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The Jazz Spotlight Podcast is back with a new exciting season! The first guest of season 2 is none other than one of the most in-demand saxophonists around: Marius Neset!

Born in Bergen (Norway) in 1985, he took drums lessons before picking up the sax at the age of 5. This has had a significant impact on Marius’ approach to playing and composing. Relocating to Copenhagen in 2003 to study at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory, he studied under and began performing with Django Bates.

In 2010 Bates took him to London to play at a concert at Kings Place for his 50th birthday and featured Neset as guest in a performance of his Human Chain at the world’s renowned Ronnie Scott’s. The concert was recorded by BBC Jazz on 3 and blew people away, including Edition Records’ head Dave Stapleton, who signed Marius Neset the following year.

His debut album GoldenXplosion (2011) featured a quartet that included Bates on keys and the Scandi-Brit Phronesis’ rhythm section of Jasper Hoiby and Eger. The record received positive reviews and the Guardian writer John Fordham accurately predicted that Mairus Neset would be “on his way to being one of the biggest new draws on the circuit”.

Today, at the age of 29, Marius Neset is successfully hitting the international stage and is being talked about as a big tenor in a lineage that extends from the post-bop Americans like Michael Brecker and Chris Potter to fellow Norwegian Jan Garbarek.

In 2014, he released Lion – his debut album for one of Europe’s leading labels, the Münich-based ACT – alongside the celebrated Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, whose former collaborations have boasted the likes of Pat Matheny and Chick Corea.

His new record, Pinball, sees Marius Neset leading his quintet, which features Ivo Neame (keys), Jim Hart (vibraphone), Petter Eldh (double bass) and Anton Eger (drums).

Set to perform at Pori Jazz as part of his European summer tour, Marius joins us to talk about Pinball, the impact playing the drums has had on his career and how he feels about playing with different formations.


Today, We Talk About:

  • Where Marius got the inspiration for his new album Pinball
  • How starting with the drums his Marius music career
  • The mix between having fun and doing “boring things” as a musicians
  • How Marius feels when playing with different formations (as bandleader, with an orchestra, etc.)
  • His upcoming gigs



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