the year 1983 - July 25.
To reconstruct the way in which Silje got nationwide attention through an article in a national newspaper, several sources have been brought together at this page.
Picture made by Sven Sivertssen
On Monday July 25th in 1983 the opening of the Molde International Jazzfestival took place, one of the oldest jazz festivals in Europe. From the well known article in the newspaper Dagbladet three days later we know, Silje came to this festival together with an oboe-studying girlfriend, both staying in a tent. They travelled by public transport, a journey of appr. six hours to get from Hamar to Molde.
Program Molde Festival opening day 25. July 1983;
from the book "Jazz i Molde II - Jazzfestivalene 1980-90"
An important phrase can be found in an article written by Randi Hultin (1926-2000), an internationally known Norwegian jazz critic and impresario. She wrote several articles about this Molde Jazz Festival in the newspaper Dagbladet. On July 26. she wrote "The weather gods could not have given the organizers a better opening, but musically, the jazz festival did not get the great start many had expected." Hultin listened to the concert of Jaco Pastorius and his Word of Mouth Band, performing in Idrettens Hus (The House of Sports), and concluded they didn't lived up to expectations. The next day, July 27., she mentioned more details about this concert. She also paid attention to the pianist, who later turns out to be important: "Pianist Delmar Brown was a surprise - not least as a singer. He helped create an electronic gospel atmosphere, and his own "Promised Land" is among the compositions we remember, and Pastorius' tribute to Jimi Hendrix - and the solid efforts of Don Alias as percussionist and Kenwood Dennard on drums. He also surprised on the mouth harp, in the part of the concert where we got infinitely long solos - like 20 minutes on drums - and Alias on a walk along the rows of benches. Probably the band's way of taking a break, because they played uninterrupted for almost two and a half hours.". After this concert she went over to the venue Lucullus, to listen to the least set of Kråbøl where she was excited about. Than she writes "What was nice to note was the Pastorius musicians' reaction. They also found their way to the club and were impressed with the Norwegian band". And than Silje pops-up: "Not only were the Pastorius musicians surprised a little later. but also Norwegian musicians who were present, when 17-year-old Silje Nergaard suddenly appeared when Delmar Brown was sitting at the piano and she threw herself into an impromptu singing duet with him. Here we have a name we will come back to. She has a voice, 'giant ears' and courage." On July 28th. Hultins' interview with Silje was published in Dagbladet.
Picture, taken by Randi Hultin, with Delmar Brown on the piano and Silje, both singing; used in the newspaper Dagbladet,
on July 28. 1983 with the article Hultin wrote following this moment; posted by Silje at her Facebook page in 2021.
In an interview in Dagbladet, published July 13. 2002 and written by Bernt Jakob Oksnes, Silje's story is recorded about how she entered the room the duet took place later on: "I chatted myself into a jam. Said I was the wife of a negro. I did not really intend to sing. But then I sat on the toilet, I sat there on the bowl and sang. And then there was a lady who knocked on the door and said that 'you should go up on stage instead of sitting there'. And then I went straight up on stage and sang."
In Dagbladet on July 22. 1986 Terje Mosnes wrote about the Blue Girls prior to their performance in Molde that day. About Silje he says "... with a jazz background and a few years ago a little sensation in Molde when she, as a complete stranger, sang "My Funny Valentine" at a nightly jam session that she barely had access to."
According to information from the Storyville Jazz Club in Molde, organizers of Molde Jazz Festivals, the jam session was at an eatery connected to Hotel Alexandra, called Gamle Molde (Old Molde); Hotel Alexandra was the hotel where most of the artists lived during the festivals.