The Swedish Jazz consists of saxophonist Anders Lundegård, native Swede, guitarist Steve Herberman of Silver Spring, MD, and Daniel Brown from Nashville, TN. They all reside in the Washington DC area. Together they play a unique blend of jazz standards, popular songs and folk music.
Anders Lundegård was born and bred in Växjö, Sweden. This mid-sized town, surrounded by deep pine forests in the middle south of Sweden, is otherwise mostly noted for producing world-class tennis champions, such as Jonas Björkman and Mats Wilander. Educated at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm and at Northwestern University as a Fulbright Scholar, Anders now resides in Washington, DC, where he has made a career as a Private Wealth Advisor
He is the founder of The Swedish Jazz Duo, along with guitarist and singer Al Baumann. Lundegård’s own semiannual concert series, at the Lyceum, a concert venue in Old Town Alexandria, alternates between chamber music and jazz performances, often featuring his compositions in both genres. The subject of his doctoral dissertation was the saxophone concerto by the Swedish composer Lars-Erik Larsson, its relevance to the development of the saxophone repertoire, as well as its place in the history of the concerto genre. For his work as a saxophone scholar, Dr. Lundegård received the noteworthy American-Scandinavian Foundation Award, presented personally by the late Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland, Sweden.
Besides performing his own works for saxophone and piano, Anders performs extensively the chamber music repertoire originally written for flute, clarinet, violin and cello. His own adaptations for saxophone include works by the great composers such as Brahms, Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin and Rachmaninoff. His previous recordings include all of Bach’s unaccompanied suites for cello, performed on various saxophones. Among his many solo appearances, he has appeared at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and as a soloist with the renowned Swedish string orchestra Musica Vitae. Between concert seasons, he is an avid sailor and the proud owner of a 23-ft sailboat named after his two grandmothers Greta (port side) and Gudrun (starboard side).
Steve Herberman is a graduate of Berklee College Of Music majoring in Jazz guitar performance. He began playing a seven-string guitar in 1993. Steve has recorded numerous CD's as both leader and sideman and is a respected jazz educator. Steve Herberman's original composition "What We Do" won first place in the jazz category of the 2018 USA Songwriting Competition. Steve has about 60 video lessons published on Mike's Masterclasses and has toured across the US and Europe playing and teaching. He is featured in the book The Great Jazz Guitarists by Scott Yanow and placed as a top guitarist in the 2022 All About Jazz reader's poll. Herberman is on the faculty of JazzWire and JazzBand Masterclass. Steve is an endorser of Comins Guitars and GLB Sound amps and is based in the Washington DC area.
Daniel Brown comes from an eclectic musical background that includes Jazz, Klezmer, Rock, and everything in between.
He has performed with such musical luminaries as Jerry Coker, Donald Brown, Rick Whitehead, Sean Jones, Harold Mabern, Wade Beach, Jeremy Wilson, Seth Kibel, Allyn Johnson, Tedd Baker, Joe McCarthy, Bill Mobley and Gregory Tardy. He continues to teach and perform frequently in and around the D.C. area.
He has studied bass and improvisation with Rusty Holloway, Donald Brown, Jerry Coker, Mark Boling, Gregory Tardy, Michael Moore, Glenn Dewey, and Wade Beach. He received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz and Studio Music with an emphasis in String Bass Performance from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Music in Jazz Studies at George Mason University.