Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Persson, Bent, trumpeter and cornetist; b. Karlskrona, Sweden, 6 September 1947. He grew up in Stockholm. His mother is Anna Charlotte Persson (b. Hansen), born in 1920 in Flensburg, Germany. She grew up in Denmark. His father was Axel Richard Persson (1921-1998), Tving, Sweden. His siblings are Herta Larsson (b. 1949, Karlskrona), Gunnel Ross (b. 1952, Stockholm) and Tove Schalin (b. 1965, Stockholm).
From 1976-79, he studied with Claes Strmblad, 1st tpt Stockholm Philharmonics. From 1977-1981, he studied at SMI Stockholms Musikpedagogiska Institut. In 1997, he studied with Andy Fite, a jazz guitarist, vocalist from Pittsburgh. His first band, Stockhom Stompers, started in 1968, playing dixieland and swing, and they even had a bopchorus he composed for the repertoire.
In 1970 Maggie's Blue Five was formed together with reedman Tomas 'rnberg, to play the music of Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet of the early 20's. This band toured and recorded with Eva Taylor 1976, disbanded and instead the collaboration with Tomas continued in Weatherbird Jazzband with Ulf Johansson at the piano; a band well suited to take part in his recording project: Louis Armstrongs 50 Hot Choruses for Cornet, interpreting transcribed solos published by Melrose Brothers in 1927 from long-lost cylinder recordings. In 1974, he organized a big band, Bent's Blue Rhythm Band. In the same year, he was offered a seat in another big band, Kustbandet where he's still a member and has also contributed with most of its arrangements. This band has toured on most continents, including the U.S.A. in 1977. They played when the Lord Mayor opened the City of London Festival in 1988 and three times at the Nobel Prize Party in Stockholm Town Hall. Among the guest soloists have been Benny Carter (SVT 1980), Doc Cheatham and Arne Domnerus. Tomas 'rnberg, on the request of Clarence Williams son, Spencer, started the Swedish Jazz Kings in 1985. This small band toured Europe 1986, U.S.A. 1987, Australia and Japan. The Classic Jazzband started 1987 in Stockholm and in 2000 made it to Carnegie Hall.
His playing is founded on the style of early jazz trumpet and cornet players, but also the swing trumpeters following Armstrong. Their influence is more prevalent in the swing group Harlem Jazz Camels formed in 1978, and on recordings with Maxine Sullivan made in the early 80s. He's done around 20 albums each for Kenneth and Stomp Off Records, apart from numerous recordings for other labels.
For 30 years he's been playing at festivals and concerts all over the world. He's 11 years at the Breda International Jazz Festival. He also organized a small festival from 1991-97.
He's teaching trumpet and jazz playing for young players, and at the moment running a young big band (Jazzin Topzies) playing early Ellington mostly. In the summer, he's a teacher at jazz improvisation courses on Visings (SE) and in Lenk (CH). Another subject is jazz history at the Royal Academy, KMH Stockholm and at Musikvetenskapen, Uppsala Universitet.
