Torbjørn Sunde

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Torbjørn Sunde
Born (1954-02-16) 16 February 1954 (age 63)
Oslo, Norway
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Trombone

Torbjørn Sunde (born 16 February 1954 in Oslo, Norway) is a Norwegian jazz musician (trombone), known from several recordings with such as Terje Rypdal, Edward Vesala, Jon Balke, Knut Værnes, Rickie Lee Jones, Randy Crawford, Dr. John, Jan Eggum, Jan Garbarek, and Mezzoforte.[1][2][3]

Musical career[edit]

After growing up at Gjøvik he got a bachler in fotball from Norges Idrettshøgskole, and a master in musicology at University of Oslo. He participated on a number of recordings with Terje Rypdal (Odyssey, 1975), Edward Vesala (1977), Oslo 13 (awarded Spellemannprisen in 1988, for the album Off Balance), Oslo Rhythm & Blues Ensemble, Four Roosters, Etno Funk, Chipahua, Horns for Hire, Jazzpunkensemblet, og Mezzoforte.[3]

He has participated on releases by Jon Eberson (Stash, 1988), Jon Balke (Nonsentration, 1990) and Knut Værnes (1993). He cooperated with Rickie Lee Jones, Randy Crawford, Dr. John, Jan Eggum (Deilig, 1999) and Jan Garbarek.[3]

He led his own orchestra "Meridians of Music" (with such musical profiles as Terje Rypdal, Bugge Wesseltoft, Eivind Aarset and Jon Balke), and the "Torbjørn Sunde Octet" (with Jon Eberson, Rob Waring, Morten Halle, Håvard Lund, Trude Eick, Aslak Hartberg and Jens Petter Antonsen) with album releases. He also had his own Quartet with Tom Olstad, Roy Powell and Per Mathisen (The Blue Note sessions).[3]


Sunde was in the childhood and adolescents, a very promising speedskater representing "Gjøvik Skøiteklub". He skated 500 meters at 41.5 seconds, only 17 years old, which in 1971 was an impressive achievement. Speedskater Sunde participated in three sprint NM (Norgesmesterskap) in 1971, 1972 and 1973, with a 9th place as the best in 1973.[4]

He is the younger brother of speedskater Arnulf Sunde (1976 Winter Olympics participant).


  • Spellemannprisen 1988 in the class Jazz, with the orchestra Oslo 13 for the album Off Balance


  • Meridians (ACT, 1998), with "Meridians of Music"
  • Where is the Chet (K&K Jazz Series, 2001), Jazz standards with "Torbjørn Sunde Octet"


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