alto saxophone, soprano & tenor saxophone, flute, alto flute,
composer, arranger, producer
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The powerful and soulful altoman Fredrik Kronkvist is considered one of Europe’s finest alto saxophonists and takes charge whenever he is in the spotlight.
Fredrik is an award-winning saxophonist and he has several albums out as a leader.
Both his writing and improvisational skills are on display when he gives the audience his experience in drawing the heat from a tune with his big sound.
He is leading his own band where he presents a quartet, consisting of musicians from the vanguard of today´s jazzscene.
His strong, creative spirit combined with a profound knowledge of the instrument and jazz has made him into one of Sweden’s international jazz stars.
2017. Releases Afro-Cuban Supreme with Miriam Aïda, Eliel Lazo, Jason Marsalis, Martin Sjöstedt and Johnny Åman. A diverse mix of Afro-Cuban rhythms and Coltrane-influenced jazz, inspired by Dizzy Gillespie’s idea of uniting people, music and rhythms. From legendary songs like A Night in Tunisia, Afro Blue and Manteca in eventful new arrangements to exciting original compositions with adventurous approaches to timeless jazz and latin tunes.
2017. Records with Jeff “Tain” Watts, Orrin Evans and Martin Sjöstedt, to released in 2018
2017. Releases On The Move with Martin Sjöstedt, Ameen Saleem & Gregory Hutchinson
2016. Tours with Monk Vibes and Afro-Cuban Supreme, also recording with Afro-Cuban Supreme
2015. Releases MONK VIBES feat. Jason Marsalis, Reuben Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson. European releasetour and great reviews in
the Nordic press.
2014. Releases Reflecting Time with Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson. Great Reviews in DownBeat etc.
Tours extensively with Fredrik Kronkvist AFRO CUBAN SUPREME feat. Eliel Lazo & Miriam Aïda
2013. Releases Brooklyn Playground
Records with Jason Marsalis on vibes and Reuben Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson
2012. Releases New York Elements with Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson, European Tour with the group and
new recording made in Copenhagen. To be released 2014.
2011. Releases Improvised Action with the Fredrik Kronkvist Sextet feat. Jonas Kullhammar & Raynald Colom
2010. May. Records with Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson in New York.
2010. June. Releases the album Constant Continuum with the Fredrik Kronkvist Quartet.
2010. Releases “Atlantic Bridges” with Scan-Am Quartet feat. Soren Moller,
Morten Ramsboel, Jason Marsalis
2009. Records with Marcus Strickland and the album NOW!
2009. Records three albums to be released in 2010
2008. Releases “New Dimensions” with Urban Elements
2007. A Tribute To Trane feat. Antonio Sanchez
2007. Releases “Ignition” with Fredrik Kronkvist Quartet
2006. Releases “In the Raw” with Fredrik Kronkvist Trio
2005. Releases his second album “Maintain!” with the
Fredrik Kronkvist Quartet.
2005. Appears on National TV as featured artist with the one hour
long documentary about the making of the CD
“Live at the Palladium”.
2005. Releases the CD: Miriam Aïda & Fredrik Kronkvist w. Monday
Night Big Band- “Live at the Palladium”.
2004. Fredrik is selected as one of ten young saxophonists under
30 from all over the world, to participate in the “World
Saxophone Competition 2004” at the London Jazz Festival.
2003. Releases the first CD with his own quartet, “Altitude”.
Receives great, both national and international, reviews.
2003. Fredrik Kronkvist Quartet wins the prestigious European
Jazz Contest, ”Jazz Hoeilaart International Belgium 2003”.
Fredrik Kronkvist AFRO-CUBAN SUPREME, release date October 6, 2017
The award winning alto saxophonist Fredrik Kronkvist presents a diverse mix of Afro-Cuban rhythms and Coltrane-influenced jazz, inspired by Dizzy Gillespie’s idea of uniting people, music and rhythms. From legendary songs like A Night in Tunisia, Afro Blue and Manteca in eventful new arrangements to exciting original compositions with adventurous approaches to timeless jazz and latin tunes.
FREDRIK KRONKVIST – alto, soprano & tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, flute,
alto flute, shekere, vocals.
MIRIAM AÏDA – vocals on Afro Blue, Naima, Yemaya & Eternal Light.
MARTIN SJÖSTEDT – piano, rhodes, vocals.
