Per Husby

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Per Husby
Per Husby Dedications Orchestra Victoria Oslo Jazzfestival (190408).jpg
Per Husby at Oslo jazzfestival (2016).
Background information
Born (1949-04-02) 2 April 1949 (age 68)
Oslo, Norway
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Piano

Per Husby (born 2 April 1949 in Oslo)[1] is a Norwegian jazz pianist, composer, teacher, civil engineer, and orchestra leader known for a number of recordings.


Husby was raised in Oslo together with jazz enthusiasts like jazz journalist Knut Borge, and their jazz interest flourished in postwar Oslo.[2]

He studied piano at the Music Conservatory of Oslo (1962–67), and became a in acoustics (under Asbjørn Krokstad) at the Norwegian Institute of Technology (1973), followed up with studies in jazz at Berklee in Boston. In Trondheim (1971–80) he worked with the local big band Bodega Band where he (and bassist Jan Tro) wrote a large amount of music on many recordings. Later, Husby played in groups led by Asmund Bjørken and Bjørn Alterhaug, and was a musical director at the local theatre Trøndelag Teater (1975–80).

Husby led his own septet, (1975–78), quintet (1980–83), and released records with his 13-piece Per Husby Dedication Orchestra (13 tracks).

In Oslo (1980-) he was leader of the Federation of Norwegian Jazz musicians (1983–85), and co-edited the Norwegian Jazz Magazine Jazznytt (1981–84). He became publicly best known through 20 years' regular engagements as a pianist/orchestra leader on Norwegian TV Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, including 11 years as a musical director for the "memory lane" TV series Da Capo.

Husby has produced and played with Hilde Louise Asbjørnsen, and plays in tenor saxophonist Bodil Niska quartet as well as with singer Laila Dalseth. He has through the years worked as an accompanist for several visiting jazz soloists such as Chet Baker (heard on The Improviser, Cadence Jazz Records), Clark Terry, Joe Henderson, Pepper Adams, Kenny Wheeler, James Moody and Karin Krog.


  • 1985: Molderosen at the Moldejazz
  • 1985: Work of the year 1985, elected by the composer's organisation NOPA in for Poesi
  • 1985: Spellemannprisen in the class Jazz, for the album Dedications
  • 198p: Buddyprisen by The Norwegian jazz federation's honorary award



  • Poesi (1985)
  • Two pieces for brass quintet"(1987),
  • Stråler mellom fjell (2000)
  • Inverness wedding (2001)
  • Mythos (2002)
  • Vårsong/For ein dag (2002)
  • Half a nice day (2002).


Preceded by
Laila Dalseth
Recipient of the Jazz Spellemannprisen
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Carl Morten Iversen & Terje Venaas
Recipient of the Buddyprisen
Succeeded by
John Pål Inderberg