Frank Ottersen, violinist, tenor saxophonist, bassist, arranger, 14.03.1921-22.05.1971
An eminent violinist in Norwegian jazz, professional musician from 1938 to his death. Started out doing dance jobs at seaside and mountain resorts at the end of the 1930s, had his own Swing Ensemble in Oslo 1940, also known as Frankie Swingers, played at the Lido in Oslo 1940-1941, in Robert Normann's string quartet 1941, Book Jensen's revue orchestra 1942 and Alf Søgaard's orchestra at the Edderkoppen theater 1942-1945. At the same time he led his own rhythm orchestras (from 1941), played a series of concerts with Frank Ottersen's Strenge trio 1943, recorded with his band 1943, classical music house concerts 1944-1945 and jazz concerts with his own quintet during the last winter of the war.
After the war he gave solo concerts and had restaurant orchestras, was frequently heard on the radio, reviewed concerts in Friheten, the Communist daily 1945-1946, became the orchestra conductor at Chat Noir 1946-1947 and 1949-1951, also played with Robert Normann (1947) and recorded with Rolf Syversen (1947).
During the 1950s he led his own radio ensembles, recorded in his own name (1951 and 1956) and was a frequent concert soloist, he was the conductor at Speilen ("The Mirror Room") in Oslo 1952-1956 and played seasonal bookings around the country, e.g. in North Norway 1956-1957, several trips on the Norway - America ocean liners - and he won every single favorite vote on his instrument during the time such votes were held (1952-1961).
He continued as a dance musician during the 1960s, gave sporadic jazz concerts (with his own band at the Metropol 1964), spent more time in Denmark, played with Stuff Smith and was active all the way until his death in Kolding at the age of 50.
Norwegian Jazz Archives / 1994