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Tribute to Monica (Sheet music)
This is an easy piece (study) I wrote to honor Monica Zetterlund. Monica Zetterlund (1937-2005) was a Swedish singer particularly noted for her jazz work. She began by learning the classic jazz songs from radio, initially not knowing English. Hit songs included “Sakta vi gå genom stan” (Swedish cover of “Walking My Baby Back Home”; in Swedish a tribute to Stockholm town), “Visa från Utanmyra”, “Sista jäntan”, “Trubbel”, “Gröna små äpplen” (“Little Green Apples”), “Monicas vals” (“Waltz for Debby”), “Stick iväg, Jack!” (“Hit the Road Jack”), among many, many others. She also interpreted the works of such Swedish singer-songwriters as Evert Taube and Povel Ramel, and all through her life interpreted the works of international and America jazz musicians/song writers. She worked with some of the greatest international jazz names including Louis Armstrong, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Steve Kuhn and Quincy Jones, and in the Scandinavian jazz world with people like Georg Riedel, Egil Johansen, Arne Domnérus, Svend Asmussen and Jan Johansson.
In 1964 she recorded the critically acclaimed jazz album Waltz for Debby with Bill Evans, a record she herself described as “the best I've done” and was most proud of. Her long career also included the song “En gång i Stockholm” (“Winter City”); a jazz ballad with which she represented Sweden in the 1963 Eurovision Song Contest. Her collaboration with the comic duo Hasse & Tage (in the 1960s and 70s) eventually led to a stage career in revues and films. Memorable are her parts in films Att angöra en brygga, Äppelkriget and Jan Troell's Utvandrarna (aka The Emigrants; with Liv Ullman and Max von Sydow in the leads) for which Zetterlund received a Guldbagge Award for Best Supporting Actress. She appeared in more than 20 films and television series throughout her life. Sadly, on 12 May 2005, she died following an accidental fire (probably from smoking in bed) in her apartment in Stockholm.
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