Bjørn Kjellemyr

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Bjørn Kjellemyr
Born (1950-12-04) 4 December 1950 (age 65)
Origin Bamble, Norway
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Bassist
Instruments Double bass
Labels ECM Records
Associated acts Terje Rypdal & The Chasers

Bjørn Kjellemyr (born 4 December 1950 in Bamble, Norway) is a Norwegian Jazz musician (double bass), known from a variety of musical contexts like Terje Rypdal & The Chasers, Joe Henderson, Bob Berg, Chet Baker, Art Farmer, Pat Metheny, Mike Stern, Dag Arnesen, Knut Riisnæs, Jon Eberson, Bugge Wesseltoft, Audun Kleive, Jon Balke, Jan Gunnar Hoff and Ketil Bjørnstad.[1]


Kjellemyr played bass in local rock bands in the Skien area, while he explored the jazz with pianist Rune Klakegg and joined in Guttorm Guttormsen's Big band and Quartet, with performances at the Norwegian Jazz Association's anniversary concerts in 1973 and Moldejazz Festival 1974. He moved to Oslo and studied at Norges Musikkhøgskole (1974–78).[1][2][3]

Kjellemyr lived in Bergen from 1978–80 and was employed at Musikkselskabet Philharmonic Orchestra, and was part of Dag Arnesen Trio and Sextet 1978-79, Søbstad/Arnesen Quartet 1979-80, and appeared at different festivals with such as Jon Balke, Jon Eberson and Erling Aksdal, and has actually performed at every «Moldejazz» since 1974.[1][2]

He has participated in a number of different jazz groups including with Knut Riisnæs, Jon Eberson, Bugge Wesseltoft, Audun Kleive, Jon Balke, Jan Gunnar Hoff, Ketil Bjørnstad, and is particularly known for his long collaboration with guitarist Terje Rypdal.[3] Kjellemyr has played with a series of international jazz greats like Joe Henderson, Bob Berg, Chet Baker, Art Farmer, Pat Metheny and Mike Stern. The bassist has contributed on a large number of recordings, among others on the ECM label. He has also played with singers/songwriters Kari Bremnes, Jan Eggum, Anne Grete Preus and Karoline Krüger.[1]

Kjellemyr received the "Jazz Musician of the Year" (1990) and "Buddy Prize" (1994). He is employed at the 2005 Norges Musikkhøgskole as Associate Professor at the department of jazz and improvised music.[1][3]

With the orchestra Metropolitan he released two albums, Metropolitan (1999) and Love Is Blind (2004). "Metropolitan" is Beate S. Lech, Jon Eberson, Morten Halle, Pål Thowsen and Rob Waring in addition to Kjellemyr. He is an improviser who is comfortable with different musical environments basis. From 1998 he appeared in concerts and recordings with lutenist Rolf Lislevand and his improv/baroque ensembles. Latest recording on ECM with this ensemble in 2008 "Diminuito".[1]


  • 1990: "Jazz Musician of the Year", by The Association of Norwegian jazz musicians
  • 1994: Buddyprisen, by the Norwegian Jazz Forum

Discography (in selection)[edit]

With Knut Riisnæs Quartet
With Terje Rypdal
With Jon Eberson
  • 1985: Stories (CBS Records), Jon Eberson Band
  • 1987: Stash (Odin Records), Trio with Audun Kleive
  • 1990: Blow! (Odin Records), with Morten Halle & Finn Sletten
  • 1992: 2 (Curling Legs), with Morten Halle & Finn Sletten
  • 1993: Live At Rockefeller (Odin Records), with Jazzpunkensemblet
  • 1997: Thirteen Rounds (Curling Legs), with "Jazzpunkensemblet"
With Knut Kristiansen
  • 1987: Monk Memorial
With Ab und Zu
  • 1993: Den akustiske skygge
With Dag Arnesen
  • 1989: Renascent (Odin Records), Trio with Svein Christiansen
  • 1990: The day after (Taurus), Quintet with Wenche Gausdal, Odd Riisnæs and Svein Christiansen
With Jan Gunnar Hoff
  • 1991: Syklus (Odin Records)
  • 1995: Moving (Curling Legs)
  • 1996: Crosslands (Curling Legs)
With Ketil Bjørnstad
With Berit Opheim
With Metropolitan
  • 1999: Metropolitan (Columbia Records)
  • 2004: Love Is Blind (Curling Legs), with strings
With Oslo 13
  • 2001: Live In The North (Curling Legs)
With Kristin Skaare
  • 2008: Var (Grammofon)
With Tore Johansen
  • 2008: Giving (Inner Ear)
  • 2009: Jazz Mass (Inner Ear)
With Geir Lysne Ensemble
  • 2009: The Grieg Code (ACT)
With "Northern Arc"
  • 2012: Northern Arc (Curling Legs)
With Chamber projects


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Kjellemyr, Bjørn - Biography" (in Norwegian). Norsk Musikkinformasjon 
  2. ^ a b "Rekord-bassisten" (in Norwegian). 
  3. ^ a b c "Bjørn Kjellemyr - Biography" (in Norwegian). Store Norske Leksikon 

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Preceded by
Egil Johansen
Recipient of the Buddyprisen
Succeeded by
Per Jørgensen