April Showers – Paul and his Gang 2007
Always a happy tune! I heard it first by Chris Barber and it has been on my own repertoire during all my playing years. It is so good to hear it now by Swedish band Paul and his Gang.
Paul Bocciolone Strandberg, cornet player, singer and teacher of early jazz, started as a bandleader in 1973. Since then he has been heading several successful jazz orchestras and taken part in the major events on the traditional jazz scene in Europe. At the appearance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 1982 he was honored with the "Certificate of Merit" by the Mayor of the City. Paul and his Gang was founded in 1990 and won the most prestigious orchestra competition at Europe's biggest festival for traditional jazz in Breda, Holland two years later.
Here now in 2007 we see Paul’s wife Marie-Christine playing piano in the rhythm group together with Lars-Erik Strom on clarinet, Dymitr Markiewicz on trombone, Denis Johnsson banjo and Jonas Eilert on sousaphone.