Rolf Jardemark

Instrument: Guitar | Location: Gothenburg

"Top Guitarist from Sweden"
—Scott Yanow

Updated: December 15, 2018

Born: November 23, 1960

A top guitarist from Sweden, Rolf Jardemark is a versatile player with a long series of recordings for the Imogena label. Jardemark started on guitar when he was 12. ”I bought my first guitar from a friend for one dollar! I had no teacher. I started with a blues record and a chord book.” Inspired by Barney Kessel, Larry Carlton and Pat Metheny, Jardemark also learned about jazz from Peter Almqvist when they both worked in a guitar store.

Jardemark went to music college when he was 16 and after that went on to The Academy of Music in Gothenburg - studying classical guitar but playing jazz at night. Jardemark has played with the Swedish artists Margaretha Evmark and Erik Gullbransson since the mid-80s, toured Scandinavia with pianist-singer Michael Ruff in 1987, worked with the Bohuslän Big Band and had his own group since 1989. He has also worked with Nils Landgren, Lars Danielsson, Al Harewood, Bob Mintzer, Lew Soloff and James Morrison. (from Scott Yanow – The Great Jazz Guitarists). 

New CD : Rolf Jardemark & John Stowell Guitar Duo – Cosmology (GLRCD004)

Discography as leader:

Blue Age (Guitarlandrecords)

Twin Guitars Guitarlandrecords)

“Get out of town”. (Imogena)

Rosewood - (IGCD114),

Toco (Guitarlandrecords),

Further adventures in Guitarland (IGCD067) ,

Guitarland (IGCD 044) ,

Jungle Crunch (IGCD 027) ,

Soft Landing (LiPhone),

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November, 2017 review from the New York City Jazz Record by Scott Yanow

Cosmology (Guitarlandrecords)

Cosmology, which teams Stowell with fellow guitarist Rolf Jardemark (with bassist Peter Janson added on two of the ten numbers), is a bit more conventional and straight-ahead oriented without ever sounding predictable. One feels the presence of Joe Pass more than Jim Hall on this project with the improvising being more boppish. Jardemark, who released the CD on his own label in his native Sweden, and Stowell split the program between standards and originals. The guitarists begin with Jardemark’s joyful jazz waltz “Margot’s Vals” which swings well with the bassist making the group a trio

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