Jens Chr. Søndergaard





The Band

Over a span of many years, the two leaders - Jens Søndergaard (alto sax) and Jens-Erik Sørensen (tenor sax) - have swung themselves through a series of Denmark's best mainstream groups, such as Leonardo Pedersen's Jazzkapel, Swingstyrke 7, Kongekilden's Jazz Orchestra and Ib Glindemann's Orchestra. They have also romped with countless American musicians like Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Cootie Williams, Clark Terry, Benny Golson, Etta Cameron, Ben Webster, Thad Jones, etc.

Together with a team of hard-swinging friends - namely Ole Matthiesen (piano), Ture Kindt-Larsen (bass) and Dennis Drud (drums) - they have built this band, where extroverted musical enthusiasm is the name of the game.

Jens Christian Søndergaard - alto saxophone

Inspired by Art Pepper and Lee Konitz. Has played and recorded with countless Danish and international jazz musicians, such as Leonardo Pedersen's Jazzkapel, Swingstyrke 7, Ib Glindemann's Orchestra, Lee Konitz, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Etta Cameron, Klüver's Big Band, Enrico Pieranunzi, etc.

Has also led his own quartet for many years. Members have included Bjarne Rostvold, Svend-Erik Nørregaard, Lennart Ginman, Nikolaj Hess, and others.


Jens-Erik Sørensen - tenor saxophone

Has been on the Danish jazz scene since 1969, when he joined Leonard Pedersen's Jazzkapel, of which group he's still a member. Over the years with Leonardo Pedersen has had the opportunity to play with guest soloists such as Cootie Williams, Russell Procope, Al Grey, Ben Webster, Etta Cameron, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Harry "Sweets" Edison and Richard Boone.

Has also been a regular member of Kongekilden's Jazz Orchestra and Mainstream Sextet and Septet, which includes well-know Danish jazz names like Ole Streenberg, Torben Kjær and Christina von Bülow.


Ture Kindt-Larsen - bass

Received classical training from Louis Hegner and Johan Poulsen.

Began playing jazz with Swingtusiasts and other swing groups. Played in Vingaarden Jazz Club and the famous Montmartre Club in the 1960s. Played with Dexter Gordon and Ben Webster, among others. 1968-70: played with Sten Vig's Quartet; 1970-73: played with Fessor's Big City Band. Member of Kongekilden's Jazz Orchestra for many years. Has also played with Nulle and Finn-Otto Hansen, Varme Katte, Scandinavian Swing Society, Trio Grande and Hugh Steinmetz Octet.

Has recorded with Eddie Skoller, Fessor's Big City Band, Hugh Steinmetz Octet and Communia Musica.

Dennis Drud - drums

Musical education at the Odense Conservatory, 1989-93, studying both classical and rhythmic music to become both a musician and teacher. Played with the Conservatory Big Band and the Odense Symphony Orchestra. Took lessons from Ed Thigpen, Aage Tangaard and Niels Ratzer.

Jazz Musician of the Year on the Danish island of Funen in 1994.

Formed a quintet with Bent Jædig and Erling Kroner in 1994. Has also played with a long list of Scandinavia's best jazz musicians, including Niels Jørgen Steen, Tomas Franck and Jesper Thilo. Has also performed in musicals, including "Ain't Misbehavin'", at the Odense Theater.

Currently also playing with Orbit Big Band, Ludvigsen/Dreyer Quartet and the fusion trio Forbidden Colours, with guitarist Lars Lavendt and bassist Flavio Piantoni.

Ole Matthiessen - piano

har spillet på den danske jazzscene siden 1963 bl.a. med Carsten Meinert, Erling Kroner, Pierre Dørge John Tchicai, Jørn Elniff, Simon Spang-Hanssen, Atilla Engin, Jens Winther, Jens Søndergaard, Det hemmelige Big Band, Copenhagen Jazz, Rudy Smith Quartet
samt diverse egne egne grupper.

Er selvlært, men har undevrejs modtaget undevrisning af Bent Axen, George Russell, Lee Konitz,

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