Ambassadors 2024

Johanna Lind Bagge
Johanna Lind BaggeJazz Ambassador 2024
Johanna Lind Bagge is a skin care guru, health and beauty expert, fashion icon, blogger and TV celebrity. She is a positive influencer with 177,000 followers on Instagram who focuses on health, animals, fashion and entrepreneurship.
Johanna Lind Bagge made a big impression locally in 2015, when she was involved in transforming Kabusa, just outside Ystad, into a major centre for design, art, fashion and furnishings that attracted customers from all over Europe.
Göran Rosenberg
Göran RosenbergJazzambassador 2024
Göran Rosenberg, a leading Swedish author, journalist, public speaker, programme presenter and columnist, has worked in the media for over 40 years. He has written numerous books that have been translated into some 15 languages and won many of Sweden’s most prestigious awards for literature and journalism, including the August Prize.
Göran Rosenberg is also an avid jazz lover who for many years has spread his enthusiasm for music and our festival in his networks.

Ambassadors 2023

Christina Nilsson
Christina NilssonJazzambassador 2023
Christina Nilsson grew up in Ystad before moving to Stockholm to study as the first step to becoming an opera singer. Since her breakthrough performance in the role of Aida at the Royal Swedish Opera in 2017, the award-winning soprano has established herself as a rising star on the international opera scene.
Anders Nilsson
Anders NilssonJazzambassador 2023
Anders Nilsson, a local boy, is Head of Operations at the ESS Group, an international hotel group that includes Ystad Saltsjöbad. In 2010, when CEO of Ystad Saltsjobad, he saw the potential of YSJF and was instrumental in making the hotel a highly appreciated major partner of the festival right from the start.

Ambassadors 2022

Anders Andersson
Anders Andersson Jazzambassador 2022
Anders Andersson är uppvuxen i Övraby mellan Ystad och Tomelilla.
Han fostrades i Svenstorps IF tills han som 16-åring flyttade till Malmö för att gå i gymnasiet med drömmen om att spela i Malmö FF. Redan året därpå, debuterade han som 17-åring i Allsvenskan och Malmö FF. Och inte nog med det, redan som 19-åring uttogs mittfältaren Anders till det svenska fotbollslandslaget!
Anders hann spela sju säsonger i MFF innan den internationella karriären tog vid med spel i Blackburn Rovers i Premier League, Aalborg i Danmark, storklubben Benfica samt i Belenenses i Portugal. Efter hemkomsten avslutade Anders fotbollskarriären med tre säsonger i MFF.
I den blågula tröjan har Anders Andersson spelat 27 A-landskamper och deltagit i OS i Barcelona 1992 samt fotbolls-EM 2000 och 2004.
Anders Andersson arbetar sedan 2009 som expertkommentator i fotboll på TV – tidigare på TV4 och
C More och numera på Discovery.
Anders är sedan 20 år tillbaka gift med jazzsångerska Eva Andersson Bessman. Musiken och idrotten går hand i hand i familjen som också säkrat tillskotten i en 10-årig fotbollsspelare och en 14-årig musikalartist. Anders har njutit av massor av jazzkonserter i Sverige och utomlands. Även på Ystad jazzfestival såklart! Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival är oerhört glada att få välkomna ännu en idrottsman med stort jazzintresse som Jazzambassadör!
Lill Lindfors
Lill LindforsJazzambassador 2022
What a woman! She is one of our most multifaceted and popular artists, a superstar with a charisma that is hard to resist. For more than 60 years, Lill Lindfors has proven that “Music should be built out of joy” – as an artist, comedian, actor, composer and children’s book author. Already in the early 1960s, Lill gave us samba and bossa. Together with Svante Thuresson, Lill took jazz to the Eurovision Song Contest in 1966, where they came second with “New Old Waltz”. And who does not yet go and hum “You are the only one”? The music catalog is long!
In 2004, Lill recorded the album “Make me a little alive” with Jacques Werup in Michael Saxell’s studio on Stora Östergatan in Ystad. A fantastic musical meeting that still touches. Lill’s participation in TV4’s “So much better” became further proof of how Lill with her musical desire to play, playfulness, freedom, humility and warmth created new friendships with the younger artists, just as she has met us, her audience over the years.
Lill Lindfors is a UNICEF ambassador, received several Rose d’Or in Montreaux for her TV shows, Grammys for “Female Artist of the Year” and “Honorary Award of the Year”, the Cornelis Vreeswijk Scholarship and H.M. The king’s medal of the 8th size.
YSJF is extremely honored to welcome Lill Lindfors as Jazz Ambassador. And dear audience, you will see Lill’s power for renewal this autumn in the Broadway musical Anastasia at Malmö Opera!

