The Red Horn returns: funk giant Nils Landgren back in SA for two shows only at The Orbit Jazz Club
The hardest working trombone in the business, the globe trotting funkateer Nils Landgren, brings his five piece Funk Unit back to SA for two nights only at The Orbit in Johannesburg on the 29th and 30th October.
Nils relentless energy and invention have attracted collaborations with a constellation of true greats including Fred Wesley, Maceo Parker, Joe Sample, Airto Moreira, Brecker Brothers, Roy Hargrove, Ray Parker Jr, Steve Gadd, Bernard Purdie and Benny Anderson (of ABBA).
Celebrating their 20th year this year, the Unit released a 2 CD collection of cuts, ‘Redhorn Collection’, and this raw, heavy engine is now ready to rumble Joburg for the first time since tearing up 2011’s Joy of Jazz.
The Funk Unit are: Nils Landgren (trombone and vocal), Magnum Coltrane Price (Bass and vocal), Andy Pfeiller (Guitar & Vocals), Jonas Wall (Sax & Vocals) Rasmus Khilberg (Drums), Petter Bergander (Keys & Vocals)
Nils Landgren & the Funk Unit, featuring special guests
Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th October 2014, from 20 h30
The Orbit, 81 De Korte Street, Johannesburg, Gauteng
Tickets are R 200, to book contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call +27(0)11 339 6645
Funk For Life – music changing lives
Nils musical partner Magnum Coltrane Price and the full Unit are also back to carry on their work helping disadvantaged young people across Africa get better access to the life changing powers of music. Nils’s passion stems from the absolute belief that ‘every child has the fire within, only someone has to light it up’.
Last year the Unit, Lira and Doctors Without Borders teamed up to take instruments and workshops to a school in Khayelitsha in the Western Cape and visited. This year the team will be working with Thaba-Jabula Secondary in Klipspruit, Soweto, with the Help of Yamaha Sweden – Germany & South Africa.
Nils began raising funds for Doctors without Borders back in 1996, and went on to create the album “Funk For Life” in 2009. The funds from the album supported the medical project of Doctors Without Borders in the slum of Kibera and to help musically promote children and teenagers in music schools of Kibera, one of the biggest slums in Kenya’s capital Nairobi.
More about Nils and the Funk Unit
James Brown used to be considered the “hardest working man in showbusiness” and it now appears that the god of funk has bequeathed this title to a Swede who cheerfully travels the world with a bright red trombone. “Mr. Red Horn” swings brilliantly from one perspective to the next, also because he needs this constant change. Somehow, Nils Landgren, 55 years-old, also miraculously manages to divide his time – when he is not touring with his “Funk Unit” or other projects under his own name, he is very much in demand as a producer or talent scout