Marilyn Mazur

Marilyn Mazur

born on 18/1/1955 in New York City, NY, United States

Marilyn Mazur

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Marilyn Mazur (born January 18, 1955) is a percussionist, drummer, composer, vocalist, pianist, dancer and bandleader. She was born in New York and has lived in Denmark from age six. She is of Polish and African-American descent. Since 1975, she has worked as a percussionist with various groups, among them Six Winds with Alex Riel. Mazur is primarily an autodidact, but she has a degree in percussion from the Royal Danish Academy of Music.

Musical life

She has worked with many musicians, including John Tchicai, Pierre Dørge (New Jungle Orchestra), Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Palle Mikkelborg, Arild Andersen, Eberhard Weber, Peter Kowald, Jeanne Lee, Jan Garbarek, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Gil Evans and Dhafer Youssef.

In 1989, she founded the band Future Song, with pianist Elvira Plenar, singer Aina Kemanis, trumpet player Nils Petter Molvær, her husband Klavs Hovman (bass) and Audun Kleive, as a second drummer. Later jazz singer Tone Åse joined the band. In a second project, Percussion Paradise, she works regularly with percussionists Benita Haastrup, Lisbeth Diers and Birgit Løkke.

The U.S. magazine Down Beat, in 1989, 1990, 1995, 1997, 1998 and 2002 selected Mazur as a "percussion-talent deserving wider recognition". In 2001, she was awarded the Jazzpar Prize, the world's largest international jazz prize.


  • Ben Webster Prize 1983 from the Ben Webster Foundation
  • JASA Prize 1989 from Danish jazz journalists
  • Jazzpar Prize 2001, the world's largest international jazz prize
  • Editon Wilhelm Hansen's Composer Prize, 2004
  • Danish Django d'Or (Legend), 2006
  • Unlimited Communication, 2007, from Telenor
  • "EuroCore - JTI Jazz Award 2010"
  • "The Grethe Kolbe Grant 2013", Given by The Danish Conductors Association
  • Down Beat has on six occasions rated her No. 1 Jazz Performer


Marilyn Mazur

  • Celestial Circle (ECM, 2011)
Marilyn Mazur & Jan Garbarek
  • Elixir (ECM, 2008)
Marilyn Mazur's Future Song
  • Future Song (veraBra, 1990)
  • Small Labyrinths (ECM, 1994)
  • All the Birds (Stunt, 2002)
  • Daylight Stories (Stunt, 2004)
Ocean Fables
  • Havblik (veraBra, 1991)

Marilyn Mazur & Pulse Unit

  • Circular Chant (Storyville, 1995)
Marilyn Mazur Group
  • Tangled Temptations & The Magic Box (Stunt, 2010)
With Palle Mikkelborg & Miles Davis
  • Aura (1985)

With Ketil Bjørnstad

  • La Notte (ECM, 2013)
With Lindsay Cooper
  • Oh Moscow (Victoriaville, 1989)
With Jan Garbarek Group
  • Twelve Moons (ECM, 1992)
With Jon Balke & the Magnetic North Orchestra
  • Further (ECM, 1993)
With Jan Garbarek
  • Visible World (ECM, 1995)
  • Rites (ECM, 1998)
With Yelena Eckemoff
  • Forget-me-not (L & H Production, 2012)
With Harry Beckett & Chris McGregor
  • Grandmothers Teachings (ITM, 1995)
With Eberhard Weber
  • Stages Of A Long Journey (ECM 2005)
Band appearances



External links

  • Marilyn Mazur's official website
  • Marilyn Mazur on Europe Jazz Network
  • Marilyn Mazur on JAZZPAR Artists
  • Future Song's official website
  • Marilyn Mazur on ECM
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