Per Jørgensen

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Per Jørgensen
Per Jørgensen Nattjazz 2015-2.jpg
Jørgensen with Agbaland at Nattjazz 2015.
(Photo by Knut Andersen)
Background information
Born (1952-09-09) 9 September 1952 (age 64)
Bergen, Hordaland
Origin Norway
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Multi-instrumentalist, trumpet, vocalist
Labels ECM, NorCD, Odin Records
Associated acts JøKleBa

Per Jørgensen (born 9 September 1952 in Bergen, Norway) is a Norwegian multi-instrumentalist with trumpet as his main instrument, also known for his resilient vocal contributions, in collaboration with Dag Arnesen, Knut Kristiansen, Alex Riel, Jon Christensen, Jon Balke, Audun Kleive, Jan Gunnar Hoff, Marilyn Mazur, Nils Petter Molvær, Bugge Wesseltoft and Terje Isungset among others.[1][2]


Jørgensen was a major voice in Bergen Jazz Community in the 1970s, with marked musical performances with bands such as Danmarksplass Rock og Jazz (trumpet and voice) with the young saxophoneplayer Olav Dale from Voss and the profound Bergen guitarist Ole Thomsen, now central member of the Bergen Big Band.[3] He was also a central member of the Bergen Blues Band (guitar and voice) and Knut Kristiansen Kvintett, and later on 'Tamma', JøKleBa, Magnetic North Orchestra[3] and in various duo projects with Jon Balke,[4] Terje Isungset and others.[5][6]

In 1991, Jørgensen was awarded "Vossajazzprisen" for his contribution to jazz in Hordaland, and was the same year he was elected "FNJ" (The Norwegian Jazz Musicians Federation) "Jazz Musician of the Year". From 1992 he held a Trio ("J.I.G.") in Bergen together with Terje Isungset and Ole Amund Gjersvik, in 1993 he also had a trio collaboration with Eldbjørg Raknes and Christian Wallumrød, and toured with Jon Balke & Magnetic North Orchestra (recording in 1993 released 1995, another release 2002 and one in 2004). In 1995 he was a soloist with the "Veslefrekk" at Vossajazz.[1]

Jørgensen has extensive collaboration with many international performers including guitarist Tobias Sjögren with Unspoken Songs and The Thule Spirit (2006),[7] and percursjonist Marilyn Mazur with firstly Circular Chant (1995) with among others Nils Petter Molvær and Bugge Wesseltoft.[3][8]



Album participations:

With JøKleBa
With Jon Balke and Magnetic North Orchestra
  • 1992: Further – (ECM) – trumpet, vocals
  • 1995: Solarized – (Emarcy) – trumpet, vocals
  • 2002: Kyanos – (ECM) – trumpet, vocals
  • 2004: Diverted travels – (ECM) – trumpet, vocals
  • 2012: Magnetic Works 1993–2001 (ECM), compilation
Duo with Tobias Sjøgren
  • 1996: Unspoken Words – trumpet, vocals
  • 2006: The Thule Spirit – (ToBeJazz Music) – trumpet, vocals
With other projects

As producer:

As composer/songwriter


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Preceded by
Knut Kristiansen
Recipient of the Vossajazzprisen
Succeeded by
Dag Arnesen
Preceded by
Bjørn Kjellemyr
Recipient of the Buddyprisen
Succeeded by
Ole Jacob Hansen
Preceded by
Karin Krog
Recipient of the Radka Toneff Memorial Award
Succeeded by
Live Maria Roggen