Ambassadors 2021

Susanna Alakoski
Susanna AlakoskiJazzambassador 2021
Susanna Alakoski, one of Sweden’s most respected authors, grew up in Ystad. Her first novel, Svinalängorna (2006), won the August Prize. The film adaptation of the book was shot on location in Ystad-Österlen.
Karl Fredrik at Eklaholm
Karl Fredrik at EklaholmJazzambassador 2021
Karl Fredrik Gustafsson is a florist, landscape architect and entrepreneur. He has been the florist to the Norwegian royal family and featured in a TV gardening series filmed at Eklaholm, his home in Österlen.

Honorary Ambassadors

Martin Martinsson
Martin MartinssonHonorary Ambassador
During Martin Martinsson’s time as CEO of Music in the South, a fruitful collaboration began between Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival and Music in the South.
Until 2001, Martin was director of Rikskonserter and he has taken the initiative for several concert halls, including Nybrokajen 11 in Stockholm, Palladium in Malmö and Kulturkvarteret in Kristianstad.
He has been a member of many boards, among others. a. The Royal College of Music in Stockholm, the Swedish Music Council, the Swedish Institute, Drottningholm’s Castle Theater, Voksenåsen, Jeunesse Musicale International and the Dance Museum.
Upon his retirement in 2018, he was named Honorary Ambassador for Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival.
Quincy Jones
Quincy JonesHonorary Ambassador
Quincy Delight Jones, Jr., born March 14, 1933 in South Side, Chicago, Illinois, is an American record producer, television and film producer, musician and songwriter. Quincy Jones was first known as a jazz musician, but today is also known as the producer behind Michael Jackson’s records Thriller, Bad, and Off the Wall.
The success and friendship meant that the collaboration continued.
In the mid-1980s, Quincy Jones was the producer of the charity single We Are the World. In 1989, he was a producer on Back On The Block, starring Barry White, James Ingram, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, George Benson, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, along with Big Daddy Kane and other rap and hip-hop stars. Among the TV productions he has been involved in can be mentioned Fresh Prince in Bel Air, and among film merits can be mentioned Purpurfärgen. He has won 26 Grammys and received the Polar Prize in 1994.
Georg Riedel
Georg RiedelHonorary Ambassador
Musikern och kompositören Georg Riedel utsågs till hedersambassadör under jazzfestivalen 2021.
Riedel föddes i dåvarande Tjeckoslovakien i en böhmisk-tysk familj. Hans mor var judisk och familjen emigrerade till Sverige för att fly nazisterna när Georg var fyra år. I skolåldern började han i Stockholms folkskolors sångklasser. Efter att först ha spelat fiol gick han över till att traktera kontrabasen. Han har spelat tillsammans med jazzmusiker och jazzgrupper som Jan Johansson, Arne Domnérus, Lars Gullin, Jan Allan, Radiobandet, Gunnar Svensson, Egil Johansen, Rune Gustafsson med flera. Riedel spelade bas i jazzgruppen Trio con Tromba.

Efter Jan Johanssons bortgång 1968 tog han över komponerandet av musiken till TV-serier och filmer efter Astrid Lindgrens böcker. Två av de mest minnesvärda kompositionerna är Du käre lille Snickerbo och Idas sommarvisa. Därefter fortsatte han att skriva musik till barnvisor. Utöver alla Astrid Lindgren-visor har han tonsatt Lennart Hellsing (Bananskiva 1976) och Barbro Lindgren och skrivit signaturmelodin till TV-serien Alfons Åberg.

Ronnie Gardiner
Ronnie GardinerHonorary Ambassador 2022
Ronnie Gardiner has been named as an Honorary Ambassador of the Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival.

