Simon Spang-Hanssen & Café Central (english)

Simon Spang-Hanssen & Café Central

Sahra Da Silva, vocal,
Mariane Bitran , flutes, vocal
Alain Apaloo , guitar, vocal
Aske Drasbaek , barytone-sax
Lars Emil, piano
Yasser Morejon Pino , bass
Niclas Campagnol , drums
Simon Spang-Hanssen ,tenor & soprano-saxophones

music by and lyrics by S.S.H.



“…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

The band has performed at: Paradise Jazz, Copenhagen, Jazzhus Montmartre, Aarhus Jazzselskab, Giant Steps, Hornbæk Jazzclub, Jazzhus Dexter, Bartof Station, Skive Jazzclub, Lyngby/Taarbaek Jazzclub, Sønderborg Jazzclub…

Vocalist and pianist on cd’s : Claudia Campagnol

A new project in which the leader has his debut as a songwriter; the music is based on jazz with influences from Brazil, West-Africa,the Caraibes, r&b, funk, Ellington, Jobim, Wonder, (to name a few favourites)… featuring Sahra da Silva and Alain Apaloo on vocals in front of an international team of strong musical personalities.


Sahra Da Silva, born in Copenhagen (DK)
” Somewhere in between soul, blues and jazz she stands like a rock, growing and with a voice that get’s bigger and more intense every day”  Copenhagen born Sahra da Silva, has been an established member of the Danish blues scene over the last 10 years. She har performed with a great number of Danish soul and blues artists, among others  ha Mike Andersen og Thorbjørn Risager, has warmed up for British soul-singer Joss Stone…plays with Funky Fellas w. Jacob Artved and Felix Moseholm, The Jagged Soul, Havfruerne, Alain Apaloo…

Mariane Bitran, born in Paris,France. Flutes. Has performed with: Le Quintet Moutin (François and Louis Motin), ZoomTop Orchestra feat. Richard Bona, Christophe Chassol, Olivier Cahours, Pernille Bevort’s “Radio Bevort”, Alain Apaloo’s “Api Pipo”, Simon Spang-Hanssen’s “Brazilian Project” and “Alisio Ensemble”, Ijexa Group (performance for children) with dancer Barthelot Ekeme Same and percussionist Ignacio Guerra Acosta, Arnold Ludvig Sextet and her own groups with a.o. Thomas  Fonnesbech, Anderss Mogensen, Christophe Lavergne, co-leader with Makiko Hirabayashi of “Grey to Blue” feat. Bob Rockwell.

Alain Apaloo, born in Togo in 1976. Began playing early with a.o. Jimmy Hope and Kojo Antwi.
Diploma from the Rhytmic Conservatory in Copenhagen in 2003. Has performed with Ken Lending Blues Band, Paul Banks, Dan Hammer, Jakob Dinesen, Arnold Ludvig Sextet and with his own groups: Mezzy Slide and the Crew (quartet), Trio with Morten Ankarfeldt and Rasmus Lund, “Api Pipo” with Kurt Rosenwinkel as a guest on the second album “Nunya”, “Twin Tribe” ,duo with Ayi Solomon. Solo performances in Denmark, Sweden, U.S.A.

Aske Drasbaek

Born in 1983 in Denmark. Has studied in Skurup in Sweden and at the Rhytmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen. Plays with amog others: The Kultimangoes (with Michael Blicher), Aske Drasbæk Group (with Per Moellehoej), Gemmer/Estola Quartet, Orpheus.

Yasser Morejon Pino

Was born in Havana in 1976. He is graduated as concertist and classical guitar teacher from the Conservatory “Amadeo Roldan” in Havana in 1995, but also graduated as contrabass player and teacher from the Rhythmic Conservatory of Copenhaguen, Denmark in 2006, where he was student of Niels Herning Ørsted Pedersen.

In Cuba he worked as a bass player with bands such as Aries, Natura, Chucho Valdes Jr, Roberto Fonseca y “Temperamento”, Denis y su Swing, Rojitas y su Orquesta. Currently he collaborates in multiples projects and bands like Grupo Danson, KNA Connected, Cubita, The End 2.0 and Afrocuban Allstars. He also keep a busy schedule with renamed musicians such as: Håkon Graf, Jonas Johansen, Morten Grønvad, Simon Spang-Hansen, Niclas Compagnol, Calixto Oviedo, Alexander Abreu among others, as well as with his own project “Latin Syndicate” (Eliel Lazo, Nico Gori, Paulo Russo…).

Niclas Campagnol, born in 1973 in Sweden. Has Performed and recorded with with Poul Reimann, Thomas Fonnesbech, Cæcilie Nordby, Tomas Franck, Jens Winther, Carl Winther, George Garzone, Nikolaj Bentzon, Olivier Antunes, Kjeld Lauritsen, Antonio Farao, Niels Ryde, Moussa Diallo, Dawda Jobarteh, Gabor Bola, John Patitucci,Bob Rockwell, Billy Cobham, David Kikoski, Bo Stief, Jørgen Emborg, Didier Lockwood, Christian Sands, Jerry Bergonzi, Kalman Olah, Jacob Fischer, Jonas Hellborg..