Palle Mikkelborg is a Danish jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger and record producer. Mikkelborg is a fine trumpeter who is best-known stateside for his Aura suite, which Miles Davis recorded in 1984.
Self-taught on trumpet, Mikkelborg started working professionally in 1960. He joined the Danish Radio Jazz Group in 1963 and led it during 1967-1972. Mikkelborg performed at the 1968 Newport Jazz Festival in a quintet and has since been a dominant figure on the Danish and international progressive jazz scene.
He has released several solo records, and records with various co-founded groups, as well as appearing as sideman or arranger on numerous international records. Among notable international collaborations, one finds appearances with Gil Evans Big Band, George Russell Big Band, Gary Peacock, Jan Garbarek and Miles Davis, for whom he composed and produced the 1985 (released 1989) record Aura.
2001 he was awarded the Nordic Council Music Prize.