A couple of weeks ago, I had the great fortune to meet with Runar Tajford of the Brazz Brothers, in NYC. We had a great time! I was able to comp Runar to a concert with Quinsin Nachoff‘s group, (which actually is very close to the Brazz Brothers in orchestration – Brass Quintet/Tenor/Drums) and he attended a recording session with Andy Jaffe‘s “Arc” band. I learned quite a bit about life in Norway and the activities of the Brothers – of particular interest to me, is their recording “Sketches of Africa”, with the Odense (Denmark) Symphony Orchestra. To create this music, Runar transcribed music brought to Norway by refugees, and arranged it for the Brothers and the Orchestra. Check it out!