Simon Spang-Hanssen & Café Central


Claudia Campagnol , vocal/ keyboard
Mariane Bitran ,  flute/vocal
Alain Apaloo ,  guitar/vocal
Aske Drasbaek, barytone-sax
Yasser Morejon Pino , bass
Niclas Campagnol, drums
Simon Spang-Hanssen ,tenor & soprano-saxophones



“…a clear example of Spang-Hanssen’s ability to make the rhythm-section,
vocals and horns melt together into an organic whole and to incorporate
lyrics and vocals into his colorful musical universe.”
…it is a wonderful release, sparkling with life and joyful music-making.”

Lars Thorborg, Jazz Special (DK)  april 2016


link to iTunes:

live at Bartof Staion:


link to Gateway Music:


link to video:


music by and lyrics by S.S.H.


9 february 2016   Paradise Jazz, Copenhagen
11 February  2016  Volssmose Kulturcenter, Odense, DK
28 feb.2016    Jazzselskabet Aarhus   DK
2 june 2016      Giant Steps Svendborg, DK
13 oct. 2016    Jazzhus Dexter, Odense (DK
15 oct. 2016    Bartof Station, Frederiksberg (DK)   

20 feb. 2017   Paradise Jazz, Copenhagen
3  november 2017   Hornbæk Jazzklub


 Cd: “Back to Earth”  released february 9th 2016


coming exhibitions:

Frederiksberg Kunst (censored)  november 2016

Galleri Øckenlund,  may 2017






 Simon Spang-Hanssen “Brazilian Project”

Mariane Bitran, flutes                                           
Ricardo Fiuza
,  piano
Enéias Xavier
, bass
André “Limao” Quieroz
, drums
, sax, flutes

in concert:

11/2 2017 , Pakhuset, Nykøbing Sjælland  (with Bitran, Fiúza, Yasser Pino and Niclas Campagnol)

Coming tour-period i Europe : 27 september – 7 october 2017


Album “Bird in Space” released august 2011
new album “Caminho da Lua” to be released in january 2017


The group has performed in Giant Steps, Lyngby-Taarbaek Jazzklub, Godset (Kolding), Huset i Aalborg, Tranquebar, Paradise Jazz, Holbaek Jazzklub, Jazzselskabet (Aarhus), Portalen in Denmark, and at the Savassi Jazz Festival in Belo Horizonte (Brazil) in 2012 and 2014, Jazz nos Fundos and JazzB (São Paolo)

Savassi festival 2012:

to buy the cd:


Apaloo/Bitran/Solomon/Spang     SABA 4


Alain Apaloo, guitars
Mariane Bitran, flutes
Ayi Solomon, percussions
Simon Spang-Hanssen, saxophones, flutes

Music by the four members of the group

July 5th 2016 at 21:00   Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Huset Kbh.  World Scene Platform
august 5th & 6th 2016    Østersø Jazz Festival in Nexø







photo by Flemming Hjøllund


Simon Spang-Hanssen & EAR WITNESS                                                                                                                                           

Mario Canonge, piano

Linley Marthe, bass

Felix Sabal-Lecco, drums

S.S.H.saxophones, flute

September 2,3 2016    Le Baiser Salé, Paris





albums:  “Ear Witness”  Music Mecca 2003 , “The Riddle”  Alisio Music, ALCD003 2009



Simon Spang Band “RAINBOW SPIRIT”





Dawda Jobarteh, kora
Thomas Fonnesbech
,  bass
Niclas Campagnol
,  drums
Ayi Solomon, 
,   saxophones, comp.

new cd “Stonetown Boogie”

guests:  Claudia Campagnol, vocals – Maher Mahmoud, oud


The band has played at the Jahazi Jazz & Literary Festival, Zanzibar in 2012 and -13, Le Baiser Salé (Paris), B-flat (Berlin),
Copenhagen Jazzhouse, Global Cph,, Tranquebar, Buddha’s Jazzclub, Giant Steps, Testrup Hoejskole (Denmark), Bartof Station (Copenhagen Jazzfestival/World Scene Platform)


Citizenjazz , french webmag, september 2016

Simon Spang Band

Stonetown Boogie

Simon Spang-Hanssen (saxes, fl), Dawda Jobarteh (kora), Thomas Fonnesbech (b), Niclas Campagnol (dm), Ayi Solomon (perc), Claudia Campagnol (vocals), Maher Mahmoud (oud)

Distribution / Label : Gatteway Music

“Since the seventies, danish saxophonist Simon Spang-Hanssen, has followed an itinerary of great richness, punctuated by prestigeous collaborations ( Andy Emler, Billy Hart, Franck Tortiller just to name a few). In 2015 he releases Stonetown Boogie, an album imbued with an attractive “africanity”, grace to the tone of Dawda Jobarteh’s kora. Two pieces puts in scene the oud of Maher Mahmoud, thus exploring the continent further north. Apart from these warm mixtures, we also find some ballads in which Spang-Hanssen honours his reputation as a great melody writer. With respect to the tune that gives it’s name to the album, it is filled with a thick binary groove and cutting edge saxophone riffs that are overflowing with funk. ”

by Samuel Vène   Published the 11 september 2016  Citizen Jazz (FR)


youtube links:



buy the cd:


