Bobo Stenson

Bobo Stenson (born Bo Gustav Stenson; 4 August 1944) is a Swedish jazz pianist. The Bobo Stenson Trio, formed in collaboration with Anders Jormin (bass) and Jon Fält (drums), has been in existence for four decades.[1][2]

Bobo Stenson
Stenson in 2006
Stenson in 2006
Background information
Birth nameBo Gustav Stenson
Born (1944-08-04) 4 August 1944 (age 77)
Västerås, Sweden
GenresJazz, classical, avant-garde
Years active1960s–present


Stenson studied with Werner Wolf for 15 years, starting at the age of 8.[1]

In 1963, Stenson stepped up from the local scene in Västerås to begin playing frequently in Stockholm, where he accompanied a long line of visiting American players including Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz and Gary Burton. He also worked closely with Don Cherry from the beginning of the trumpeter's residency in Scandinavia.[1][3]

The 1970s was an intensive period for Stenson, playing in many groups, amongst them the long-standing band Rena Rama with Palle Danielsson, and a trio with Arild Andersen and Jon Christensen; later also with Jan Garbarek. In 1988, he joined the Charles Lloyd quartet and since 1996 has appeared at major jazz festivals with Tomasz Stańko's septet/sextet.[4][5]


As leaderEdit

As sidemanEdit

With Don Cherry

With Jan Garbarek

With Charles Lloyd

With Red Mitchell

With Rena Rama

  • Jazz I Sverige (Caprice, 1973)
  • Landscapes (JAPO, 1977)
  • Inside – Outside (Caprice, 1979)
  • Live (Organic, 1983)
  • New Album (Dragon, 1986)
  • Rena Rama with Marilyn Mazur (Dragon, 1989)
  • The Lost Tapes (Amigo, 1998) with Kenny Wheeler & Billy Hart

With George Russell

With Terje Rypdal

With Tomasz Stanko

Rica - Challenge Records (2004) Parish- ECM Records (2005)

With Others

  • Agram (Moller/Willemark)
  • Xieyi (Jormin)
  • Change of Heart (Speake)
  • Parish (Stronen)
  • La Nuit de Wounded Knee (Doudou Gouirand)


  1. ^ a b c Conrad, Thomas. "Bobo Stenson: Thoughts too Deep for Tears". JazzTimes. Retrieved 2020-07-08.
  2. ^ "Bobo Stenson Trio | NN North Sea Jazz Festival". Retrieved 2020-07-08.
  3. ^ "Bobo Stenson Trio". TivoliVredenburg (in Dutch). Retrieved 2020-07-08.
  4. ^ "Pianist Bobo Stenson Discusses Solo Work and Freedom in European Jazz". 2019-07-16. Retrieved 2020-07-08.
  5. ^ "Bobo Stenson Trio In Concert". Jazz. 2020-04-12. Retrieved 2020-07-08.

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