Frode Thingnæs

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Frode Thingnæs
Born(1940-03-20)20 March 1940
Nore og Uvdal, Buskerud
Died15 November 2012(2012-11-15) (aged 72)
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, conductor
InstrumentsTrombone, trumpet
Associated actsFrode Thingnæs Quintet

Frode Thingnæs (20 March 1940 – 15 November 2012)[1] was a Norwegian jazz composer,[2] arranger, conductor and trombone player and formed the quintet Frode Thingnæs Quintet in 1960.[3][4]


Thingnæs was a Norwegian jazz trombonist, band leader and composer. Thingnæs picked up the trumpet at age eight when he started to play in the Sinsen school band, but switched to trombone in 1953. He received his music education at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, and from 1959 on wards performed with the bands of Bjørn Jacobsen, Gunnar Brostigen, Mikkel Flagstad and Kjell Karlsen. Since 1961 Thingnæs has led his own quartet, which over time has included musicians such as Egil Kapstad, Terje Rypdal, Laila Dalseth, Espen Rud, Bjørn Alterhaug and Per Husby. His own quintet, Frode Thingnæs Quintet, was included on Norway's first jazz album, released in 1963.[3] In 1967 Thingnæs was named best trombonist in the magazine 'Jazznytt musician vote', and in 1969 he led his Norwegian sextet at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival.[3]

Thingnæs was kapellmeister at Norway's most famous revue theatre, Chat Noir, in 1960, and collaborated with entertainers Einar Schanke, Alfred Næss and actor Yngvar Numme. On the pop music scene, he made contributions over a period to Popol Ace, and was also a conductor for the Norwegian Radio Orchestra. Together with Philip Kruse, Thingnæs wrote the music for the Norwegian Eurovision Song Contest entries "Hvor er du?" (1974, English title "The First Day of Love") and "Mata Hari" (1976), both performed by his former wife, Anne-Karine Strøm. Both Thingnæs and Strøm were members of jury member Finn Eriksen's orchestra, at the time. Other pop music collaborations include Wenche Myhre, Lill Lindfors and Svante Thuresson, and production credits for, among others, Bodega Band (1977).

Thingnæs was a member and conductor of the Defense Staff Marching Orchestra (FSMK) for more than 30 years, and conductor for Norway's most high-profile Janissary orchestra, Kampen Janitsjarorkester. His most renowned original works may be Wheels and the Flåklypa ballet (1985) at the Norwegian National Opera. In latter years, Thingnæs led a quintet together with Harald Gundhus.

Frode Thingnæs died in November 2012, aged 72 in Oslo. In 1970 he was awarded the buddy prize, followed ten years later (for Direct to Dish) by the Spellemann prize in the jazz category and in 1983 by the Gammleng prize for jazz.

In addition, Thingnæs worked as a conductor at two Oslo theaters, conducted the Forsvarets staff music corps and for over thirty years the Kampen Janitsjarorkester. He composed for the Melodi Grand Prix in 1974 Hvor er du? and 1976 Mata Hari (both times for Anne-Karine Strøm). His Flåklypaballetten for symphony orchestra was performed at the Norwegian Opera in 1985. In the same year he created his Sonnets to Sundry Notes of Music for symphony orchestra, big band and choir based on texts by Shakespeare.


  • 1970: Buddyprisen awarded by the Norwegian Jazz Federation
  • 1980: Spellemannprisen in the class Jazz for the album Direct to Dish
  • 1999: The Norwegian King's Medal of Merit in gold
  • 1999: Honorary citizen of New Orleans[4]

Personal life[edit]

Thingnæs was married to actor and drama teacher Marianne Mørk (b. 16 May 1953) on 2 June 1979. They had two children together: pianist Magnus Alexander Mørk Thingnæs (b. 1984), and filmmaker Maren Victoria Thingnæs (b. 1991).[5]

Selected discography[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

Big Band
Frode Thingnæs Quintet


Kampen Janitsjarorkester
  • 1990: Sing as we Go (Kampen Janitsjar)
  • 2002: From Kampen to New Orleans (Kampen Janitsjar)
  • 2008: Samspill(Kampen Janitsjar)
With Bjørn Alterhaug, Bjørn Johansen, Egil Kapstad & Laila Dalseth
  • 1991: Some Other Time (Gemini Records)
Antonsen Big Band
  • 2007: Antonsen Big Band (Ponca Jazz)
Kjell Karlsen Big Band


  1. ^ "Frode Thingnæs, Komponist, Trombonist, Arrangør". Norsk musikkinformasjon Retrieved 2013-11-04.
  2. ^ Endresen, Oluf (2008-01-18). "Festaften med Thingnæs" (in Norwegian). Østlandets Blad. Archived from the original on 2012-09-05. Retrieved 2013-11-04.
  3. ^ a b c Halvorsen, Tore (2009-02-13). "Frode Thingnæs Extended Biography". Norsk Biografisk Leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2013-11-04.
  4. ^ a b AV: oslo (NTB) (2012-11-15). "Frode Thingnæs er død" (in Norwegian). Aftenposten. Retrieved 2013-11-04.
  5. ^ Røiland, Gro Birgitte (2012-08-30). "Storslått jungelbok fra Marianne Mørk" (in Norwegian). Østlandets Blad. Retrieved 2013-11-04.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Republic of Ireland Noel Kelehan
Eurovision Song Contest conductor
Succeeded by
Republic of Ireland Frank McNamara
Preceded by
Frode Thingnæs
Recipient of the Buddyprisen
Succeeded by
Carl Magnus Neumann
Preceded by
Bjørn Alterhaug
Recipient of the Jazz Spellemannsprisen
Succeeded by
Thorgeir Stubø