Frands Rifbjerg

Frands Rifbjerg (born 1964) is a Danish jazz drummer.

Rifbjerg studied with the legendary Thad Jones at the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music, where he graduated in 1985 with a diploma as a drummer. In 1998 and 1999 he furthered his studies at the Drummers Collective and thereafter continued at The New School of Music in New York City.

As a sideman, Rifbjerg has worked with musicians such as Clark Terry, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, Phil Woods, Chris Speed, Carsten Dahl, Jesper Thilo, Doug Rainey, Horace Parlan, Tomas Franck, Bent Jædig, Thomas Fryland, Hugo Rasmussen, Michael Blake, Henrik Bolberg and Uffe Marcussen.

Since 1996, he has been featured on recordings with the Bolberg/ Marcussen Quintet, Per Goldschmidt, the album “Loneliness & other Ballads” by the Jesper Thilo Quartet, the Bülow/Besiakov Quartet release “A Primira Vez,” the Aske Jacoby Band’s “Transfer Power,” Søren Kjærgaard’s double album “Amfebia / Akustika,” Carsten Dahl‘s Trio releases “Blue Trane” and “Will You Make my Soup Hot and Silver,” and the Benjamin Koppel Quintet recording “At Large.”

Frands was also featured for a whole week at the acclaimed Jazz Club “Ronnie Scott’s” in London as part at the Ernie Wilkins Almost Big Band.