Sidsel Endresen

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Sidsel Endresen
Background information
Born (1952-06-19) 19 June 1952 (age 63)
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Vocal

Sidsel Endresen (born 19 June 1952) is a Norwegian jazz vocalist, composer and actor. She was part of the Jon Eberson Group. Since 1987, Endresen has pursued a successful solo career, resulting in 13 records under her own name including several recorded for the ECM label.[1][2][3][4][5][6]


Sidsel Endresen

Endresen was one of the most pronounced female jazz musicians in Norway in the beginning of the 21st century. She is a versatile artist, who likes to challenge her voice with new experimental forms and combination of jazz and other artistic expressions. Her work has moved from "fusion" and "chamber jazz" in the 1980s and 1990s, to improvisational "new" musical forms in the mid 1990s until today. She has also moved from larger formats to explore solo, duo and trio formats. The last 15 years have her work mainly been concentrated on the genre of free improvisation music, both as a performer and as composer.[1]

Endresen studied English and Anthropology and stayed in the UK back in 1976, before settling in Oslo, where she started her artistic career.[2]

She worked as a singer, composer and songwriter with soul group «Chipahua» (1979- ), with Jon Eberson Group (1980–87). With Eberson, she made a series of musically strong albums at the interface between jazz and rock that was highly popular and acclaimed by a growing audience. The result of this cooperation was five celebrated CDs, awarded two times the Spellemannprisen.[1][2]

Endresen and Westerhus is followed by new experimental Norwegian musicians like Natalie Sandtorv and Torgeir Standal in The Jist duo.[7]


  • 1981: Spellemannprisen in the class Jazz rock, for the album Jive Talking
  • 1985: Spellemannprisen in the class Sector award, as composer/lyricist, for the album City Visions
  • 1991: Gammleng-prisen Open class, for the album So I Write
  • 1993: Radka Toneff Memorial Award
  • 1998: Spellemannprisen Open class, together with Bugge Wesseltoft, for the album Duplex Ride
  • 1998: Kongsberg Jazz Award
  • 2000: Buddyprisen
  • 2002: Spellemannprisen Open class, together with Bugge Wesseltoft, for the album Out here in there
  • 2012: Spellemannprisen in the class Jazz, together with Stian Westerhus, for the album Didymoi Dreams


Solo albums[edit]

With Bugge Wesseltoft
With Christian Wallumrød & Helge Sten
With Stian Westerhus


Within Jon Eberson Group
  • 1981: Jive Talking (CBS Records), awarded Spellemannprisen
  • 1982: Polarities (CBS Records)
  • 1984: City Visions (CBS Records)
  • 1985: Stories (CBS Records), awarded Spellemannprisen
  • 1987: Pigs and Poetry (CBS Records)
With Jon Balke
With Nils Petter Molvaer
With other projects
  • 1995: Kullboksrytter (Curling Legs), with «Out To Lunch» & «Norwegian String Quartet»
  • 2001: Different Rivers (ECM Records), with Trygve Seim
  • 2002: ...The Rest Is Rumours (Curling Legs), with Pål Thowsen, Jon Eberson and Steinar Sønk Nickelsen feat. Endresen
  • 2005: Sing Me Something (Fante Records), with «Ensemble du Verre»
  • 2007: Crime Scenes (Punkt), at the Punkt Festival
  • 2010: And Poppies from Kandahar (Samadhi Sound), with Jan Bang
  • 2011: Ha! (Rune Grammofon), with Humcrush

(See External Links, below, for in-depth discography)


  1. ^ a b c "Sidsel Endresen Biography". 
  2. ^ a b c Bergh, Johs. "Sidsel Endresen Biography". Norsk Biografisk Leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2012-11-14. 
  3. ^ "Biography - Jazzland Records". 
  4. ^ "Biography -". 
  5. ^ "Sidsel Endresen Biography -". 
  6. ^ "Sidsel Endresen Biography". 
  7. ^ Hareuveni, Eyal (2014-05-02). "The Jist: The Jist (2014)". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2015-11-07. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
No Jazz rock award
Recipient of the Jazz rock Spellemannprisen
Succeeded by
No Jazz rock award
Preceded by
No Open class award
Recipient of the Open class Gammleng-prisen
Succeeded by
Anne Grete Preus
Preceded by
First award in 1993
Recipient of the Radka Toneff Memorial Award
Succeeded by
Kirsten Bråten Berg
Preceded by
Nils Petter Molvær
Recipient of the Open class Spellemannprisen
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Bugge Wesseltoft
Recipient of the Kongsberg Jazz Award
Succeeded by
Audun Kleive
Preceded by
Totti Bergh
Recipient of the Buddyprisen
Succeeded by
Jon Eberson
Preceded by
Anja Garbarek
Recipient of the Open class Spellemannprisen
Succeeded by
Niko Valkeapää
Preceded by
Ola Kvernberg
Recipient of the Jazz Spellemannprisen
Succeeded by
Karin Krog & John Surman