Jan Garbarek

Born 4 March 1947.
Jan Garbarek

Biography

Jan Garbarek (born 4 March 1947) is a Norwegian tenor and soprano saxophonist, active in the jazz, classical, and world music genres. Garbarek was born in Mysen, Norway, the only child of a former Polish prisoner of war Czesław Garbarek and a Norwegian farmer's daughter. Effectively stateless until the age of seven (there was no automatic grant of citizenship in Norway at that time) Garbarek grew up in Oslo. At 21, he married Vigdis. He is the father of musician, (vocals) and composer Anja Garbarek.

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  1. Review of Magico: Carta de Amor

    Magico: Carta de Amor 2012

    Reviewed by Alyn Shipton
    Hearing this music fresh, the three musicians’ commitment is palpable.
  2. Review of In Praise of Dreams

    In Praise of Dreams 2004

    Reviewed by Peter Marsh
    The Nordic saxophone master returns with his first album in six years...
  3. Review of Selected Recordings

    Selected Recordings

    Reviewed by Liz Mundler
    Nordic saxophonist Jan Garbarek gets to sift through his own back catalogue for this...