Karin Krog

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Karin Krog
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Background information
Born (1937-05-15) 15 May 1937 (age 79)
Origin Oslo, Norway
Genres Vocal jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Labels Meantime Records
Website www.karinkrog.no

Karin Krog (born 15 May 1937 in Oslo, Norway) is one of the leading Norwegian jazz singers, the great granddaughter of Anders Heyerdahl (1832–1918), a Norwegian composer, musician, genealogist, folklorist and local historian, and married (1957–2001) to the jazz journalist Johannes (Johs.) Bergh (1932–2001).[1][2] She is able to sing anything from standards to free improvisations.[3]

Life and career[edit]

Karin Krog with BBB 2014.
Karin Krog with BBB 2014.
(Photo by Knut Andersen)

Krog started singing jazz as a teenager, and attracted justified attention during jam sessions in Oslo. In 1955 she was hired by the pianist Kjell Karlsen to sing in his sextet.[1][2]

In 1962 she started her first band and that same year she became a student of the Norwegian-American singer Anne Brown. Karin studied with Brown until 1969. In the 1960s she performed with the rhythm and blues band Public Enemies, releasing the hit singles Sunny and Watermelon Man.[1][2][4]

During her career, she has worked with musicians such as Vigleik Storaas, Jacob Young, Terje Rypdal, Arild Andersen, Jan Garbarek, Dexter Gordon, Kenny Drew, Don Ellis, Steve Kuhn, Archie Shepp, Paul Bley, John Surman, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Red Mitchell, and Bengt Hallberg among others.[1][2][5][6]

In 1994 she was the first Norwegian artist to release an album on U.S. Verve, an anniversary album with cuts from the last 30 years of record production - and the appropriate title Jubilee.[2]


Selected discography[edit]

Solo recordings[edit]

  • 1964: By Myself (Philips)
  • 1966: Jazz Moments (Sonet)
  • 1968: Joy (P-Vine Records)
  • 1970: Some Other Spring (Sonet) - with Dexter Gordon
  • 1974: You Must Believe in Spring (Meantime)
  • 1974: George Gershwin + Karin Krog (Meantime)
  • 1974: We Could Be Flying (P-Vine Records)
  • 1974: Different Days, Different Ways (Philips)
  • 1977: A Song for You (Phontastic)
  • 1980: With Malice Toward None (Bluebell)
  • 1986: Freestyle (Odin)
  • 1989: Something Borrowed, Something Blue (Meantime)
  • 1993: Karin Krog Sings Gershwin (Meantime)
  • 1995: Jubilee (Verve)
  • 1996: Huskonsert I Aurskog Musikk Av Og Etter Anders Heyerdahl (Meantime)
  • 2001: Karin's Voyage (Universal)
  • 2002: Raindrops, Raindrops (Crippled Dick Hot Wax)
  • 2003: Where Flamingos Fly (Norway Music), with guitarist Jacob Young
  • 2003: Where You At? (Enja)
  • 2006: Sweet Talker - The Best of Karin Krog (Grappa)
  • 2008: Oslo Calling (Meantime)
  • 2011: Folkways (Meantime)[7]
  • 2013: Songs About This And That (Meantime Records), feat. John Surman, including with Ivar Kolve, Bjørn Klakegg, Terje Gewelt and Tom Olstad

With John Surman[edit]

With various artists[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Stendahl, Bjørn (2009-02-13). "Karin Krog Extended Biography". Norsk Biografisk Leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Krog, Karin - Biography" (in Norwegian). MIC.no. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  3. ^ "Karin Krog Music Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  4. ^ a b "Karin Krog kaller Oslo" (in Norwegian). Ballade.no. Retrieved 2013-10-07. )
  5. ^ "Glimt fra gamle dager: Se unike fotos fra NRK-jazzens gullalder" (in Norwegian). NRK Jazz. Retrieved 2013-10-07. )
  6. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Karin Krog: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-02-06. 
  7. ^ Fordham, John (2011-03-03). "Karin Krog: Folkways – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-10-07. )

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Øistein Ringstad
Recipient of the Jazz Buddyprisen
Succeeded by
No award in 1966
Preceded by
Jan Garbarek
Recipient of the Jazz Gammleng-prisen
Succeeded by
Arild Andersen
Preceded by
Espen Ruud Sextett
Recipient of the Jazz Spellemannprisen
Succeeded by
Petter Wettre and
Per Oddvar Johansen
Preceded by
Kirsten Bråten Berg
Recipient of the Radka Toneff Memorial Award
Succeeded by
Per Jørgensen
Preceded by
Sidsel Endresen and
Stian Westerhus
Recipient of the Jazz Spellemannprisen
Succeeded by
Marius Neset and
Trondheim Jazz Orchestra