Bjørn Alterhaug

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Bjørn Alterhaug
Bjørn Alterhaug Quintet at Vossajazz 2016.
Background information
Born (1945-06-03) 3 June 1945 (age 71)
Mo i Rana, Nordland, Norway
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Upright bass

Bjørn Alterhaug (born 3 June 1945) is a Norwegian jazz bassist, arranger, composer and professor of music.[1]


Alterhaug was born in Mo i Rana, Norway. He is one of the grand masters among European bassplayers and has been leading an international career in jazz since the late 1960s. He has played and worked with a great number of international greats such as Lee Konitz, Warne Marsh, Chet Baker, Thorgeir Stubø, Joe Henderson, Lucky Thompson, Sheila Jordan, Vigleik Storaas, Karin Krog, John Surman, Ben Webster and Clark Terry. He continues to lead his post as a professor at the Institute of Music at Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet in Trondheim, Norway and has taught on the Jazz programme there since the start in 1979.[1][2]


Bibliography (in selection)[edit]

  • Good morning, Duke (1999)
  • A song - not too happy (1999)
  • Bass means love (2004)
  • A ballad (2004)
  • Improvisation on a triple theme: creativity, jazz improvisation and communication (2004)
  • Old Louis (2005)
  • Moments (2005)
  • Long ago (2005)
  • Snake talk (2005)
  • At the waters edge (2005)
  • January morning (2005)
  • Ballad to an old bass (2005)
  • Maybe (2005)
  • Epitaph (2005)
  • Hymn to grotesque beauty (2005)
  • Bluza 33 (2006)
  • Mellom panikk og kjedsomhet (2006)
  • Improvisation, action learning and action research (2007)
  • Beep (2008)
  • Kyrie (2009)
  • Songlines (2009)
  • Kyrie (2009)
  • Bird lovers (2009)
  • Shailén (2009)
  • Message from a sad dolphin (2009)
  • Christmas song for children of Thelonius Monk (2010)


Solo albums[edit]

With Bjørn Alterhaug Quintet



External links[edit]

Preceded by
Asmund Bjørken
Recipient of the Buddyprisen
Succeeded by
Laila Dalseth
Preceded by
Laila Dalseth
Recipient of the Jazz Spellemannsprisen
Succeeded by
Frode Thingnæs Quintet
Preceded by
Magni Wentzel
Recipient of the Jazz Gammleng-prisen
Succeeded by
Terje Rypdal