Our intimate club is inspired by New York’s jazz scene. The club has its own entrance and is located in the basement of Amerikalinjen. With a stage, state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems, a kitchen and dining facilities, Gustav can accommodate many types of events and arrangements.
The club is named after Gustav Henriksen, the founder of Amerikalinjen. In the years prior to the opening of the Norwegian American Line he was met with huge resistance, but Gustav knew that people wanted to explore, and in 1913 the first ship left the dock. His work was the start of a 60-year long adventure – for all the thousands of people who emigrated, for Amerikalinjen and for Norway. Let yourself be inspired! The club reflects Gustav’s playful, New York and jazzy side.
Come join us for Friday and Saturday night jazz sessions and experience smoky tunes and an electric atmosphere: you will always feel welcome!
See this fall program below.
10. & 11. September: Felix Peikli & Friends ft. Knut Kippersund
Remembering Ray Charles The blind American singer and pianist, Ray Charles, pioneered the soul music genre during the 1950s by combining blues, jazz, rhythm and blues, and gospel styles. Through his major body of work, Charles’ is perhaps most recognized by his 1960 hit “Georgia on my Mind” that was the first of his three no. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Knut Kippersund, known from NRKs “Melodi Grand Prix” and “Beat 4 Beat”, will join Felix Peikli and friends as they return to pay homage to this legend in jazz.
17. & 18. September: Felix Peikli & It’s Showtime! Band
The Music of Goodman & Hampton Felix Peikli has toured the world with his critically acclaimed ensemble "It's Showtime! Band" with 2 albums to their name. This unique group, featuring Christian Lundqvist (KORK) at the vibraphone is paying homage to their shared idols and giants in Jazz: Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton who left a forever lasting legacy pioneering through the 1930s swing era.
24. & 25. September: Simple Jonny’s Easy Jazzband
Simple Swing with Simple Jonny’s Simple Jonny’s Easy Jazz Band is perhaps Norway’s most joyful jazz ensemble - they present jazz classics with an upbeat and inspiring energy, with authentic and swingin’ atmosphere from the vibrant 1930’s. Their repertoire is drawn from the music of the Mills Brothers, Louis Armstrong & the Hot Fives, Frank Sinatra and many more. In addition to the usual line-up, they will feature the banjo instrument to their configuration for this one-off Club Gustav special! Join us in welcoming Simple Jonny as they return to Club Gustav for a musical throwback to the Swingin’ 30s!
1. & 2. October: Sandvika Storband ft. Felix Peikli
The Music of Artie Shaw Widely regarded as "one of jazz's finest clarinetists", Shaw led one of the United States' most popular big bands in the late 1930s through the early 1940s. Though he had numerous hit records, he was perhaps best known for his 1938 recording of Cole Porter's "Begin the Beguine". Before the release of "Beguine", Shaw and his fledgling band had languished in relative obscurity for over two years and, after its release, he became a major pop artist within short order. The record eventually became one of the era's defining recordings.
8. & 9. October: Felix Peikli & Friends ft. Vebjørn Mamen
Celebrating Louis Armstrong – 120th anniversary “Satchmo”, “Satch”, “Pops”, “Papa Jazz” is just some of the nicknames attributed to the legend of Louis Armstrong. Armstrong is hailed as one of the founding fathers of jazz tradition itself with his contributions as a trumpetist, vocalist, improviser and his charismatic stage presence as an entertainer. Songs such as “Hello Dolly”, “West End Blues” and “What a Wonderful World” has become evergreen music repertoire, in which the latter was even included on NASAs space probe Voyager 2 sent into space in the hopes of presenting the “Sounds of Earth” to alien life! Join us as Felix Peikli & Friends ft. Vebjørn Mamen honors the jazz godfather himself in what is sure to be a Club Gustav favorite: Satchmo! Celebrating Louis Armstrong’s 120th anniversary!
15. & 16. October: Felix Peikli & Friends ft. Frikk Heide-Steen
The Frank Sinatra Songbook Frank Sinatra was an American singer, actor and producer who was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide. What better way to be ushered into the new year then to celebrate in style accompanied by the music of the greatest entertainer of the century! Felix Peikli and Friends will return to Club Gustav together with crooner extraordinaire Frikk Heide-Steen and deliver an unparalleled experience celebrating the one and only Frank Sinatra!
22. & 23. October: Lise Mæland & The Four Freshmen
Remembering Monica Zetterlund The Swedish vocalist Monica Zetterlund learned classic jazz songs from radio and records, initially not knowing the language nor what they sang about in English. As a result she performed many of the well known jazz classics in her interpreted Swedish renditions. Her unique artistry drew the attention of pianist Bill Evans with whom she subsequently recorded the critically acclaimed jazz album “Waltz for Debby”. Join Lise Mæland & The Four Freshmen as they return to Club Gustav to celebrate one of Scandinavia’s own legends in jazz!
29. & 30. October: Felix Peikli & Friends ft. Bjørn Vidar Solli
Vintage Halloween Voodoo, headless horsemen and chilling repertoire has long haunted the halloween celebration and inspired jazz music, specially in the 1940’s and 50’s. Legends including Anita O’day, Nat King Cole and Louis Armstrong has all been spooked into performing beautiful and daunting music that’s forever etched in history. Join Felix Peikli and friends at Club Gustav together with vocalist and guitar extraordinaire, Club Gustav favorite, Bjørn Vidar Solli as they revisit the past and revives the spirits in a chilling rendition of Vintage Halloween.