Jan 302015

HPT Victoria 10

It’s time for another round of concerts with my two favourite musicians. Next week Hayden Powell trio will play three gigs in Norway followed by a trip to Copenhagen to record a new album (2015 is proving to be a good year for such). This all means we’ve got lot’s of new music ready to unleash and that you should definitely come to hear one of the shows if you can.

05/02 – Glåmdalen Jazzklubb, Kongsvinger
07/02 – Dokkhuset, Trondheim (daytime)
07/02 – Sunndal Jazzklubb, Sundalsøra (evening)

Later in February:
28/02 – Ælvespeilet, Porsgrunn

Jan 302015

This week I’m part of a project with Scheen Jazzorkester, playing new music written by Magne Rutle. The band includes some really great players including my trumpet colleague Thomas Johansson and drummer Audun Kleive. We’re playing concerts in Kristiansand and Grimstad as well as an album recording back in Skien. Here are the concert dates:

29/01 – Kristiansand Jazzvesen
30/01 – Grimstad Kulturhus

Jan 102015


My first project of 2015 is an album recording with 12 Percent, which besides me is Øyvind Hegg-Lunde on drums and Parker Shper (US/CAN) on piano/rhodes/harmonium.

We were lucky enough to have David Alexander Sjølie do the recording for us at Urban Sound Studios here in Oslo and had a really creative session, full of overdubs and such that you’re not supposed to do in jazz ;) A big thanks to Andreas Utnem for lending us his pump organ and Erlend Slettevoll for lending his rhodes.

Keep your eyes open for new music to be released soon!


Nov 292014

Just had a great week rehearsing with Mala Fama, and a gig at St.Croix -huset in Fredrikstad.

Mala Fama is Sarah-Jane Summers on fiddle, Juhani Silvola on guitar and Morten Kvam on bass. Always a joy as well as a challenge to pay their folk-inspired tunes in keys that wouldn’t be first choice for us brass players.. :)

Nov 212014

Just finished a week of rehearsals, concerts and recording with Dag Magnus Narvesens Octet DaMaNa. Looking forward to releasing a noisy album sometime next year!

Dag Magnus Narvesen – drums, André Roligheten – baritone sax/bass clarinet, Jørgen Mathisen – tenor sax, Kristoffer Alberts – alto sax, Hayden Powell – trumpet, Kristoffer Kompen – trombone, Øyvind Dale – piano, Adrian Myhr – double bass

Nov 202014

Here are some photos from a gig we did at No.9 Kaffe og Platebar in Arendal recently. Photo credits go to Per Rune Hansebråten at No.3 Kunst og Miljø, a big thank you for sharing!

Oct 042014

Jo, Eyolf and I will soon be heading out for some gigs round about Norway. Hope to see you at one of them, and please help us spread the word! We’ve been very productive lately and we and have no less than 7 new tunes waiting to be introduced to an audience. Here’s where you can hear them:

10.oct – Flekkefjord Jazzklubb

11.oct – Arendal Jazzklubb

14.oct – Fryd Scene, Ål

25.oct - Røyken Jazzforum, Slemmestad

Don’t know our music? Check us out on Wimp, Spotify or iTunes.
Get the album here!

Sep 092014

Hi everyone, I’ve had a long and eventful summer and a bit of a hiatus from updating the website. So, here’s an update on what I’ve been up to.

Hayden Powell Trios gig in Porto in May was our first in Portugal, and what a place to start. The venue Casa da Musica is quite a piece of architecture in itself and we had a lovely time playing for an appreciative audience. We had Helge Lien substituting for Eyolf on this one, which gave the music a different approach (naturally) and was a lot of fun. You’ll find reviews of the concert and our album in the list to you left.

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Hayden, Jo and Helge outside Casa da Musica in Porto

May was a busy month. Besides Porto I attended Maijazz in Stavanger where I played with Dag Magnus Narvesen’s octet DaMaNa (look out for more gigs later this year) and with the Bjergsted Jazzensemble. Bjergsted is a big band that consisting mainly of students and ex-students from the conservatory in Stavanger. They write all their own music, and have some really talented musicians and composers among them. I also performed at Lillehammer Litteraturfestival with Solfrid Molland and the brilliant French guitarist Pascal de Loutchek, and at the 50-year anniversary of my old school wind band, Kvam og Sellanrå Skolekorps. That was a lot of fun, meeting many people I hadn’t seen in years.

