Kjell Bartholdsen

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Kjell Bartholdsen
Born (1938-10-02)2 October 1938
Hammerfest, Finnmark
Origin Norway
Died 6 November 2009(2009-11-06) (aged 71)
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Tenor saxophone, clarinet

Kjell Bartholdsen (2 October 1938 in Hammerfest – 6 November 2009) was a Norwegian jazz musician (saxophone), that lived in Bodø from 1968.[1]


Bartholdsen was a piano tuner by profession, and he was also a central person on the northern Norwegian jazz scene. His instruments were tenor saxophone, and clarinet (in his early career). He played at Moldejazz in 1974, Nattjazz in 1975, Kongsberg Jazzfestival in 1976, Vossajazz in 1978 as well as several times in the Festival of North Norway and with Concerts Norway. He had to retire in 1988 after a stroke, and had also suffered from bad eyesight during his career. He died in November 2009.[2]



Solo albums[edit]

  • 2008: Arctic Bird (Turn Left Prod)

Collaborative works[edit]

  • 2001: Jazz From North Norway (Gemini Records), Distant Reports with various artists[3]


  1. ^ Henriksen, Petter, ed. (2007). "Kjell Bartholdsen". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Linjordet, Arne (18 December 2009). "Kjell Bartholdsen (obituary)". Nordlys (in Norwegian). p. 44. 
  3. ^ "Kjell Bartholdsen Discography". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
Preceded by
Recipient of the Stubøprisen
Succeeded by
Henning Gravrok