The American drummer, who has been based in Sweden since 1963, turned 90 on 25 July this year. Over a long career, he has played with all-time greats such as Dizzie Gillespie, Benny Carter, Gerry Mulligan and Dexter Gordon.

In the 1980s he established a new rhythm and music-based rehabilitation system for brain stimulation – the Ronnie Gardiner Method (RGM).

Svend Assmussen
Svend AssmussenHonorary Ambassador in Memorial
Svend Asmussen, born 28 February 1916 in Copenhagen,, died 7 February 2017 in Dronningmølle in Gribskovs municipality, was a Danish composer, conductor and jazz musician (violin). During his career he was a prominent and internationally recognized jazz violinist, solo or in teams with others. Photo: Kjell Oscarsson.
Bengt-Arne Wallin
Bengt-Arne WallinHonorary Ambassador in Memorial
Trumpeter, arranger, composer and Swedish jazz legend. He persuaded Quincy Jones to come to the festival in 2012. Has arranged and conducted two major concerts during the 2012 festival, one of which was the tribute concert to Quincy Jones. Named the festival’s first ambassador in 2010.

Ambassadors 2019

Marie and Gustav Mandelmann
Marie and Gustav MandelmannJazzambassadors 2019
Marie and Gustav Mandelmann – live on the Djupdal farm in Österlen and share their knowledge on sustainable living in harmony with nature through their inspiring books and TV programmes.
Fredrik Lindström
Fredrik LindströmJazzambassador 2019
Fredrik Lindström – philologist, author, programme presenter, comedian, etc. known from his prank calls in Hassan in the 1990s. Frequently seen on stage, radio and TV.
Anne Swärd
Anne SwärdJazzambassador 2019
Anne Swärd – respected author who lives just outside Ystad. She is a newly appointed member of the Swedish Academy, taking chair no. 13.

Ambassadors 2018

Efva Attling
Efva AttlingAmbassador 2018
Efva Attling is one of Sweden’s leading international designers. Her jewellery designs in silver, gold and precious stones are sold all over the world.
Camilla Ahlgren
Camilla AhlgrenAmbassador 2018
Scriptwriter Camilla Ahlgren, who lives in the village of Snårestad near Ystad, co-wrote the hugely successful TV series, Bron (The Bridge), which has been sold to over 180 countries.

Ambassadors 2017

Kim Andersson
Kim Andersson
As an athlete in the world elite, you must be trained, skilled, responsive and well prepared to be able to improvise in the moment.
Read the game, teammates and pass advanced balls. Ystads IF’s great handball player has this in common with all prominent jazz musicians.
After 10 years abroad in the world’s best handball team and in the Swedish national team with games in the European Championships, WC and Olympics, we are extremely proud to have Kim Andersson as our ambassador for Ystad’s jazz festival.
Claes Malmberg
Claes Malmberg
Claes Malmberg made his debut in the 80’s as the popular hard rock digger Ronny Jönsson. Since then, versatile Claes has been seen in dramas, musicals, movies, comedy, entertainment and children’s programs.
A width everything from Parliament, Les Misérables, Kalle Blomkvist to the people of Hemsö. For the lead role in The Spring for Hitler, Claes was rewarded with a Gold Mask. A warm and great cheerleader with audiences of all generations.
We welcome Claes as Jazz Ambassador!
Sanna Persson Halapi
Sanna Persson Halapi
Most people may know Sanna as the Lithuanian tour guide Jolanta in the comedy series Hipp Hipp or from films like Jan Troell’s As White as a Snow.
With her percussionist colleagues in Six Drummers, she has created the world’s most watched short film Music for one apartment and Six Drummers and the feature film Sound of Noise, acclaimed in Russia, the USA and Mexico.
The younger generation loves the space creature Pax from the Children’s Channel’s series Pax terrestrial adventures.
Pax invited all JazzKidz to swinging Space Jazz with big bands during the festival 2015.
Like Claes Malmberg’s Christmas calendar “When the carousels sleep”, Sanna’s “The Mystery at Greveholm – The Count’s Return” became among the most beloved of SVT’s Christmas calendars.
Secret talent: Jazz DJ!

