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Einar Iversen

Einar Iversen

born on 27/7/1930 in Mandal, Vest-Agder, Norway

died on 3/4/2019

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Einar Iversen

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Einar Iversen

Einar «Pastor'n» Iversen (born 27 July 1930 in Mandal, Norway) is a Norwegian jazz musician (piano) and composer, the son of a «pastor», and went into jazz after the world war II ended. Through more than sixty years, he has played with everyone in Norwegian jazz.[1][2][3][4][5]


Iversen was raised in Oslo where he studied classical piano under Inge Rolf Ringnes, Artur Schnabel and Finn Mortensen, and quickly established himself at the Oslo jazz scene (1949). He released his first album with Rowland Greenberg's orchestra (1953), and became one of the most respected Norwegian jazz musicians, awarded Buddyprisen (1958).[1][2][4]

He played in a number of theaters, with Dizzy Gillespie at Birdland (1952), on the America Boat with Anthony Ortega (1954) and Modern Jazz Quartet (1955), and was a regular pianist at Metropol Jazz Club, where he played with jazz greats such as Dexter Gordon (1962), Coleman Hawkins (1963), Johnny Griffin (1964), and with Svend Asmussen and Stuff Smith in Sweden 1965. He recorded an album with his own trio ("Me and my piano" 1967, reissued 2010). He co-operation with Swedish Putte Wickman and Monica Zetterlund, and Povel Ramel on tour in 1978. In Norway, he participated in a number of releases with Bjarne Nerem, Egil Johansen, Totti Bergh, Nora Brockstedt and Ditlef Eckhoff.[2][5]

He led his own «E. I. Trio» with Tor Hauge (bass) and Jon Christensen (drums). They released Norways first jazz trio recording, Me and my piano in 1967,[6] «Ponca Jazz Records» 2005), containing Jazz standards. On «Gemini Records» he released the album Jazz på norsk (1990), Who can I turn to (1991), Portrait of a norwegian jazz artist Einar Iversen (2001), and Seaview («Hazel Records», 2001) With Tine Asmundsen (bass) and Svein Christiansen (drums). Iversen's recent works have been published in Twelve compositions («Norsk jazzforlag», 2005).[1][2]


  • Buddyprisen 1958
  • Knight of First Class of the Order of the St. Olavs
  • Gammleng-prisen in the class Veterans in 1997[1]


  • Twelve Compositions, music by Einar Iversen, ISBN ISBN 82-92521-04-6 ISMN M-706695-05-1

Discography (in selection)

Solo albums

  • 1967: Me and my piano (Ponca Jazz Records, 2005), «E. I. Trio» including Tor Hauge & Jon Christensen[6]
  • 2001: Seaview (Hazel Records), trio» including Tine Asmundsen & Svein Christiansen
  • 2001: Einar Iversen

Collaborative works

  • 2007 About Time (Hazel Jazz HJ4), with Lill Holen


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Einar, "Pastor'n" Iversen".. Store Norske Leksikon.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Iversen, Einar. Norsk Musikkinnformasjon
  3. Iversen, Einar Biography.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Einar Pastor'n Iversen et jazzliv. Aschehoug.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Einar Iversen Biography.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Einar Iversen Me and My Piano Ponca Jazz (Norwegian). (2011-02-10). Retrieved on 2012-11-06.
  7. Jon Rognlien, Velskrevet om norsk jazzkjempe, Dagbladet, 2010-12-06. URL accessed on 2012-11-06.

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