Einar Iversen

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Einar Iversen
Born(1930-07-27)27 July 1930
Mandal, Vest-Agder, Norway
Died3 April 2019(2019-04-03) (aged 88)
Labels Ponca Jazz
Website poncajazzrec.no/iversen

Einar "Pastor'n" Iversen (27 July 1930 – 3 April 2019) was a Norwegian jazz pianist and composer and the son of a "pastor." He went into jazz after World War II ended. Through more than sixty years, he played with everyone in Norwegian jazz. [1] [2] [3]



Iversen was raised in Oslo where he studied classical piano under Inge Rolf Ringnes, Artur Schnabel and Finn Mortensen, and quickly established himself at the Oslo jazz scene (1949). He released his first album with Rowland Greenberg's orchestra (1953), and became one of the most respected Norwegian jazz musicians, awarded Buddyprisen (1958). [1] [2]

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He led his own "E. I. Trio" with Tor Hauge (bass) and Jon Christensen (drums). They released Norways first jazz trio recording, Me and my piano in 1967, [4] "Ponca Jazz Records" 2005), containing Jazz standards. On "Gemini Records" he released the album Jazz på norsk (1990), Who can I turn to (1991), Portrait of a norwegian jazz artist – Einar Iversen (2001), and Seaview ("Hazel Records", 2001) With Tine Asmundsen (bass) and Svein Christiansen (drums). Iversen's recent works have been published in Twelve compositions ("Norsk jazzforlag", 2005). [1] [2] He died on 3 April 2019, aged 88. [5]

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Preceded by
Arvid Gram Paulsen
Recipient of the Buddyprisen
Succeeded by
Mikkel Flagstad
Preceded by
Torstein Grythe
Recipient of the Veteran class Gammleng-prisen
Succeeded by
Harry Kvebæk