Jan Glæsel

Born: August 21st, 1958, Frederiksberg, Copenhagen (Denmark)
Nationality: Danish

In his young years, Jan Glæsel played the trumpet in the Tivoli Boys’ Guard for ten years (1966-’76). Despite being rejected for conservatory, he became a trumpeter in the Thad Jones Big Band (1979-’81). He played in the accompanying group of singer Anne Linnet (1981-’83). For another member of Linnet’s band, Sanne Salomonsen, he composed and arranged the ballad ‘Det er ikke det du siger’, which hit the Danish charts in 1981. He has a long-standing working relationship with Linie 3, for which he was the musical director in many stage shows. Glæsel founded his own production company JGMusik in 1986 and has worked as a studio musician and arranger for many Danish pop artists, including Jesper Lundgaard, Jette Torp, and Birthe Kjær. He has worked extensively for Danish television as a musician and the musical director of shows such as Meyerheim & Co. and Husk Lige Tandbørsten. He composed the music to countless radio and television commercials as well as to several movies, including ‘Det forsømte forår’ (1992).

In 1986, Jan Glæsel arranged the music to Denmark’s Eurovision entry ‘Du er fuld af løgn’, performed by Lise Haavik & Traxx; he did not conduct the orchestra, however, leaving that to Norwegian host MD Egil Monn-Iversen. Glæsel was the musical director of the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, the Danish pre-selection to the contest, in 1997, which was won by rapper Thomas Lægård (better known under his pseudonym Kølig Kaj) with the idiosyncratic ‘Stemmen i mit liv’. Glæsel re-arranged this rap track for the Eurovision Song Contest and conducted the orchestra in Dublin for Lægård, who finished sixteenth amongst twenty-five contestants.

In due course, a more extensive biography of Jan Glæsel will be published on this website



Songs conducted
1997: Stemmen i mit liv