Norwegian saxophonist and bandleader

This renowned musician has been working with the elite on Norwegian jazz scenes for over 50 years. 
He has appeared on television, festivals and clubs nationally and abroad, working with name international musicians in different settings.
His recordings are highly approved by professional critics.

Brinck Johnsen is profoundly adhesive to mainstream, bebop and contemporary jazz music.

Brinck Johnsen, norwegian bandleader and saxophonist, was born in Oslo, Norway Dec. 1946. 

He started out on drums and was playing gigs in dance bands from his teens. 
At the age of 19 he began playing the saxophone to satisfy his need to play melodically.
Brinck Johnsen is mostly self-taught on the instrument but his feeling for jazz, and his big sound, expresses a profound admiration for the great masters of jazz. 
His roots and understanding of tradition at any given time show in his improvisation and spontaneous creativity.

Brinck played in several house bands at Oslo’s famous Club 7 in the 70’s, working both in R&B groups with horn sections, and regular jazz groups. Club 7 was at this time the main venue for jazz in Norway. He started his own club, Jazz Alive, in 1980. The club was famous for presenting international artists, either with groups, or in collaboration with top notch norwegian musicians. It became the pinnacle of the Norwegian club scene until difficult economy forced an end to it after several years. 

Brinck is now dividing his time living on the east coast of Norway where he leads his own group, and in Murcia, Spain. He contributes currently to the jazz scene on the Costa Blanca, as a member of various groups and leading his own band. Allthough Brinck Johnsen is nown to approach both alto and tenorsax with great virtuosity, his main instrument will always be the baritone.

© 2018 Bernt Brinck-Johnsen