Selected Discography:

1993: Thomas Fryland Quintet: “Copenhagen Sunset” -

1994: Thomas Fryland Quartet: “A Fairy's Tale” -

1995: TV2: "Kys Bruden" -

1995: Thomas Fryland Trio: “Playing in the Breeze” -

1996: Thomas Fryland Quartet: “Perfume and Rain” -

1996: Beibom/Kroner Big Band: “Live in Copenhagen” -

1997: Lars Jansson/Katrine Madsen: “Dream Dancing” -

1997: Thomas Fryland Trio: “Live at Copenhagen Jazzhouse” -

1998: DR Big Band w/Jens Winther: “Angels” -

1998: Beibom/Kroner Big Band: “Opposites Attracts” -

1998: Thomas Fryland Quintet: “The Main Ingredients” -

1999: Silvana Malta w/DR Big Band: “Flor Do Verao” -

1999: Thomas Fryland Quintet: "Embracing the Sky” -

1999: Eric Alexander/Sam Yahel: “Steppin’ Up” -

1999: Martial Solal w/DRJO: “Contrasts” -

1999: Phil Woods/Jim McNeely/ DRJO: "Tripple Metamorhosis" -

1999: DR Big Band: "The Govenor" -

1999: DR Big Band w/Thomas Clausen: “August Music” -

2000: Palle Mikkelborg w/DRJO: “Voice of Silence” -

2000: Thomas Fryland Quartet: “Songs from My Heart” -

2000: DR Big Band w/Jim McNeely: “Nice Work” -

2001: Adam Nussbaum: "More Jazzvisits" -

2001: DR Big Band w/Jim McNeely: “The Power and the Glory” -

2002: Graham Collier w/DR Big Band: “Winther Oranges” -

2002: DR Big Band w/Jim McNeely: “DRJO Plays Bill Evans” -

2003: Thomas Fryland Sextet: “Metamorphosis Volume 1+2” -

2003: DR Big Band w/Jim McNeely: “DRJO with Renee Rosens”

2004: DR Big Band: “Cuban Flavour” -

2005: Johnny Reimar: "Blue Moon" -

2005: DR Big Band: “Trøllabundin” -

2005  Anders Blichfeldt w/DR Big Band: "Born to be Blue" -

2006: Thomas Fryland & Jim McNeely: “Another Song” -

2006: DR Big Band w/Jim McNeely: “Dedication Suite” -

2007: Ernie Wilkins Alomst Big Band: "How High The Moon" -

2007: Thomas Fryland w/Orazio Maugeri: “Blue Notes” -

2009: Emil Hess: “Evolution Orchestra” -

2015: Veronica Mortensen: ”Presents Passed” -

2015: John Ruocco/Jacob Roved: ”Remembering Billy Strayhorn” -

2018: Lasse Jacobsen Quintet: ”A Painted Beginning” -

2020: Thomas Fryland Trio: ”Book of Psalms Volume 1” -

2021: Thomas Fryland & Hasse Poulsen: “Dream a World” -

2021: Emil Hess Sextet: “Evolution Stories” -

2021: Ensemble Edge: “Dimma - the music of Jan Johansson” -

2022: John Ruocco/Jacob Roved: “A Short Moment” -

2022: Nordkraft Big Band: “Avennaata Pissaanera” - most recent issue:

2022: Recordings w/Nathalia Flórez: "Tæthed og Tomhed" -

2022: Recordings w/Nordkraft Big Band as composer/arranger/soloist- to be released

2022: Recordings w/Jacob Djursaa, Dan Hjorth, Samuel Kiel & Nikaloj Bangsgaard  - to be released 

2022: Recordings w/Niclas Emborg, Jacob Djursaa & Hans Kristian Knold - to be released

2022: Recordings w/Feather Drop - to be released

2022: Recordings w/Fredrik Lundin & Hasse Poulsen - to be released

1992-1995 The Royal Danish Conservatory (Copenhagen)

                  • Main subject trumpet Jazz

1993 - 1996 - Alternative Conservatory (Copenhagen)

                  • Harmony, solfège, combo and main subject trumpet Jazz

1996 - 2002The Royal Danish Conservatory (Aarhus/Aalborg)

                  • Main subject trumpet Jazz and improvisation for other instruments and singers

2006 - 2016Assistent Professor at RMC (Copenhagen)

                  • Main subject trumpet Jazz and responsible for the brass department

2010 - 2020 Head of Jazz/Pop Department at MGK Zealand

                  • Developing, administrating and executing educational courses

Present: The Royal Danish Conservatory (Aarhus/Aalborg)

                  • Classical and Jazz Harmony, combo, main subject trumpet Jazz at the bachelor, master and postgraduate programs.

Throughout the years:

                  • Workshops and masterclasses in trumpet methods, improvisation, Harmony and Solfege at conservatories and other educational music institutions in e.g. Berlin, Riga, The Hague, Amsterdam, Malmö, Tromsö, Trondhjem, Stockholm, Aalborg, Odense, Beijing and Shanghai
                  • Continuing education of professional classical, Jazz and Pop artists and educators, including all instrumentalists, singers and composers, within a wide range of subjects e.g. improvisation, Harmony, Solfège, composition and performance
                  • Freelance band and career coaching, arranging, composing and producing assignments



First album release followed by several albums with many groups as leader, sideman soloist and composer. These include an album with arrangements of working class songs commissioned by the Danish Confederation of Trade Unions. In this period and for the next 10-year period I was teaching alternately at 5 different conservatories in Denmark, conducting single workshops and masterclasses in trumpet playing, harmony and improvisation, recording and touring.


The album “Playing in the Breeze” was elected “Jazz album of the year” and awarded by the Ben Webster and the Simon Spies Foundations.


Became a regular member of the DR Big Band conducted by Jim McNeely resigning in 2006 to concentrate on solo work and teaching.

Through the years he has played and toured with e.g. Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Benny Golson, Maria Schneider, Jerry Bergonzi, Eric Alexander, Renee Rosnes, Sam Yahel, Joe Lovano, David Hazeltine, Kenny Drew, Bob Mintzer, Mike Stern, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Tim Hagans, Randy Brecker, Tom Harrell, Dick Oatts, Duke Jordan, Jim McNeely, Toots Thielemans, Ivan Lins, Fay Claassen, John Ruocco, Jacob Karlsson, Lars Jansson, Rigmor Gustafsson, Ferdinand Povel, Rob van Bavel, Frans Elsen, Ack Van Rooyen, Michael Erian, Rik van den Berg, Marco Kegel, Simon Rigter.


As responsible of the conservatory brass department at RMC in Copenhagen he educated more than 40 trumpet and trombone students in a 9 year period, resigning in 2016 after redesigning new Bachelor programmes at the RMC conservatory and to concentrate on developing educational courses at MGK Zealand.


As Head of Jazz/Pop departement at MGK Zealand I was responsible for the education of more than 300 soloists, songwriters and producers in a 10-year period, developing educational courses, executing workshops and conducting masterclasses, resigning in

2020 to concentrate again on playing, composing, arranging and teaching.


Engagements with the Danish Radio Big Band, AJO Big Band, Nordkraft Big Band and a variety of small groups.

Teaching Classical and Jazz harmony, combo and main subject trumpet Jazz bachelor, master and postgraduate the Royal Danish Conservatory

Processing a method book on trumpet playing, performance skills, harmony, solfege and improvisation in collaboration with Karl Husum (solo trumpet in the Danish National Symphony Orchestra) and Jens Emil Holm (principal trumpet in Sinfonietta Riga)

8-10 pending releases in 2022 with small groups and big band as a soloist, arranger and composer


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