Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Johansen, Jonas, drummer; b. Copenhagen, 18 September 1962. His father Martin Volodja Johansen, was born November 13, 1920 in Copenhagen. He died August 18, 1999 in Elsinore, Denmark. His mother, Jonna Fischer-Hansen, was born March 18 1936 in Copenhagen.
Jonas grew up in the creative milieu of a private school in Elsinore (DK), and studied with the famous classical percussion professor Bent Lylloff from 1976 until 1979. He became a student of the Copenhagen based American drummer Ed Thigpen from 1979 until 1985. From 1985 until 1986 he completed the Percussion program at The Dick Grove School of Music in Los Angeles, studying with drummers and percussionists such as Peter Donald, David Garibaldi and Luis Conte. From 1987 until 1989 he studied at The Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen. He's been a member of Ole Kuhl's group Dawn (Miles Davis type fusion, 1981-1984), Debbie Cameron Group (funk, 1982-1986), Per Carsten Group (fusion, 1986), Mona Larsen Band (rock, 1986) and Shot Of Soul (soul, 1986). From 1987-2000, he played with the Emborg/Larsen Group and Jorgen Emborg Group. In 1988, he was a member of Istanbul Express (Turkish "World" music). He was a member of the Nikolaj Bentzon Trio (1989-1996). In 1997, he joined Silvana Malta Group and toured with Toninho Horta. In 1990 Jonas became the drummer of The Danish Radio Big Band, now called The Danish Radio Jazz Orchestra (DRJO), where he stayed until 1999. In those years the band accompanied and did projects with international jazz stars such as McCoy Tyner, Joe Henderson, John Scofield, Tom Harrell, Bob Brookmeyer, Toots Thielemanns, Art Farmer, Hermeto Pascoal, Enrico Pieranunzi, Kenny Werner, Joe Lovano, Jerry Bergonzi, Jim McNeely, Mike Gibbs, Maria Schneider, David Sanborn and Carla Bley. In 1999 he left the DRJO in order to concentrate on his freelance career. In 1992 Jonas formed his own band "Move" with, among others, saxophonist Fredrik Lundin and Swedish bass player Lars Danielsson. In 2000 Jonas started "Band Mrazem," co-lead with drummer colleague Emil de Waal. In 2002 a new trio was formed along with electric bass player Steve Swallow and Danish saxophone master Hans Ulrik. Since 1993 Jonas has played with the world-renowned Danish bassist Niels-Henning Oersted Pedersen, and has been a permanent member of the NHOP trio together with Swedish guitarist Ulf Wakenius since 1996. In 2000, he toured with own band "Move" in Spain and Danish TV made a feature program about the group. In 2001, he toured in Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam with NHOP and in Spain and Portugal with own group "Move." He played two European tours with the Eliane Elias trio with the American bassist Marc Johnson. He also joined Fredrik Lundin's new band Overdrive. In 2002, he played at Faeroe Islands with Egberto Gismonti. He toured twice in Spain with Silvana Malta Group, and in Canada with Fredrik Lundin Overdrive. He toured in Sweden with Ulf Wakenius Jazz and Hammond Explosion. In 2003, he made a tour with Band Mrazem in Demark, tours in a.o. Spain, Germany and Norway with "Move," and tours in Denmark and Germany with Steve Swallow and Hans Ulrik. He did a project with the HR Big Band and Eliane Elias in Germany, and toured Sweden and Denmark with NHOP Trio. He also played in Sweden with Ulf Wakenius. In 2004, he toured Germany with NHOP trio and Sweden with Ulf Wakenius. He recorded CDs with Fredrik Lundin Overdrive and the Jacob Christoffersen Trio. He toured Spain with the Silvana Malta Group and Scandinavia with Move and Band Mrazem. He made his third tour with Steve Swallow and Hans Ulrik. Jonas has also played with artists and groups such as: Johnny Griffin, Renee Rosnes, Doug Raney, Milt Jackson, Toninho Horta, Phil Woods, Monica Zetterlund, Kenny Drew, Ernie Wilkins and the Almost Big Band, Pierre Doerge & New Jungle Orchestra, the WDR Big Band (Cologne, Germany), Nogenja Big Band (Stockholm, Sweden), John Taylor, Chano Dominguez, Eliane Elias, Marc Johnson, Steve Swallow and Egberto Gismonti. He's done extensive touring which apart from Denmark includes Scandinavia, Europe (including Poland and Czechoslovakia), Croatia, Russia & the Baltic countries, China, Australia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, North - and South America and Canada. Plays on more than 100 CDs.
His spouse is Carolina Vallejo.
Jonas Johansen MOVE (1995); Please Move Jonas Johansen (1999); Band Mrazem (2000);
Hans Ulrik/Steve Swallow/Jonas Johansen: Trio (2002) Band Mrazem: Cuts (2002); Move: Move Up (2003)
22 recordings with the DRJO, among them: Jens Winther & The Danish Radio Big Band (1992), DRJO & Django Bates: Like Life (1998), Eliane Elias, Bob Brookmeyer & DRJO: Impulsive (2000), Nice Work; 5 recordings with NHOP, among them: NHOP Trio feat. Renee Rosnes: Friends Forever (1995), NHOP: This Is All I Ask (1998)
Jonas received the Danish Ben Webster Music Award in 1991.
The CD from "Please Move" was nominated for a Danish Grammy in 2000 in the category "Jazz recording of the year".
The DRJO CD Nice Work was Grammy nominated in the U.S. in 2000.
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