Started in 1972 by the trombone player Gunnar Gotaas, is one of few bands playing New Orleans Revival Jazz, a style from the 40´s: a mix between tradicional Jazz and “Rythm Blues”.
Magnolia Jazzband has performed many times all around Norwegian, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Spain, Singapore, Switzerland, Germany, Rusia and Colombia.
The most renowned was the one in the Jazz Festival of Molde, in 1981, with the jazz singer from New Orleans, Lillian Boutté. Other famous singers that have performed with Magnolia Jazzband are Elaine White, Ruth Reese, Topsy Chapman, Jan Harrington, Thais Clark, Al Carson and Juanita Brooks. The Band has performed many times in the New Orleans Revival Jazz and several of their records have been recorded there. Up until now the band has released 15 records.
The New Orleans Revival Jazz was named after being discovered by music researchers/scholars in the 1940s, then gained widespread popularity and flourished once again.
This music style binds traditional jazz music with rhythm and blues. The New Orleans musicians have always freely combined the musical genre/manners, and this is one of the core elements in the development of jazz. In the churches the gospel rhythms would swing, and brass bands played rhythmic music for funerals and parades. Combined with elements from blues and ragtime the New Orleans jazz developed with its special beat.
Many known musicians (amongst them King Oliver and Louis Armstrong) emigrated from New Orleans around 1920, but those who stayed behind in the home town also kept a special style, for instance Percy Humphrey, “Kid” Thomas and “Sweet” Emma Barret.
Even today one still finds a musical and cultural diversity in New Orleans, and Magnolia Jazzband is a worthy representative for this music style. MJB has been characterized as one of the most authentic Norwegian jazz bands, a band striving to play this genuine New Orleans jazz rooted in blues and gospel.