Erik Tengholm was born in Uppsala, Sweden, in 1996. From a very early age, he was exposed to the records of some of the greatest jazz artists, such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald, and has been completely attached to the music since then.

Erik started his studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm in 2015 and quickly became very active on the Swedish jazz scene. Today, Erik is working with many of the top jazz musicians and bands in Sweden as a trumpet player, composer and arranger. Occationally, Erik is hired as a guest soloist with different big bands. However, jazz is not the only genre Erik plays. He regularly plays classical music and pop at funerals, church events and weddings. 

In 2021, Erik founded together with his double bass playing brother Johan Tengholm, record label TengTones. No less than 9 releases are out after the premiere year of the label. More info at The same year, Erik released his debut album, Stories From the Club, which has been praised by the jazz press.

Erik is also a popular teacher, working with students at all levels on the trumpet, improvisation, ensemble playing, arranging and piano.

Erik has been awarded several prizes, such as Jazz Club Fasching Society Scolarship, Louis Armstrong Award, Ola Carlsson Scholarship and Bengt Säve-Söderbergh Scholarship.

Below, you'll find a selection of the different bands and projects Erik is working with.

Bands and projects

Erik Tengholm Quintet

A smoking hot jazz quintet consisting of some of Erik's favorite jazz players in Sweden. With this band, Erik released his debut album, Stories From the Club, which is getting great reviews:

"You can hear that every note comes from the heart and the musicians passion for the music" -

"Frisk och luftig musik. Fylld av framåtlutad munterhet och ett uns av fräckhet [...] En riktigt bra platta totalt sett." - Orkesterjournalen/Jazz

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Johan Christoffersson, saxophone

Mattias Lindberg, piano

Johan Tengholm, double bass

Jonas Bäckman, drums

Tengholm Ullberg Big Band

This band was formed at the Royal College of Music and thus consists of the youngest generation of top jazz musicians in Sweden. The leaders, Erik and trombone player and arranger Lars Ullberg put the band together as an examination project. After a couple of more praised concerts outside of the conservatory, there was no doubt that the band had to make an album record out of the music. TUBB went into the studio in November 2020 and the result can be heard on the new album, Blue And Green With a Touch of Brown, which will be released in January 25 2023.

Album teaser

Sebastian Mattebo, Leonard Werme, Björn Bäckström, Samuel Muntlin, Emma Josefsson - reeds

Isac Åberg, Max Stark, Linnea Jonsson, Emma Granstam - trumpets

Lars Ullberg, Agnes Darelid, Hannes Junestav, Simon Skogh - trombones

Mattias Olofsson, guitar

Anna Gréta Sigurdardóttir, piano

Johan Tengholm, double bass

Oscar Johansson Werre, drums

Lovisa Jennervall, vocals


Mainland Jazz Collective

Jazz sextet formed in 2015, inspired by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. More info at

Leonard Werme, saxophone

Hannes Junestav, trombone

Britta Virves, piano

Johan Tengholm, double bass

Oscar Johansson Werre, drums


Mimmi and the Original Blue

Swing band based in Stockholm, fronted by singer and super star swing dancer Mimmi Gunnarsson Bringlöv. The band has a unique touch with the classic swing music of the 30's and early 40's, playing both standard tunes from the era and original music written in the same style. Debut album with the band, excuse me, but this is my place!, was released on September 18, 2021.

Album teaser

Mimmi Gunnarsson Bringlöv, vocals

Björn Bäckström, saxophone/clarinet

Jonny Ek, piano

Johan Tengholm, double bass

Oscar Johansson Werre, drums


Leon Falk Satchmo Tribute

A Louis Armstrong tribute band, with an instrumental formation identical to the Louis Armstrong Hot Five band - trumpet/cornet, clarinet, trombone, banjo and piano. More info at

Leon Falk, trombone/vocals

Adam Falk, clarinet/saxophone

Uno Dvärby, banjo

Sara Karkkonen, piano

Kindred Souls

Jazz quintet formed in 2019 by drummer Jonas Bäckman as a tribute to the late great Roy Hargrove, focusing on Hargrove's music from the 90's. After a series of gigs and a bunch of newly composed tunes by the band members, eventually the band developed it's own unique sound.

Sebastian Mattebo, saxophone

Britta Virves, piano

Jon Henriksson, double bass

Jonas Bäckman, drums

Hellkvist/Tengholm/Johansson Werre

In this intimate trio setting, Andreas Hellkvist, who usually plays the hammond organ, treats the piano and bass pedals. The group formed in 2020 during corona pandemic and gathered around a wide repertoire of jazz, funk, latin rhythms and everything in between.


Andreas Hellkvist, piano and bass pedals

Oscar Johansson Werre, drums


Stockholm Hot 7

This hard swinging septet lead by guitar player Pål Nyberg is specialized on the Duke Ellington repertoire, all the way from the 20's to the 60's. The band plays transcribed and adapted arrangements from Ellington's repertoire as well as new original arrangements by the members of the band, in the same style.

Axel Mårdsjö, alto and baritone saxophone 

Linus Lindblom, tenor saxophone and clarinet

Hampus Adami, trombone

Pål Nyberg, guitar

Jon Henriksson, double bass

Jonas Bäckman, drums


A party band that only plays the very best hits in the history of pop music. 

Matilda Edgren, lead vocals

Truls Ingvoldstad, trumpet and choir

Amalia Lundholm, saxophone and choir

Oscar Olsén, guitar and choir

Jonny Ek, keys and choir

Joel Hulander, bass and choir

Oscar Johansson Werre, drums and choir

Ekdahl Bagge Big Band



Sebastian Jonsson (Mattebo) Journey On the Styx


Lovisa Jennervall Wind Ensemble


Swingharmonic Orchestra



Glenn Miller Orchestra Scandinavia


Ulf Johansson Werre Dixie Nouveaux


Lönnkrogen Orchestra

Brooklyn Funk Essentials


James Bradley Junior Quartet

Ulf Andersson Quintet

Leif Kronlund Orchestra