Jan Gunnar Hoff Group (1992 – )
Jan Gunnar Hoff Group was established in 1993, following Hoffs successful album debut Syklus. The core of the band was Audun Kleive (drums) and Bjørn Kjellemyr (bass). Different soloists have performed with the band, among others Knut Riisnæs (sax), Tore Brunborg (sax) and Per Jørgensen (trumpet, vocal). The band had a breakthrough at Vossa Jazz 1995 with national attention and later played London Jazz festival, Molde Int. Jazz festival and other festivals and venues in Scandinavia, Paris a.o. In 2001 the band did a highly successful collaboration with Pat Metheny at the Molde Int. Jazzfestival.
From left: Kjellemyr (not seen), Brunborg, Hoff, Metheny, Kleive
The collaboration between Hoff and guitar legend Mike Stern started in 2006 with Hoff´s commission Magma for Nordland Music FestivaI in Bodø, Northern Norway. From 2006-2008 Jan Gunnar Hoff Group toured with Stern in Norway, Ukraine and Estonia and their CD Magma was released, a much appreciated album where Stern plays an important role. New successful tour early 2016 with Audun Kleive (drums) and Per Mathisen (bass), completing Mike Stern & Jan Gunnar Hoff Group. In Feb/March 2018 the band played Stavanger, Bergen, Oslo and Haugesund with great success, in addition to a recording session. Link to Oslo review by Tor Hammerø (in Norwegian). Their new album “Jan Gunnar Hoff Group feat. Mike Stern” was released November 2018 on Losen records, updates here. A major tour to several countries in Spring 2020 was postponed to 2021 due to corona and later cancelled in full.