Palle Danielsson

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Palle Danielsson
Palle Danielsson.jpg
Danielsson in 2008
Background information
Birth name Nils Paul Danielsson
Born (1946-10-15) October 15, 1946 (age 71)
Origin Stockholm, Sweden
Genres Free jazz
Post bop
Occupation(s) Bandleader, Composer, Double bassist
Instruments Double bass
Associated acts Keith Jarrett
Palle Danielsson in Aarhus, Denmark 2017

Nils Paul "Palle" Danielsson (born October 15, 1946) is a Swedish jazz double bassist born in Stockholm, Sweden, From 1974 to 1979, he was a member of Keith Jarrett's European quartet.

He is the brother of pianist and composer Monica Dominique.


Danielsson's childhood was an especially musical one; his first instrument was the harmonica, which he started playing at the age of two. By age eight he was playing violin, which he continued to play and study for roughly five years. Around this time he became interested in jazz music and started to play the double bass. By the time he was fifteen, Danielsson was playing professionally. Having studied at the Stockholm Royal Academy of Music (1962–1966), he began to play with well-known Scandinavian musicians such as Eje Thelin, Bobo Stenson, Jan Garbarek and took up international collaborations, e.g. with Lee Konitz and Steve Kuhn.

Danielsson has worked with various acclaimed musicians, among them Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, Kenny Wheeler, Geri Allen, Michel Petrucciani, Charles Lloyd, Peter Erskine, Elvin Jones, Ben Webster, Charlie Shavers, George Russell, Albert Mangelsdorff, Enrico Rava, Collin Walcott, Tomasz Stańko and John Taylor. He has also led and co-led several bands in Sweden, and released several recordings.


With Geri Allen

With Anouar Brahem

  • Togetherness (Dominique, 2012)

With Peter Erskine

With Jan Garbarek

With Keith Jarrett

With Lee Konitz

With Steve Kuhn

With Charles Lloyd

With Michel Petrucciani

With Enrico Rava

With Dino Saluzzi

With Tomasz Stańko

With Edward Vesala

With Collin Walcott