Pianist Tor E 'Dr' Bekken is a musician who is
interested in the whole history of jazz. A lifelong dedication to the art of
traditional blues driven piano has given him a mastery of that idiom which
few players can grasp, much less deliver. He has a monster left hand
is the mandatory driving force for this type of piano playing, and his right
hand soloing and clean technical dexterity present the whole package. At
the same time, Bekken works within the field of modern, free
citing pianists like Don Pullen, Bobby Few and Charles Gayle as central
sources of inspiration.
Tor E Bekken was born in Drammen, Norway.He has played jazz and
blues piano since childhood, and has absorbed all the nuances in the
He completed a Master's degree in music in 1996, with a thesis on James
Booker (shows in his approach) and New Orleans piano traditions.
Bekken has worked for US artists such as Eddie Bo, Marva Wright, Benny
Turner, Big Al Carson,etc