Kick-Off: Oldenburg Jazz Weekend
July 29th, 2017
6:30 – 9:00 pm
Doors open 5:30
wine and beer
About Our Evening’s Artists
Pippi Ardennia – Vocals
a Chicago native and singing since she was 13 years old, has performed at many of Chicago’s most respected jazz clubs from the Burning Spear, Mr. Kelly’s to the famous Rosebud on Rush, Green Dolphin, Chicago Symphony Center and the Taste of Chicago. Since moving to Minnesota, Pippi has appeared at the Dakota Jazz Club, and currently is co-producing as starring in a highly acclaimed concert series at the Historic Landmark Center. She has performed for such notables as President Clinton, Mayor Daley, Tony Bennett, and Liza Minnelli and performed with Freddie Hubbard, George Freeman, Billy Branch and more.
Pippi is a natural entertainer, sultry at times, always powerful and exciting, but what sweeps you away is the electric raw emotion that emanates from her to you, telling a story in song like you’ve never heard before, a natural power in nature.
“Ms. Ardennia’s classy style puts her in the Major League of jazz vocalists. Her easy-going style and varied delivery does stand in comparison to the great jazz divas such as Ella Fitzgerald and Lena Horne.”
Billy Peterson – Bass
Billy Peterson is one of the premier, most celebrated bass players in the world. His uncompromising talents as a performer have brought him widespread recognition, as well as his plenty credits as a composer, arranger and producer. So it is no surprise that the world-renowned bassist is quite often also compared with a chameleon, but not only as he can fill many positions, but also as he is at home in several genres of music weather it be rock, pop, R&B, soul, jazz, folk or country.
Peterson´s contributions to the music scene are inestimable and his imagination and boundless enthusiasm behind the bass are singular and stunning. During his extensive musical career, the permanently in-demand bassist has worked with many internationally famous, acclaimed artists, among them Carlos Santana, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Prince, Les Paul or Steve Miller, just to name a few.
BRIAN NIELSEN – KEYBOARDS
GLENN SWANSON – drums
From an education background in both music and science (chemistry, math and computer sciences), Glenn Swanson became one of the Twin Cities’ leading drummers in both live venues and the studio. He was a staff drummer at Creation Audio and worked with Minneapolis’ leading recording icons, including Herb Pilhoffer and Chris Moon. After two years with Class Action, Glenn went on to work with Sheila Raye Charles (daughter of Ray Charles) and co-authored her book, “Behind the Shades.” He even served as Master of Ceremonies for her tour, including dates at the Blue Note in Tokyo and Motion Blue in Yokohama, Japan. He produced Kev L and Souled Out, which was nominated for 2008 Gospel Video of the Year. He later turned his attention to arts for children and was a grant recipient from the General Mills and Cargill Foundations for “Faces of Children,” a multimedia theatrical production. Glenn also produced jazz vocalist Pippi Ardennia and helped launch the youth jazz initiative, “PipJazz Sundays” at the Landmark. Glenn also published “shoes on the table,” a book of verse, image, and poetry on Buddhist philosophy.