Hans Ulrik (born 28 September 1965 in Copenhagen, Denmark) is a Danish jazz axophonist, composer and has several recordings as band leader with the like of Gary Peacock, Adam Nussbaum, Niels Lan Doky, Audun Kleive, Marilyn Mazur,John Scofield and Steve Swallow. Ulrik studied jazz saxophone at Berklee College of Music in Boston (1984–86). He continued his studies after a wisit in New York City (1986) until 1987. Since 1987 he has been the leader of various bands like Pinocchio (1987), Hans Ulrik Fusion (1988–89), Ulrik/Hess Quartet (1989–90),Hans Ulrik Group (1991–95), Wombat (1995–98), Hans Ulrik Jazz & Mambo (1998-2003) and Hans Ulrik Quartet (from 2003) In addition to various Danish jazz awards Ulrik has received the award of the European Jazz Competition in Leverkusen 1988 the prize for best soloist and 1990. Third prize at the Jazz Festival in Rome. In 2002 he undertook a tour of China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Australia. In 2005 he joined Steve Swallow at the Montreal Jazz Festival.
Hans Ulrik, born 1965, is one of the most highly esteemed musicians in Denmark. He worked and studied in the U.S.A. from 1984 to 1987, and has since then been based in Copenhagen, His music has a truly Nordic sound. His playing is powerful and the composing is melodic and accessible but never ordinary.Some of the best players in the world are gathered here with Hans Ulrik, and the result cannot be disregarded: Strong and emotional playing – music that makes sense!