Hildegunn Gjedrem | The End of the Beginning

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The End of the Beginning

by Hildegunn Gjedrem

A creative and unique voice for modern jazz. This debut album from the Norwegian born jazz vocalist contains original tunes as well as modern and different arrangements of jazz standards.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. What'll I Do
6:16 $0.99
2. I Love You
6:05 $0.99
3. Someone To Watch Over Me
5:13 $0.99
4. Echo
4:24 $0.99
5. I Can't Believe You
3:50 $0.99
6. What Endures
4:48 $0.99
7. Nocturnal
4:41 $0.99
8. Summertime
4:03 $0.99
9. Change of Heart
5:27 $0.99
10. Body and Soul
6:29 $0.99
11. The End of the Begining
3:41 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Hildegunn Gjedrem was born in Norway. She moved to the United States in 2001 to pursue studies in Vocal Jazz at the renowned University of North Texas.

In 2005 she was awarded “Best Jazz Vocalist” by Downbeat Magazine. Also in 2005, Hildegunn was given the G9alt Scholarship of the Arts by Sparebank 1 of Norway. In the summer of 2006 she was one of 8 singers selected from 28 countries to travel to Switzerland and compete in the Montreux Jazz Festival Vocal Competition, judged by Al Jarreau, and was further selected as one of the finalists there.

She has been featured vocalist with the Grammy Award winning One O’Clock Lab Band on several occasions, such as their 2005 tour of Poland and their 2007 concert with living legend bassist Rufus Reid.
She has performed at Festivals and Conferences such as IAJE in Toronto, Long Beach and New York. She is active as a freelance singer in the Dallas/Ft.Worth Metroplex, at festivals, as a studio singer as well as with her own music.

With her 2007 debut album “The End of the Beginning” Hildegunn has proved herself to be a warm and talented performer with a sound all her own, highly musically influenced by her Scandinavian roots. She has excelled as a writer, arranger and singer. The Hildegunn Gjedrem Group has a truly unique voice for modern jazz.



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Buddy Cox

Band Leader
Claudine Longet & Billie Holiday rolled into one. I have heard her sing Someone To Watch Over Me and Summertime live. She captures that live energy in this album. It will be a classic ablum and a must have for jazz collectors.


pure jazz vocals,innovative arrangements
A nice collection of original songs and standards (innovative, fresh renditions). The band is very supportive and Hildegunn Gjedrem sings beautifully. She has a pure, moving voice. My favorite songs are What'll do, I love you, What endures, Summertime.

Laura Mills

All songs are great
Usually in an album, there are a few tunes worth while that you skip to get to on your car stereo. With this CD, I don't have to do a thing! Hildegunn's voice and musicality goes beyond her years. University of North Texas should be proud of this voice and presence in the jazz scene.