DaMaNa at Maijazz 2014

DaMaNa at Maijazz 2014 (Foto: Marit Fjelldal)

In June I spent several weeks in Sunndalsøra taking part in Lady Arbuthnota musical play that’s been running each summer the last 19 years (!). I was impressed both by the music and what was happening on stage, still haven’t got all those melodies out of my head. They sold out 10 performances in front of an audience of 400 people – not bad for a small town!

Then there was Pixel at Vinjerock. This highly original “indiejazz” quartet has become very popular in Norway and I was lucky enough to stand in for their regular trumpeter Jonas at Vinjerock, held high up in the Norwegian mountains. There was a lot of new material to learn but they have some really catchy songs and I really enjoyed playing the gig. “Jazz gigs” at rock festivals can be hard to get right but in this case I think the band was a good match for the audience, who were very enthusiastic!


Pixel at Vinjerock

August started with a week at Toneheim Folkehøyskole, where a took part in a summer camp for young musicians (“Svart kurs“) that’s always inspiring to be a part of. A really positive vibe throughout the week and lots of positive, interested and very talented young musicians. After that came the summer’s main event (drum roll).. I got married! My wonderful wife Kristin and I had a fantastic time in beautiful surroundings in Jølster in the west coast of Norway. We were surrounded by friends and family, and had a weekend full of good food, drink and of course music.

So, on to the autumn!

May 152014

I’m very happy to be taking my trio to Portugal this weekend for the first time. We’ll be playing at a festival in Porto called Spring On! who have invited us along with 5 other bands from all around Europe. I’ve been told by colleagues who have previously played at the venue, Casa da Musica, that it’s something to look forward to. We can’t wait!

Another first for this gig is the inclusion of Helge Lien on piano, who will be substituting our regular pianist Eyolf Dale. Helge’s a fantastic musician who also leads a very successful trio of his own and we’re thrilled to have him as a guest.

I’m also happy to see that the program includes the French band Papanosh, where my good friend Quentin Ghomari plays trumpet, and as we’ll be getting there a day early I hope to be able to hear them.

Apr 172014

Roots and Stems - All About JazzJohn Kelman has written a very nice review of Roots and Stems for allaboutjazz.com. He writes about my background and mentions some of the other projects I’m involved in before reflecting on the album itself. Here are a couple of quotes from the article:

“a trumpeter whose tone may be orthodox, but whose approach is all modern”

“swings with a propulsive verve”

“an album with undeniably broad appeal”

Read the full review at All About Jazz here: http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=47181#.U0-YU16MVlk

Apr 152014

jazz_logonewsubline_klein_01JazzAhead in Bremen/Germany is Europe’s largest meeting place for the jazz community. I’ll be there this year and if you’re in the business and would like to schedule a meeting please get in touch. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to bring my band this time but I’ll have CDs, videos and other info available. I’m on the lookout for any kind of fruitful collaboration with concert bookers, tour managers, festivals or other musicians. See you there!

Apr 142014

A big thankyou to everyone involved in our Norwegian tour this March and April! Hayden Powell Trio played nine concerts in front of enthusiastic audiences and made many new friends. We played in concert halls, jazz clubs and one church. We’ve done interviews in lots of local papers and on the radio. For one of the gigs we were joined by the brilliant Lena Nymark on vocals (check out her upcoming album and www.lenanymark.no). It’s all been really inspiring and we feel we’ve developed as a band over the past weeks. For the last part of the tour we were lucky enough to be joined by German film-maker Ingo Biermann who filmed all the concerts and made us think about what we were doing by asking us lots of questions. At some point there will be a tour film.

Here are some snapshots from between the gigs (thanks, Eyolf!), I’ll post some shots from the actual concerts eventually. In the meanwhile, happy easter and if you’re in the jazz business – see you at JazzAhead in Bremen in a couple of week’s time.

Mar 182014

Thursday, April 3rd @ 20.00 – Storyville, Molde
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Friday, April 4th @ 21.00 – Kølbua, Langevåg
With special guest Lena Nymark

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Tickets available from Devoldfabrikken (Kantina Café)
Or order through me using the contact form to your right —>
Book early – only 50 tickets available!

Saturday, April 5th @ 20.00 – Volsdalen Kirke, Ålesund
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Sunday, April 6th @ 19.00 – Ivar Aasen -Tunet, Jazzklubben i Ørsta/Volda
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Foto: Francesco Saggio

Hayden Powell Trio is just back from an absolutely brilliant tour here in Norway. What makes it even better is that the next round of concerts is just weeks away. For this round, we’ll be heading back to the part of Norway where I grew up, and playing concerts in Molde, Langevåg, Ålesund and Ørsta/Volda. I hope to see both old and new friends in the audience. The line-up is as always Eyolf Dale on piano and Jo Skaansar on bass, and we’ll be followed by the German film-maker Ingo Biermann, who will be documenting our tour and hopefully turning it into a short film later. You can take a look at his previous work at www.ijbiermann.com.

