Einar Iversen

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Einar Iversen
Also known as Pastor'n
Born (1930-07-27) 27 July 1930 (age 86)
Mandal, Vest-Agder, Norway
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Piano
Labels Ponca Jazz Records
Website www.poncajazzrec.no/iversen

Einar "Pastor'n" Iversen (born 27 July 1930 in Mandal) is a Norwegian jazz pianist and composer and the son of a "pastor." He went into jazz after World War II ended. Through more than sixty years, he has played with everyone in Norwegian jazz.[1][2][3][4][5]


Iversen was raised in Oslo where he studied classical piano under Inge Rolf Ringnes, Artur Schnabel and Finn Mortensen, and quickly established himself at the Oslo jazz scene (1949). He released his first album with Rowland Greenberg's orchestra (1953), and became one of the most respected Norwegian jazz musicians, awarded Buddyprisen (1958).[1][2][4]

He played in a number of theaters, with Dizzy Gillespie at Birdland (1952), on the America Boat with Anthony Ortega (1954) and Modern Jazz Quartet (1955), and was a regular pianist at Metropol Jazz Club, where he played with jazz greats such as Dexter Gordon (1962), Coleman Hawkins (1963), Johnny Griffin (1964), and with Svend Asmussen and Stuff Smith in Sweden 1965. He recorded an album with his own trio (Me and My Piano 1967, reissued 2010). He co-operation with Swedish Putte Wickman and Monica Zetterlund, and Povel Ramel on tour in 1978. In Norway, he participated in a number of releases with Bjarne Nerem, Egil Johansen, Totti Bergh, Nora Brockstedt and Ditlef Eckhoff.[2][5]

He led his own "E. I. Trio" with Tor Hauge (bass) and Jon Christensen (drums). They released Norways first jazz trio recording, Me and my piano in 1967,[6] "Ponca Jazz Records" 2005), containing Jazz standards. On "Gemini Records" he released the album Jazz på norsk (1990), Who can I turn to (1991), Portrait of a norwegian jazz artist – Einar Iversen (2001), and Seaview ("Hazel Records", 2001) With Tine Asmundsen (bass) and Svein Christiansen (drums). Iversen's recent works have been published in Twelve compositions ("Norsk jazzforlag", 2005).[1][2]



Selected discography[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

Collaborative works[edit]

  • 2007 About Time (Hazel Jazz HJ4), with Lill Holen


  1. ^ a b c d Einar, "Pastor'n" Iversen. Store Norske Leksikon. Archived from the original on 15 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Iversen, Einar". Norsk Musikkinnformasjon MIC.no. Archived from the original on 17 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Iversen, Einar Biography". Jazzarkivet.no. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Einar Pastor'n Iversen – et jazzliv". Aschehoug. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ a b "Einar Iversen Biography". Mantor.info. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ a b "Einar Iversen – Me and My Piano – Ponca Jazz" (in Norwegian). JazzINorge.no. 10 February 2011. Retrieved 2012-11-06. 
  7. ^ Jon Rognlien (6 December 2010). "Velskrevet om norsk jazzkjempe" (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. Retrieved 2012-11-06. 

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Preceded by
Arvid Gram Paulsen
Recipient of the Buddyprisen
Succeeded by
Mikkel Flagstad
Preceded by
Torstein Grythe
Recipient of the Veteran class Gammleng-prisen
Succeeded by
Harry Kvebæk