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A tribute to Bernt Rosengren

An evening to remember one of the greatest ever in Swedish jazz – Bernt Rosengren. On stage this evening will be many fellow musicians from a long and incredibly productive musical life. Bass player Hans Backenroth is behind the initiative, and writes te following about his late colleague:

Bernt Rosengren was one of the country’s greatest musicians – regardless of genre – and one of the most important jazz voices in Europe for more than five decades. He was completely unaffected by trends, moving freely across genres where his heart led him and inspiring several generations of musicians.
A few years ago, for example, the Norwegian icon Jan Garbarek was asked which saxophonist he preferred to listen to and answered directly: Bernt Rosengren. Saxophonists like that don’t exist in New York, said Carla Bley when she played with the Radio Jazz Group in the 80s.

Bernt was constantly on the move and throughout the years sought out and played with new generations of musicians that he himself later became inspired by. On European soil he played over the years with Lars Gullin, Krzysztof Komeda, Doug Raney, Chet Baker, Horace Parlan, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and others.

He also received a wide range of awards, including the Golden Disc five times for the best jazz recording of the year and also received a Grammy.

He was born on Christmas Eve 1937 and passed away on May 15, 2023 at the age of 85, but he will always be relevant and continue to inspire with his music.

This evening we want to pay tribute to Bernt with a string of musicians from Sweden, Denmark and Norway, old colleagues of Bernt as well as musicians who were inspired by him! The evening will begin with Bernt’s last and most enduring quartet and end with a big band.

// Hans Backenroth, bass – who played with Bernt since 1987

“Bernt trio” Stefan Gustafson/Hans Backenroth/Bengt Stark + Magnus Dölerud, Erik Weissglas & Christina Gustafsson

Stefan Gustafson piano
Hans Backenroth bass
Bengt Stark drums
Magnus Dölerud tenor saxophone
Erik Weissglas guitar
Christina Gustafsson vocals

Leo Lindberg Trio + Amanda Sedgwick & Ulf Adåker

Leo Lindberg piano
Kenji Rabson bass
Moussa Fadera drums
Amanda Sedgwick alto saxophone
Ulf Adåker trumpet

The Blue Sounds

Jonne Bentlöv trumpet
Per Texas Johansson tenor saxophone
Carl Orrje piano
Patrik Boman bass
Jesper Kviberg drums

Ben Besiakov Umami Brothers with Jonas Kullhammar & Johan Hörlén

Ben Besiakov (DK) piano
Hans Backenroth bass
Tom Olstad (N) drums
Jonas Kullhammar tenor saxophone
Johan Hörlén alto saxophone

Roger Bergner + Staffan Wistrand about the new Bernt book

Bengt Berger “Bernt Epigons” Q

Jonas Kullhammar tenor saxophone
Fredrik Ljungkvist tenor saxophone
Christian Spering bass
Bengt Berger drums

Stefan Isaksson Trio

Stefan Isaksson tenor saxophone
Filip Augustsson bass
Jojo Djeridi drums

Joakim Milder & Lina Nyberg Q

Joakim Milder tenor saxophone
Lina Nyberg vocal
Daniel Karlsson piano
Hans Backenroth bass
Bengt Stark drums

Bernt Rosengren Big band under the direction of Bengt Stark

Bengt Stark drums, Per-Ola Gadd bass, Stefan Gustafson piano
Saxophones: Alberto Pinton, Stefan Isaksson, Amanda Sedgwick, Klas Toresson, Sebastian Mattebo
Trombones: Lasse Olofsson, Sven Larsson, Anders Norell, Sven Berggren
Trumpets: Erik Palmberg, Patrik Skogh, Ulf Adåker, Max Stark