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Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen

1946-2005. In 1991 the internationally highly esteemed jazz double bass player Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen was awarded the Nordic Council music prize.

Niels-Henning Ørsted PedersenIt was the first time this prize for composition went to a performing musician, which must be ascribed to his international standing. He is presumably the internationally most sought-after Danish instrumentalist, who has travelled and recorded with many of the greatest jazz soloists, and he has also a particular ability to interpret Danish songs and folk melodies, partly in collaboration with the pianist Kenny Drew.

His talent was soon seen to be of international quality; as a 16-year-old he received an offer from Count Basie and did a recording with the pianist Bud Powell, and since the 1970s he has for longish periods been the permanent double bass player for Oscar Peterson.

In addition, he has often played in trios, partly collectively with the trumpeter Palle Mikkelborg and the keyboard player Kenneth Knudsen, and partly under his own name, usually with guitar and drums.

Erik Wiedemann, Gyldendal Leksikon

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