Bent Persson

trumpet, cornet, arrangements

In his early teens Bent Persson heard recordings with Bix Beiderbecke, which awoke his interest in jazz. He had played the trumpet in the school band since he was nine, but when he heard Louis Armstrong playing Cornet Chop Suey on the radio he decided to play jazz as well. Today he is recognized as one of the leading Louis Armstrong interpreters in the jazz world, which has not stopped him from being inspired by other trumpet players, for example Henry Red Allen.

Bent Persson has the ability to play as many of the leading trumpet players of the Swing world, authentically but not imitating. He is internationally well known and is perpetually touring round the world as a soloist. Bent’s trumpet is heard on innumerable LP:s and CD:s and he has played with many great jazz artists, like Eva Taylor, Maxine Sullivan, Roy Williams, Bob Wilber and Kenny Davern. He is most known for his recordings of Louis Armstrong’s “50 Hot Choruses for Cornet “(1927), where Bent exactly reproduces the choruses and breaks that “Satchmo” made for wax cylinders to afterwards  be published as sheet music .

The orchestras have over the years been  Stockholm Stompers, Maggie’s Blue Five and Bent’s Blue Rhythm Band.  At present the bands  are(beside Kustbandet): Swedish Jazz Kings, Union Rhythm Kings, Harlem Jazz Camels, Thomas Wintelers Jazz Serenaders, Hot Jazz Trio, Stockholm Classic Jazzband, Royal Blue Melodians and Bent Perssons Hot Five.