Danish Jazz Quartet
-  is made up of four of Denmarks
   foremost jazz musicians.


    Leif Juul Jørgensen :  clarinet

Leif Juul Jørgensen is a very experienced musician, whose formidable  clarinet-playing was inspired by the sound of Edmond Hall. After a long and successful career in business, he is now returning to his jazz roots, and concentrating on his beloved Jazz. In the late 50’s and into the early 60’s, he played with Gunnar Jonsson’s and Arnvid Meyers bands in the old Montmatre, Vingaarden and De Tre Musketerer. Later with Ricardo’s Jazzmen and John Darville’s band. Since 1997 he has played with Theis/Nyegaard’s Jazzband, which is now continuing as The New Jazz Band with Henrik Bolberg on trumpet. He is also playing trios/quartets with some of the best Danish musicians.  Leif has also played alongside Wild Bill Davison, Bud Freeman, Vic Dickinson, Edmond Hall, Oscar Pettiford and Roy Eldrige. He has been touring throughout France and  Scandinavia, and has played concerts in London, Edinburg, Athens, New York, San Francisco, Beijing and Shanghai. 

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    Søren Kristiansen: piano

Søren Kristiansen was seven years old when he first sat at the piano as a pupil of the local organist. He has played professionally since his debut with Jørgen Svare’s Trio at Copenhagen’s Jazz Festival in 1985, where he was heralded as the new piano talent. Since then he has had a successful career as a member of various bands and an accompanist for several soloists : The Stolle/Svare Jazz Quintet; for ten years a member of the Jesper Thilo Quartet with Hugo Rasmussen and Svend Erik Nørregaard; numerous concerts with Danish names as Finn Ziegler and Jacob Fisher; and with international soloists such as Harry Sweets Edison, James Moody, Art Farmer and Putte Wickman. He has made several recordings ( including two solo CDs, which had rave reviews in the Danish press), and has toured abroad in Germany and South East Asia and throughout Scandinavia. Recently he has written and performed the music for Henning Carlsens film “SPRINGET”.  He has won the most prices as a Danish jazz pianist.” SØREN KRISTIANSEN is perhaps Denmarks most powerful swinging pianist , and completely one of a kind  --  always worth listening to – and every time with unique pleasure”.  



    Jesper Lundgård: bass

Jesper Lundgaard is one of Europe’s leading Jazz bas players. Jesper has toured all over the world and appears in more than 500 albums. He started his career at the age of 16, and has studied at the music conservatoire in Århus . Jesper has been in very high demand since the 70’s, both  in Denmark and the rest of the world. He has played with famous names such as Dexter Gordon, Harry Sweets Edison, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Joe Newman, Benny Waters, Hal Singer Thad Jones , Mel Lewis, Pepper Adams, Howard McGhee, Roy Eldrige, Doug and Jimmy Raney. In the late 70’s Jesper was a member of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra on a three month European tour. Jesper has also been a member of the Danish Radio Jazz Group, Ernie Wilkin’s  Almost Big Band and Thad Jones Danish big band ECLIPSE. At the same time he went on lengthy tours with Doug and Jimmy Raney , and others with Tommy Flanagan and Ed Thigpen. Around 1990 Jesper was a member of The Danish Radio Big Band and in 1993 he joined the Svend Asmussen Quartet. He has taught and conducted master classes at educational institutions in Denmark, as well as at conservatoires in Rotterdam, Zurich and Helsinki. Jesper has won numerous awards.




    Alex Riel:  drums

Alex Riel started to play in the late 50’s and  since the 60’s has remained firmly established as one of the most significant and influential jazz drummers in Europe. His career began in the mid 60’s, when he was the house drummer in the legendary jazz club “Montmartre” in Copenhagen. With bassist Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen and pianist Tete Montoliu or Kenny Drew he accompanied musicians such as Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon, Kenny Dorham, Johnny Griffin, Don Byas, Donald Byrd, Crew Moore and Yusef Lateef. Over the years Alex Riel has played and recorded more than 800 albums with an impressive number of fine jazz musicians, representing both the traditional and the modern way. His very first impression of jazz drumming was that of Big Sid Catlett and Zutty Zingleton, and this early influence is still perceptible in his playing. However Alex’s appearance with musicians such as Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, Jackie McLean, Archie Shepp, Dizzy Gillespie, Michel Petrucciani, Gary Burton, John Scofield and David Sanborn, has made him widely known as an outstanding modern drummer, taking up the styles of Elvin Jones, Roy Haynes and Tony Williams. Alex Riel has also won numerous jazz awards.



Together JESPER LUNDGAARD and ALEX RIEL comprise one of the best and most conscientious bass/drum teams that Europe has to offer today, - LUNDGAARD’s big sound and distinctly rhythmical, melodic and creative bass playing make him a particularly deserving successor to Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen, - and ALEX RIEL  has never concealed the fact that JESPER LUNDGAARD is among his absolutely favourite bassists. Truthfully two WORLD NAMES!