Jon Christensen

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For the former member of the United States House of Representatives named Jon Christensen, see Jon Lynn Christensen.
Jon Christensen
Birth name Jon Ivar Christensen
Born (1943-03-20) 20 March 1943 (age 72)
Origin Norway
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Drums, percussions

Jon Ivar Christensen (born 20 March 1943 in Oslo, Norway) is a Norwegian jazz musician (drums and percussion), married to actor, minister and theater director Ellen Horn (born 1951),[1][2] and the father of singer and actress Emilie Stoesen Christensen (born 1986).[3]


In the late 1960s Christensen played alongside Jan Garbarek on several recordings by the composer George Russell. He also was a central participant in the Jazz band, Masqualero, with Arild Andersen, and they reappeared in 2003 for his 60th anniversary.[4] He appears on many recordings on the ECM label with such artists as Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, Bobo Stenson, Eberhard Weber, Ralph Towner, Barre Phillips, Arild Andersen, Enrico Rava, John Abercrombie, Michael Mantler, Miroslav Vitous, Rainer Brüninghaus, Charles Lloyd, Dino Saluzzi and Tomasz Stanko.[5] He, along with Jan Garbarek and Palle Danielsson, was a member of the legendary Keith Jarrett "European Quartet" of the 1970s which produced five excellent jazz recordings on ECM Records.[1][2]


  • Jazznytt musician poll 1967
  • Buddyprisen 1967, from the Norwegian Jazz Forum
  • Drummer of the Year 1975, by the European Jazz Federation
  • 1976 he made the first record under his own name, "No Time for Time" with his young colleague Pål Thowsen, and won the Spellemannprisen for this (1977)
  • Spellemannprisen three times with Masqualero (1983, 1986 and 1991)

Discography (in selection)[edit]

As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With George Russell
With Steve Kuhn
With Jan Garbarek
With Bobo Stenson
With Terje Rypdal
With Ketil Bjørnstad
With Keith Jarrett
With Ralph Towner
With Karin Krog, Steve Kuhn and Steve Swallow - quartet
  • 1975: We Could Be Flying (Polydor, 1975)
With Eberhard Weber
With Enrico Rava
With Radka Toneff Quintet
  • 1977: Winter Poem (Zarepta)
With Terje Rypdal and Palle Mikkelborg
With Masqualero (Arild Andersen)
  • 1983: Masqualero (Odin Records)
  • 1986: Bande a Part (ECM)
  • 1988: Aero (ECM)
  • 1989: Re-Enter (ECM)
With Blow Out
With Miroslav Vitous
With Rainer Brüninghaus
With Mike Nock
With John Clark, David Friedman and David Darling
  • 1981: Faces (ECM)
With Harry Pepl and Herbert Joos - trio
With John Abercrombie
With Charles Lloyd
With L. Shankar
  • 1989: M.R.C.S. (ECM)
With Sidsel Endresen
With Knut Riisnæs
  • 1992: Knut Riisnæs - Jon Christensen Featuring John Scofield - Palle Danielsson (Odin Records)
With Anouar Brahem
With Misha Alperin
With Lars Danielsson, David Liebman and Bobo Stenson - quartet
  • 1997: Live At Visiones (Dragon Records)
With Tomasz Stańko
With Dino Saluzzi
With Jacob Young
With Carsten Dahl and Arild Andersen - trio
With Carl Petter Opsahl and Tord Gustavsen
  • 2008: Love, The Blues (Park Grammofon)
With Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Håkon Kornstad trio
  • 2011: Mitt Hjerte Altid Vanker – I Live at Oslo Jazzfestival (Compunctio)
  • 2011: Mitt Hjerte Altid Vanker – II Live at Uppsala Sacred Music Festival (Compunctio)


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Preceded by
No award in 1966
Recipient of the Buddyprisen
Succeeded by
Jan Garbarek
Preceded by
Bjarne Nerem
Recipient of the Jazz Spellemannprisen
Succeeded by
Laila Dalseth
Preceded by
Frode Thingnæs,
Henryk Lysiak,
Sveinung Hovensjø
Recipient of the Studio Gammleng-prisen
Succeeded by
Marius Müller,
Nils Petter Nyrén,
Svein Dag Hauge
Preceded by
Recipient of the Jazz Spellemannprisen
Succeeded by
Radka Toneff