Louis Armstrong's 50 Hot Choruses 1927 (1975-86, 1976-2002); Bent's Blue Rhythm Band (1977-79, unissued); Bent Persson's London Stompers (1987); Alain Marquet-Bent Persson Melody Boys (1990); Dumlingis Jive & Bent Persson (1993); Bent Persson Sextett (1994); Bent Persson w Royal Blue Melodians (Armstrong) (2001)
Recorded with: Stockholm Stompers/Hot Onions; Maggie's Blue Five (1971-2, 1973-4); Preston Jackson/Benny Waters (1973-74); Kustbandet Live At Tanto (Sthlm) (1975); Kustbandet w Charlie Holmes (1975); Benny Waters (1975); Eva Taylor with Maggie's Blue Five (1976); Kustbandet in Dresden (2 titles) (1977); Kustbandet in U.S.A. (1977); Dickie Wells (1978, unissued); Tomas 'rnberg featuring Bent Persson (1979); Kenny Davern (1980); Weatherbird Jazzband (1980); Weatherbird JB Live in Amsterdam (Joseph Lam) (1980); Kustbandet Live (Sthlm) (1980); Tomas 'rnberg's Blue Five (1980); Maxine Sullivan (1981-3, 1981-4); Kustbandet Live in Amsterdam (Joseph Lam) (1982); European Classic Jazz Band (1983); Red Roseland Cornpickers with Bent Persson (1985); Kustbandet (1985); Swedish Jazz Kings (1985); Ted Des Plantes (1985); Harlem Jazz Camels (1986); Red Roseland Cornpickers w BP & Keith Nichols (1987); Kustbandet Live in Edinburgh (1987); Swedish Jazz Kings (Newport Beach Ca) (1987); Dick Cary (1989, unissued); Kustbandet (Swedish tunes) (1990-91); Tomas 'rnbergis Blue Five (1991-93); Keith Nichols (Syncopated Jamboree) (1991-93); Kustbandet w Arne Domnerus (1991-93); Arne Domnerus (1991-93); Swedish Jazz Kings w Joe Muranyi (1992); "Krazy Kat" Stora Vilunda Bomullsplockare (1992-93); Kustbandet w Carol Leigh (1992-94); Harlem Jazz Camels (1992-94); The Classic Jazzband (1993); Keith Nichols: Henderson Stomp (1993); The Scandinavian Jazz Kings (1994); Jesse's Jazz Band (Jens Lindgren) (1994); Arne Domnerus & Joya Sherril (1994); Swedish Jazz Kings w Roy Williams (Live) (1994); Swedish Jazz Kings w Roy Williams (1994-6); Kenneth Arnstrm (1995); Claes Brodda (1995); Jens Lindgren (1995-8); Harlem Jazz Camels (1996); JoJo Swingband (Breda NL) (1996); 26th Jazz Festival Breda (1996); Keith Nichols (In Harlem's Araby) (1996); Carol Leigh (1997); Swedish Jazz Kings w Kenny Davern (1997); Bob Wilber (1998); Classic Jazzband w Dan Barrett (1998-9); Tom Pletcher (1999); Kellin (1999-2000); Kustbandet (2000); Classic Jazzband (Absolut Jazz in Carnegie Hall) (2000); Hot Jazz Trio (2001); Matthias Seuffert & Keith Nichols (2001)
Radio, television and films:
Maggieis Blue Five w Eva Taylor (SVT/never broadcasted) (1976); Kustbandet (Minneapolis/radio/Prarie Home Companion) (November 1977); Kustbandet w Benny Carter (SVT Jazz&Blues-festival) (July 1980); Weatherbird Jazzband (SVT/8 programs) (Autumn 1981); interview (SR/P2/Bertil Sundin) (October 1981); Kustbandet (NDR Hamburg/TV Talk Show) (1986); Kustbandet (RAI, radio) (November 1989); Kustbandet (BBC2/TV/Breacon Jazz Festival) (August 1989); Ingeborg Stompers (STV/Drama/Chefen Fru Ingeborg) (1992); Swedish Jazz Kings (NKH/TV/ Kobe Jazz Street) (1992-1994); Keith Nichols (BBC/radio/Amrose/Henderson) (1994); Stora Och SmA Mn (Europafilm) (1995); Musikspegeln (SVT) (1998); Classic Jazzband /50 Hot Choruses (SR/P2 Jazzradion) (June 2000) interview (SR/P2/ Lars Westin) (2000); interviews (Radio NZ Auckland/Wellington) (October 2002); Swedish Jazz Kings (TV3/Americais Cup) (November 2002); interview (BBC radio/Newcastle) (December 2002)
1992 Sep 29 The Age, Melbourne
1997 Sep 6 Svenska Dagbladet, Stockholm Magazines: 2000 April Orkesterjournalen
2001 Satchmo - The genius of Louis Armstrong/ Gary Giddins/ Da Capo Press (chapter 6)
1999 Tradjazzens Vnners Armstrongstipendium