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Broberg, Bosse [Bo ]locked

  • Lars Westin

(b Ludvika, Sweden, Sept 6, 1937). Swedish trumpeter, composer, and radio producer. After working in local dance bands he formed his own hard-bop quintet while at the University of Uppsala, where he studied musicology. Later he performed and recorded with Gugge Hedrenius (1962–6, 1971–1980s), Arne Domnérus (1964–8, and occasionally thereafter), the tenor saxophonist Börje Fredriksson, Jan Johansson, and others. From 1966 to 1990 he was head of the jazz department at Sveriges Radio AB (Swedish Radio), and in this capacity he initiated Radiojazzgruppen (ii) in 1967. During the same period he played in Red Mitchell’s group Communication (1971–82), the Sandviken Big Band (1975–85), CBQ, the quintet led by the alto saxophonist Christer Boustedt (1984–6), its continuation, after Boustedt’s death, as the Contemporary Bebop Quintet (from 1986), and the band Good Morning Blues (from 1989). Having composed and arranged for big bands from the 1960s, in 1995 he formed a 15-piece unit, the Nogenja Jazz Soloist Ensemble (Nogenja standing for “no generation jazz”), which was well received. An expressive soloist with a wide emotional range, from forceful and hard hitting to lyrically tender, and always with a touch of the blues, Broberg has consistently been in demand as a soloist for studio sessions and concert projects.

Selected recordings

(recorded for Dragon unless otherwise indicated)

As leader

with R. Mitchell: West of the Moon (1992, 235); of Nogenja: Regni (1995, Phono Suecia 93), Hommage à Maigret (1997, Sittel 9240), Conspiracy in Flat Five (2000, Caprice 21669)

As sideman

C. Boustedt: Blues, Ballads & Bebop (1985, 99); Contemporary Bebop Quintet: Circles and Triplets (1989, 230); Acceptance (1996, 299)


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  • U. Adåker: “Trumpetare i traditionen” [Trumpeter within the tradition], Orkester journalen, 63/2 (1995), 2