And there’s more! For the gig in Langevåg, we’ll be joined be the fantastic Lena Nymark on vocals (www.lenanymark.no). She’s releasing an album of her own later this spring and we’ll be performing some of her unreleased tunes. We’ll also be performing for the local newspaper Sunnmørsposten, who will film the concert and make it available on their website.

Mar 162014

Wow, what a fantastic time we’ve had this weekend, with concerts in Vinstra, Førde and Bergen so far. It was a long drive, but the audiences have been big and enthusiastic, and the music has progressed from day to day. Tonight we play at Kampenjazz here in Oslo – can’t wait :) Big thanks to everybody who came out to hear us and who helped organise the concerts!

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Feb 242014


Here’s some info on the Hayden Powell Trio gigs that are coming up in March here in Norway. Can’t wait to get out there, make som noise, and meet the audience! Also looking forward to driving more than 1200km in the space of a long weekend with Jo and Eyolf.. We only had time for a couple of gigs when the album was launched, so it feels good to finally get out there. Come and meet us!

March 13th @ 19.00 – Inntunet, Vinstra.
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March 14th @ 19.00 – Førdehuset (Festsalen), Førde.
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March 15th @ 14.00 – Swing & Sweet, Bergen
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March 16th @ 20.00 – Kampenjazz, Oslo
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The tour is supported by Norsk Kulturråd and Norsk Jazzforum

Feb 222014

Roots and Stems Lira


If you pick up a copy of this month’s Lira, you’ll find a really nice review of Roots and Stems (page 120). The reviewer goes as far as to call the album one of the best nordic albums he’s heard in recent years – and I’m guessing he must have heard a few. The magazine comes with a sampler cd that includes lots of great jazz, folk and world music including Bassclarinetteblues, a track from my album.

I’ve been reading through the magazine and can really recommend it, interesting articles and reviews of music you won’t find on all the commercial hit charts. Good music magazines aren’t too easy to find these days.

Feb 202014

57229a2c92-Dagmag22Norwegian drummer Dag Magnus Narvesen has put together a new octet that will perform it’s first gig at Kampenjazz here in Oslo on Sunday. He’s written a bunch of new tunes, ranging from high-energy blowouts to sublime ballads and rounded up some of his favourite musicians to perform them. Dag Magnus has been active in the Kitchen Orchestra from Stavanger as well as playing with trumpeter Gunnhild Seim‘s band. He’s currently based in Berlin, where he’s been soaking up all kinds of ideas and that’s what you’ll be hearing on Sunday.. See you there!

DaMaNa – Dag Magnus Narvesen Octett 

Hayden Powell: trumpet, Kristoffer Kompen: trombone, Kristoffer Alberts: alto saxophone, Hanna Paulsberg: tenor saxophone, André Roligheten: baritone saxophone, Øyvind Dale: piano, Adrian Myhr: double bass, Dag Magnus Narvesen: drums

Feb 012014

There’s a new review of Roots and Stems available at thejazzbreakfast.com, the reviewer Peter Bacon is very positive, calling it “an approachable and absorbing album”. Read the full review here.

There’s also a short but sweet review in Danish out on Niels Overgårds site Jazznyt.com, he says it’s a “toned-down album of the finest kind” that’s “elaborated and comprehensive” (my translation). Here’s the link (bottom of page)

Feb 012014

I’m currently on the look-out for people to work with on booking and organising my trio in Norway and abroad. The tasks at hand could include booking gigs, organising travelling, marketing/social media, writing applications and more. You don’t necessarily have to be a professional music business person – the most important skills are being well organised, self-efficient and motivated for the job.

Please get in touch if you think you might be interested – or could suggest someone else.

Jan 312014

The morning after the Atlanter gig on Tuesday I was up at 0530 (talk about bad timing..) to go to Tromsø with guitarist Odd Albrigtsen and his Quintet of Oscar Grønberg (rhodes), Trygve Fiske (bass) and Tore Sandbakken (drums). A big leap in style from the night before but equally rewarding, we played a set of modern jazz originals by the band leader at a beautiful venue called Verdensteatret. This was my first gig with the band and I needed all the focus I could find as these tunes don’t play themselves..

The audience was very appreciative (as usual when I play in Tromsø), and we ended up playing a much longer set than planned – time flies when you’re having fun! Thanks to Nordlysfestivalen, the audience and fellow musicians!

Here’s the band in action, seen from behind the stage: