Jan Gunnar Hoff Group
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 solists have performed with the band, among others Knut Riisnæs and Tore Brunborg (sax) and Per Jørgensen (trumpet, vocal). The band had a breakthrough at Vossa Jazz 1995 and later played London Jazz festival, Molde Int. Jazz festival and major festivals and venues in Scandinavia. In 2001 the band did a highly successful concert with Pat Metheny at Molde Int. Jazzfestival.
The collaboration between Hoff and guitar legend Mike Stern started in 2006 with Hoff´s commission Magma for Nordland Music Festival. In 2006-2008 Jan Gunnar Hoff Group toured with Stern in Norway, Ukraine and Estonia and the 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). The new album “Jan Gunnar Hoff Group feat. Mike Stern” was released November 2018 on Losen records, updates here. A major tour is due for Spring 2020, dates TBA.