Frode Kjekstad

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Frode Kjekstad
Born (1974-11-23) 23 November 1974 (age 42)
Lier, Norway
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Guitar
Labels Curling Legs

Frode Kjekstad (born 23 November 1974 in Lier, Norway) is a Norwegian jazz musician (guitar), married to jazz singer Aina Fridén, and known from cooperations and recordings with jazz musicians like Lonnie Smith, Eric Alexander, Frank Foster, Johnny Griffin, Don Menza, Jim Morrison, Mark Nightingale, Claire Martin, Deborah Brown, and Wendell Brunious.[1][2]


Kjekstad released his debut solo album New York Time in 2004, with Lonnie Smith, Eric Alexander and Byron Landham.[1] The follow up album didn't come before until 2012, The Italian Job, receiving favourable reviews in the international jazz press.[3]

He works as a music teacher at Rud Upper Secondary School.[4]


  • 2013: Asker Jazzklubb honorary award[5]


Solo albums[edit]


  • 1999: Lining Up! (SS Records), with "Sandvika Storband"
  • 2003: Songs After You (Runar Andersen Records), with Runar Andersen & Janne Kjellsen
  • 2004: Bigbandblast! (Real Records), within Børre Dalhaug's "Bigbandblast"[6]
  • 2005: Live at Bærum Kulturhus (Trumpet Jungle), with Sandvika Storband[2][7]
  • 2007: Comes Love (Park Grammofon), with Majken Christiansen
  • 2009: Ski Loves You ... Madly! (daWorks Entertainment), with Majken Christiansen & "Ski Storband"[2]


  1. ^ a b c Hammerø, Tor (16 January 2004). "Frode Kjekstad: New York Time Review". Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Frode Kjekstad – The Italian Job – Release 16. November 2012". Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  3. ^ a b Patterson, Ian (18 October 2013). "Frode Kjekstad: The Italian Job (2013) Track Review". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
  4. ^ Jensen, Sonia Anita (17 October 2013). "Alexander Rybaks lærer vant selv pris" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  5. ^ Brauer, Camilla Slaatun (11 March 2013). "Hederspris til Frode Kjekstad" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
  6. ^ Gorseth, Olav (22 September 2004). "Dødelig presist – Storbandplate produsert lag på lag" (in Norwegian). Bergens Tidende. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  7. ^ Hammerø, Tor (19 September 2005). "Sandvika Storband: Live At Bærum Kulturhus". Retrieved 2012-11-21. 

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