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Einar Iversen (1930 to 2019) was a Norwegian 'jazz' pianist and composer. Einar Iversen was born on July 27th 1930 in Mandal, Vest-Agder, Norway. The son of a pastor, he was raised in Oslo where he studied classical piano under Inge Rolf Ringnes, Artur Schnabel and Finn Mortensen. As a talented exponent of the instrument, he went into 'jazz' music after World War II ended, and quickly established himself in the vibrant Oslo music scene of 1949. His first album appearance was with Rowland Greenberg's orchestra in 1953, and he went on to play with an impressive number of other 'jazz' stars in a variety of theatres, such as with Dizzy Gillespie at Birdland in 1952 and on the America Boat with Anthony Ortega in 1954. Iversen also played with the 'Modern Jazz Quartet' (1955), and was a regular pianist at the Metropol Jazz Club, where he played with other 'jazz' greats including Dexter Gordon (1962), Coleman Hawkins (1963) and Johnny Griffin (1964), as well as Svend Asmussen and Stuff Smith in Sweden in 1965. He recorded a 1967 album called "Me and My Piano" as part of his own 'Einar Iversen Trio' (featured here, with bassist Tor Hauge and drummer Jon Christensen), and collaborated with the Swedes Putte Wickman and Monica Zetterlund, plus Povel Ramel, while out on tour in 1978. He appeared on a number of releases by Bjarne Nerem, Egil Johansen, Totti Bergh, Nora Brockstedt and Ditlef Eckhoff, and released the solo album "Jazz Pa Norsk" on 'Gemini Records' in 1990, followed by others up until 2001. Over a period of more than 60 years, Iversen played with just about everyone in Norwegian 'jazz', and had more recently worked in trio with Tine Asmundsen (bass) and Svein Christiansen (drums). On his way to becoming one of the most respected Norwegian 'jazz' musicians ever, he was awarded the "Buddyprisen" in 1958, was made a "Knight First Class of the Order of the St Olavs", and received the "Gammleng-prisen (Veteran)" in 1997. Einar Iversen died in Norway on April 3rd 2019, aged 88. [ Translated from: http://jazzinorge.no/2019/04/05/einar-pastorn-iversen-1930-2019/ ]
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Einar_Iversen
Posted: 8th May 2019
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