Here’s the full Kristin story
Kristin Korb treasures the jazz tradition. She is known for her collaborations with Ray Brown, Bruce Forman, Jeff Hamilton and more who have all taken note of her incredible sense of swing. On Kristin’s 2013 release What’s Your Story?, she dug deep into her long-standing relationship with classic jazz material and those musical personalities who influenced her. Out of those relationships and experiences, a more developed and diverse musician is emerging and Finding Home.
Love brought the American bassist and singer to Denmark in 2011. This September, Kristin Korb releases her most personal CD yet. Finding Home features Kristin’s stories of love, travel, language lessons and the peace she has found in her marriage and her adopted country. Instead of her “korbinated” arrangements of jazz standards, Kristin has made the bold leap to write all original material to fit her life experiences.
“Something to Celebrate” jumps out of the gate with horns and the declaration, “Great news ’cause today it is your day!” reflecting the excitement of new adventure and the journey to come.
“Growing up in Montana and living in Los Angeles, I never imagined myself in another country, speaking another language, or seeing myself and my native land in a completely different light.” Korb continues, “The adjustments aren’t easy. All you’ve known and trusted (friends, family, language, culture, etc.) is gone.” “58 Boxes” expresses the longing in that sometimes agonizing transition period:
“Seven days of rain as I look out my window. Missing family and friends. Sorry for myself. Change is hard on me sometimes, but I know this feeling soon will end”.
For the recording sessions, Kristin assembled some of Denmark’s finest musicians: Magnus Hjorth (piano), Snorre Kirk (drums), Jacob Fischer (guitar), Gerard Presencer (trumpet), Steen Nikolaj Hansen (trombone), Karl-Martin Almqvist (tenor sax) and Danish rock guitar legend Poul Halberg. Many of them, coincidentally, happen to also be expats (Norway, Sweden and England). Their shared relocation experiences bring extra feeling and expression to the tracks.
Korb’s musical influences are as varied as her experiences living in Denmark. “I didn’t want a ‘jazzy’ notion to dictate the direction of the songs. I wanted the stories to guide the feel of the music.” This openness is most obvious on “Invisible” where Poul Halberg’s rock guitar fills reflect the challenges of learning a new language and becoming invisible when you can’t follow along or participate in a conversation.
“I’m thrilled with my life here. I have my love, my career and larger circle of friends and colleagues than ever before. Finding Home isn’t just my journey. This is for anyone who has made a major life adjustment. Regardless of where we live, we need to be at home within ourselves, enjoying the moments as they come and treasuring the people and kindness around us.
Additional background information:
Korb earned her Music Education degree at Eastern Montana College and her masters in Classical Bass Performance the University of California, San Diego. It was while she was a student at UCSD that her professor, Bertram Turetzky inspired her to sing and play bass at the same time. She also studied with Ray Brown, with whom she made her recording debut, Introducing Kristin Korb with the Ray Brown Trio released in 1996.
She has taught at the University of Southern California where she was coordinator of vocal jazz studies, Azuza Pacific University, Grossmont Community College and was Director of Jazz Studies at Central Washington University. Korb is still very involved in educational outreach and teaches at universities, jazz camps and festivals with young students.
As President of the International Society of Bassists, Korb was artistic director for the 2013 ISB Convention in Rochester, NY (Eastman School of Music).
Kristin tours across the world and has performed with jazz artists such as Llew Matthews, Kim Richmond, Pete Christlieb, Jeff Hamilton, Alex Riel and Jan Lundgren.
She now lives in Denmark with her Danish husband.
Magnus Hjorth was born and raised in a small town called Laholm on the west coast of Sweden. Since 2004, however, he is based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Hjorth began his professional career in 1999 playing locally as he completed his high school studies.
After graduating high school in 2002, he attended the renowned jazz college Fridhems Folkhögskola in Svalöv, Sweden for two years before moving to the danish capital for further studies at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory. In 2006, he formed Magnus Hjorth Trio, which has released three recordings: “Loco Motif” (Calibrated, 2007), “Old New Borrowed Blue” (Stunt, 2009) and “Gershwin With Strings” (Stunt, 2011).
Since 2009 he has worked with japanese drummer Kazumi Ikenaga and the japanese record company and concert promoter Cloud Records. The collaboration has resulted in two recordings, “Someday. Live in Japan” (Cloud, 2009) and Plastic Moon (Cloud/Stunt 2010) and numerous Asian Tours.
