Ulf Johansson WerreUlf (* 1956) is a pianist, trombone player, vocalist, composer, and band leader. He started to play rockdrums at the age of six. Ulf studied medicine at Uppsala Universitet before being accepted as one of the first four jazz educators at the Kungliga Musikhögskolan (Royal Music Academy).
In 1978, Ulf got the music scholarship of the Sweden-America Foundation to study in the U.S.A. Ulf chose the University of Pittsburgh where he studied with Dr. Nathan Davis and Kenny Clarke a.o. for two years. In Pittsburgh he also lead his own band at the famous jazzclub "The Encore".
Coming back to Sweden he got the Diploma at the Kungliga Musikhögskolan in 1981, where he also held a teaching position between 1982 and 1986 besides working extensively as freelancing jazz musician.
Ulf has performed as soloist at numerous international festivals, with big bands, numerous radio- and TV-shows, with symphony orchestras and choirs. He has worked with Mel Lewis, Hank Crawford, Jesper Thilo, Arne Domnérus, Hacke Björksten, Rolf Eriksson, Joe Newman, Buddy Tate, Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Warren Vaché, Buddy de Franco, Pete Christlieb, Wendall Brunious to name a few. Ulf also collaborates with musicians from other ethnical music-cultures as in his multicultural group "Tellus Music", for example the Indian tablasmaster Suranjana Gosh.
Ulf leads several own bands from trio to big bands. He is since 2004 Artistic Leader for the "Uppsala University Jazz Orchestra" and in charge of the big band curriculum at the University. He is known for his stylistic versatility ranging from New Orleans, Swing, Bebop, Mainstream, Contemporary and Fusion and writes with a strong personal touch in jazz as well as European art music.
by Björn Berge
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Swingin' The Blues
Phontastic Phont 7570
recorded October 1964 in Uppsala/Sweden
John Högman, tenor sax
Ulf Johansson Werre, organ
Lars Lundström, bass
Björn Sjödin, drums
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