Swedish saxophonist/clarinetist Fredrik Carlquist residents in Barcelona, Spain since 2001. Born into a Swedish/Estonian family in 1969 his musical journey began at early age playing piano with his grandmother. At the age of nine he picked up the clarinet and he started to play alto saxophone one year later and eventually switched to tenor saxophone at the age of 19. Fredrik discovered jazz through the raspy old LP-records at the public library in his birth town Jönköping in south of Sweden in the mid 80’s and deeply taken by the vibrations of these recordings made decades earlier he decided that he would become a jazz musician.
Over the years Fredrik has proved to be able to move over the whole jazz spectra but still remain his own distinctive voice in a somewhat unique way. He has performed and recorded music that uses stylistic elements from the early traditional jazz up to modern improvised music. His familiarity with the jazz tradition made him an appreciated interpreter of the great American songbook but he also proves himself as an inventive composer and arranger with thirteen albums as a leader and more than twenty albums as a sideman. He is a “Jazz In Sweden” award winner of 1997 and he made his record debut as a leader in 1999 on Swedish jazz label Dragon.
In 2007 Fredrik released his first self-produced CD and since then he has produced more than fifteen albums under his own name as well as others. The styles varies from Jazz to Americana, Blues, Ragtime and Bossa Nova often blending styles and musicians with different musical backgrounds within the same album. His albums has earned much attention for their natural and warm sound. His latest release “Clarinet For Dreamers”, for instance, features Fredrik with a string quartet and world-music percussionist Jarrod Cagwin among others.
Fredrik has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Malmö College of Music. He has worked as an arranger at Swedish National TV and he works regularly as an arranger for among others the Sant Andreu Jazz Band from Barcelona. He is an appreciated clarinet and saxophone teacher and he taught at Skurup’s School of Music in Sweden and the international jazz-seminar in Benacassim in Spain among other places. He has performed in whole Europa, USA, South America, Africa and China and he played at prestigious venues like the Carnegie Hall and Village Vanguard in New York, the World Exhibition in Hannover and the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona.
He works regularly with a variety of top musicians on the Swedish and Spanish jazz-scene and he has performed with well known artists such as Benny Bailey, Monica Zetterlund, Frank Foster, Scott Hamilton and Father John Misty to name a few.
As leader and co-leader:
Skeleton Walk – 2018 fcjazz-6
Saxophone Conversations with Joan Chamorro – 2016 fcjazz-5
Bossa Nova Vol.1 – 2o13 fcjazz/Lmcd
Reruns Volume 1 – 2013 fcjazz-4
Barcelona – Estocolmo – 2012 fcjazz-3
Àgua Doce – 2012 fcjazz-2
Playing Cool – 2011 fcjazz-1
Carlquist & Mitchell – 2008 Blau Records
Opposite – 2001 Dragon Records
It’s About Time It’s About Love – 1999 Dragon Records
Discography as sideman:
“Plays The Music Of Bob Zieff” Enrique Heredia Quartet, Fresh Sound Records – 2016
“Sundown On A Lemon Tree” Richard Lindgren (Rootsy) 2014
“Café Mandacaru” Stockholm Barcelona Connection (Small House Music) 2014
“Journey Back” Michele Faber -2014
“Memento” Richard Lindgren (Rootsy)
“A Man You Can Hate” Richard Lindgren (Rootsy)
“ALO” Asociación Libre Orkesta – 2010 (Festina lente records)
“Here We Go Again ” Michele Faber – 2010
“Randomnoise” Gustavo Garcia – New Mood
“Heckler City” Juan Pablo Balcazar – 2006 (Fresh Sound)
“Sista Gången Du Var Med” Monica Zetterlund (National) 2006
“Mother Nebula” Ila Cantor – 2006 (Fresh Sound)
“Scandal” Joan Sanmarti – 2005 (SatchmoJazz records)
“Blue Pages” Blue Pages – 1997 (Caprice)
“Twenty Four Hours” Anders Bergcrantz – drc 312 (Dragon Records)
“Monday Night Big Band Live” 1993 Imogena
“Thanks To Thad” Monday Night Big Band – 1996 (TCB)
“In Mesopetamia” Ramlösa – 1993 (AHO Records)