Palle Danielsson

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Palle Danielsson
Danielsson in 2008
Danielsson in 2008
Background information
Birth nameNils Paul Danielsson
Born (1946-10-15) 15 October 1946 (age 75)
Stockholm, Sweden
GenresFree jazz
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
InstrumentsDouble bass
Associated actsKeith Jarrett
Palle Danielsson in Aarhus, Denmark 2017

Nils Paul "Palle" Danielsson (born 15 October 1946) is a Swedish jazz double bassist born in Stockholm, Sweden. From 1974 to 1979, he was a member of Keith Jarrett's quartet. He is the brother of pianist Monica Dominique.


Danielsson's childhood was an especially musical one; his first instrument was the harmonica, which he started playing at the age of two. By age eight he was playing violin, which he continued to play and study for about five years. Around this time he became interested in jazz music and started to play double bass. By the time he was fifteen, Danielsson was playing professionally. Having studied at the Stockholm Royal Academy of Music (1962–1966), he began to play with Scandinavian musicians such as Eje Thelin, Bobo Stenson, and Jan Garbarek and took up international collaborations, e.g. with Lee Konitz and Steve Kuhn.

Danielsson has worked with Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, Kenny Wheeler, Geri Allen, Michel Petrucciani, Charles Lloyd, Peter Erskine, Elvin Jones, Ben Webster, Charlie Shavers, George Russell, Albert Mangelsdorff, Enrico Rava, Collin Walcott, Tomasz Stańko, and John Taylor. He has also led and co-led several bands in Sweden, and released several recordings.


As leader[]

As sideman[]

With Lennart Åberg

  • Seven Pieces (2000)
  • Green Prints (2002)

With Peter Erskine

With Jan Garbarek

With Keith Jarrett

With Lee Konitz

With Karin Krog

  • Joy (1968)
  • Different Days, Different Ways (1974)

With Christof Lauer

  • Christof Lauer (CMP, 1989)
  • Bluebells (CMP, 1992)

With Charles Lloyd

With Ale Möller and Lena Willemark

  • The Nordan Suite (ECM, 1994)
  • Agram Ale (ECM, 1997)

With Michel Petrucciani

With Enrico Rava

With John Taylor

  • Angel of the Presence (2005)
  • Whirlpool (2008)
  • Giulia's Thursdays (2012)

With others


  1. ^ "Palle Danielsson | Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Palle Danielsson | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
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