Karin Krog

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Karin Krog

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Krog in concert in 2015
Background information
Born (1937-05-15) 15 May 1937 (age 81)
Origin Oslo, Norway
Genres Vocal jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Labels Meantime Records
Website www.karinkrog.no

Karin Krog (born 15 May 1937) is a Norwegian jazz singer, the great granddaughter of Anders Heyerdahl (1832–1918), a Norwegian composer, musician, genealogist, folklorist and local historian, and married (1957–2001) to the jazz journalist Johannes (Johs.) Bergh (1932–2001). [1] [2] She is able to sing anything from standards to free improvisations. [3]

Norwegians people

Norwegians are a North Germanic ethnic group native to Norway. They share a common culture and speak the Norwegian language. Norwegian people and their descendants are found in migrant communities worldwide, notably in the United States, Canada, Australia, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, Mexico, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and South Africa.

Vocal jazz or jazz singing is an instrumental approach to the voice, where the singer can match the instruments in their stylistic approach to the lyrics, improvised or otherwise, or through scat singing; that is, the use of non-morphemic syllables to imitate the sound of instruments.

Anders Heyerdahl was a Norwegian violinist, composer and folk music collector.


Life and career

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Krog with Bergen Big Band 2014
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Krog with Bergen Big Band in 2014

Krog started singing jazz as a teenager, and attracted justified attention during jam sessions in Oslo. In 1955 she was hired by the pianist Kjell Karlsen to sing in his sextet. [1] [2]

Kjell Oddvar Karlsen is a Norwegian band leader, composer, arranger, jazz pianist and organist, and a Nestor of Norwegian music and show business, with a career spanning more than 60 years. He is the father of the singer Webe Karlsen.

A sextet is a formation containing exactly six members. The former term is commonly associated with vocal ensembles or musical instrument groups, but can be applied to any situation where six similar or related objects are considered a single unit.

In 1962 she started her first band and that same year she became a student of the Norwegian-American singer Anne Brown. Karin studied with Brown until 1969. In the 1960s she performed with the rhythm and blues band Public Enemies, releasing the hit singles Sunny and Watermelon Man. [1] [2] [4]

Anne Brown singer

Anne Brown was an American soprano who created the role of "Bess" in the original production of George Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess in 1935. She was also a radio and concert singer. She settled in Norway in 1948 and later became a Norwegian citizen.

Public Enemies (group)

Public Enemies was a leading Norwegian rhythm and blues band from Oslo, known for its performances at Club 7 and later work with Karin Krog. They released a notable version of Sunny and Watermelon Man with Karin Krog. The group toured Northern Europe, sharing stages with, among others, Steve Winwood from Traffic.

During her career, she has worked with musicians such as Vigleik Storaas, Jacob Young, Terje Rypdal, Arild Andersen, Jan Garbarek, Dexter Gordon, Kenny Drew, Don Ellis, Steve Kuhn, Archie Shepp, Paul Bley, John Surman, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Red Mitchell, and Bengt Hallberg among others. [1] [2] [5] [6]

Vigleik Storaas pianist

Vigleik Storaas is a Norwegian jazz pianist and composer, and the younger brother of composer and bassist Gaute Storaas. He is known from a series of album releases and collaborations with jazz musicians such as Norma Winstone, Karin Krog, Terje Rypdal, Niels Henning Ørsted-Pedersen, Chet Baker, Jack DeJohnette and Warne Marsh.

Jacob Young (musician) Jazz guitarist

Jacob Albert Young is a Norwegian jazz guitarist, arranger, composer, and band leader. He has recorded with Karin Krog, Arild Andersen, Larry Goldings, Nils Petter Molvær, Bendik Hofseth, Terje Gewelt, Per Oddvar Johansen, Arve Henriksen, Jarle Vespestad, Trygve Seim, Mats Eilertsen, Vigleik Storaas, Christian Wallumrød, Bendik Hofseth, Håkon Kornstad, Knut Reiersrud, and Audun Erlien.

Terje Rypdal Norwegian guitarist and composer

Terje Rypdal is a Norwegian guitarist and composer. He has been an important member in the Norwegian jazz community, and has also given show concerts with guitarists Ronni Le Tekrø and Mads Eriksen as "N3".

In 1994 she was the first Norwegian artist to release an album on U.S. Verve, an anniversary album with cuts from the last 30 years of record production - and the appropriate title Jubilee. [2]

Verve Records American record label

Verve Records, also known as The Verve Music Group, founded in 1956 by Norman Granz, is home to the world's largest jazz catalogue and includes recordings by artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Stan Getz and Billie Holiday, among others. It absorbed the catalogues of Granz's earlier labels, Clef Records, founded in 1946, Norgran Records, founded in 1953, and material previously licensed to Mercury Records.


Buddyprisen is an award, given annually by the Norwegian Jazz Forum to a Norwegian jazz musician that has "been an excellent performer and significantly involved in Norwegian jazz by other means".

Dexter Gordon American jazz tenor saxophonist

Dexter Gordon was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. He was one of the first players of the instrument in the bebop idiom of musicians such as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Bud Powell. Gordon's height was 6 feet 6 inches (198 cm), so he was also known as "Long Tall Dexter" and "Sophisticated Giant". His studio and performance career spanned over 40 years.

Spellemannprisen, often referred to as the Norwegian Grammy Awards in English, is a Norwegian music award presented to Norwegian musicians. The award was established by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), an organization that represents the interests of the recording industry worldwide. First awarded in 1973, the prize honours musicians from the previous year; it is still awarded annually. The Spellemann committee, composed of members of IFPI Norway and FONO, manages the award and acts as the judge. Twenty-one categories are currently awarded and the committee may award additional honorary and industry awards.

Selected discography

Solo recordings

With John Surman

With various artists

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Preceded by
Øistein Ringstad
Recipient of the Jazz Buddyprisen
Succeeded by
No award in 1966
Preceded by
Jan Garbarek
Recipient of the Jazz Gammleng-prisen
Succeeded by
Arild Andersen
Preceded by
Espen Ruud Sextett
Recipient of the Jazz Spellemannprisen
Succeeded by
Petter Wettre and
Per Oddvar Johansen
Preceded by
Kirsten Bråten Berg
Recipient of the Radka Toneff Memorial Award
Succeeded by
Per Jørgensen
Preceded by
Sidsel Endresen and
Stian Westerhus
Recipient of the Jazz Spellemannprisen
Succeeded by
Marius Neset and
Trondheim Jazz Orchestra