Scandinavian Week: Swedish jazz and Finnish chef coming to Shangri-La Bangkok

For Nordic visitors to Thailand, and residents of Bangkok a highlight for the late autumn calendar is confirmed as annual the Scandinavian Food & Jazz Week is returning to Shangri-La, Bangkok to show case some of the best jazz and food from the Nordic countries.

Christina Gustafsson
Swedish vocalist Christina Gustafsson, part of the European jazz elite, is coming to Bangkok.

Taking place on October 30 – November 7, 2015 ‘Simply Scandinavian’ will treat guests keen on high-quality Scandinavian food and jazz, every night during the dedicated week.

The Finnish chef Mr Jimmy Ström, renowned from his restaurant Segelpaviljongen in Mariehamn, Åland, promises to deliver sumptuous dishes unique to Scandinavia. Jimmy will be preparing Autumn Specialties direct from the Scandinavian nature, forests, fields and waters.

These Scandinavian delicacies will be paired with the talented Swedish jazz singer Christina Gustafsson, accompanied by the Erling Ribbing Quartet from Stockholm.

Christina Gustafsson black dressChristina trained at the Mannes School of Music in New York and at the Academy of Music in Stockholm.  In 2012, she was awarded the Anita O´Day Prize for being among the elite of European Jazz singers.

Erling has a background in Dixieland, swing, rhythm and blues and early bebop and has played at the Sacramento Dixieland Jazz Jubilee, the Reno Jazz Festival, the Monterey Dixieland Festival and many others. During this visit to Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok Erling will bring his clarinet and a tenor saxophone. Joining this tour is also his favourite at the piano, Jan Sjöblom.

Erling has been a member of various Swedish bands – Duff Cambell Stompers, Les Oignons, Jack Lidström’s Hep Cats, Tommy Halldén and his Blue Knights, and Jazz Doctors. He has also performed with international bands, such as Albert Nicolas, Red Norvo, Zoot Sims, Al Grey, Wild Bill Davidsson, Chris Barber, Peanuts Hucko and many more. With Erling Ribbing Qartet, they have also made one tour to Manila, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur. They have also played with Swedish vocal stars – Monica Zetterlund, LillBabs, Siw Malmqvist, Rigmor Gustafsson and many more. Since 37 years he has been a member of Eddie Bruhner’s Sweden’s Jazz Band (Sveriges Jazzband). With Sweden’s Jazz Band they have made many travels to the US.

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3 Comments on “Scandinavian Week: Swedish jazz and Finnish chef coming to Shangri-La Bangkok”

  1. Dear Karsten,

    I know since the year 1949 that Scandinavia is the 3 countries!

    I was 7 years old 1949 and started school.

    But Karsten you seems to be very young person not to understand that all the world (except politicians) consider Scandinavia to be the 5 countries all thanks to the cross in our flags and our similar culture.

    Marketing DOES NOT USE THE STUPID NAME OF THE NORDIC COUNTRIES. (Can be countries in America or Asia)

    We use SCANDINAVIA as in all Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore there is a Scandinavian Society since more than 50 years!

    Keep swingin’ KARSTEN without knowledge!


  2. Just funny to see that people from Scandinavia, not even know what it is !
    It is 3 countries, Norway, Sweden and Denmark !
    If you want Finland and Iceland in to, then is it the Nordic Countries !
    Finish cook, yeah !!! Also sounds better than Swedish cook ! humde humde humde !

  3. Very many thanks for your article, GREAT!

    To more top musicians are members of the Quartet:

    Jan Adefelt, base player and professor at The Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm.

    Gus Dahlberg, drummer who has played during 10 visits in Bangkok even the Saxophone Pub at Victory Monument1

    Keep swingin”


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