Frøy Aagre: Another Female Sax Player From Norway

A few weeks ago I wrote an article about Norway’s Kristen Sevaldsen. In response to that post, a few days ago I received an email from someone letting me know about another female sax player from Norway, who was more jazz-oriented in her style.

Frøy Aagre is a soprano & tenor saxophonist and composer, who is based out of Oslo, Norway. She fronts a jazz quartet that consists of piano, bass, and drums, in addition to the sax.



Aagre studied saxophone performance in a variety of places, and under a variety of instructors, including in New York with Dave Liebman. She has her Bachelor of Music with Distinction from the Birmingham Conservatoire. She also studied Twentieth-Century Composition at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo.

If you check out Frøy Aagre’s MySpace page, you’ll find the following description of her music…

Frøy Aagre is a critically acclaimed Norwegian saxophonist known for her remarkable compositions. Her music can be described as Nordic, lyrical jazz with “highly syncopated songs “(O’s Place Jazz, US). As well jazz influences Frøy Aagre’s music is influenced by classical music and one of her aims is that the improvisation and composition go together as a whole by improvising within the “language” of the tunes. In other words, she likes to blur the distinction between the written and the improvised. Aagre’s influences range from Wayne Shorter and Kenny Wheeler to Bach, Messian and Astor Piazzolla.

There are lots of sound & video samples on Aagre’s website, MySpace page, and on YouTube, that will give you a good taste of what this talented Norwegian saxophonist/composer’s style is.



I’m thankful to the person who sent me the email letting me know about yet another sax player from Norway.

Frøy Aagre quite simply is a straight-ahead jazz player, who does a great job writing music in a way that will make the listener notice what is going on. If you’re not sure what I mean, watch/listen to Factory, which was recorded at the Canal Street Jazz Festival in Norway, on Jul 27th 2008.

While this is not representative of all of her work, for some reason I found this piece rather alluring.

…this is just my blog. My “real” website is If you’re looking for sax info, you should check it out too.There’s lots there!

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Helen Kahlke is a professional horn player and sax teacher who lives in Abbotsford, British Columbia. She plays soprano, alto, C melody, tenor, baritone, and bass saxophones.

One Comment:

  1. Avant-garde with an infectious groove. Holy crap, Batman. A lot of people aren’t going to “get it”, but it may still be catchy enough for them to stay tuned in anyhow. Sorta like “Freedom Jazz Dance” in concept, if not in groove. Not really as far out there as Dolphy, but some people find Dolphy disturbing (my mother and grandmother among them — and grandma was a big band singer in her day so it’s not like she’s square).

    I give it two thumbs up!

    I’m gonna sneak a little confession in here — today the local jazz radio station was playing lots of Hank Crawford, because he died last Thursday. I had to change the station after a while. I just really don’t dig Hank Crawford.

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