Pernille Bévort

(born in 1966 in Lyngby, Copenhagen), tenor, soprano and alto saxophone, vocal, band leader and composer. Pernille Bévort is a graduate of the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen, Denmark (1989-1993). Since 1995 she has been leader of several diverse ensembles. At present these include her trio, Bévort 3, and the septet RADIO BÉVORT. So far Pernille has released 8 CD's as a bandleader, composer and arranger. She has also composed for several other ensembles. Among these are The Copenhagen Art Ensemble, United Notions Saxophone Quartet and A Variety of ToneArt workshop ensembles. Apart from working with small ensembles, Bévort has performed with several professional Big Bands in Denmark during the last decade; The Ernie Wilkins Almost Big Band, Kroner's New Music Orchestra, The Danish Radio Big Band and Klüver's Big Band, among others. As a member of The Ernie Wilkins Almost Big Band and as a frequent substitute with the Danish Radio Big Band, she has performed with many international artists. Among these are: Randy Brecker, Tony Coe, Putte Wickman, Tim Hagans and Richard Bona. K. Furthermore,. From 2011 to 2013 she was part of the Danish Arts Foundation's committee for rhythmic music. Here she took part in choosing the composers to be awarded.
Works: Radio Bévort with Marcelo Nisinman: Perfect Organization 2011; Playground+1 Cali, 2007; Radio Bevort: 2006; My shop. Cope Records, 2004, Who's Blue? 2002, Pernille Bevort Sextet, recorded June 2000; Back in Business, Pernille Bevort Quartet featuring Lisbeth Diers on percussion 1998; A live Pernille Bevort Quartet, recorded live at the Copenhagen Jazz House 1996.
Awards: Pernille Bévort has been awarded the prestigious Ben Webster Prize, the JASA prize and the LO's Kunstnerlegat in acknowledgement of her work. She has received also several composer grants from The Danish Arts Agency.

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