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Jan Johansson

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Born: September 16, 1931 | Died: November 9, 1968    Primary Instrument: Piano

Jan Johansson was a Swedish jazz pianist. He is little known outside Scandinavia, and his records are not widely available, though Jazz pa svenska (Jazz in Swedish) has sold more than a quarter of a million copies, and is the best selling jazz release ever in Sweden.

Johansson was a native of Soderhamn, in the Halsingland province of Sweden. Studying classical piano as a child, he would also go on to master the guitar, organ and accordion, before turning on to swing and bebop as a teenager. He met saxophonist Stan Getz while at university. He abandoned his studies to play jazz full time, and worked with many American jazz musicians, becoming the first European to be invited to join the Jazz at the Philharmonic package....
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Selected Discography.
Harry Arnold Big Band, Vol 1 1964-1965 (Dragon Records, 2003)
Harry Arnold Big Band, Vol 2 1964-1965 (Dragon Records, 2003)
Gunnar Johnson Quintet 1957-1959 (Dragon Records, 1999)
Jan Johansson/Rune Gustafsson/Georg Riedel, Live in Tallin, Heptagon, 1994)
Jan Johansson, spelar musik pa sitt eget vis (Megafon, 1973)
Jan Johansson/Arne Domnerus, Younger than Springtime, 1959-1961 (Megafon, 1973)
Jan Johansson, 300,000 (Megafon, 1971)
Radiojazzgruppen, Frostrosor (Megafon, 1969)
Radiojazzgruppen, Hostspelor (Megafon, 1968)
Radiojazzgruppen, Vardkasar (Megafon, 1968)
Jan Johansson, Musik Genom 4 Sekler (Megafon, 1968)
Jan Johansson/Svend Asmussen, Jazz Pa Ungereska (Megafon, 1968)
Jan Johansson, Jazz Pa Ryska (Megafon, 1967)
Cornelius Vreeswijk, Grimascher och Telegram (metronome, 1966)
Arne Domnerus Septet, Mobil (Megafon, 1965)
Johansson/Riedel//Hallber/Wallin, Adventures in Jazz and Folklore (Megafon, 1965)
Jan Johansson, In Pleno (Megafon, 1964)
Jan Johansson, Jazz Pa Svenska (Megafon, 1964)
Arne Domnerus Orchestra, Musik under Stjarnorna (Megafon, 1964)
Jan Johansson/Georg Riedel, Rorelser (Megafon, 1963)
Jan Johansson, Inertio (Megafon, 1962)
Jan Johansson, 8 Bitar Johansson (Megafon, 1961)
Stan Getz, Stan Getz at Large (Verve, 1960)
Oscar Pettiford, Montmartre Blues (Black Lion, 1959)

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