Karin Krog (born 15 May 1937 in Oslo, Norway) is one of the leading Norwegian jazz singers, the great granddaughter of Anders Heyerdahl (1832-1918), a Norwegian composer, musician, genealogist, folklorist and local historian, and married (1957-2001) to the jazz journalist Johannes (Johs.) Bergh (1932-2001). She is able to sing anything from standards to free improvisations.
Life and career:
Krog started singing jazz as a teenager, and attracted justified attention during jam sessions in Oslo. In 1955 she was hired by the pianist Kjell Karlsen to sing in his sextet.
In 1962 she started her first band and that same year she become a student of the Norwegian-American singer Anne Brown. Karin studied with Brown until 1969. In the 1960s she performed with the rhythm and blues band Public Enemies, releasing the hit singles Sunny and Watermelon Man.
During her career, she has worked with musicians such as Vigleik Storaas, Jacob Young, Terje Rypdal, Arild Andersen, Jan Garbarek, Dexter Gordon, Kenny Drew, Don Ellis, Steve Kuhn, Archie Shepp, Paul Bley, John Surman, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Red Mitchell, and Bengt Hallberg among others.
In 1994 she was the first Norwegian artist to release an album on U.S. Verve, an anniversary album with cuts from the last 30 years of record production - and the appropriate title Jubilee.
1965: Buddyprisen from the Norwegian Jazz Forum,
1969: Down Beat Poll Winners in Berlin,
1970: European Poll Winners in Osaka,
1971: Some other spring, her album with Dexter Gordon 1970 (voted to "record of the year" in Japan,
1974: Spellemannprisen, Norwegian Grammy named Årets spellemann,
1975: Female Singer of the Year from European Jazz Federation,
1981: Oslo Council Artist Award,
1999: Radka Toneff Memorial Award,
1999: Spellemannprisen in the category Jazz, with John Surman for the album Bluesand,
2005: Knighted by 1 class in the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav, for her position in Norwegian jazz,
2007: Anders Jahre's Cultural Award,
2012: Spellemannprisen, Honorary award,
2013: Spellemannprisen, in the category Jazz, with John Surman for the album Songs About This And That
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