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Ole Kock Hansen
Pianist, arranger and bandleader Ole Kock Hansen (b.1945) grew up on the west side of the island of Zealand close to his childhood friend Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (NHØP). They retained a life-long friendship and collaborated on countless projects. In the early 1960’s he became a member of the Radio Jazz Group and subsequently the Danish Radio Big Band, with whom he worked for three decades. He wrote for and was head conductor for the orchestra for long periods. He has played piano with a wide range of Danish jazz musicians and accompanied Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon, Thad Jones, Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh among many
others. He won the Jazz Musician of the Year award in 1975 and the Ben Webster Prize in 1986.
Kock Hansen is a seasoned musician. He has worked extensively as an arranger and bandleader, and put his own indelible
mark on Danish jazz music since the 1960’s – not least as a pioneer in incorporating the Danish musical heritage in jazz.
Adapted from "Ole Kock Hansen & Thomas Fonnesbæk, FINE TOGETHER // NORDIC MOODS" liner notes - Stunt Records
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