Nikolaj Bentzon

piano
1964

Taught by his father, Niels Viggo Bentzon - one of the great composers in Danish contemporary music. Educated at Berklee College, Boston, 1983-86, graduated magna cum laude. Has distinguished himself as leader of his own trio. Leader of successful jazz/funk bands, most recently "Bentzon Brotherhood". Also works as a composer and arranger. Has been asked -in the absence of Herbie Hancock - to join the Headhunters for touring. Joined the grammy award winning Danish Radio Big Band in 1990. Bentzon began winning awards at the age of 19 when he was selected best soloist at the Dunkerque Jazz Festival. In 1983 he was selected as the first jazz musician to receive the prestigeous Jacob Gade Award, and soon after went on to Berklee College of Music in Boston where he won the Oscar Peterson Jazz Award in 1985. Co-composing and piano duo performances with his father, the well-respected composer Niels Viggo Bentzon, brought Bentzon early critical attention and acclaim. As a working jazz musician, Bentzon has played with the likes of Clark Terry, Red Rodney, Phil Woods, Michael Gibbs, David Sanborn, Maria Schneider, John Scofield, Van Morrison, Bob Brookmeyer, Palle Mikkelborg, NHØP, Toots Thielemans, Herb Pomeroy, Tom Harrell, Joe Lavano, Steve Swallow, Carla Bley, Ivan Lins, Benny Golson and Joe Henderson. He was the mainstay of the rhythm section of the US grammy-award winning Danish Radio big band from 1990-2008.