About – Jakob Norgren

As a musician/composer/producer I have several projects that are presented more in detail on other pages: Jakob Norgren Jazz Orchestra, Big Band Splash, The Emersons and Wime Records.

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I was born in 1967 and grew up in Piteå and Örebro (Sweden). I took piano lessons when I was 8 years old and then clarinet lessons at age 10 to 15. During the high school years I gave up music for basketball but at age 19 I decided to buy a tenor sax and learn how to play jazz. In 1989–91 I studied at Fridhems folkhögskola, Svalöv with Cennet Jönsson as an inspiring teacher.

In the 90’s I played jazz and funk with different bands, but I also studied at the Stockholm University and took a Master of Education for the Upper Secondary School (Psychology & Social studies). I also developed as a saxophone player by taking lessons from Hector Bingert and Alberto Pinton.

In 1999-2006 I studied at the Royal Collage of Music, Stockholm. The first four years my main subject was jazz saxophone with Alberto Pinton, Joakim Milder, Karl-Martin Almqvist and Johan Hörlen. 2003-2006 I studied composition with Örjan Fahlström as my most important teacher. Christoffer Elgh and Bill Brunson contributed with new views from the fields of classical and electro acoustic music. At the Royal Collage of Music I also have had the pleasure of meeting guest professors/lecturers  as Maria Schneider, Jim McNeely, Quincy Jones, Joe Lovano, Wynton Marsalis, Tim Hagans, Karl-Heinz Stockhausen, Helge Albin, Michael Gibbs and B.B. King.

Beside working with, and studying, music I have been teaching psychology, social studies and music. In recent years I also worked as a research assistant in cognitive neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet.

On baritone sax I’m a member of Knock-Out Greg & The Injectors (blues), Crawfish Cook (New Orleans funk/r&b) and some other bands. I’ve been working with a.o. Sven Zetterberg, Mike Sanchez (U.K.), Blue House Jazz Orchestra, Ann-Sofi Söderqvist Jazz Orchestra, Peter Asplund Big Band, Koop, Arne Forsén Unit, Rolf Wikström, The Beat From Palookaville, Trickbag, Marino & The King Five, Baskery, Khalid and also U.S. artists like John Németh and Kid Ramos.

I recieved a grant from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee (Konstnärsnämnden) 2008 & 2010 and also from STIM 2015 and Stockholms stad (kulturstipendium) 2016.