Sean Bergin

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Sean Bergin
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Background information
Born (1948-06-29)29 June 1948
Durban, South Africa
Died 1 September 2012(2012-09-01) (aged 64)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Genres Avant-garde jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, educator, bandleader
Instruments Saxophone, Flute
Years active 1970s-2000s
Labels Nimbus Records, Data Records, BV Haast
Website Sean

Sean Bergin (29 June 1948 – 1 September 2012) was an avant-garde jazz saxophonist and flautist originally from South Africa.[1][2]

Bergin was born in Durban on 29 June 1948. He was a saxophonist, flautist, composer, educator and bandleader. In his youth Bergin was influenced by the rich South African jazz. During apartheid, he performed illegally with black musicians. He is one of the expatriates of South African jazz to find success elsewhere. From 1976 he lived in Amsterdam. In addition to his M.O.B. ("My Own Band") project, Bergin was active in Trio San Francisco (a saxophone-trio with Tobias Delius and Daniele D’Agaro), the Bug Band (with Paul Stocker), and in several Tristan Honsinger formations. He worked with Mal Waldron, Louis Moholo, Ernst Reijseger, Boi Akih and Miriam Makeba. He won the VPRO/Boy Edgar Award in 2000.[3]


As Leader[edit]

  • Kids Mysteries (Nimbus Records)
  • Live at the BIMhuis (BV Haast)
  • Copy Cat (BV Haast)
  • MOB Mobiel (Data Records)
  • Nansika: Plays the Music of South African Composers (Data Records)
  • Song Mob: Fat Fish (Data Records)
  • Mistakes - with Ernst Reijseger (Data Records)
  • Chicken Feet (Pingo)
  • Jazz for Freedom (Varajazz 1990)
  • Tale Of Three City's - with Rogério Bicudo (Pingo)
  • Mixing It - with Rogério Bicudo (Pingo)
  • Lavoro - with Tristan Honsinger (CAM 019)

As contributor[edit]

  • Alex Maguire's Cat O'Nine Tails - Hoki-Poki (WIRE 001)
  • J.C. Tans + Rockets - Bust Out! (BV Haast Records 1983)
  • Harry Miller Quintet - Down South (Varajazz 1984)
  • J.C. Tans + Rockets - A Rocket Symphony (BV Haast Records 1985)
  • Tristan Honsinger - Picnic (DATA Records 1985)
  • Barry Altschul Quartet - That's Nice (Soul Note 1986)
  • Louis Moholo's Viva La Black - Louis Moholo's Viva La Black (Ogun 1988)
  • Louis Moholo's Viva La Black - Exile (Ogun 1990)
  • Lebombo - Khwela Jazz Khona - (BV Haast Records, 1992)
  • Louis Moholo's Viva La Black - Freedom Tour Live In South Afrika 1993 (Ogun 1994)
  • Dedication Orchestra - Ixesha (Ogun 1994)
  • Lebombo - Nabakitsi (BV Haast Records 1995)
  • Trio San Francisco - Prisoners Of Pleasure (BV Haast Records 1996)
  • Eric Boeren - Cross Breeding (Bimhuis 1997)
  • Night in Torremolinos - Maiden Voyage Jazz Orchestra (BV Haast Records 1999)


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  2. ^ "Saxofonist Sean Bergin overleden" (in Dutch). Nederlands Dagblad. 4 September 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Boy Edgar site

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