In 2007 Magnus participated in the big international jazz contest Getxo Jazz with the jazz quartet People Are Machines, where he was voted the best soloist of the competition by both the audience and the judges.
Furthermore, Magnus is a sought-after side man and has performed and recorded with Chris Potter, Danish Radio Big Band, Marius Neset Golden Xplosion, Mads la Cour Im Beruf, Sidsel Storm Band, Malene Mortensen Band among others.
Other Fun Facts:
- Musical Inspiration: His older brother was his mentor growing up. He made him mix cassettes and helped him with theory. Thelonious Monk, Jan Johansson (A Swedish jazz pianist who worked a lot with Stan Getz among others.)
- Talented pianist, composer, and bandleader, Magnus has been featured in the Danish magazine Jazz Special. He’s also a wonderful musical collaborator.
- Magnus is a family man. He has a toddler, Aksel. This means that touring is a sleeping “vacation” for him
- Loves long distance running. He just runs regular marathons, not the “ultra” marathons. I didn’t even know that there was such a thing.
- Magnus is my sherpa through Swedish “cuisine”. I haven’t been bold enough to try some things yet, but I may get there soon.
On the highly acclaimed outing “Blues Modernism”, recently awarded with both the prestigious JazzSpecial-Award for “Album of the Year” 2012, as well as two nominations in the Danish Music Awards 2012, drummer Snorre Kirk gets to showcase his qualities as a composer and bandleader. Featuring a stellar cast of contemporary Scandinavian jazz greats, this mellow and soulful album is the downright antithesis of the often dreaded drummer-as-bandleader format, and shows Snorre Kirk to be an accomplished and highly original composer and artist as well as a drummer.
As indicated by its title, this album is testament to the unquavering and timeless qualities found in the blues, its uncanny ability to portray the full range of human emotion still unsurpassed in the year 2012. From sultry ballads to down home grooves, to church music and beyond, all drenched heavily in the comforting sound and familiar warmth of the blues, this is indeed a modern album for modern times.
Other Fun Facts:
- Musical Heroes: Mingus, Ellington, Max Roach
- Early Musical Experience: Originally wanted to play guitar, but there was no room for that at school. He was sent off to play drums and never looked back.
- Talented drummer, composer, and bandleader, Snorre Kirk has been featured in the Danish magazine Jazz Special and his CD “Blues Modernism” won Album of the Year 2013. You can hear clips of it on his website http://snorrekirk.com
- Loved dinosaurs as a kid…. No reflection on his drumming today.
- He was the only 11 year old in Europe with an Adam Nussbaum poster over his bed
- Has never even tried to drive a car before.
OTHER KORB ACTIVITIES
Kristin Korb QuartetWe often have the occasion to expand my regular trio with the addition of a wonderful horn player. Since 2013, we’ve been featuring Steen Nikolaj Hansen. When not playing with us, he can be seen leading the Danish Radio Big Band.
We’ve also been known to feature other great horn players such as Bob Rockwell, Gerard Presencer and Karl-Martin Alqvist.
Large Band ConfigurationsNot many are aware of this, but I actually have a collection of arrangements that were written expressly for me to play with:
- Orchestra (arrangements by Rob Pronk, Bill Mays, Tamir Hendelman and more)
- Big Band (arrangements by Bill Mays, Gordon Goodwin, Tom Kubis, and more)
Email me if you want to find out more about the book or hear some of this music.
All-StarsI play with various other groups where we collaborate with a little of “yours, mine and ours”.
My partners in crime include:
- Dena DeRose (piano / voice)
- Jeff Hamilton (drums)
- Jacob Fischer (guitar)
- Russell Ferrante (piano)
- Aaron Serfaty (drums)
- Bruce Forman (guitar)
- Nico Gori (clarinet)
- and more
I was raised in a family of educators. Passing the tradition along is really important to me. As I tour, I enjoy stopping by schools and spending time with the students:
“Students in Madison Elementary second grade classes welcomed professional jazz bassist and vocalist Kristin Korb into Samantha Mack’s music room on January 30. Kristin was one of the clinicians and featured performers at the NDSU High School Invitational Jazz Festival; she performed several musical forms and involved the students in the changing-ups and improvisations of their singing games during the session.” (Image courtesy Samantha Gaffney-Mack)