Jan Gunnar Hoff received the 2019 Cultural Prize from Nordland County. This is a prestigious prize, given to those who contribute in a special and unique way to the cultural quality and diversity of the region, in Hoff´s case both as a performer and a organizer. Link to the jury statement.
Mike Stern & Jan Gunnar Hoff Group will be touring extensively in Spring 2020. There will be several gigs and festivals in Norway but also concerts in Copenhagen and Istanbul. The line up is Mike Stern (guitar), Jan Gunnar Hoff (keys), Per Mathisen (bass) and Audun Kleive (drums). The tour kicks off at Kilden in Kristiansand April 22, 2020. Check tour dates here.
Touring October 2019. Link to Oslo-gig.
May 2019 Jan Gunnar Hoff will be performing several concerts in Istanbul. There will be collaborations with local jazz musicians and also a solo piano recital TBA. Confirmed so far:
28 May Tuesday: Önder Foçan Trio featuring Jan Gunnar Hoff @ Nardis Jazz Club, Istanbul
29 May Wednesday: Jan Gunnar Hoff “Istanbul” Trio @ Akbank, Istanbul
Jan Gunnar Hoff celebrated his 60th birthday at the Ad Lib jazz club in Bodø where he started his jazz career in 1976. Since 1978 Hoff has worked as a professional freelance musician. He has recorded 20 albums as an artist and co-leader and collaborated with great musicians like Mike Stern, Pat Metheny, Maria Joao, Alex Acuna. In 2018 Hoff has released 3 albums: Polarity, a trio recording feat Audun Kleive and Anders Jormin, Barxeta II, a project with Per Mathisen and Horacioa “El Negro” Hernandez and finally Jan Gunnar Hoff Group feat. Mike Stern. The local newspaper made an interview with Hoff at the occasion. The anniversary gig was a concert with Hoff´s trio w/Kleive and Jormin on Nov 24, 2018: https://bit.ly/2TiXhSm
New album “Jan Gunnar Hoff Group feat. Mike Stern” out November 2018, receiving great reviews.
The collaboration between Jan Gunnar Hoff and guitar legend Mike Stern started with Hoff´s commission Magma for the Nordland Music Festival in 2006. In 2008 their first album Magma was released, an album where Stern played an important role. Several tours later the sequel Jan Gunnar Hoff Group feat Mike Stern is recorded in Oslo, March 2018. The album has a shared song contribution with Hoff´s 5 new tunes and Stern´s 3, still appears as a “uniform” production. Link to reviews, sales and streaming
A trio album released Juni 1, 2018. Per Mathisen and Jan Gunnar Hoff meeting Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, one of the worlds most prominent latin/jazz drummers. The result is BARXETA II (link to iTunes).
“El Negro” first gained international recognition as the drummer for the pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba and his group Proyecto. Since leaving Cuba in 1990, Hernandez has played in the U.S. with many different pop, rock, jazz and Latin jazz acts, including on many albums, some of which have received Grammy awards, including Roy Hargrove‘s Havana (1997), Carlos Santana‘s Supernatural (1999), Alejandro Sanz‘ No es lo mismo (2003) and Eddie Palmieri‘s Listen Here (2005). Hernandez owns a Grammy award for the 2001 Latin Jazz album Live at the Blue Note, with Michel Camilo (piano) and Charles Flores (bass). Since 2004 Hernandez has recorded and toured with his own band, Italuba.
Jan Gunnar Hoff launches his new jazztrio with Anders Jormin and Audun Kleive, two of Europe´s most reknown and respected jazz performers. A powerful trio setting presenting strong melodic compositions and high class interplay. Their new album Polarity (HOFF ENSEMBLE), was released April 6, 2018. Album details here!
Hoff continues his collaboration with Mike Stern in 2018 with a tour in Norway and a recording session. This will be their second recording together 10 years after Magma (2008) that received great reviews, from AAJazz and other media. Dates for Stavanger and Oslo recently announced: March 1 & March 3, 2018. Line up:
Mike Stern (guitar), Jan Gunnar Hoff (keys), Per Mathisen (bass), Audun Kleive (drums)
Jan Gunnar Hoff performs two solo concerts in September 2017 at jazz festivals in Ukraine, in Vinnitsa and Odessa. The concerts will take place in Odessa Philharmonic Hall and in the Vinnitsa festival concert space.
Jan Gunnar Hoff makes an exclusive performance of his program “Stille Lys” (Quiet Light) in Bodø´s concert house The Storm. Hoff and Bugge Wesseltoft have released their own Christmas-albums, Bugge´s “It´s snowing on my piano”, being a Norwegian bestseller. Both Bugge and Hoff have previously played the Storm in December as a traditional and meditative Christmas- concept. Hoff will perform the full program from his album “Stille Lys” at this occasion. Link to ticket sales
Mathisen & Hoff feat. Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez
October 2017 Horacio “el Negro” Hernandez will tour in the South of Norway with Per Mathisen (bass) and Jan Gunnar Hoff on keys. The trio will also record an album in Barxeta, the studio of Losen Records.
Horacio “el Negro” Hernandez is regarded as one of the best drummers in the world. His contribution to music is immense, having recorded and performed with many bands and top class artists. This 1997 Grammy award winner has performed with music greats like McCoy Tyner, Michel Camilo, Carlos Santana, Stevie Winwood and notable Latin American ensembles, the Tropi-Jazz All Stars of the late Tito Puente.
Horacio Hernandez was born in 1963 in Havana Cuba. His love for music can be attributed to the music environment he grew around. His family had a strong background of music. His grandfather was a trumpeter who played in bands like the famous Septeto National. His father and brother were also great music lovers who would spend a lot of time listening to music. Since birth, Hernandez’s nick name has been El Negro or ‘the black’, a name is commonly identified with till today.
Later on Paquito D’Rivera called on jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie to help El Negro. El Negro almost got the visa but Dizzy died as the process went on so El Negro was stuck in Italy for two and half year. However, he did not cry over spilt milk and instead chose to keep on playing in Italy, doing gigs around Rome. In 1993, he was allowed to move to New York on condition that he would comply with the travel sanctions imposed on Cuba, so he had to turn down many offers of tours to South America. This however proved to be beneficial since he had a chance to increase his studio work and got a chance to play with jazz greats like Dave Valentin, Paquo Vazquez, Daniel Ponce, Ed Simon and Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nations Orchestra, this time under the leadership of Paquito D’Rivera. Later when travel restrictions were removed, Horacio ‘El Negro’ Hernandez toured freely and did great work with various bands in Cuba and U.S notable among many was work with Michel Camilo and Kip Hanrahan’s “Deep Rumba” project. He also played for the album “Supernatural”of Carlos Santana, which brought him his first Grammy Award.