Bergen Big Band

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Bergen Big Band
Origin Bergen, Norway
Genres Jazz
Big band
Years active 1991–present
Labels ECM Records, Grappa Music
Members Olav Dale
Jan Kåre Hystad
Ole Jacob Hystad
Zoltan Vincze
Michael Barnes
Martin Winter
Svein Henrik Giske
Are Ovesen
Reid Gilje
Øyvind Hage
Sindre Dalhaug
Pål Roseth
Kjell Erik Husom
Ole Thomsen
Dag Arnesen
Magne Thormodsæter
Frank Jakobsen

Bergen Big Band (BBB) is a Norwegian big band established 1991 as a continuation of Knut Kristiansen's Bergen Band. BBB is known from cooperations with musicians like Phil Woods, Paquito D'Rivera, Joe Henderson, Maria Schneider, Diana Krall, Sissel Kyrkjebø, Andy Sheppard, Martial Solal, Mathias Rüegg, Gianluigi Trovesi, Mathias Eick, Ole Kock Hansen, Etta Cameron, Karin Krog, John Surman, Dino Saluzzi, Gustavo Bergalli, Berit Opheim, Jan Magne Førde, The Core, Ab und Zu, Vidar Johansen, Paolo Vinaccia, Ståle Storløkken, Palle Mikkelborg and Terje Rypdal among others.[1][2][3]

Biography[edit]

Olav Dale has been musical leader of the band in the whole period. In 1995, BBB, Nattjazz and Vossajazz made an agreement to make an annual project with the band over a three-year period. The collaboration has continued thereafter. In 1999, the West Norwegian Jazz Center toock over as administrative leaders of the band.[1]

In 2005 they released the studio album Seagull, with Karin Krog conducted by John Surman. In 2007 they released the album Meditations on Coltrane, from a concert at Nattjazz featuring The Core, the same year. Crime Scene (2010) recorded at Nattjazz 2910, featuring Terje Rypdal, Palle Mikkelborg, Ståle Storløkken and Paolo Vinaccia, at the ECM label.[2][3]

Current members (2011)[edit]

Woodwinds
  • Olav Dale
  • Jan Kåre Hystad
  • Ole Jakob Hystad
  • Zoltan Vincze
  • Michael Barnes
Trumpets
  • Martin Winter
  • Svein Henrik Giske
  • Are Ovesen
  • Reid Gilje
Trombones
  • Øyvind Hage
  • Sindre Dalhaug
  • Pål Roseth
  • Kjell Erik Husom
Rhythm section
  • Ole Thomsen gitar/ guitar
  • Dag Arnesen piano
  • Magne Thormodsæter bass
  • Frank Jakobsen trommer/ drums

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 2003: Adventures In European New Jazz And Improvised Music (Europe Jazz Oddysey), with Mathias Rüegg "Art & Fun" on compilation with various artists
  • 2005: Seagull (Grappa Music), feat. Karin Krog condcted by John Surman recorded at the Nattjazz Festival, Bergen 2004
  • 2007: Meditations on Coltrane (Grappa Music), with The Core
  • 2008: Som den gyldne sol frembryter (Grappa Music)
  • 2010: Crime Scene (ECM Records), with Terje Rypdal recorded at the Nattjazz Festival, Bergen 2009

Contributors[edit]

Seagull Meditations on Coltrane Crime Scene
Pål Roseth - trombone Contributed Contributed Contributed
Sindre Dalhaug - trombone Contributed Contributed Contributed
Øyvind Hage - trombone Contributed Contributed Contributed
Kjell Erik Husom - bass trombone Contributed Contributed Contributed
Michael Barnes - baritone saxophone, bass clarinet Contributed Contributed Contributed
Zoltan Vincze - tenor saxophone Contributed Contributed Contributed
Olav Dale - flute, alto flute, piccolo, bass clarinet, alto saxophone Contributed Contributed Contributed
Jan Kåre Hystad - alto flute, clarinet, bass clarinet Contributed Did not contribute Contributed
Ole Jacob Hystad - clarinet, tenor saxophone Contributed Contributed Contributed
Øystein Søbstad - alt saxophone, alto flute, flute Contributed Contributed Did not contribute
Kjetil Møster - tenor saxophone Did not contribute Contributed Did not contribute
John Surman - baritone saxophone, soprano saxophone Contributed Did not contribute Did not contribute
Palle Mikkelborg - trumpet Did not contribute Did not contribute Contributed
Martin Winter - trumpet, flugelhorn Contributed Contributed Contributed
Svein Henrik Giske - trumpet, flugelhorn Contributed Contributed Contributed
Reid Gilje - trumpet, flugelhorn Contributed Contributed Did not contribute
Are Ovesen - trumpet, flugelhorn Contributed Contributed Contributed
Karin Krog - vocals Contributed Did not contribute Did not contribute
Magne Thormodsæter - double bass, electric bass Contributed Contributed Contributed
Steinar Raknes - double bass Did not contribute Contributed Did not contribute
Terje Rypdal - guitar Did not contribute Did not contribute Contributed
Ole Thomsen - guitar Contributed Contributed Contributed
Paolo Vinaccia - drums, sampler Did not contribute Did not contribute Contributed
Frank Jakobsen - drums, percussion Contributed Contributed Contributed
Stein Inge Brækhus - percussion Contributed Contributed Did not contribute
Ivar Kolve - vibraphone Did not contribute Did not contribute Contributed
Ståle Storløkken - hammond B-3 organ Did not contribute Did not contribute Contributed
Dag Arnesen - piano, electric piano Contributed Contributed Did not contribute
Erlend Slettevoll - piano Did not contribute Contributed Did not contribute
Helge Lilletvedt - electric piano Did not contribute Contributed Contributed

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bergen Big Band Biography" (in Norwegian). JazzINorge.no. 
  2. ^ a b Fordham, John (15 April 2010). "Terje Rypdal/Bergen Big Band: Crime Scene". London: Guardian.co.uk. 
  3. ^ a b "Terje Rypdal: Crime Scene (2010)" (in Norwegian). AllAboutJazz.no. 

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