Danish Benni Chawes in Bangkok with Swedish guest star Anders Bergcrantz

The great jazz singer from Denmark, Benni Chawes, is making his Bangkok concert debut, which will be the finale of the “Colour Your Life European Jazz” concert series at the Thailand Cultural Centre on May 13 at 7pm.
He will perform a full concert with an amazing jazz group led by Anders Bergcrantz, a Swedish trumpet player and alumni of Berklee College of Music, Boston, who has also won many awards and international recognition.
Joining them on the piano is the rising European star Magnus Hjorth, who accompanied Malene Mortensen in Thailand’s Hua Hin Jazz Festival in 2006 and also has secured his position with the renowned Monday Night Big Band, will join in the band.
Known for using his vocal cords to produce music that mimics musical instruments, Danish artist Benni Chawes can sing a wailing guitar solo, bass and drum grooves and other percussions. Catch him at the Color Your Life, European Jazz series.

What is it about jazz that inspired you to become a jazz vocalist?
The style is open to improvisation. I am free not only to do whatever solo I like, but I’m allowed to change things as I go along. The style also reflects my life. I don’t stick to one idea; I change. So everything’s alive.

Who are your influences?
My early influences are M. Brecker, Toots Thielemans, Kenny Kirkland, Earth Wind & Fire, Level 42 and UB40. My later influences are Erykah Badu, Donald Fagen, Sting and all the new stuff played on the radio.

Did you receive any training?
I received ear training from age 6-7 and then later on piano, drums and sax. I attended Berklee College of Music in Boston.

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