Ambassadors 2016

Lasse Åberg
Lasse Åberg
Lasse is our ambassador & jazz artist for the second year in a row with that honor. We look forward to another year of good cooperation.
Johan Wester
Johan Wester
Comedian, entrepreneur, presenter and community builder Johan Wester became Kajan with the whole Swedish people after the humor series HippHipp! He is the moderator and initiator of the Lund Comedy Festival.
Henrik Sundström
Henrik Sundström
Henrik Sundström is a former professional tennis player. He won the Davis Cup in 1984, 8 ATP competitions and was ranked as the best 6th in singles. He has a great interest in art, dance and music and organizes i.a. own events in a 100-year-old power plant on Lake Stienitzsee outside Berlin.
Ann-Marie Rauer
Ann-Marie Rauer
Journalist Ann-Marie Rauer leads Sweden’s largest cultural program Sweden! which is followed every Saturday night by 700,000 dedicated viewers. In low-key and interesting conversations, Ann-Marie has got to know more than 350 culture and entertainment profiles!

Ambassadors 2015

Lasse Åberg
Lasse ÅbergAmbassador 2015
General practitioner creator. According to his own statement, his life is an adult daycare where he draws, paints, sings and takes occasional naps. Lasse is also Jazz Artist of the Year 2015.
The ingenious Jazz poster 2015 is called Birdland. What fits better in Skåne? A stork and a heron!
Ardy Strüwer
Ardy StrüwerAmbassador 2015
Colorful Ardy Strüwer was born in Java, grew up and educated at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague, came to Sweden for further studies at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm and has worked at famous studios in Paris and New York.
Ardy was Jazz Artist of the Year 2013.
Anna-Lena Bergelin
Anna-Lena BergelinAmbassador 2015
Anna-Lena Bergelin is a comedian, author, singer and
actor. She has been named Sweden’s funniest woman and has been a multi-tasker throughout
Jan Sigurd
Jan SigurdAmbassador 2015
Jan Sigurd is a writer, musician and comedian. In the 1990s he had a collaboration with Monica Zetterlund which resulted in the cabaret Zetterlund & Sigurd.

Ambassadors 2014

Bengt-Arne Wallin
Bengt-Arne WallinLife Time Honorary Ambassador in Memorial
Trumpeter, arranger, composer and Swedish jazz legend. He persuaded Quincy Jones to come to the festival in 2012. Has arranged and conducted two major concerts during the 2012 festival, one of which was the tribute concert to Quincy Jones. Named the festival’s first ambassador in 2010.
Björn Ranelid
Björn RanelidAmbassador 2014
Björn Ranelid is one of Sweden’s most award – winning and read authors with more than thirty novels and literary works. Ranelid’s fictional texts can also be enjoyed in the magnificent work about Jussi Björling. Among the many prizes are the August Prize and the Hasse & Tages Humor Prize. Björn Ranelid is a diligent columnist and has attracted attention as the author who has developed the Swedish language the most. For twelve years he taught the students at Österportgymnasiet in Ystad philosophy and Swedish.
Nicole Johänntgen
Nicole JohänntgenAmbassador 2014
The young award-winning German saxophonist Nicole Johänntgen is a fast-rising star on the European jazz scenes. Our international ambassador in 2014 is known for great energy and dynamic performance and has accomplished a lot during his young life. She has toured extensively in Europe with, among others. a participation in Jazz Baltica 2012, guest soloist during the Toulouse Jazz Festival and has worked in various projects with Nils Landgren and Lars Danielsson. She has won several prizes as first prize in the Yamaha Sax Contest in Berlin and the Jazz Solist Competition in Monaco.

Ambassadors 2013

Henning Mankell
Henning MankellAmbassador 2013
With his broad social commitment, the author Henning Mankell was one of Sweden’s most important cultural personalities and debaters internationally. Both his novels and the crime novels he wrote about Ystad police Kurt Wallander are read and loved by millions of people around the world. Mankell is also one of Sweden’s most played playwrights internationally. Henning Mankell left earthly life on 5 October 2015 on Särö.
Edda Magnason
Edda MagnasonAmbassador 2013
Edda Magnason is an artist and songwriter, born in Ystad in 1984. During the years 2004-2005, Edda studied at Gotland’s Composers’ School. Edda’s music belongs to the pop genre with everything from hip hop, jazz and classical to folk singing. The debut album Edda Magnason was released in 2010 and the album Goods 2011. During Warner Music, recordings are underway of Edda’s third album which is planned to be released in 2014. Edda plays the lead role as Monica Zetterlund in the film Monica Z, which premiered on September 13, 2013.

