Cecilia Wennerström is a saxophone player, composer and arranger, educated at the music academies in Malmoe and Gothenburg. She was born in 1947 and lives in Stockholm, Sweden.
In 2013 she released her fourth solo CD Lydian Mars with a rhythm section containing Maria Kvist(p), Filip Augustson(b) and Jonas Holgersson(dr). The band on the recording session then formed Cecilia Wennerström New Quartet with Chris Montgomery replacing Holgersson on drums.
Other groups where Cecilia is a member are Wennerstrom Larsson Explicity (with her husband Sven Larsson) who released their first CD Tussilago in September 2011, and the octet LARS 8 which plays compositions by Lars Gullin and other Swedish jazz icons.
Below is some history:
From 1979-91 she was the leader of Salamander, a jazz group that toured a lot in Sweden and Europe on festivals and clubs. Salamander made its debut 1981 at the Women's Jazz Festival in Kansas City, USA, and the concert made the late jazz critic Leonard Feather write an article about the group, something which hadn't happened to a Swedish group since Åke Hasselgård. The same year Salamander played at the North Sea Jazz Festival with such a success that the band was engaged for an extra concert the next day, and later on for the next year as well. Salamander continued playing at major Jazz festivals in Europe for some years, and released 4 LPs, mostly on Dragon.
In 1990 she started working with the talented singer and voice art performer Marie Selander in several creative and exciting projects, like for instance Maries composition “Blåst-Tuuli-Wind” that was performed in Kallio-Kuninkala Festival, Finland, 1996
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... Wennerström can once again be heard playing a great solo” Clarence Hines, ITA Journal Oct 2012
”Barytone saxofone player Cecilia Wennerström made an introduction to ”Soul Shoutin’” that literally made the audience loose its breath. Here she really got the opportunity to show her high standard. ...” Kjell Stockhaus, Nerikes Allehanda 05/11/2006
” ... In this 18 piece band, moreover, are a bunch of splendid soloists, like Bosse Broberg, Lars Lindgren, Hector Bingert, Cecilia Wennerström. Johan Hörlén and Dicken Hedrenius.” DIG-Music Gunnar Holmberg 07/21/2005