Happy New Year to JazzWax readers worldwide! In March 1999, Buddy DeFranco was in Stockholm, appearing with Swedish clarinetist Putte Wickman and the Claes Crona Trio. Wickman (1924-2006) was self-taught but listened so extensively to recordings of American clarinetists that he shed his Nordic tone. In 1994 he received the Illis Quorum gold medal—the highest award given to a Swedish citizen by the Swedish government. John Cooper sent along a link to this clip featuring the two clarinetists.