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JON LARSEN CV 1959 Born 7 January at Jar, near Oslo, Norway. At an early age attracted to drawing/painting and rockhunting in the mountains. 1972 Starts to play the guitar, but spends most time drawing and painting. 1976 First solo exhibition of paintings, inspired by Salvador Dal�-, followed by annual exhibitions for the next 20 years. First visit to Barcelona. First concerts with the trio Clo-Z, music inspired by Zappa, flamenco and jazz. 1977 One year of private studies of drawing with the Polish maestro Ryzard Warsinski. 1978 First visit to Paris. Moves to Barcelona to paint full time, spend one year with Catalan painters, but at the same time starts to study the music of Django Reinhardt. 1979 Forms Hot Club de Norvège together with two childhood friends Per Frydenlund (g/vocal) and Svein Aarbostad (b/poetry): Django music, traditional jazz, surrealistic poetry and happenings in small clubs and in the streets. 1980 Hot Club de Norvège records their first LP String Swing, and establishes the Djangofestival in Norway

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mats Eilertsen: Rubicon

Read "Rubicon" reviewed by John Kelman

It's no news to learn that we're the confluence of our many experiences: life, love, music....everything that we are comes from where we've been, what we've done, what we've experienced. That said, it doesn't mean that we can't move in completely new directions or try something completely foreign to us. Still, it's almost impossible to do ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Former Zappa Keyboardist Tommy Mars Records Music For Modern Fairytale - Willie Nickerson's Egg

Former Zappa Keyboardist Tommy Mars Records Music For Modern Fairytale - Willie Nickerson's Egg

Norway—Former Frank Zappa keyboardist Tommy Mars, best known for his work on such Zappa classics as Sheik Yerbouti, Joe's Garage and Them or Us, has recorded music for a modern day fairytale—'Willie Nickerson's Egg.' Written by Norwegian guitarist Jon Larsen and released on Norway's Zonic Entertainment (a label that features exclusively dedicated Frank Zappa inspired music). ...

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Polar Jazz: Longyearbyen, Svalbard, February 3-7, 2011

Read "Polar Jazz: Longyearbyen, Svalbard, February 3-7, 2011" reviewed by John Kelman

Polar Jazz / Arctic MoodLongyearbyen,Svalbard, Norway February 3-7, 2011 Flying into Longyearbyen is a surreal experience. It's a two-day trip from North America--one day to get to Oslo, Norway, and the second to make the final trek above the Arctic Circle to the islands of Svalbard, about halfway between the ...

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Hot Club De Norvege: Django Music

Read "Django Music" reviewed by Warren Allen

Gypsy jazz is hip again, with Hot Clubs springing up from Detroit to Cowtown. So in a world full of Django Reinhardt idolizers, how does Oslo's Hot Club de Norvege stack up? Suffice it to say that Svein Aarbostad (bass), Jon Larsen (guitar) and Per Frydenlund (guitar)--who have been friends since childhood--have been working on this ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Jazz Guitarist Jon Larsen Receives the Norwegian Buddy Award 2007

Jazz Guitarist Jon Larsen Receives the Norwegian Buddy Award 2007

We are very happy to announce that guitar player and composer JON LARSEN today is awarded the BUDDY PRIZE 2007. This is the highest ranking prize in Norwegian music. Jon Larsen is famous for his records and world wide tours with the quartet Hot Club de Norvge since the 70-ies. His new CD - Strange News ...


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