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Helge Albin

Primary Instrument: Sax, alto

Born: March 31, 1941    

Helge Albin

Helge Albin Biography For over thirty years, Helge Albin has been working hard to turn the the small Swedish city of Malmo into an international destination for the best in forward-thinking jazz music. And he has a lot to show for it—The Tolvan Big Band, an 18-member ensemble dedicated to performing new music by Albin and others has toured in Europe, Australia and South America, and worked with jazz masters Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Liebman, and Michael Brecker, among many others. The ensemble has released twelve recordings, four of them featuring Albin’s music. All About Jazz said the most recent album of Albin’s music, Effortlessly, released in 2013 by the Swedish label Kopasetic, tells a “nuanced story full of twists and suspense” through the intricate details of the compositions...
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Awards

received the 2011 GULDNÅLEN award, the 2010 JAZZKANNAN award, the 1995 Sydsvenska Dagbladets Europapris, and the 1984 Golden Disc award, in recognition of his work not only as a performer, but as leader and statesman in Sweden’s arts community.
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    Tolvan Big Band EFFORTLESSLY,Music By Helge Albin

    Kopasetic Productions
    2013

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