THE LARS GULLIN
PRIZE GOES TO
Pianist, composer and arranger
Lars Sjosten has on the 13th of February 1997 been
awarded the LARS GULLIN PRIZE for the first time. The
prize has recently been instituted by The Lars Gullin
Society, OrkesterJournalen (the world's oldest jazz
magazine) and the county of Gotland, where Gullin was
born. Sjosten was given the prize "for his of many years
deserving way of exercising the musical heritage of Lars
Gullin". The prize consists of a beautifully sculptured
by artist Evert Lindfors, a concert opportunity with
Visby Big Band and a visit to a European jazz festival.
During the sixties Lars Sjosten often
played at the world famous jazz restaurant The Golden
Circle in Stockholm. He played with jazz greats like Ben
Webster, Dexter Gordon, Art Farmer and Bernt Rosengren.
Lars was also the regular pianist in the great Swedish
baritone saxophonist and composer Lars Gullin's groups.
They became friends and their cooperation meant a lot to
Sjosten's own music making.
Through the years Lars Sjosten has led his own groups
and also freelanced. He has made many recordings and
received public response as well as governmental
support. His tours have taken him to metropolises like
Paris, Moscow, Vittoria da Praia (the Azores) and
Lars is also an established composer with a flair for
strong melodies and beautiful chords.
On record you can hear his flowing lines and rich
harmonies in recordings in his own name as well as with
Dexter Gordon, Lars Gullin, Benny Bailey, Bjarne Nerem,
Lee Konitz, Putte Wickman and many others.