[JPL] Arnvid Meyer, Danish jazz trumpet player and music manager, dies at 80

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Arnvid Meyer, Danish jazz trumpet player and music manager, dies at 80

The Associated Press
Friday, August 31, 2007

COPENHAGEN, Denmark: Arnvid Meyer, a jazz trumpet player, orchestra leader
and manager who brought a string of American musicians to Denmark in the
1960s and 1970s, has died, his son said Friday. He was 80.

Meyer, who also authored a number of books on musicians, died on Tuesday,
his son Cim said, without disclosing the cause of death.

Meyer began his career shortly after World War II, playing with local

He often has been credited for having been instrumental in making Copenhagen
a prominent jazz scene in the 1960s and 1970s, when many American jazz
players settled in the Danish capital, which was noted for its relaxed
atmosphere and lack of racial tension.

Meyer had his own sextet from 1959 to 1973, and invited Benny Carter, Bill
Coleman, Roy Eldridge, Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster, among others, to
play with his band in Copenhagen.

Meyer was active in organizing the Danish jazz federation and associations.

The Politiken newspaper on Friday described Meyer, known for his huge gray
beard and wearing red suspenders, as "the giant in Danish jazz."

In recent years, Meyer was best known for creating the International Jazzpar
Prize in 1989.

The 200,000 kroner (€27,000; US$36,750) award, which was handed out until
2004 when the main sponsor pulled out, has been given to jazz greats such as
alto saxophonist Lee Konitz, drummer Roy Haynes, pianist and composer Muhal
Richard Abrams and pianist and composer Tommy Flanagan, all Americans, among

Meyer is survived by his wife, Karen, and his son, Cim, and daughter, Anne
Camilla. His funeral will be held Thursday in Roennede, southern Denmark.

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