Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor
Tenor, soprano and alto saxophone (flute), band leader and composer.
Pernille Bevort was born in Denmark 1966. She started playing the recorder at the age of seven. When she was fourteen she changed to the soprano saxophone and a couple of years later she bought a tenor saxophone, which became her main instrument.
Pernille Bevort was nineteen when she was first introduced to modern jazz, such as Miles Davis and Wayne Shorter. The following years her fascination with jazz increased with the characteristic creative element in this type of music.
Pernille Bevort is educated at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen, Denmark (1989-1993). After completing her degree, she has become more and more in demand as a member of different jazz ensembles in Denmark and Sweden.
In 1996 she started her own band. The main part of the material to this group is composed and arranged by Pernille Bevort herself.
So far she has released 9 CD’s in her own name. Her 3rd CD, where she performs with Pernille Bevort Sextet, was released on the well-reputed Swedish label Dragon Records in Stockholm, and it has received lots of positive responses in both Denmark and abroad.
The 4th CD : MY SHOP was released the 26th of April 2004 on Cope Records (COPECD088). The 6th CD was released this summer 2006. Under NEWS you can find more information about the releases and under PRESS you find quotations from different reviews.
In the Summer 2001 at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Pernille Bevort was awarded the prestigious Ben Webster Prize as an acknowledgement of her work. This prize has existed since 1977 and is one of the Danish jazz awards with the greatest distinction.
May 14th 2003 she was also awarded the JASA prize. JASA consist of people/journalists working with jazz in different medias.
November 25th Pernille received an artist grant from LO. (LO’s Kunster legat)
Since 1995 she has been leader of several diverse ensembles. At present these include her trio, Bévort 3, and the septet RADIO BÉVORT. Pernille Bévort has released 9 Cd’s as band leader, and the latest, “Trio Temptations”, was released January 26th 2014. It’s recorded with her trio “Bévort 3″.
Apart from her own groups, Pernille has composed for several other ensembles. Among these are The Copenhagen Art Ensemble and a variety of ToneArt work shop ensembles. Pernille Bévort has been awarded the prestigious Ben Webster Prize, the JASA prize and the LO’s Kunstnerlegat in acknowledgement of her work. Furthermore, Pernille has received several composer grants from The Danish Arts Agency within the last decade.
Bevort 3, Trio Temptations (Gateway Music, 2014)
Radio Bevort, Perfect Organisation (Gateway Music, 2011)
Erling Kroner New Music Orchestra, Strada Anfosa, La Mariposa Tango Project (Calibrated, 2008)
Pernille Bevort/Marie-Louise Schmidt, Playground + 1 (Calibrated, 2007)
Radio Bevort, Radio Bevort (Calibrated, 2006)
Erling Kroner New Music Orchestra, Tango Jalousie and All That Jazz (Calibrated, 2006)
Monday Night Big Band, Live from Paradise (Calibrated, 2006)
Ernie Wilkins Almost Big Band & Putte Wickman, Kinda Dukish (Gazell, 2005)
Pernille Bevort/Marie-Louise Schmidt, Playground (Music Mecca, 2005)
Pernille Bevort Sextet, Who's Blue? (Dragon Records, 2000)
Erling Kroner Dream Quintet, Trombonissimo (Music Mecca, 1999)
Erling Kroner Dream Quintet, Ahi Va El Negro (Storyville, 1998)
Pernille Bevort Quartet, Back in Business (Storyville, 1998)
Pernille Bevort Quartet, Alive (Music Mecca, 1996)
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