NHØP and Kenny Drew in Pori Jazz 1974

During first half of 1970’s bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and pianist Kenny Drew were very productive duo. They made three joint recordings, Duo in 1973, Duo 2 and Duo Live in Concert  in 1974. We in Pori Jazz could enjoy their live performance on July 12, 1974. We can easily return back to that gig by listening those albums.

Kenny Drew (1928-1993) died twenty years ago, August 3, 1993 at the age of close to 65. He was born in New Your, but moved to Europe already 1961, first to Paris and three years later to Copenhagen, where he had his home the rest of his life.


Kenny Drew and Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen in Pori Jazz, July 12, 1974.

NHØP (1946-2005), also called “The Great Dane with the Never-Ending Name” was a generation younger than Drew, but their musical styles matched brilliantly together. He played practically with all the great jazz musicians of his time. Pedersen was far too young to die on heart failure at the age of 58.


Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen in Pori Jazz, July 12, 1974.


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