The New York Connection (TNC)

Georg ”Jojje” Wadenius, one of Sweden's biggest music exports and its most prolific guitarist, has decided to create a new band – The New York Connection – together with his American colleagues Lou Marini and Lew Soloff. Georg got to know these musicians while he was active on the New York music scene during the Seventies and Eighties. They have previously played together in Blood, Sweat and Tears, The Blues Brothers, and the house band of legendary TV show, Saturday Night Live. These super stars are joined by exceptional drummer Per Lindvall, Denmark's number one bassist, Lars "Larry" Danielsson, and Jesper Nordenström, one of Sweden's leading keyboard players. Georg, Per, Lars and Jesper also play together as CLEO, one of Sweden's best jazz groups.

Georg "Jojje" Wadenius has been a professional guitarist, composer, arranger, and producer since 1968. In his native Sweden, he's very well-known for his children's albums, "Goda' Goda' (featuring lyrics by Barbro Lindgren), and Zzoppa (featuring lyrics by Kenneth Gärdestad). Early on, Georg found recognition as a member of Made In Sweden (1968-70), and played a major part in the making of classic Swedish albums by the likes of Cornelis Vreeswijk, Pugh Rogefeldt, Bernt Staf, Björn J:son Lindh, and countless others. He went on to spend more than two decades in the United States, where he was a member of Blood, Sweat and tears (1972-1975), and played in the Saturday Night Live house band (1979-1985). He has also toured with Roberta Flack (1980), Luther Vandross (1981), Simon & Garfunkel (1982), and Steely dan (1994). During the Eighties, he was one of the four of five most in-demand session guitarists in New York, and played on albums by artists like Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Luther Vandross, Dionne Warwick, Donald Fagen and countless others), as well as thousands of jingles.
He has received three Swedish Grammys for the children's albums, and two for Made In Sweden. He has received several prizes, including the Hagström Prize, Guitar People Prize, Olle Widstrand Prize, and Corneslis Prize, for his outstanding contributions as a musician and composer.

Lou Marini Jr, AKA Blue Lou, is one of the most sought-after horn players. His main instrument is the saxophone, but he also plays clarinet and flute. In addition to that, he's a prolific producer and arranger in both the jazz, blues and rock field. Lou is probably most famous for having been a member of the original Blues Brothers, both in reality and in the classic feature film from 1980, where he plays the character Blue Lou. He's played on hundreds of albums, many of which have gone gold, platinum or multi platinum. Artists that Lou has played with include Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Lou Reed, and Frank Zappa, just to name a few. 

Lew Soloff, one of the most sought-after trumpet players in the United States, is probably best known for his work with Blood, Sweat and Tears between 1968 and 1973. Prior to joining them, he worked with Machito, Gil Evans,Tony Scott och Tito Puente. Following Blood, Sweat and Tears, he's worked with Clark Terry, Mongo Santamaria, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band, Gil Evans, Stanley Clarke, Jon Faddis, Sonny Stitt, Spyro Gyra, George Russell Stanley Turrentine, Bill Evans, Carla Bley, Jim Hall, Ray Anderson, Ornette Coleman, Tony Bennett, Louie Bellson, Lincoln Center City Jazz and Magic City Jazz Orchestra. He's also been a longtime member of Manhattan Jazz Quartet.

Per Lindvall is Sweden's leading drummer, and started his career at the age of 13. In 1990, he received a Swedish Grammy, with the motivation "for a musician who, through personal and professional groove, puts his stamp on the most, and the best, in Swedish music". He has played with ABBA, Stevie Wonder, Suzanne Vega, Michael Bolton, Rick Astley, Ian Hunter, and many other international stars. More recently recordings in Sweden include Georg Wadenius, Laleh, and Sofia Karlsson.

During the last couple of decades, Lars ”Larry” Danielsson, has been one of Scandinavia's most in-demand bass players. He is known for his extremely professional attitude, and exuberant joy of playing. Through his sound, willingness to engage, and stylish playing, he remains a dream to play with, both live and in the studio. Previous employers include Michael Ruff, Nils Landgren, Lisa Nilsson, Sanne Salomonsen and Thomas Helmig. During his collaboration with renowned R&B producers Cutfather & Joe, Lars has recorded with notable American soul artists like Mary J. Blige, Brownstone, and Des'ree.

Jesper Nordenström is one of Sweden's leading keyboard players, and has played with artists like Laleh, Henning Kvittnes, Anna Ternheim, Oskar Linnros, Nisse Landgren, and many others.

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