Nils Landgren (musician)

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Nils Landgren
Landgren in concert
Background information
Birth name Nils Lennart Landgren
Born (1956-02-15) 15 February 1956 (age 61)
Degerfors, Sweden
Genres Jazz, R&B, funk, rock, soul, hip hop
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Trombone
Years active 1978–present
Labels ACT
Associated acts Ball of Fire, Nils Landgren Funk Unit

Nils Landgren (born 15 February 1956 in Degerfors, Sweden) is a Swedish R&B, funk and jazz trombone player.[1]


Between 1972 and 1978 he studied classical trombone at the music college in Karlstad, Sweden and continued his education in the university in Arvika. Upon meeting the Swedish Folk-Jazz pioneer Bengt-Arne Wallin as well as trombonist Eje Thelin, Landgren was persuaded to move from his strict classical studies to improvisation and to begin the development of his own sound and approach to music.[1]

After his graduation, Nils moved to Stockholm to work as a professional trombone player. He was soon touring with the successful Swedish pop star, Björn Skifs.[2] Björn Skifs' band, Blue Swede, recorded a number one hit song in the U.S. pop charts with "Hooked on a Feeling".[1][3] Thad Jones in 1981 invited Landgren to join his new big band project, called Ball of Fire, as the lead-trombonist. Since adulthood, Landgren has covered a wide number of genres involved in most styles equally: jazz and rock, soul and hip hop, big band sessions, and solo work. By his own reckoning, Landgren's contributions grace at least 500 albums including such international stars as ABBA, The Crusaders, Eddie Harris, Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, Wyclef Jean and Herbie Hancock.

In 1983 Landgren recorded and released his debut album as a solo artist. Planet Rock,[2] followed by Streetfighter in 1984, You Are My Number One in 1985, Miles from Duke with Bengt-Arne Wallin in 1987, Chapter Two 1 in 1987, Chapter Two 2 and Follow Your Heart in 1989. Between 1985 and 1987 Nils also performed as actor, singer, trombonist, and dancer in over 360 performances of the Swedish "play of the year", SKÅL, as well as appearing in several TV-films as an actor.[3]

In 1992 the first performances and recording of the Nils Landgren Unit took place. His breakthrough beyond Scandinavia occurred in 1994: It was at the Jazz Baltica Festival at Salzau in Germany, that the "Unit" became the Nils Landgren Funk Unit. The album "Live in Stockholm" (ACT 9223-2) was released that year and was the foundation for the collaboration with Siegfried Loch and his then nascent ACT label.[3]


  • Jazz Award in Germany 1997 with Paint It Blue[1]
  • "Tore Ehrling prize" 2002 by the Swedish Society of Popular Composers for "His outstanding contribution to spread swedish jazz music around the globe"[4]

Discography (in selection)[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

  • 1983: Planet Rock (Frituna/ACT)
  • 1984: Streetfighter (Frituna/ACT)
  • 1985: You Are My Nr. 1 (Frituna/ACT)
  • 1990: Follow Your Heart (Caprice/ACT)
  • 1992: Red Horn (Caprice/ACT)
  • 1993: Ballads (ACT, 1993/98)
  • 1996: Gotland (ACT)
  • 2001: The First Unit (ACT)
  • 2002: Sentimental Journey (ACT)
  • 2016: Some Other Time – A Tribute to Leonard Bernstein (ACT)

Nils Landgren Funk Unit[edit]

  • 1995: Live in Stockholm (ACT, 1994–1995), with Maceo Parker
  • 1996: Paint It Blue (ACT)
  • 1998: Live in Montreux (ACT)
  • 1999: 5000 Miles (1999) (ACT)
  • 2001: Fonk Da World (ACT)
  • 2004: Funky ABBA (ACT)
  • 2007: License to Funk (ACT)
  • 2010: Funk for Life (ACT)
  • 2013: Teamwork (ACT)
  • 2014: Eternal Beauty (ACT)

Collaborative works[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Nils Landgren (Schweden) Posaune". Retrieved 2012-11-24. 
  2. ^ a b Monger, James. "Nils Landgren: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-09-23. 
  3. ^ a b c "Nils Landgren – Esbjörn Svensson". Retrieved 2012-11-24. 
  4. ^ "Nils Landgren Biography". Retrieved 2012-11-24. 
  5. ^ Kelman, John (22 April 2008). "Wolfgang Haffner: Acoustic Shapes Review". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2012-11-24. 
  6. ^ "Nils Landgren- trombone, vocals". Retrieved 2012-11-24. 

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