Michael Gregory Jackson Clarity Quartet:

Michael Gregory Jackson, guitar,vocal
Simon Spang-Hanssen, alto & soprano-saxophones, flute
Niels Praestholm, bass
Kresten Osgood, drums


info, video and sounds :

release of the quartets cd “After Before” 



27 october 2016, Jyderup Højskole
28 october 2016,   Art School of Soenderborg
31 oct.  2016           5e ,  Copenhagen


3   march         “         Jazzhus Dexter, Odense
7   march          “         Halmstadt, SE

last week of october 2017





ToneArt Ensemble  “Moving Circles”

Hélianne Blais, violin
Mariane Bitran, flute
Simon Spang-Hanssen, alto & soprano-saxophones, flute
Emil Hess,  bass-clarinet, clarinet, tenor & soprano-saxophones
Peter Jensen, trombone
John Ehde, cello
Thommy Andersson, bass
Søren Møller, piano

Jørgen Lauritsen, conductor

Barthelot Ekeme Same,  dance

Musik by Marilyn Mazur, Pernille Bevort, Kim Kristensen, Hugh Steinmetz, Irene Becker
Niels Præstholm, Jeppe Gram, Peter Danstrup, Emil Hess, Thommy Anderssson, Simon Spang-Hanssen


link to video from the Concert Church in Copenhagen


Simon Spang-Hanssen, Coisinha. Koncert TonaArt, 6 dec. 2016



Cd’s :


Spang-Hanssen TRIO

Sébastien Boisseau, bass
Christophe Lavergne
, drums
S.S.H., alto & soprano-saxophones, flute



recorded at Lizières:



The trio has played in : Le Sunside, Maison de la Radio France, Maison du Danemark (Paris), La Fabrica’son(Malakoff), Djazz51(Reims) and in Paradise Jazz (Copenhagen).




Duo Ferlet/Spang

Edouard Ferlet, piano
Simon Spang-Hanssen, soprano-saxophone, flutes

musiques de Ellington, Strayhorn, Brassens, Coltrane, Jarret, Komeda,
Viret, Sherman, Monk, Ferlet, Spang-Hanssen….



new homepage for paintings, gouache, drawings




 Alisio Ensemble

Kristian Joergensen,  violin
Mariane Bitran
,  flutes
Bent Clausen
,  vibraphone
Henrik Sveidahl
,  bass-clarinet/tenor-saxophone
Peter Danstrup
,  bass
Benita Haastrup
, percussion
Mikkel Schnettler
,  percussion
Simon Spang-Hanssen
,  alto & soprano-saxophones, comp.

CD “Intersections”  ALCD004

Live recording from Godset, Kolding , march 6th 2014 :

Titles from cd “Intersections” 2009



Simon Spang-Hanssen New Quartet

Ben Besiakov, piano
Thomas Fonnesbech, bass
Niclas Campagnol, drums
Simon Spang-Hanssen, tenor & soprano-saxophone





 Jackson/Spang Duo


Michael Gregory Jackson, guitar,voice
Simon Spang-Hanssen, alto & soprano-saxophones, flute

Concert in New York and Boston in december 2013  (Shapeshifter Lab, Brooklyn – Outpost 186, Cambridge…)

An album “Essence Breaks Free ” is coming up !

sound, studio-recordings and live:



Arnold Ludvig Sextet

Mariane Bitran, flute
Alain Apaloo, guitar
Simon Spang-Hanssen, alto & soprano-saxophones
Marco Martinovic, piano
Arnold Ludvig, bass
Niclas Campagnol, drums

february 6th & 7th 2016 in Nuuk, Greenland
July 4th 2016, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Huset Kbh.


Yves Torchinsky European Jazz Family

Klaus Stötter, trumpet
Pierre-Olivier Govin, alto-sax
Samuel Blaser, trombone
S.S.H., tenorsax, alto-flute
Philippe Michel, piano
Yves Torchinsky, bass
Francois Laizeau, drums








Record-company ALISIO  :

“Rainbow Spirit” ALCD001
” Coexistence”
with S.S.H. 5-tet  ALCD002
“The Riddle”
with Ear Witness ALCD003
with Alisio Ensemble ALCD004
“Bird in Space”
  ( S.S.H. & Grupo) ALCD005
” Citizen Song”
  ( Special Quartet ) ALCD006
“Luna Moon “ 
  S.S.H. Trio  ALCD007
” Stonetown Boogie”   Simon Spang Band  ALCD008
“Back To Earth”    Simon Spang-Hanssen & Café Central    ALCD009


Coming up:
Second album “Caminho Da Lua” with “Brazilian Project”, september 2016

(for physical copies of “Rainbow Spirit”,”Coexistence”,”The Ridle”,”"Intersections”
send a mail to : )


new film online:

a film by Fréderique Santune

music and drawings by SAFARI

Ramuntcho Matta -  Simon Spang-Hanssen- Frederic Dutertre