JOHNNY ÅMAN – bass, vocals.
ELIEL LAZO – congas, batà, shekeré, chimes, caxixi, cow bell, udu, shaker,
vocals, lead vocals on Tierra Africana part I & II.
JASON MARSALIS – drums, vibes, marimba, vocals.
Fredrik Kronkvist – ON THE MOVE feat. Martin Sjöstedt, Ameen Saleem & Gregory Hutchinson (march 2017)
Alto saxophone star and Swedish Grammy-nominee Fredrik Kronkvist continues his musical journey with a fantastic new international group with Martin Sjöstedt, Ameen Saleem and Gregory Hutchinson. Urban swing, dramatic ballads, Coltrane-influenced jazz, rhythms and harmonies from around the world provide an exciting and soulful –experience with improvised music created in the heat of the moment.
Fredrik Kronkvist – alto sax
Martin Sjöstedt – piano
Ameen Saleem – bass
Gregory Hutchinson – drums
Alto saxophonist Fredrik Kronkvist releases album with Thelonious Monk’s music along with three American superstars.
When Kronkvist releases his new album MONK VIBES he continues cooperate with some of the hottest names on the jazz scene with Jason Marsalis on vibraphone, Reuben Rogers on bass and Gregory Hutchinson on drums. This time they dedicate themselves to interpret the genius composer Thelonious Monk’s music and spirit. The unusual constellation with alto saxophone, vibraphone, bass and drums create a different, challenging sound without the piano and gives the group wide open spaces for colorful improvisations. MONK VIBES reflects Thelonious multidimensional universe where simplicity and complexity come together in a beautiful, danceable and contrasting music.The album contains wild conversations, humor, calypso beat, odd time signatures, blues, beautiful ballads and a tonal language that sounds as skewed as obvious.
Following the success of the album New York Elements with this international supergroup comes the follow up with exuberant joy and interactions in the seven original compositions and a new arrangement of a timeless classic.
Fredrik Kronkvist delivers this lively, communicative, urban jazz mixed with blues saturated Nordic sounds in cooperation with some of the world’s most sought after jazz musicians from the New York scene.
The last album New York Elements entered the list Album of the Year 2012 in the prestigious Downbeat Magazine and received top reviews in for example Jazz Times & Jazz Special. The first record was recorded in New York and this album was recorded in Copenhagen after a tour in Sweden and Denmark. Fully charged with energy from the audience at Fasching in Stockholm, Palladium in Malmö, Montmartre in Copenhagen and other places, the band went into the studio and recorded in one day the new album Reflecting Time.
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with Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson
NEW YORK ELEMENTS
New York Elements – vibrant jazz recorded in New York by the swedish saxophonist and composer Fredrik Kronkvist with some of todays most interesting musicians.
Kronkvist’s original music is inspired by the urban, artistic melting pot found in New York and the recording reflects the intensity and diversity of the city that never sleeps.
Jazz with high-level communication, with elements of Afro-Cuban, funk, soul, ballads, Brasilian and Scandinavian with grooves that attract the atoms in the body to swing.
The playfulness in the collective improvisations creates music with action and interaction.
Fredrik Kronkvist is one of Sweden’s greatest jazz musicians with eleven albums released as artistic band leader. Kronkvists saxophone playing and his compositions have received great international attention and he has done concerts at major international jazz festivals, most recently as specially invited to the Oslo Jazz Festival’s 25th anniversary. Fredrik has worked in many different international configurations with musicians from the United States, Chile, Spain, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Brazil and Others and with names like Jason Marsalis, Antonio Sanchez and Marcus Strickland to name a few.
Pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Gregory Hutchinson are some of the world’s finest jazz musicians. Together they are a unique and sought-after rhythm section that played with many of the greatest legends in the world of jazz such as Joe Henderson, Betty Carter, Charles Lloyd and Freddie Hubbard.
Also constantly in interaction with the most prominent stars of today’s jazz scene, such as Joshua Redman, Miguel Zenon, Mark Turner and Kurt Rosenwinkel.
Fredrik Kronkvist – alto saxophone
Aaron Goldberg – piano
Reuben Rogers – bass
Gregory Hutchinson – drums
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Promo-video for the new album IMPROVISED ACTION
Promo-video for the album CONSTANT CONTINUUM with Fredrik Kronkvist Quartet: