Norwegian Jazz Artists Who Made An Impact On Jazz

Jazz came to Europe after World War I, and the term became synonymous with anything new and hip. In 1921, the first jazz orchestra came to Norway. By 1923, the saxophone emerged as an instrument in Norwegian jazz bands.

The economic troubles of the 1930s weakened the development of jazz bands, but after the 1940s, jazz picked up. In recent years, Norway’s influence on jazz increased. One of the pioneers of Norwegian jazz is Jan Garbarek.

Garbarek is a tenor and soprano saxophonist. His sound is demonstrative of the ECM Records label.


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