Track

Tor E 'Dr' Bekken

Born: May 14, 1964    Primary Instrument: Piano

Tor E 'Dr' Bekken

Pianist, singer and ukulele player Dr Bekken is a musician who is interested in the whole history of jazz. A lifelong dedication to the art of traditional blues driven piano has given him a mastery of that idiom which few players can grasp, much less deliver. He has a monster left hand which is the mandatory driving force for this type of piano playing, and his right hand soloing and clean technical dexterity present the whole package. At the same time, Bekken works within the field of modern, free improvisation, citing pianists like Don Pullen, Bobby Few and Charles Gayle as central sources of inspiration. Tor E 'Dr' Bekken was born in Drammen, Norway.He has played jazz and blues piano since childhood, and has absorbed all the nuances in the process. He completed a Master's degree in music in 1996, with a thesis on James Booker (shows in his approach) and New Orleans piano traditions. Bekken has worked for US artists such as Eddie Bo, Marva Wright, Benny Turner, Big Al Carson,etc. He has also performed with artists such as blues harmonica player James Harman, Nick Gravenites and Louisiana Red. He is currently working mainly as a solo performer on the club and festival scene in Norway and Europe. He occasionally performs with the DR BEKKEN TRIO, featuring drummer Dag Kittilsen and bassist Mattis Kleppen. In addition, Bekken teaches piano at the Trondheim School of Arts and Culture. Dr Bekken has released “The Naked Blues”(1995) “Train - Stone Blues Piano, Vol.1”(2001) “Got Milk If You Want It”(2003)”The Ticklers”(2004)”Flood Street”(2006)”Hardcore Piano”(2008), “Songs From a Forest (2009) and the solo ukulele/vocal mp3-album “JazzBluesRagtimeVaudeville” (2011)....
read more

”...a monster pianist” (Blues Revue, USA)
THE NAKED BLUES (1995) TRAIN (2001) GOT MILK IF YOU WANT IT (2003) THE TICKLERS (2004) FLOOD STREET (2006) HARDCORE PIANO (2008) SONGS FROM A FOREST (2009) JAZZBLUESRAGTIMEVAUDEVILLE (2011)

Disclaimer: All About Jazz is not responsible for the accuracy of the discographical data at the website(s) provided. If a link is no longer valid, please contact discography@allaboutjazz.com. Thank you.

Primary Instrument:
Piano

Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students

Credentials/Background:
Employed full time by the Trondheim School of Arts and Culture. Teaching piano to kids and youngsters.

Sorry, no recommendations at this time.

FOR SOLO GIGS:acoustic piano (digital pianos if a good acoustic is not available) FOR UKULELE GIGS: Good microphones.

Please Sign Up or Log In to send your inquiry.

Events Calendar

Sorry, there are no Tor E 'Dr' Bekken events available at this time. Submit one now.

TIP: Reach multiple calendar destinations with a single post. Learn now here.

Post a formal announcement to the News Center. We'll publish it and syndicate it for you.

Watch More Videos

comments powered by Disqus
Rank: 3,399 Views: 5,890

Weekly Giveaways

Matthew Shipp

Matthew Shipp
About | Enter

Matt Ridley

Matt Ridley
About | Enter

Tord Gustavsen

Tord Gustavsen
About | Enter

Alfredo Rodriguez

Alfredo Rodriguez
About | Enter

An innovative and rich resource For Jazz Musicians

The All About Jazz musician database grows daily
with the help of musicians, supportive professionals and advocates.

Musician? Plug in and promote yourself today.

Learn how