The powerful and soulful altoman Fredrik Kronkvist is considered one of Europe’s finest alto saxophonists and takes charge whenever he is in the spotlight.
Fredrik is an award-winning saxophonist and he has several albums out as a leader.
Both his writing and improvisational skills are on display when he gives the audience his experience in drawing the heat from a tune with his big sound.
He is leading his own band where he presents a quartet, consisting of musicians from the vanguard of today´s jazzscene.
His strong, creative spirit combined with a profound knowledge of the instrument and jazz has made him into one of Sweden’s international jazz stars.
2018. Releases his 15th album as a leader; Kronicles with Orrin Evans – piano, Martin Sjöstedt – bass and the legendary Jeff “Tain” Watts on drums. Release tour with the band in Scandinavia. Publishing a book Kronology with the music from 100 of his own compositions from his extensive discography.
2017. Releases two albums, both with stellar line-ups: On the Move with Gregory Hutchinson, Ameen Saleem & Martin Sjöstedt and Afro-Cuban Supreme with Jason Marsalis, Eliel Lazo, Miriam Aïda a.o. Touring Europe with the release tour for the Afro-Cuban Supreme album. Records at Sanctuary Studios/USA with Jeff “Tain” Watts, Orrin Evans and Martin Sjöstedt for Connective Records.
2016. Fredrik Kronkvist was Nominated for a Swedish Grammy 2016 for the album MONK VIBES feat. Jason Marsalis, Reuben Rogers & Gregory Hutchinson! Touring Europe with the Monk Vibes album. Touring Europe with and Records Fredrik Kronkvist AFRO CUBAN SUPREME feat. Jason Marsalis, Eliel Lazo & Miriam Aïda.
2015. Releases MONK VIBES feat. Jason Marsalis, Reuben Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson. European releasetour and great reviews in the Nordic press. European tour and recording with Martin Sjöstedt, Ameen Saleem & Gregory Hutchinson.
2014. Releases Reflecting Time with Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson. Great Reviews in DownBeat etc.
Tours extensively with Fredrik Kronkvist AFRO CUBAN SUPREME feat. Eliel Lazo & Miriam Aïda
2013. Releases Brooklyn Playground
Records with Jason Marsalis on vibes and Reuben Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson
2012. Releases New York Elements with Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson, European Tour with the group and
new recording made in Copenhagen. To be released 2014.
2011. Releases Improvised Action with the Fredrik Kronkvist Sextet feat. Jonas Kullhammar & Raynald Colom
2010. May. Records with Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson in New York.
2010. June. Releases the album Constant Continuum with the Fredrik Kronkvist Quartet.
2010. Releases “Atlantic Bridges” with Scan-Am Quartet feat. Soren Moller,
Morten Ramsboel, Jason Marsalis
2009. Records with Marcus Strickland and the album NOW!
2009. Records three albums to be released in 2010
2008. Releases “New Dimensions” with Urban Elements
2007. A Tribute To Trane feat. Antonio Sanchez
2007. Releases “Ignition” with Fredrik Kronkvist Quartet
2006. Releases “In the Raw” with Fredrik Kronkvist Trio
2005. Releases his second album “Maintain!” with the
Fredrik Kronkvist Quartet.
2005. Appears on National TV as featured artist with the one hour
long documentary about the making of the CD
“Live at the Palladium”.
2005. Releases the CD: Miriam Aïda & Fredrik Kronkvist w. Monday
Night Big Band- “Live at the Palladium”.
2004. Fredrik is selected as one of ten young saxophonists under
30 from all over the world, to participate in the “World
Saxophone Competition 2004” at the London Jazz Festival.
2003. Releases the first CD with his own quartet, “Altitude”.
Receives great, both national and international, reviews.
2003. Fredrik Kronkvist Quartet wins the prestigious European
Jazz Contest, ”Jazz Hoeilaart International Belgium 2003”.
2002. Releases as co-leader the CD “Jan Lundgren Trio presents
Miriam Aïda and Fredrik Kronkvist”. The CD was a huge
success in Sweden receiving great reviews and a large
2002. Appears on National TV broadcasted from the Stockholm
2002. Selected as “Newcomer Of The Year” by the Swedish
2002. Fredrik Kronkvist Quartet is selected as one of the Swedish
jazz groups, to tour extensively in Sweden, by the Swedish
2001. The Fredrik Kronkvist Quartet is introduced, for the first
time, at the Copenhagen Jazz festival
2001. Performs at Berlin jazz festival, Copenhagen jazz festival,
and Stockholm Jazz Festival.
2001. Joins Swedish trumpeter of world fame Anders Bergcrantz
2000. Graduates at Malmö College of Music as Master in Fine Arts.
2000. Joins Tolvan Big Band. A band with an international
reputation as the most up-to-date and ambitious big-bands
anywhere in the world.
1998. Tours with Cuban drummer Calixto Oviedo.
1997. More wood-shedding and also performs with Cuban
musicians living in Sweden
1996. Woodsheds and starts to hang out in Malmö/Southern
Sweden and Copenhagen, making a name for himself on the
late night jam sessions.