Ambassadors 2012

Quincy Jones
Quincy JonesLife Time Honorary Ambassador
Quincy Delight Jones, Jr., born March 14, 1933 in South Side, Chicago, Illinois, is an American record producer, television and film producer, musician and songwriter. Quincy Jones was first known as a jazz musician, but today is also known as the producer behind Michael Jackson’s records Thriller, Bad, and Off the Wall.
He began his music career playing with jazz musician Ray Charles at jazz clubs in Seattle, Washington. In 1951 he was successful as a trumpet player in the Lionel Hampton Orchestra. He became a skilled arranger and led several bands. In 1957 he became a record producer at the record label Barclay Records in Paris.

In 1960, Jones became the first black employee to hold a senior position at a major record label, Mercury Records. When jazz was no longer so popular, he was asked to produce singles with pop music. The first was It’s My Party with Lesley Gore. In 1962, he wrote Soul Bossa Nova, an easily accessible tune that decades later became known as the theme of the film Austin Powers. In the mid-1960s, he moved to Los Angeles and began writing film music, including the music for the film With Cold Blood. He also wrote the signature tunes for several TV series. In 1969 he recorded Walking In Space, an early jazz fusion record.

During the 1970s, Jones produced more pop music and less jazz. Because of this, he had to take some criticism from people who thought he was selling himself. In 1977, he was commissioned to write the music for The Wiz, a modernized version of The Wizard of Oz. There he met Michael Jackson, who had one of the roles in the film, and they agreed that Jones would be the producer on Jackson’s first solo album, “Off the Wall”. The success and friendship meant that the collaboration continued.

In the mid-1980s, Quincy Jones was the producer of the charity single We Are the World. In 1989, he was a producer on Back On The Block, starring stars such as Barry White, James Ingram, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, George Benson, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, along with Big Daddy Kane and other rap and hip-hop stars. Among the TV productions he has been involved in can be mentioned Fresh Prince in Bel Air, and among film merits can be mentioned Purpurfärgen. He has won 26 Grammys and received the Polar Prize in 1994.

Anna-Lena Laurin
Anna-Lena LaurinAmbassador 2012
Anna-Lena began her career as a jazz pianist and singer in her own quintet. Maybe many families with children also have Anna-Lena’s “Wake up my bun” in the music stand at home at the piano? With Colors (1997), specially composed for Håkan Hardenberger’s classical trumpet and Anders Bergcrantz’s jazz trumpet – choir, piano, double bass and percussion – art music began to take place in Anna-Lena’s composer genes and after a few initial years as both musician and composer Anna-Lena exclusively as a composer in art music where she sometimes also writes in improvisational jazz soloists. With the world as her field of work, Anna-Lena belongs to a unique group in Swedish music life. Her music can be enjoyed both in Italy and in China, and she has received orders from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the Norrland Opera.
Lena Endre
Lena EndreAmbassador 2012
Lena Endre is one of Sweden’s biggest and most diligent actors. Lena came to Dramaten in 1987 and has done many of the major leading roles under the direction of, among others, Ingmar Bergman. Over the years, Lena has been seen in more than 60 movies and TV series. She is seen as comfortable in the big classic roles as in the comic ones. For her role interpretations in Jerusalem under the direction of Bille August and in Trolösa under the direction of Liv Ullman, Lena Endre has been awarded Gold Bugs. Add to that five Gold Bug nominations! In 2009, Lena Endre participated in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy and during the years 2009-2010, Lena became well acquainted with Ystad in the role of prosecutor Katarina Ahlsell in 13 episodes of Henning Mankell’s Wallander series.
Gert Palmcrantz
Gert PalmcrantzAmbassador 2012
Gert Palmcrantz is one of Sweden’s foremost sound producers in both jazz and classical music. His career started in the 1950s in Europafilm’s gramophone studio. The album “Jazz at the Pawnshop” which was recorded in 1976 is considered one of Sweden’s best-selling and significant jazz albums of all time and is still heard all over the world. The giants Arne Domnerus, Bengt Hallberg, Lars Erstrand, Georg Riedel and Egil Johansen appeared on the album. Gert Palmcrantz has made recordings in a wide variety of places, from the Hermitage in St. Petersburg in the east to Carnegie Hall in New York in the west. The newspaper Expressen’s Kulturpris Spelmannen was awarded to Gert Palmcrantz and Povel Ramel in 1987.
Anne Lundberg
Anne LundbergAmbassador 2012
Jazz lover and Ystad resident Anne Lundberg is a familiar face in the city and is often seen at concerts, theater and cultural events and never neglects a good opportunity to talk warmly for the festival. As a conference, Anne will lead the big closing concert “A Quincy Jones Celebration” on August 5 at 22.00 with the Swedish jazz elite under the direction of Bengt-Arne Wallin, the festival’s very first ambassador, and Quincy Jones as guest of honor.

