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Jesper Lundgaard

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Born 1954 in Hilleroed, Denmark.
Started to play bass at the age of 16.
Studied music at Aarhus University from 1976, and played at the local jazzclub Tagskaegget with many American jazz-greats, e.g Roy Eldridge, Harry Sweets Edison, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Doug and Jimmy Raney.

In 1978 was with the Thad Jones Mel Lewis Orchestra doing a 3 months Europe tour.

In 1979 moved to Copenhagen, played at the jazz clubs of La Fontaine, Slukefter, and Montmartre.

Has performed with Benny Carter, Teddy Wilson, Tommy Flanagan, Stanley Turrentine, Joe Henderson, Chet Baker, Duke Jordan, Michel Petrucciani, John Scofield, just to mention a few.

Has played as a member of the Thad Jones Eclipse, The Radio Jazz Group, the Ernie Wilkins Almost Big Band, the Bob Rockwell Quartet, and the Bent Jaedig Quartet

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Mette Juul: Finding the Musical Sanctuary of Change

Read "Mette Juul: Finding the Musical Sanctuary of Change" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Since she released her debut Coming in from the Dark in 2010, Danish jazz singer and songwriter, Mette Juul, has been on a path of discovery that has seen her in collaborations with many prominent musicians, including drummers Alex Riel and Rodney Green, bassist Jesper Lundgaard and trailblazing trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire. Her latest albums Change (2019) ...

2016

Label: Storyville Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: K.B. Blues; Walking In Circles; The Meeting; The Meaning Of The Blues; Three Birds In Paris; Doug; Stafet; Vals Fra Nørrebro; Naima; Waltz For K.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jesper Lundgaard Trio: 2016

Read "2016" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Danish bassist Jesper Lundgaard likens the making of the latest album with his trio to cooking a successful meal: “Eight new songs, two standards, sax, bass, guitar, three microphones, the recording machine, 12 hours playing, 12 hours mixing, 12 hours design stuff, 12 hours practical stuff, four weeks of waiting, everything stirred thoroughly." ...

60 Out Of Shape

Label: Storyville Records
Released: 2015
Track listing: Autumn Leaves; All The Things You Are; I Can’t Get Started; My Funny Valentine; Medley: What Is This Thing Called Love, Everything I Love, Round Midnight; Oleo.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jesper Lundgaard, featuring Enrico Pieranunzi & Alex Riel: 60 Out Of Shape

Read "60 Out Of Shape" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Back in the glory days the Copenhagen jazz club Montmartre was known as “The Village Vanguard of Europe." In the 1960s some of the biggest names in the music played there: Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz... the list goes on. And on: Roland Kirk, Sonny Rollins, Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans, Charles Mingus, ...

A New Danish Bassist on Top: Introducing Morten Haxholm

Read "A New Danish Bassist on Top: Introducing Morten Haxholm" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

There is little doubt that Denmark has a proud tradition of fostering exceptional bassists -just think of names like Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Jesper Lundgaard, Bo Stief, Jesper Bodilsen and, more recently, Anders Christensen, Jonas Westergaard and Richard Andersson. Add Morten Haxholm to this ever growing list. Haxholm has been ambitious from the start. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Vinterjazz Copenhagen: Carsten Dahl Trio w/ Reuben Rogers and Greg Hutchinson at Jazzhus Montmartre

Read "Vinterjazz Copenhagen: Carsten Dahl Trio w/ Reuben Rogers and Greg Hutchinson at Jazzhus Montmartre" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Carsten Dahl Trio w/ Reuben Rogers Vinterjazz 2014 Jazzhus Montmartre Copenhagen, Denmark February 20-21, 2014 Vinterjazz Vinterjazz has the same setup as the Jazzfestival Copenhagen in the summer. It is spread over the whole city but on a smaller scale. During the ten days in February ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

The Jazz Coin: Scott Hamilton & John Escreet

Read "The Jazz Coin: Scott Hamilton & John Escreet" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Twenty-first century jazz has a greater breadth and depth than any time previously. Granularity in jazz genre has become so reduced that genre designations are almost meaningless. In jazz, we are approaching a time when jazz will no longer be “jazz" but music in the most liberal sense of the word. But, until that time, we ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Alex Riel Special Quartet: Full House

Read "Full House" reviewed by Chris Mosey

In 1963, at the tender age of 23, Alex Riel became the house drummer at Montmartre-the Copenhagen jazz club-backing such US giants as Dexter Gordon, Paul Gonsalves, Don Byas, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Kenny Dorham and Archie Shepp. In 2010, he returned to the legendary Scandinavian venue which had recently reopened as a jazz ...


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