Trombone may be Sweden’s Queen of Swing Gunhild Carling’s favorite instrument, but she blows some mean bagpipes too, as evidenced by her smoking hot performance of her late father, trumpeter Hans Carlings’ Bagpipe Blues, above.
When I play trumpet, I try to be close to Louis Armstrong. Sometimes when I’m playing, I can hear him. It’s harder on the bagpipe, for example.
Vaudeville’s flame burns brightly in this consummate showwoman:
I grew up in the south of Sweden, outside of Malmo. Our house was full of variety – circus, acting, dance, vaudeville and novelty. I just picked up instruments from when I was very young and played them. I started with the drums, then the recorder, trombone and trumpet. Then I started tap dancing, and after that harmonica and bagpipe.
Carling keeps with tradition by populating the Carling Big Band with similarly multi-talented, musically inclined family members, from her mother and daughter, to her nephews, niece and brothers.
Those who think bagpipes require a funeral and full Highland dress to coax a tear likely haven’t heard Carling’s soulful rendition of Amazing Grace, above…
They have a reputation as a tricky instrument to get the hang of, but Carling has multiple tricks up her sleeve.
She frequently delights by playing three trumpets at once…
…and during an appearance at the International Bagpipe Festival in Schleife, Germany she left the bags to other pipers so she could blow her horn in a fringed flapper dress atop a bandmate’s shoulders!
What a woman!!!
Explore jazz multi-instrumentalist Gunhild Carling’s vast collection of playlists, including a festive Christmas line up on her YouTube channel and don’t miss the chance to catch her live on her US tour, now through May.