Ambassadors 2011

Gösta Ekman
Gösta EkmanAmbassador 2011
Hans Gösta Gustaf Ekman (the younger), born July 28, 1939 in Stockholm, was a Swedish director and actor. Gösta Ekman was the son of Hasse Ekman and Agneta Wrangel af Sauss, and the grandson of Gösta Ekman (the elder). He is the brother of Krister, Mikael and Stefan Ekman, half-brother of Fam Ekman and uncle of Sanna Ekman. Since 1989 he has been married to Marie-Louise Ekman. Gösta Ekman passed away on April 1, 2017 in Stockholm.
Jason Diakité (Timbuktu)
Jason Diakité (Timbuktu)Ambassador 2011
Timbuktu grew up in Lund. During 2003-2004 came the album The Botten is Reached which was followed by a tour with DJ Amato and Chords and Damn !. During this time, Timbuktu won his first Grammy, wrote music for the TV series Kniven I Hjärtat and starred in the film Babylon Disease. In the summer of 2004 he released an album with Helt Off and Chords. In 2005 the album Alla vill till himmelen was released but no one wants to die.
Jacques Werup
Jacques WerupAmbassador 2011
Jacques Werup, born January 14, 1945 in Malmö, died November 12, 2016 in Malmö, was a Swedish musician, author, poet, stage artist and screenwriter. Werup’s poetry is usually associated with jazz and he played with Frans Sjöström in the Werup-Sjöström group. He was a childhood friend of Mikael Wiehe and Göran Skytte and made his debut as a writer in 1971.
Sara Sommerfeld
Sara SommerfeldAmbassador 2011
The actress and musical artist Sara Sommerfeld, born in 1977, has now been named the 4th Ambassador of the year for the jazz festival in Ystad 4-7 / 8. Sara has a great interest in music with her from home and thinks, for example. a lot about Georg Riedel’s music (Riedel and friends perform during this year’s jazz festival in Ystad).

Ambassadors 2010

Bengt-Arne Wallin
Bengt-Arne WallinAmbassador 2010
Bengt-Arne Wallin was a jazz musician, trumpeter, arranger and composer since 1948. From 1966 composer and orchestra leader in theater, in radio and TV series, on film and on record. 1970 – 93 teachers in ensemble playing, improvisation and composition at Kungl. Stockholm Academy of Music. Member of the prize committee of the Polar Music Prize, the International Council of Music and the Swedish Jazz Academy since its formation in 1994. Bengt-Arne left us on 23 November 2015.
Krister Henriksson
Krister HenrikssonAmbassador 2010
Krister is a great jazz fan and will of course visit the jazz festival in Ystad. He is one of Sweden’s most famous actors and had his breakthrough in 1973 at Stockholm City Theater. Since then, he has appeared in a large number of plays, TV series and feature films. He received two gold beetles for best male lead in Veranda for a tenor and in Sex Hopp och Kärlek. He has also been awarded the King’s Litteris et Artibus Medal for outstanding artistic work. He is a professor of stage design at the Theater Academy in Stockholm. He has a strong connection to Ystad as Commissioner Kurt Wallander.
Håkan Hardenberger
Håkan HardenbergerAmbassador 2010
Håkan Hardenberger is one of the world’s foremost trumpet soloists. He performs with the world’s leading orchestras and an excellent representative of the Scanian music scene.