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Karin Krog

Karin Krog
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Krog in concert in 2015
Background information
Born (1937-05-15) 15 May 1937 (age 82)
OriginOslo, Norway
GenresVocal jazz
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
LabelsMeantime Records

Karin Krog (born 15 May 1937) is a Norwegian jazz singer. She is 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).[1][2] She is able to sing anything from standards to free improvisations.[3]

Life and career

Krog with Bergen Big Band 2014
Krog with Bergen Big Band in 2014

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.[1][2]

In 1962 she started her first band and that same year she became 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.[1][2][4]

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.[1][2][5][6]

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.[2]


Selected discography

Solo recordings

With John Surman

With various artists

  • 1977: Three's a Crowd (Meantime), feat. Red Mitchell
  • 1982: Two of a Kind (Meantime), feat. Bengt Hallberg
  • 1997: One on One (Meantime), feat. Bengt Hallberg
  • 2000: Man, Woman And Child (Gemini), with Tore Johansen
  • 2005: Like That (Gemini), with Tore Johansen
  • 2006: Together Again (Grappa), feat. Steve Kuhn
  • 2006: Seagull (Grappa), with Bergen Big Band
  • 2011: Cabin In The Sky (Gazell), feat. Bengt Hallberg


  1. ^ a b c d Stendahl, Bjørn (2009-02-13). "Karin Krog Extended Biography". Norsk Biografisk Leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2013-10-07.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Krog, Karin - Biography" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2013-10-07.
  3. ^ "Karin Krog Music Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-10-07.
  4. ^ a b "Karin Krog kaller Oslo" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2013-10-07.)
  5. ^ "Glimt fra gamle dager: Se unike fotos fra NRK-jazzens gullalder" (in Norwegian). NRK Jazz. Retrieved 2013-10-07.)
  6. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Karin Krog: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-02-06.
  7. ^ Fordham, John (2011-03-03). "Karin Krog: Folkways – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-10-07.)

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Preceded by
Øistein Ringstad
Recipient of the Jazz Buddyprisen
Succeeded by
No award in 1966
Preceded by
Jan Garbarek
Recipient of the Jazz Gammleng-prisen
Succeeded by
Arild Andersen
Preceded by
Espen Ruud Sextett
Recipient of the Jazz Spellemannprisen
Succeeded by
Petter Wettre and
Per Oddvar Johansen
Preceded by
Kirsten Bråten Berg
Recipient of the Radka Toneff Memorial Award
Succeeded by
Per Jørgensen
Preceded by
Sidsel Endresen and
Stian Westerhus
Recipient of the Jazz Spellemannprisen
Succeeded by
Marius Neset and
Trondheim Jazz Orchestra