North Sea Jazz Festival 1981   Salamander
Photo: Gunnar Holmberg

On this page (under construction) I will place some music and pictures about my group Salamander from the 80s.
Some material might not be legal to put here, and sometimes I don't remember who took the photo.
Please, if needed, complain to: cissi (at) wela (dot) nu

Tenor sax battle 1982  |  Salamander

Tenor Sax Battle. North Sea Jazz Festival 1982.

Listen to 01 Blue'n'Boogie!

Tenor Sax Battle
Den Haag, North Sea Jazz Festival

Source: Audience
Sound: B/B+

Benny Golson- ts,
Turk Mauro- ts,
John Gilmore- ts,
Cecilia Wennerström- ts,
Red Holloway- ts,as,
Rein de Graaf- p,
Leroy Vinnegar- b
Al Tootie Heath- dr,
Mel Lewis- dr* replaces Albert Heath

01. Blue’n’Boogie 16:06 (Solooist are as follows. Red Holloway- ts, Benny Golson- ts, John Gilmore- ts,Turk Mauro-ts, Cecilia Wennerstrom- ts, Red de Graaf- p),
02. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise 16:15 (Red Holloway- ts,John Gilmore- ts, Benny Golson- ts, Cecilia Wennerström- ts, Turk Mauro-ts, Red de Graaf- p),
03. Woody’n You (fade-out) 14:45, (Benny Golson- ts, Red Hollway- ts, John Gilmore- ts,Turk Mauro- ts, Cecilia Wennerstrom- ts, Red de Graaf- p, Albert Heath- d),
04.* Bags’ Groove 15:41, (Red Holloway- as, Benny Golson- ts, John Gilmore- ts, Turk Mauro- ts, Cecilia Wennerstrom- ts, Red de Graaf- p).

This is where I found the music. Search for my name and voila! an mp3 with the whole concert is available, and so is the information above. Indeed interesting to hear it after 30 years ... I have been a bit embarrassed for this concert, so it was a relief to hear what actually happened. UPDATE: This link still works.
A fan of Sun Ra now has put the entire concert on YouTube:  UPDATE: This link doesn´t work, the guy probably had to remove it.


From 1981-91 Cecilia Wennerström (me) was the leader of Salamander, a free jazz group that toured a lot in Sweden and Europe on festivals and clubs in the beginning of the 80s. Salamander made its debut 1981 at the Women´s Jazz Festival in Kansas City, USA, and the concert made the late jazz critic Leonard Feather write an article about the group (read it here), something which hadn´t happened to a Swedish group since Åke Hasselgård. The same year Salamander played at the North Sea Jazz Festival with such a success that the band was engaged for an extra concert the next day, and later on for the next year as well.
During the following two years three of the original five members (Katarina Karlsson, Stig Boström and Susanna Lindeborg) left the band for different reasons, personal, musical and work load-related, and Salamander continued for a while to play as a quartet with Cecilia Wennerström on reeds and Vanja Holm on drums, with various personnel on piano and bass.
From 1984 Salamander worked and did two recordings with German bass player Peter Sonntag in trio format.
After 1985 I started other projects like Cecilia Wennerström Septett with four flutes, and Electric Dreams that played jazz pop.
In 1991 a quintet version of Salamander (Cecilia Wennerström,
Vanja Holm, Ann-Sofi Söderqvist, Ann Blom, Nina deHeney) played at Jazz & Blues Festival, Haparanda, Sweden, and this was the group's last gig.


SALAMANDER: Live at Northsea Jazz Festival (Dragon DRLP 31 1981)
Will be re-released on CD in 2017 by Wela Records,
courtesy of Dragon Records

SALAMANDER: In the darkest month (Dragon DRLP 45 1982)
In the darkest month

SALAMANDER: Spirit of fire (amf-records amf 1017 1984)

SALAMANDER: Trio (Dragon DRLP 88 1985)
Dagas Dans

Some important gigs:

1981 Women's Jazz Festival, Kansas City,USA

1981 North Sea Jazz Festival, Den Haag, Holland

1981 Extra concert North Sea Jazz Festival, Den Haag, Holland

1981 Jazzfest Berlin, Germany
 Rockpalast archiv pictures
Youtube solo Grodans flykt (1) Cecilia Wennerström
Youtube solo Grodans flykt (2) Susanna Lindeborg

1982 North Sea Jazz Festival, Den Haag, Holland

1982 Vossa Jazz, Norway

1983 Kölner Jazzhaus Festival, Germany 

1983 Jazz Festival Balver Höhle, Germany

1984 Jazzbuhne Berlin, DDR

1990 Lysekils Jazz Festival, Sweden 

1991 Jazz & Blues Festival, Haparanda, Sweden


Salamanders first LP
Cecilia Wennerström ts, Katarina Karlsson as, Susanna Lindeborg p, Stig Boström b, Vanja Holm dr

Salamander's second LP
Cecilia Wennerström ts, Susanna Lindeborg p, Stig Boström b, Vanja Holm dr

Salamander as a quartet

Salamander DRLP31 sid 1

Salamander DRLP31 sid 2


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