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Sven Larsson

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Born: July 4, 1944    Primary Instrument: Trombone

Sven Larsson

The Swedish bass trombone player Sven Larsson has recorded with Rolf Ericson, George Russell, Thad Jones, Lars Gullin, Arne Domnerus, Lars Samuelson, Georg Riedel, Bernt Rosengren, Putte Wickman, Monica Zetterlund, Gugge Hedrenius and many others. He participated in about 100 projects with the Swedish Radio Jazz Group 1970-1990. For 8 years he played with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Among the artists with whom he has toured are Rolf Ericson Big Band, Sammy Davis Jr, Bette Midler, James Last, Lena Horne and (as a member in Sender Freies Berlin Big Band) Paul Kuhn.
Today he participates in many groups of different character like Bosse Brobergs' Nogenja, Stockholm Strauss Orchestra, Bernt Rosengren Big Band, Ellman Larsson Constellation (bass tbn, arr, co-leader), Brilliant Brazz, Wennerström Larsson Explicity (with his wife Cecilia Wennerström on tenor saxophone)…

Awards:

2011: Scholarship award from STIM (the Swedish Performing Rights Society)
”Larsson begins his solo by playing very lyrically and expressively before moving into a flurry of notes that span his entire range, a range that is quite impressive for a bass trombonist. From pedal notes to F5, and with superb flexibility, Larsson really gets around the horn throughout this CD.” Clarence Hines, ITA Journal Oct 2012 (review of “Tussilago”)
”Sven Larsson is a musical phenomenon. He is the bass trombonist who plays classical music as well as jazz, and who switches to tuba, tenor trombone, or digeridoo without missing a beat. As an invaluable member of the Swedish Radio Jazz Group, he has performed and recorded with international names such as George Russell, Thad Jones, and Carla Bley, as well as Swedish greats like Lars Gullin, Monika Zetterlund, and Lennart Åberg. He was also a member of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra for several years, still finding time to tour with giants such as Sammy Davis Jr., Lena Horne, and Bette Midler. ”Didgeribone” is Sven Larsson’s first recording under his own name, and here, he is assisted by himself. Period. He plays with and against himself, he uses his entire arsenal of instruments in different ways and combinations, and, last but not least, he creates great music, whether he takes on classics like ”I..m getting sentimental over you” and ”Mood Indigo” or performs his own songs. The result can be called world music as well as jazz, and it simply proves that truly good music doesn’t need to be put into genres.” Johan Scherwin, STIM

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