Fredrik Carlquist is a Swedish saxophonist living in Barcelona,Spain. Since his arrival to the Catalan capital in 2001 he established himself as one of the mainstays of the new jazz events in the city and he is now considered one of the major horn players on the jazz scene. A precise and versatile saxophonist that moves easily on a broad range of the jazz spectra. Even though his later work focuses on classic terrain with influences from players like Stan Getz and Lester Young, he has been heard in many other constellations from free to Dixieland. On his records Fredrik also stands out as a composer and producer.
Fredrik was born in Jönköping, Sweden in 1969 and started to play clarinet at nine years age and saxophone at ten. 1989-91 Fredrik studied at the jazz program at Skurups Folkhögskola and in 1996 he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in music from Malmö College of Music. He had an active role on the flourishing jazz scene in Malmö during the 90-ties. He released two albums under his own name on Dragon Records and in 1997 he won the “Jazz In Sweden” award as a member of the group Blue Pages from Malmö. 1998-2001 Fredrik teached saxophone at the jazz program at Skurups Folkhögskola.
With Barcelona as his base Fredrik performs with a broad range of top musicians both from Spain and Sweden such as Jorge Rossy, Gustav Lundgren, Dave Mitchell, Joan Chamorro, Andrea Motis, Karl-Martin Almqvist, Horacio Fumero, Erik Lindeborg, Albert Bover and Marco Mezquida to mention a few.
Frerik has released 8 cd:s under his own name and played on numerous as a sideman (see the discography at the bottom of this page).
Fredrik has performed in the USA, México, Colombia, China, Democratic Republic of Congo and all over Europe.
He has performed in prestigious venues like Carnegie Hall, Village Vanguard, The World Exhibition Hannover-2001 and Barcelona Jazz Festival.
Over the years Fredrik has worked with artists and groups such as:
Sture Kallin, Perico Sambeat, Monica Zetterlund, Ben Sidran, Peer Wyboris, Anders Bergcrantz, Frank Foster, Bill McHenry, Michelle Faber, Guillermo Klein, Lavay Smith & Chris Siebert,Jazz Terrassa Big Band, Tolvan, Monday Night Big Band, Latin Lover Big Band, Beijbom/Kroner Big Band, Ila Cantor, Marc Miralta, Damon Brown, Andreu Zaragosa, Frank Foster, Charles Tolliver, Peter Herbolzheimer, Jauma Vilaseca, Reid Anderson, ALO, Julian Vaughn Jazz Vision,Jacob Karlzon, Ila Cantor, Joseph Maria Farras, Ignasi Terrassa and Benny Bailey.
As leader and co-leader:
Selected 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)