Foto: Tir Na Nóg
Nikolaj Hess, Mikkel Vuust & Peter Vuust Trio (DK)
Nikolaj Hess (p), Peter Vuust (b), Mikkel Vuust (drm)
A top-shelf house band
Hess/Vuust/Vuust trio is becoming a permanent fixture at Tir Na Nog during Aarhus Jazz Festival. This year is no exception. Prepare for a swinging evening in the company of some top-shelf jazz musicians.
Nikolaj Hess is one of the most frequently requested pianists in Danish and international contexts. He has released Micro Chapters, Rhapsody, and more. He won the award for this year's jazz release DMA 2014 with 3xHess for the album Music for Mum and Dad, and also contributed his music in Lars Von Trier's film Melancholia. In addition, he has been very active on the record and concert front with Nikolaj Hess Trio, Hessismore, Hess/Skou, and Caroline Henderson. Over time, he has played with names like Lee Konitz, Benny Golson, and Etta Cameron, as well as many others.
Peter Vuust is a professor at Aarhus University and the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus/Aalborg, head of the Center for Music in the Brain, and is also one of the country's busiest sidemen. He has been featured on more than 90 records, including with several international jazz stars such as Tim Hagans, Mal Waldron, Ted Curson, and Jukkis Uotila. He is known for his groovy and responsive backing and extremely melodic solo playing. As a composer and bassist, he has released six albums, most recently the CD Leaves of Love featuring Lars Jansson (p), Veronica Mortensen (voc), and Peter Asplund (trp).
At just 22 years old, Mikkel Vuust is one of the great drum talents on the Danish jazz scene and has already performed with acts such as Jakob Fisher, Uffe Steen, Henrik Gunde, and Sinne Eeg.