The Swedish Jazz consists of saxophonist Anders Lundegård, native Swede and guitarist and singer Al Baumann, married to a Swede, 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).
Albert (Al) Baumann has been a musical performer for over 50 years. As a teenager, he was a vocalist and performer for a popular R&B band in Baltimore. While attending the University of Maryland, he became active in the “folk” scene and played in various folk venues. After graduating, he sang and played as a full time performer for 6 years, mostly in nightclubs and restaurants in Ocean City, Maryland and in Washington DC. A career change took him into banking and finance, but he continued to perform on weekends with a popular dance combo that played mostly at wedding receptions. After a couple year hiatus from music, he teamed up, 11 years ago, with Anders Lundegard to form the Swedish Jazz.
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.