Palle Mikkelborg

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Palle Mikkelborg
Mikkelborg, performing at the Moers Festival, 2010
Mikkelborg, performing at the Moers Festival, 2010
Background information
Born (1941-03-06) 6 March 1941 (age 81)
Copenhagen, Denmark
GenresJazz, jazz fusion
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, arranger, record producer
Instrument(s)Trumpet and flugelhorn
Years active1960–present
Palle Mikkelborg: Playing in Aarhus, Denmark.
Palle Mikkelborg 2017.

Palle Mikkelborg (born 6 March 1941)[1] is a Danish jazz trumpet player, composer, arranger and record producer.[2][3]

He is self-taught on the trumpet, although he studied conducting at the Royal Music Conservatory in Copenhagen.[1] He became a professional musician in 1960 and joined the Danish Radiojazzgruppen three years later.[1] Mikkelborg became their leader in 1967 and retained that position until 1972.[1] In addition, he was a member of the Radioens Big Band over a similar time frame.[1] He played trumpet in both, but also wrote, arranged, and conducted both.[1] Forming a jazz quintet with drummer, Alex Riel they performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival and Newport Jazz Festival (1968).[1] He later led an octet, V8, in the 1970s, and another outfit, Entrance, from the mid-1970s until 1985.[1] His composition were made for various ensembles, including extended pieces for larger outfits.

In 1984, he composed Aura, a tribute to Miles Davis.[1]


As Leader

  • The Mysterious Corona (Debut, 1967)
  • Anything but Grey (Columbia, 1992)
  • Futopia (Columbia, 1993)
  • Song .... Tread Lightly (Columbia, 2000)
  • Voice of Silence: Homage to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Stunt, 2013)

With Danish Radio Big Band

  • Brownsville Trolley Line (Sonet, 1970) as conductor – recorded in 1969

With Miles Davis

  • Aura (Columbia, 1989)

With Dexter Gordon

With George Gruntz

With Gary Peacock

With Terje Rypdal

With Dino Saluzzi

With Edward Vesala

With Thomas Clausen

With Jakob Bro


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Who's Who of Jazz (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 282. ISBN 0-85112-580-8.
  2. ^ "Nordic Sound 2001" (in German). Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Palle Mikkelborg". Archived from the original on 3 May 2011. Retrieved 18 January 2013.

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