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Erling Kroner


A Condensed Biography

Erling Kroner, born April 16, 1943 in Copenhagen, Denmark, started playing the trombone in 1959 with various Dixieland bands. Went to Germany 1961 with Danish Trad Band Dixieland Stompers and again 1962 playing with Jack Duff's Jazztet and Ken Sims' Vintage Jazzband. The former including the late Danish trumpet ace Per Ringkjøbing Hansen, piano player the late Alex Shaw and the young bassist Ronnie Matthewson. Participated the European avant garde movement of the early- to mid sixties, performing with a.o. John Tchicai and Rosswell Rudd. 1966-67 toured Denmark with Melvis & his Gentlemen until the Fall of 1967 when he founded his first Erling Kroner Quintet. Appeared with 'Philly' Joe Jones and Phil Woods, and in 1969 won a Down Beat Hall of Fame Scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA. Same year performed with George Russell Sextet 'Electronic Sonata for Souls Loved by Nature', and attended Berklee 1969 - 1970, where he founded the original Erling Kroner Tentet. After returning to Denmark Fall of 1970, released his first LP Erling Kroner Quintet 'MUSIC BOOK', dedicated to the late Booker Ervin. 1971 he joined the Danish Radio Big Band. His tentet aka the Erling Kroner Folk Dance Organization played Monday nights at legendary Montmartre in St. Regnegade. Left the Radio Big Band in 1973 for further studies at Berklee, this time with legendary Herb Pomeroy (73-74)

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