Jon Christensen

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Jon Christensen
Playing with Thomas Morgan (b), Jakob Bro (g) and Palle Mikkelborg 2018
Playing with Thomas Morgan (b), Jakob Bro (g) and Palle Mikkelborg 2018
Background information
Birth nameJon Ivar Christensen
Born(1943-03-20)20 March 1943
Oslo, Norway
Died17 February 2020(2020-02-17) (aged 76)
Oslo, Norway
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
Jon Christensen in Aarhus, Denmark, 2015

Jon Ivar Christensen (20 March 1943 – 18 February 2020)[1] was a Norwegian jazz drummer. He was married to actress, minister, and theater director Ellen Horn,[2][3] and was the father of singer and actress Emilie Stoesen Christensen.[4]


In the late 1960s, Christensen played alongside Jan Garbarek on several recordings by the composer George Russell. He also was a central participant in the jazz band Masqualero, with Arild Andersen, and they reappeared in 2003 for his 60th anniversary.[5] He appears on many recordings on the ECM label with such artists as Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, Terje Rypdal, Bobo Stenson, Eberhard Weber, Ralph Towner, including the seminal 1975 Solstice, Barre Phillips, Arild Andersen, Enrico Rava, John Abercrombie, Michael Mantler, Miroslav Vitous, Rainer Brüninghaus, Charles Lloyd, Dino Saluzzi Jakob Bro, and Tomasz Stanko.[6] Christensen was a member of the Keith Jarrett "European Quartet" of the 1970s, along with Jan Garbarek and Palle Danielsson, which produced five jazz recordings on ECM Records.[2][3]

Jon Christensen died on 18 February 2020, at the age of 76.[1]


  • Jazznytt musician poll, 1967
  • Buddyprisen, Norwegian Jazz Forum, 1967
  • Drummer of the Year, European Jazz Federation, 1975
  • Spellemannprisen, 1977
  • Spellemannprisen, three times with Masqualero, 1983, 1986 and 1991

Discography (in selection)[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • 1976: No Time for Time (Pan)

As sideman[edit]

With Yelena Eckemoff
  • 2015: Everblue (L&H Production)
  • 2020: Nocturnal Animals (L&H Production)
With George Russell
With Lee Konitz, Pony Poindexter, Phil Woods and Leo Wright
With Steve Kuhn
With Jan Garbarek
With Jakob Bro
  • 2015: Gefion (ECM)
  • 2018: Returnings (ECM)
With Bobo Stenson
With Terje Rypdal
With Ketil Bjørnstad
With Keith Jarrett
With Ralph Towner
With Karin Krog, Steve Kuhn and Steve Swallow
  • 1975: We Could Be Flying (Polydor, 1975)
With Eberhard Weber
With Enrico Rava
With Radka Toneff Quintet
  • 1977: Winter Poem (Zarepta)
With Terje Rypdal and Palle Mikkelborg
With Masqualero (Arild Andersen)
  • 1983: Masqualero (Odin)
  • 1986: Bande a Part (ECM)
  • 1988: Aero (ECM)
  • 1989: Re-Enter (ECM)
With Blow Out
  • 1977: Blow Out (Compendium)
With Miroslav Vitous
With Rainer Brüninghaus
With Mike Nock
With John Clark, David Friedman and David Darling
  • 1981: Faces (ECM)
With Harry Pepl and Herbert Joos
With Lillebjørn Nilsen, Arild Andersen, Eivind Aarset, Jan Erik Kongshaug
With John Abercrombie
With Charles Lloyd
With L. Shankar
  • 1989: M.R.C.S. (ECM)
With Sidsel Endresen
  • 1990: So I Write (ECM)
With Knut Riisnæs
  • 1992: Knut Riisnæs - Jon Christensen Featuring John Scofield - Palle Danielsson (Odin)
With Anouar Brahem
With Misha Alperin
With Lars Danielsson, David Liebman and Bobo Stenson
  • 1997: Live at Visiones (Dragon)
With Tomasz Stańko
With Dino Saluzzi
With Jacob Young
With Carsten Dahl and Arild Andersen
With Carl Petter Opsahl and Tord Gustavsen
  • 2008: Love, the Blues (Park Grammofon)
With Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Håkon Kornstad
  • 2011: Mitt Hjerte Altid Vanker – I Live at Oslo Jazzfestival (Compunctio)
  • 2011: Mitt Hjerte Altid Vanker – II Live at Uppsala Sacred Music Festival (Compunctio)


  1. ^ a b Grønneberg, Anders (18 February 2020). "Jon Christensen er død". Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Jon Christensen - Listen to Norway".
  3. ^ a b "Jon Christensen Biography -". 25 February 2020. Store Norske Leksikon (in Norwegian)
  4. ^ "Say and Play - ECM Jon Balke Batagraf". Archived from the original on 22 September 2013. ECM Records
  5. ^ "Jon Christensen fyller 60 - og Masqualero gjenforenes". (in Norwegian)
  6. ^ Andy Gregory (2002), International Who's Who in Popular Music, Routledge (UK), ISBN 978-1-85743-161-2

External links[edit]

Preceded by
No award in 1966
Recipient of the Buddyprisen
Succeeded by
Preceded by Recipient of the Jazz Spellemannprisen
Succeeded by
Preceded by Recipient of the Studio Gammleng-prisen
Succeeded by
Marius Müller,
Nils Petter Nyrén,
Svein Dag Hauge
Preceded by Recipient of the Jazz Spellemannprisen
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