Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Bergcrantz, Anders, trumpet; b. Malmoe, Sweden, 5 December 1961. He grew up in a family of jazz musicians. His father, Sven Bergcrantz (1931-1998), was a well-known jazz pianist. His mother, Irene Bergcrantz (1935-1990) was very supportive and encouraging. He has two older brother, Thomas and Hakan who used to play drums and tenor sax. They played a lot together for example in their father's Quintet. He got his first trumpet from his father and older brother in 1976. He began taking a few lessons from trumpeter, Tim Hagans.
From 1977-80, he had musical education at Malmoe music high school. He started to play gigs around town. From 1980 - 81, he had his musical education at Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA From 1981-83 , he had musical education at Malmoe music conservatory. He began playing gigs more and more nationwide. Studio, radio and TV gigs startedup. He became a member of his father's quintet together with my two older brothers. In 1986, he began working a lot as guest soloist in different constellations, home and abroad. He also began guest teaching in different countries with Dave Liebman and Richie Beirach in Ireland for instance. He did a lot of touring with his own bands and other bands including Mike Brecker and the Tolvan band.
In 1990, he performed two weeks at Ronnie Scott's jazz club in London. In 1993, he was awarded "Jazzmusician of the year." In 1994, he played Sweet Basil in New York City for the fourth time. In 1996, his fourth record, In This Together, was awarded "Gyllene Skivan," meaning "Album of the Year," Best Swedish jazz recording released in 1995. He toured with the Caecilie Norby Quintet for three weeks in Japan at the Blue Note jazz club. He was also nominated for the Nordic Culture Prize. In 1998, he was invited to Minneapolis to play as guest soloist with an American rhythm section. He appeared at festivals in Israel and Russia among other places. He performed with Benny Golson at an Italian summer jazz festival. In 1999, he performed with own quartet at two concerts in London at the "Swedish Jazz Extravagansa" February 1999. He also performed at the Greifswald Music Festival. He performed a concert together with classical trumpet soloist Hakan Hardenberger. The concert, for the two trumpeters, choir and a rhythms section was done by composer and artist Anna-Lena Laurin.
In 2000, he performed as featured soloist at Carnegie Hall, New York City, June 6.In 2001, he performed with US tenor saxophonist Billy Harper on a Scandinavian tour in July. In 2002, he formed his new septet, The Anders Bergcrantz Orchestra. He performed at the Stockholm Jazzfestival among other places. He was also awarded guest of honour at the Umea International Jazzfestival.
His wife Anna-Lena Laurin, born in Halmstad, Sweden in 1962 is a composer, singer and pianist. He's often playing her music and arrangements. They also often play together. They have four kids, Lin 18, Leon 16, Rebecca 13 and Iris 10. The two youngest, Rebecca and Iris are very active musically.
A few of the musicians Bergcrantz has played with include Richie Beirach, Jerry Bergonzi, Carla Bley, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Joe Chambers, Palle Danielsson, Arne Domnerus, Thomas Franck, Benny Golson, Dizzy Gillespie, Hakan Hardenberger, Billy Harper, Billy Hart, Jon Hendricks, Jeff Hirshfield, Lee Konitz, David Liebman, Joe Locke, Paquito D'Rivera, Niels Henning Orstedt Pedersen, Rich Perry, Bob Rockwell, Bernt Rosengren, John Scofield, Bobo Stensson,
Mike Stern, Steve Swallow, Svante Thuresson, McCoy Tyner, Jukkis Uotila, and Kenny Wheeler.
Opinions (1985); Touch (1986); Live At Sweet Basil (1992); In This Together (1994); C (1997); Twentyfour Hours (1999)
Dave Liebman And Tolvan Big Band: Guided Dream; Tolvan Big Band: Colours, Live At Montreaux, The Touch; Tommy Korberg And Tolvan Big Band: Polar; Jan Kaspersen: Space And Rythm Jazz, Live At Sofie's Cellar, Heavy Smoke; Inside Out: Extra Extra; Laszlo Sule Band With A.Bergcrantz: Symphony Of Legends; Page One: Live At Ronnie Scott; Frank Maatela: Piece Of Cake; Gunnar Wenneborg: Constellations; Lars Danielsson: Tia' Dia', Tia'Dia'; L Big Band Med Gaster: Jazz Pa Bla Station; Anglaspel: Lappland; Peps Persson: En Del Och Andra; Ulf Radelius: From Me To You; Wail: Jazz In Sweden; Johan Leijonhufvud Trio: Speaks The Local Bebop; Dialog: Dialog; Anna - Lena Laurin: Dance In Music, Sang Till Mormor, Vakna Min Bulle; Soul Quality Quartet Featuring A. Bergcrantz: Strip; Trio Con X Featuring Berggren, Bergcrantz, Milder: Seven Songs For Six; Lennart Aberg Quartet: The Zone; Jan Lundgren: Bird Of Passage; Karin Glenmark: Karin Glenmark; Monica Zetterlund: Det Finns Dagar; Live At Jazzclub Fasching; Stefan Forssen: Onkel Stefans Sanger; Esa Pietila Featuring Anders Bergcrantz: Fastjoik; Fredrik Carlquist: It's About Time, It's About Love; Zone: First Definition; Caecilie Norby: Queen Of Bad Excuses; Kjersti Stubo: My Shining Hours; Peter Janson: Nordic Meeting; The Flower Kings: Unfold The Future