Magnus Dölerud was born in 1982 and was raised outside of Karlstad in the rural province of Värmland. He began playing the saxophone at the age of ten and knew right away that it was going to be his primary instrument. He has studied music at “Folk High Schools” in Bollnäs and Svalöv and at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.
During his time at the Royal College of Music, Magnus studied under many of Sweden’s most prominent musicians and saxophonists, including Karl-Martin Almqvist, Johan Hörlén, Robert Nordmark and Alberto Pinton. Since graduating in 2008, he has continued to live in Stockhom, where he works as a freelance musician.
In 2008, Magnus joined the legendary Fredrik Norén Band. For over 30 years, Noren’s band was the training ground for much of the Swedish jazz elite, including musicians like Dan Berglund, Magnus Broo, Fredrik Ljungkvist and Joakim Milder. As a member of the band, Magnus had the opportunity to experience its non-stop concert schedule, performing in Sweden and the U.S.A., and to play on the album, Inside Up.
Magnus has also worked with the leading big bands in the country, such as The Stockholm Concert Hall’s Blue House Jazz Orchestra, under the leadership of Magnus Lindgren and Peter Asplund, the Norrbotten Big Band, Ann-Sofi Söderquist Jazz Orchestra and the Scandinavian Glenn Miller Orchestra. He is currently a member of Quiet Nights Orchestra, an octet that plays jazz inspired by soul, funk, house and latin grooves. They have released the albums Chapter One and Movin’ and have performed in Sweden, England, Italy, Slovakia and Åland
In the spring of 2007, Magnus founded the Magnus Dölerud Quartet with Lars Ekman (bass), Erik Lindeborg (piano) and Gustav Nahlin (drums). The band’s music, based largely on Magnus’ original compositions, is highly influenced by the jazz of the 1950s and 60s. From that tradition, the quartet has built its clear and direct sound, in which both the individual and collective are given room for expression. Their album, My Village, released in the spring of 2013, displays both classic, fluid jazz lines and contemporary tonalities. In addition to eight original tracks, it includes, as a loving gesture to the tradition that has inspired them, a version of Billy Strayhorn’s fantastic “Isfahan”.