studies at The Music Conservatory in Gothenburg (no formal training on guitar), he joined the popular Swedish fusion-group "Hawk on Flight", replacing Ulf Wakenius. Various gigs with Bob Berg, Lee Konitz and Palle Mikkelborg followed. Staffan moved to Oslo, Norway in 1986 where he freelanced before he joined the hardrock-group "Sons of Angels", which signed to Atlantic Records in 1989, recorded at L.A.'s Cherokee Studios and toured the east coast from Boston to Miami. The album sold 100,000 units and the band dissolved. Member of "The Real Thing" from its start in 1992. Staffans first CD as a leader, "Three Shades of Blue", released 1995, was nominated for the Norwegian "Grammy" Award (Best Jazz Album) 1995. The second CD "Smile!", (also nominated), was released in November 1998.

Since then, has released two more superb jazz guitar CDs, 'Oak Road Boogaloo' and the most recent, 'Pop'. All showcase the talents of this absolutely world-class bebop jazz guitarist. Another great signing for the String Jazz label. With now approaching 40 superb CDs on the label, we can we feel quite rightly call ourselves THE jazz guitar label worldwide


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Associates Program

(Now to include, from April 2003, Jazz Gems Records for non jazz guitar artists)

Our Associates Program has, so far, been a huge success and we are happy to listen to submissions from jazz guitarists who feel that they would benefit from the co-operative feel of the program and who may wish to join the world's leading jazz guitar label.

String Jazz Artist Rosta

Dave Askren | Ray Khalil | Steve Herberman | Jeff Barone | Tim Cummiskey | Maria Ewing | Jay Graydon | Branco Stoysin | Rick Hannah | Arik Shahar | Staffan William-Olsson | Rhonda Thomas | Roberto Colombo | Ken Rose | John Bruschini


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