Karin Krog

Karin Krog (born 15 May 1937) is a Norwegian jazz singer.

Karin Krog
Krog in concert in 2015
Krog in concert in 2015
Background information
Born (1937-05-15) 15 May 1937 (age 84)
Oslo, Norway
GenresVocal jazz
Occupation(s)Singer, composer

Life and careerEdit

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

Krog began singing jazz as a teenager and attracted attention while performing in 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. Krog 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][3]

She has worked with 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.[1][2][4][5] In 1994, she became the first Norwegian musician to have an album released by Verve Records. The album Jubilee was a compilation of songs from her thirty-year career.[2]

Private lifeEdit

Krog is the great granddaughter of Anders Heyerdahl (1832–1918), a Norwegian composer, musician, genealogist, folklorist and local historian. She was married (1957–2001) to the jazz journalist Johannes (Johs.) Bergh (1932–2001).[1][2] Her long-term partner is British jazz multi-insrtrumentalist John Surman.[6]

Awards and honorsEdit


As leaderEdit

  • By Myself (Philips, 1964)
  • Jazz Moments (Sonet, 1966)
  • Joy (Sonet, 1968)
  • Some Other Spring with Dexter Gordon (Sonet, 1970)
  • Live at the Festival (Enja, 1973)
  • Gershwin with Karin Krog (Polydor, 1974)
  • You Must Believe in Spring (Polydor, 1974)
  • We Could Be Flying (Polydor, 1975)
  • Hi-Fly with Archie Shepp (Compendium, 1976)
  • Different Days Different Ways (Philips, 1976)
  • A Song for You with Bengt Hallberg (Phontastic, 1977)
  • But Three's a Crowd with Red Mitchell (Bluebell of Sweden, 1977)
  • As You Are with Nils Landberg (RCA Victor, 1977)
  • Cloud Line Blue with John Surman (Polydor, 1979)
  • Swingin' Arrival (Talent, 1980)
  • With Malice Towards None with Nils Landberg (Bluebell of Sweden, 1980)
  • I Remember You... with Warne Marsh and Red Mitchell (Spotlite, 1981)
  • Two of a Kind with Bengt Hallberg (Four Leaf Clover, 1982)
  • Freestyle (Odin, 1986)
  • Something Borrowed...Something New (Meantime, 1989)
  • Nordic Quartet with Terje Rypdal, John Surman, (ECM, 1995)
  • Det Var En Gang (NorDisc, 1995)
  • Bluesand with John Surman (Meantime, 1999)
  • Where Flamingos Fly with Jacob Young (Grappa, 2002)
  • Where You At? (Enja, 2003)
  • Together Again with Steve Kuhn (Grappa, 2006)
  • Wildenvey I Ord Og Toner (Grappa, 2007)
  • Such Winters of Memory with John Surman, Pierre Favre (ECM, 2008)
  • Oslo Calling (Meantime, 2008)
  • Folkways (Meantime, 2010)[7]
  • Cabin in the Sky with Bengt Hallberg (Gazell, 2011)
  • In a Rag Bag with Morten Gunnar Larsen (Meantime, 2012)
  • New York Moments with Steve Kuhn (Enja, 2013)
  • Songs About This and That with John Surman (Meantime, 2013)
  • Break of Day with Steve Kuhn (Meantime, 2014)
  • The Best Things in Life with Scott Hamilton (Stunt, 2016)
  • Infinite Paths with John Surman (Meantime, 2016)

As guestEdit

  • Bergen Big Band, Seagull (Grappa, 2005)
  • Tore Johansen, Man, Woman, and Child (Gemini, 2000)
  • Tore Johansen, Like That (Gemini, 2005)


  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 "Krog, Karin - Biography" (in Norwegian). MIC.no. Retrieved 2013-10-07.
  3. ^ a b "Karin Krog kaller Oslo" (in Norwegian). Ballade.no. Retrieved 2013-10-07.)
  4. ^ "Glimt fra gamle dager: Se unike fotos fra NRK-jazzens gullalder" (in Norwegian). NRK Jazz. Retrieved 2013-10-07.)
  5. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Karin Krog". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  6. ^ Chinen, Nate (2 October 2015). "Review: Karin Krog, a Norwegian Star, Plays at Joe's Pub". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 June 2021.
  7. ^ Fordham, John (2011-03-03). "Karin Krog: Folkways – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-10-07.)

External linksEdit

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