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- sax


Coming concerts:

20 february 2018 Lyngby/Taarbaek Jazzklub
21 february 2018  Skive Jazzklub
16 march   2018   BLIK, Græsted Bibliotek


“…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 Station:


link to Gateway Music:

music by and lyrics by S.S.H.

former concerts:

9 february 2016   Paradise Jazz, Copenhagen
11 February  2016  Vollsmose Kulturcenter, Odense
28 feb.2016    Jazzselskabet Aarhus
2 june 2016      Giant Steps Svendborg
13 oct. 2016    Jazzhus Dexter, Odense   ( Jacob Artved replaces Alain Apaloo)
15 oct. 2016    Bartof Station, Frederiksberg   (  “         “           “         “     )

20 feb. 2017   Paradise Jazz, Copenhagen
1 sept. 2017  Jazzhus Montmartre, Copenhagen
3  nov.  2017  Hornbaek Jazzklub

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


new facebook page for painting

Simon Spang-Hanssens (DK, 1955) malerier inviterer beskueren på en magisk og eventyrlig rejse,  hvor det foranderlige, fantasifulde og fascinerende flyder sammen. Kunstværkerne bevæger, aktiverer og engagerer beskueren. Med farverige udtryk og legende former bliver værkerne levende med poetiske og humoristiske udtryk. De enkle men dog udtryksfulde virkemidler vidner om, at Simon Spang-Hanssens opfindsomhed og kreativitet ikke kun er forbeholdt hans musikalske karriere. Farver og former er i værkerne sat sammen i æstetiske relationer, og de flygtige gestikulationer af organiske og lyriske penselstrøg fører tankerne hen på jazzmusikkens vuggende rytmer og improvisatoriske frihed. Simon Spang-Hassen er inspirereret af bl.a. Kandinsky, Picasso og Miro, men det er tydeligt, han i værkerne har fundet sin egen ”klangfarve”, sin stil, som tjener til hans individuelle, kunstneriske udtryk.

Tekst: Cilia Espeland, kunsthistoriker







































Strange Brothers w. Kasper Tranberg

Kasper Tranberg, cornet,trumpet,fluegelhorn

Simon Spang-Hanssen,  alto & tenorsaxophones, flute

Peter Danstrup, bass

Ole Roemer, drums

Paradise Jazz, Huset Kbh.  5/2 2018



Simon Spang-Hanssen “Brazilian Project”

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

new CD  out now !

in concert:

15/7 2017 , Copenhagen Jazz Festival, World Scene Platform, Husets Teater  at 19:00
1/1o    “         Gribskov Bibliotek, Græsted (DK), 20:00
3/11   “          Paradise Jazz, Copenhagen  at 21:00
4/11  “           Sønderborg Music School   time tba
9/2   2018   Jazzhus Dexter, Odense (DK),  Winther-Jazz 2018


Album “Bird in Space” released august 2011

“Caminho Da Lua” , 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:


Simon Spang-Hanssen

“Epistrophy” Septet

Tobias Wiklund, trumpet
Simon Spang-Hanssen, alto & soprano-saxophones
Frederick Menzies, tenor-saxophone
Mikkel Aagaard,  trombone
Artur Tuznik, piano
Yasser Morejon Pino, bass
Anders Mogensen, drums

New compositions with inspirations from Monk, Shorter , Henderson and many others…

in concert :  7th of March 2018,  Paradise Jazz, Copenhagen


Simon Spang-Hanssen “Middle Earth”
w. Maher Mahmoud (SY,CU,GH,DK)

Maher Mahmoud, oud
Yasser Morejon Pino,
Ayi Solomon, percussions
Simon Spang-Hanssen, saxophones, flutes

Music by S.S.H. and M.M.

World-jazz-mix with an oriental touch

In concert:

april 12. 2018 at Giant Steps in Svendborg

EP  ” Midnight Again” to be released february 27th 2018  ALCD011



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 :

cd “After Before” 
MGJCQ-003   ( with Matias Wolf on drums)




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


3   march    2017        Jazzhus Dexter, Odense (DK)
4 march          “            Bartof Station (DK)
7   march          “         Halmstadt, SE


next tour-period:

16-25 of february 2018




Spangster Records/Alisio Music

Rainbow Spirit         ALCD001     2006                                         
Coexistance               ALD002       2007
The Riddle                 ALCD003    2008
Intersections             ALCD004    2009
Bird in Space            ALCD005    2011
Citizen Song              ALCD006   2012
Luna Moon                 ALCD007   2013
Stonetown Boogie     ALCD008  2015
Back To Earth           ALCD009   2016
Camino Da Lua         ALCD010   2017   





Simon Spang-Hanssen & EAR WITNESS                                                                                                                                           

Mario Canonge, piano

Linley Marthe, bass

Felix Sabal-Lecco, drums

S.S.H.saxophones, flute


coming concerts:

2 and 3rd of march 2018 at the Baiser Salé, Paris





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



Simon Spang Band






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

 cd “Stonetown Boogie”

guests:  Claudia Campagnol, vocals – Maher Mahmoud, oud

in concert:

8t h of July 2017,  Copenhagen Jazz Festival, World Scene Platform, Café Le Rouge at 23:00

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:


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
July 11th 2017, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Husets Teater
oct. 21st. 2917  , Nordic House, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands


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 : )



Ramuntcho Matta, guitar,vocals, electronics, toys
Fréderic Dutertre, bass, electronics
Simon Spang-Hanssen, saxophones, flutes, objects

cd: Happy Hands   maat019

film online:

a film by Fréderique Santune

music and drawings by SAFARI