Christiania 12 of Oslo, Norway, is a 12-piece band dedicated to playing the early big band material from the 1920's and-30's. Our repertory consists of tunes from that era, originally recorded by jazz greats like Luis Russell, Fletcher Henderson, Louis Armstrong, Don Redman a.o. We have also included a handful of Norwegian original compositions from the early 1940's.
Most of the arrangements in our books have been written by Roy Hellvin, a very respected conductor and pianist, who occasionally sits in with our band.
The band was formed in 1992, on the occasion of an award concert for the New Orleans Workshop, a jazz club that has been the home ground for traditional jazz in Oslo since 1972. The members of the 7-piece Christiania Jazz Band invited 5 more musicians to join in with that concert in mind, and afterwards we just agreed to keep going!
Our music is well suited for jazz festivals, jazz clubs, parties etc.