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A fine pianist and arranger-composer, Nils Lindberg has long worked with the who's who of Swedish jazz. He studied music at Uppsala University and the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, graduating in 1960. He gigged with Benny Bailey (1957-58), Ove Lind, Putte Wickman and others while still a student. Two of Lindberg's finest Lps, Sax Appeal and Trisection, were reissued as a single Dragon CD in 1992 and feature Lars Gullin, Jan Allan, Idrees Sulieman and Eje Thelin. He also wrote arrangements for Alice Babs and recorded with Karin Krog (1976). Nils Lindberg has long been expert at combining together Swedish folk songs with jazz, has written classical music (including for the Swedish Radio Symphony and the Hanover Symphony), appeared with Duke Ellington's Orchestra in Oct. 73, accompanied Judy Garland during a Scandinavian tour and been the leader of the big band at the Municipal Music School of Stockholm. ~ Scott Yanow
11 June 1933 in Uppsala, Sweden
'60s, '70s, '80s, '90s