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Pernille Bevort

Tenor, soprano and alto saxophone (flute, clarinets), 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.

Apart from working with small ensembles, Bévort has performed with several professional Big Bands in Denmark during the last decade: The Ernie Wilkins Almost Big Band, Kroner’s New Music Orchestra, The Danish Radio Big Band and the Aarhus Jazz Orchestra (Klüver’s Big Band) among others. As a member of The Ernie Wilkins Almost Big Band and as a frequent substitute with the Danish Radio Big Band, she has performed with many international artists. Among these are: Randy Brecker, Tony Coe, Putte Wickman, Tim Hagans, John Scofield and Richard Bona. Since 1995 she has been leader of several diverse ensembles. At present these include her trio, Bévort 3, and the septet/octet RADIO BÉVORT. So fra (2016) Pernille Bévort has released 10 Cd’s as band leader and composer/arranger. Apart from her own groups, Pernille has composed for several other ensembles. Among these are The Copenhagen Art Ensemble, the saxophone quartet United Notions feat. Marilyn Mazur and a variety of ToneArt work shop ensembles.

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“It´s apparent that Bévort joyfully makes use of the different possibilities she has as composer and arranger when it comes to the many possible combinations of instruments in this ensemble. She shows both overview and reserve of strength. The release is a remarkable and particular delight”  – Jazznyt.blogspot, Niels Overgård “It´s a release that shows thought-through integrity and where the melodies are in focus…..the lovely «Heavy Feather» could almost sound like the score for a film…….Altogether «Which Craft?» is a fine release definitely worth listening to from a Danish musician that ought to have far more concerts booked in her calendar – not just in the Copenhagen area but also in Norway, Sweden and Finland” – Salt-peanuts.eu, Jan Granlie

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