Quick Facts

Full name: Rolf Albert Rune Jardemark

Birth date: November 23 1960

Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden

Interests: Playing Double-bass.

Education: Classical guitar, Master of fine arts, Gothenburg University, 1985.

Equipment: My main guitar is a Benedetto Bravo with D’Addario 0.12. I use a lot of different amps. My favourite: Lundgaard hilo jazz.

Inspiration: My family, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Wes Montgomery, George Benson and Pat Metheny. My hometown friend Ulf Wakenius has also been a big inspiration over the years.

Discography as leader:Holmström & Jardemark Quartet - Blue Age GLRCD003) (Twin Guitars (Guitarlandrecords 002) Sunset in Guitarland (Zink) Rosewood (IGCD114), Toco (Guitarlandrecords), Further adventures in Guitarland (IGCD067), Guitarland (IGCD 044), Jungle Crunch (IGCD 027), Soft Landing (LiPhone)

Selected discography as sideman: Jan Zirk Quartet: Basin street blues (IGCD 071), Pierre Eriksson: Wonderful (IGCD 116), Michiko Yoshino: After a long spell of rain (Blue Vega records) Erik Gullbransson: Hon och Jag (SRCD 3198), Margaretha Evmark: Indian summer (Naxos)

Other musical associations: Michael Ruff, David Wilczewski, Lars Danielsson, Yasuhito Mori, Al Harewood, Rune Gustafsson, Bohuslän Big Band with guests such as Bob Mintzer, Lew Soloff and Nils Landgren. The Gothenburg Opera House, performing Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago, Sunset Boulevard, West side story, Chess, Kristina från Duvemåla & Crazy for you. Over 60 TV shows.


30 years in Jazz Guitar


At age 55, Rolf Jardemark, definitely deserves a moment of retrospection. His first 30 years on the professional scene has taken him from jazz clubs to TV studios. From the Gothenburg Opera House to John Pisanos Guitar Night in Los Angeles.

He has released 10 acclaimed albums in his own name since Soft Landing (1989). The latest Sunset in Guitarland offers rich west coast jazz, recorded in Los Angeles with studio icons Michael Ruff, Bill Cantos, John JR Robinson (Michael Jackson) and Ralph Humphrey (Frank Zappa).

His third album Guitarland (1993) caused the Swedish TV program Jazz duel to elect him as the successor of Rune Gustafsson, godfather of Swedish jazz guitar since the 1950’s.

Rolf’s devotion to jazz and guitars started in his teens. At twelve he bought his first guitar from a friend for 1 (!) dollar. Money well spent, to say the least.

After taking his first steps with just a blues record and a chord book, Rolf saw the light.

– I saw Barney Kessel on a TV show. He looked and sounded real hip with his big Gibson and nice suit. I was listening to a lot of different music growing up, but when I heard Larry Carlton (Royal Scam) and Pat Metheny (Bright Size Life) there was no turning back, Rolf remembers.

Rolf has stayed true to his hometown of Gothenburg on the Swedish west coast, a city that has produced an impressing number of influential guitar players over the years. Besides the fore-mentioned Rune Gustafsson, Ulf Wakenius (Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown etc.) is arguably the most notable.

– I met Peter Almqvist (who would later tour the world with Wakenius with Guitars Unlimited) when I was 15 years old working extra in his dad's guitar shop. Peter gave me the tapes and showed me Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Ulf Wakenius has also been a good friend and inspiration over the years.

Before starting music high school at 16, Rolf had very little formal training.

– Around that time I decided that music was "it" for me. I studied classical guitar at school but when I came home I took my ES-175 out of the box. I later continued at Gothenburg University and got a master in fine arts in 1985.

What were some of your earliest gigs?
– My first gigs were in high school in a guitar duo with my longtime friend Per Hovensjö. We made a recording in 1978 and eventually got a gig at Gothenburg’s jazz club Nefertiti, first as an intermission act.
Can you point out a few highly significant events in your career?
– During the tours in Scandinavia with Michael Ruff 1987-88, everything felt really professional for the first time. I remember we played at the nightclub Alexandra in Stockholm, the leading hot spot of the time. The final show was in Gothenburg the same day Michael Jackson was in town and since we knew his drummer Ricky Lawson we held a jam session with Ricky, keyboardist Greg Phillinganes and Jackson’s still unknown backup singer – Sheryl Crow.

After a decade dominated by fusion and rock, Rolf spent the 90’s and 00’s exploring the traditional jazz heritage. And just in time for his fiftieth birthday, Rolf returns to the west coast fusion oriented sound that dominated his debut.
Describe the journey you have made over these 25 years!
– I am happy to still be alive, haha. No, seriously. Experience has made me much cooler and calmer. In the 80’s guitar solos were the most important thing for me. The rest was just filler. Today I focus on good songs and the overall picture, in a completely different way.