Viktoria Tolstoy & WDR Big Band – ScanJazz – Live In Düsseldorf (2017)

FrontCover1.jpgLouise Viktoria Tolstoy (born Louise Viktoria Kjellberg, 29 July 1974 in Sigtuna Municipality, Sweden) is a Swedish jazz singer of Russian ancestry. She is the daughter of Erik Kjellberg and the great-great-granddaughter of Russian writer Leo Tolstoy. Tolstoy was a housemate in season one of the television series Big Brother in 2000.

She was married to designer Per Holknekt from 2001 until they divorced in March 2008. (by wikipedia)

An artistic disposition runs in the family of Swedish singer Viktoria Tolstoy. Her great-great-grandfather was the legendary Russian novelist Leo Tolstoi. No wonder young Viktoria made an impact in Stockholm jazz clubs with leading Swedish musicians like Svante Thuresson and Putte Wickman. She recorded her first album in 1994, aged 20. Two years later, with the album För Älskad, she became an overnight pop sensation in Sweden. This prepared the ground for her collaboration with Esbjörn Svensson, who produced and wrote the songs for White Russian, the first Scandinavian album released by the legendary Blue Note label.


Around that time Tolstoy also worked with Nils Landgren, and in 2003 she followed him and Svensson as an exclusive ACT-artist. Since then, she has established herself as one of the leading voices in jazz today. Crystal clear, dynamic, untamed and vibrating, but also down-to-earth – her voice is probably the most brilliant of all Scandinavian singers. If Viktoria Tolstoy sings a song, it is not simple interpretation; she shapes and marks it in her own way. (by act music)

And hre´a pretty good radho show with many jazz standard and a lot of Swedish traditional tunes, played in a fascinating Big Band sound !

Recorded live  at theRobert-Schumann-Saal, Dusseldorf, Germany; December 6, 2017
Very good satellite broadcast.


Hakan Broström (saxophone)
Viktoria Tolstoy (vocals)
WDR Bigband conducted by Hakan Broström


01. Intro (in German) 1.13
02. All Of Me (Marks/Simons) 5.19
03. Talk 0.32
04. Jag Jet En Dejtig Rosa (Traditional) 6.37
05. Ack V’rmland Du Sk’na (Traditional) 5.07
06. Talk 0.28
07. May Night (Broström) 9.18
08. Sophisticated Lady (Ellington/Mills/Parish) 4.20
09. Talk (in German) 1.22
10. Kling Klang Klockan Slar (Traditional) 6.05
11. The Way You Look Tonight (Traditional) 4.49
12. Talk (in German) 0.58
13. I Can’t Help It (Wonder/Greene) 5.47
14. Den F’rsta Gang Jag Sag Dig (Traditional) 5.16
15. Talk 0.40
16. Polska Fran Horn/Jag Alls Ingen (Traditional) 6.34
17. Talk 0.25
18. Cronelis (Broström) 7.38
19. Memories Of You (Blake/Razaf) 4.20
20. Talk 0.29
21. Vem Kann Segla F’rutan Vind (Traditional) 4.55
22. Band introductions 2.18
23. Caravan (Ellington/Tizol) 4.41
24. Outro (in German) 3.34



WDR Big Band