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Sunna Gunnlaugs

"Gunnlaugs proves that jazz can have a wider appeal
without losing integrity." – John Kelman, All About Jazz


Featured in Italy's Jazz Musica

It's quite an honor to be featured this month in one of the main jazz magazines in Italy, Jazz Musica.

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Cover of Jazzthetik

What a thrill to find myself on the cover of a magazine! Not just any magazine, but one of the biggest jazz magazines...

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A Chat with Jazz at Lincoln Center

It was an honor to be invited to chat with Seton Hawkins of Jazz at Lincoln Center about my new album, Becoming. You...

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Sunna Gunnlaugs’ work has received significant critical acclaim since her 2000 release ‘Mindful’ was selected among the top 10 albums of the year by the Virginian Pilot. Her 2003 release 'live in Europe’ reached top 10 on both Canadian and US jazz radio charts. Her 2010 release ’The Dream’ jumped to number 2 on the Canadian radio charts and reached number 20 on the US CMJ radio charts. Her albums have received extremely positive reviews in leading jazz magazines across the world such as Jazzthetik and Jazzpodium in Germany, Concerto in Austria, Jazzwize in the UK, Jazzman in France, Swing Journal & Tokyo Jazz Notes in Japan, Downbeat in the US, the online publication All About Jazz and many more. All of her albums have been nominated for the Icelandic Music Awards and in 2015 as well as 2019 she won performer of the year.

She has performed at prestigious festivals such as JazzAhead in Bremen, the Kennedy Center’s Nordic Cool, The London Jazz Festival, The Oslo Jazz Festival, The Rochester International Jazz Festival, Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Montreal International Jazz Festival, Rotterdam International Jazz Festival and the Belgrade Jazz Festival. She has also performed at Europe’s most important jazz clubs such as Porgy & Bess in Vienna, Unterfahrt in Munich, Bimhuis in Amsterdam and Sunset in Paris to name a few.

The Full Story

The Washington Post described her music as possessing "such timeless virtues as lyricism and grace… elegantly bridges soul-searching passages with uncluttered swing." Sunna Gunnlaugs reaffirms that assessment on her latest album, "Becoming" which features her working trio, fellow Icelander, bassist Þorgrimur Jónsson and long-time cohort, Scott McLemore on drums. It's the first album they've recorded since "Ancestry" in 2019 with the addition of the Finnish trumpet player Verneri PohjolaRead more

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