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Tax Office at Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2012



Tax Office Live at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2012 – PLACES by Pelle Fridell

Line Up:

The members of Tax Office all contribute with original compositions to the band’s repertoire. Tax Office is leaning towards the funky side of the jazz-fusion equation!

Ayi Solomon
Ayi Solomon is working and has played with some of the following musicians and groups: Moussa Diallo, Palle Mikkelborg, Klaus Mentzer, Mikkel Nordsø, John Tchicai, Yusef Lateef, Adam Rudorf, Simon Spang Hansen, Hugo Rasmussen, Dalia Faitelson’s Global Sound with Jerry Bergonzi, Randy Brecker, Adam Nussbaum, Chris Cheek, Lelo Nika and Thommy Andersson. John Sund’s Special Venture/Acoustic Sense, Susy Hyldgaard, Uno Mundo-Latin reggae, Benjamin Koppel, Michael Nielsen’s Prinssess Orchestra, Morten Gronvad, Ed Epstein and many others.

To his credit he has released two albums. The first one ”BACK HOME” his debut CD, released on cope records.(DK) The majority of the compositions are Solomon’s, and besides being featured as a percussionist he also handles the vocals. The music, which is hard to put a label on, can best be described as a fusion between African (modern and roots), jazz, pop, rap and funk with a spice of electronic additions.


”The music reached it’s max, when Søren got down to business, all aesthetic considerations were ignored, and the music turned into flesh and blood…” (Politiken).
Søren has released three albums as a leader, featuring musicians like Ray Brown, Alvin Queen, Niels Lan Doky, Thomas Clausen, Adam Nussbaum, Jesper Lundgaard, Mads Vinding ao.

He has performed at many of the most legendary clubs such as Village Vanguard, Knitting Factory, Village Gate and at numerous festivals around the world.
Søren contributes with many compositions to TAX OFFICE.


Thomas Walbum

Thomas has toured the world extensively (Europe, Japan, Brazil, China, Australia, USA), searching for collaborations with musicians from cultures quite different to his own.

In 2001 he released his debut album ’Boston’, featuring drummer Joe Hunt and bassist John Lockwood. In 2009 Thomas toured Brazil with the Grammy nominated Brazilian group ’Sinequanon’. In 2010 the ‘Walbum/Maintz Brazilian Quintet’, featuring three Brazilian musicians, went on a Brazilian tour and recorded an album consisting of all original material. The album will be released in the summer of 2012. He has toured Japan four times with his own trio and with the Pekka Pylkkänen Quartet.


A native swede residenting in Copenhagen since 1993. In Denmark he has become a high demanded reed player, both as a soloist and a session musician. He has collaborated in concerts and performances with composers, artists and groups such as: Toots Thielemans, Randy Brecker, Charlie Watts, Tom Waits, Ivan Lins, Angelique Kidjo, Georgie Fame, DR Big Band, Geir Lysne, Chris Potter, Michael Mantler a.o.

Pelle’s main instruments are the tenor- and soprano- saxophone, and the flute, but he also plays the alto- and baritone- sax, the clarinet, alto and piccolo flutes and the bass clarinet.

His second solo CD, Works Ahead, was released in the spring 2008.
Two CD’s are coming in the near future, “Essence” with trumpet player Gerard Presencer, and “More Go Jaz” an up-follower to Go Jaz (2002).


Ida Gormsen
: bass
Ida is self taught and has been living as a freelance musician for almost two decades. Ida has been staying in various places in Scandinavia and for some years in Ghana and South Africa. Her African roots have given her a unique sense of groove. Ida is a versatile musician and has always enjoyed playing various styles -taking inspiration from one to another- both when composing and playing. She has been playing with numerous Scandinavian and International musicians and has initiated many musical and intercultural projects mixing musicians from Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Ida loves being a band leader of her own projects but as much she enjoys creating a steady base for everyone else in the band to lean on; a role she believes is the essence and the all-pervading challenge of being a bass player.


Klaus Menzer
Klaus Menzer: drums
Klaus can be heard on almost a thousand different cd releases.
His career really kicked off when joining the band ‘Sneakers’. Since then Klaus has played with Hanne Boel, Lis Sørensen, Alberte, Annisette, Moonjam, Palle Mikkelborg, Burning Red Ivanhoe and many others.