Ragstretch takes its name from its members’ love of the traditional forms of New Orleans and Ragtime music, but presents a unique and original sound from a wide variety of influences. The versatility of the group is unparalleled, with band members drawing on all forms of jazz, stretching from Trad Jazz through Blues, Swing and beyond.
Featuring European summer festival stalwart Chris Tanner (The Hoodangers) on clarinet and vocals, this exciting international ensemble also includes Germany-based Australian trombonist Shannon Barnett (Flap!) and adds young Swedish talent Björn Ingelstam on trumpet and vocals.
With four band members now based in New York, including the hard-swinging rhythm section of Craig Fermanis on guitar (The Band Who Knew Too Much, The Snappers), Sam Anning on double bass (Kenny Werner, Ari Hoenig) and Rajiv Jayaweera on drums (Julie O'Hara, The Hoodangers), this unbeatable combination of Scandinavians and Aussies will excite your every nerve, soothe your soul and take you on a journey through the music of some of the jazz greats, as presented by a fresh new generation of virtuoso musicians.