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All About Jazz user Anders Bergcrantz

Sweden

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Anders Bergcrantz is one of a kind

Born 1961 in Malmo, Sweden into a musical family. Father Sven Bergcrantz (1931-1998) was a well known jazz pianist and composer in Sweden. Anders two older brothers, Hakan and Thomas used to play jazz as well. Anders talent as a trumpet player was early recognized and he started to perform already at the age of sixteen. After studies at the Music college in Malmo, one year at Berklee College of Music and two years at the Malmo Music Conservatory he became a full time musician and started to get a fantastic reputation as a trumpet soloist, performing nationally and internationally with steady bands and as a guest soloist and sideman with different constellations. Anders Bergcrantz formed his first own band in 1984, the Anders Bergcrantz Quintet, and soon after recorded his debut LP “OPINIONS” for Dragon Records. Two years after he recorded his second release “Touch”. Anders Bergcrantz was spending quite some time in NYC in the mid eighties to mid nineties where he got to know great musicians like Dave Liebman, Richie Beirach, Billy Hart a.o. Performed many times at the famous jazzclub SWEET BASIL in NYC where he also made his third recording as a bandleader “LIVE AT SWEET BASIL” with Rick Margitza, Richie Beirach, Ron McClure and Adam Nussbaum. Soon after (and after another visit at Sweet Basil) Anders recorded the fantastic cd “IN THIS TOGETHER” wich received the foremost Swedish jazz award “The Golden Record” in 1996. His quartet has made a few scandinavian tours and his cd “C” was recorded Live on one of these tours in 1996. The cd “TWENTYFOUR HOURS” includes two longer pieces for larger ensembles and was released in 2000. After not being recording in seven years! Anders Bergcrantz released in 2007 his (long waited for) new cd “ABOUT TIME” for Stunt Records. This cd received the formost Swedish jazz award “The Golden Record” in 2008! This is the second time Bergcrantz is awarded this great prize. Very rare! In 2009 Anders received the French/Swedish jazz award Django dÒr. Anders Bergcrantz has worked and performed with musicians like Billy Harper, Dave Liebman, Billy Hart, Victor Lewis, McCoy Tyner, Monica Zetterlund, Bobo Stenson, Palle Danielsson, Joe Locke among many others. Anders Bergcrantz is performing all over the world with own bands, as guest soloist and as sideman with the Ed Thigpen Quintet. Anders has received a great number of awards and prizes all along. In 2008 he received, (for the second time!), the foremost swedish jazz award, “THE GOLDEN RECORD” and was awarded ”JAZZ MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR”. His latest cd “About Time” was voted “BEST CD OF THE YEAR” by The Swedish Radio's listeners. In September 2009 Anders received the fine Swedish/French jazz award, DJANGO d'OR. Received the Harry Arnold Award in Malmo, Sweden in 2010. More biographical information is to be found on his website www.andersbergcrantz.com or www.myspace.com/andersbergcrantz

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