Åke Persson

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Åke Persson (February 25, 1932 in Hässleholm – February 5, 1975 in Stockholm) was a Swedish bebop jazz trombonist.

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Persson, known as "the Comet" (or "Kometen"), moved from southern Sweden to Stockholm in 1951, where he played in Simon Brehm's quintet (1951–1954). Following this Persson worked with Arne Domnérus, Hacke Björksten, Harry Arnold's Radio Band (1956–1961), Quincy Jones, Lars Gullin, the RIAS Berlin band (1961–1975), and the Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band (1963–1971). Persson played with many noted American musicians, including George Wallington, Roy Haynes, Benny Bailey, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Dizzy Gillespie. He led several sessions for labels such as Metronome, Philips, and EmArcy in the 1950s. [1]

Biography

Persson was born in Hässleholm, Sweden and started his music career by playing valve trumper in school. [2] Persson was found dead in his car in the Djurgårdsbrunn channel in February 1975. There is a book trombonist Åke Persson written by author Bo Carlsson. [3] [4]

Discography

With Benny Bailey

With Count Basie

With the Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band

With Stan Getz

With Benny Golson

With Quincy Jones

With Herbie Mann

With Oliver Nelson

With Sahib Shihab

With Jimmy Witherspoon

With Duke Ellington

Live at the Opernhaus Cologne 1969 (Delta Music, 2016)

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References

  1. Scott Yanow, Åke Persson at Allmusic
  2. Admin, OJ (April 20, 2010). "Persson, Åke - trombonist". Orkester Journalen. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  3. "Åke Persson". Trombonisten. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  4. "About the thrombonist's unique tone". Kristianstadsbladet. Retrieved December 18, 2017.