A Trace of Toots Thielemans - Haugshøj / Sejthen / Venndt Trio (DK)
Morten Haugshøj (g), Jacob Venndt (hca, t-g, b), Thomas Sejthen (b)
Searching for Toots...
Mouth organ player and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Venndt fronts this playful and visual trio, which traces the footsteps of chromatic mouth organ legend Toots Thielemans and his influence on Venndt's mouth organ playing and compositions.
The repertoire starts with a few well-known Toots Thielemans compositions and vignettes, moves on to some of the standards that Toots also interpreted, ending with Venndt ́s own compositions.
The music is highly focused on improvisation and interpretation of themes, melodies, and whatever is happening in the room that day.
Jacob Venndt originally trained as a double and electric bass player from the Royal Academy of Music's soloist class in 2006 but has since developed a fondness for the small instrument with its melancholic tone.
As a mouth organ player, he has appeared on DR in both children's and sing-along shows, played in many different jazz groups as a mouth organ player, and traveled all over the world - including as far away as New Zealand - been a sideman on several recordings, been sponsored by the Japanese mouth organ company Suzuki Harmonicas, and been a former MGK teacher for the young Danish mouth organ player Mathias Heise.
Alongside his work as a multi-instrumentalist, Venndt frequently appears in theater as a musician, conductor, composer, and even actor.