Mike Stern har vært kåret av Down Beat som en av de beste jazzgitaristene gjennom tidene og
har fartstid fra bl.a Blood, Sweat & tears, Billy Cobham og ikke minst Miles Davis. Stern har
vært nominert til US Grammy Awards 6 ganger og ble i 2012 tildelt en såkalt “Certified
Legend Award” av Guitar Player.
I dette prosjektet møter Stern kremen av norske jazz- og fusion-musikere: Jan Gunnar Hoff,
tangenter; Audun Kleive, trommer; Per Mathisen, bass; Thor-Ivar Lund, lyd. Den norske
kontingenten i bandet har «creds» fra prosjekter med størrelser som Alex Acuna, Gary
Husband, Ulf Wakenius, Bill Bruford, Terje Rypdal, Pat Metheny, Maria Joao, Denada.
I mars 2018 gjorde Mike Stern & Jan Gunnar Hoff Group en ny turné i Norge, her fra Osloomtalen:
Albumet Jan Gunnar Hoff Group feat. Mike Stern kom ut i november 2018 på Losen
Records. Downbeat: “Hoff ´s album with Stern ´s formidable help, organically crosses over
eras and transatlantic aesthetics, bridging a division in fusion». Alle anmeldelser:
Mike Stern & Jan Gunnar Hoff Group turnérer i Norge og utlandet i perioden 22.april
til 16.mai 2020, med musikken fra dette kritikerroste albumet.
MIKE STERN (guitar) has been nominated by Down Beat as one of the best jazz guitarists
throughout the ages, and has creds from Blood, Sweat & Tears, Billy Cobham and Miles
Davis. Stern has been nominated for the US Grammy Awards 6 times and was awarded a socalled
"Certified Legend Award" by Guitar Player in 2012.
JAN GUNNAR HOFF (keys) is now generally acknowledged as one of Norway´s leading
jazzpianists and keyboardists. He has collaborated with artists like Alex Acuña, Pat Metheny,
Maria Joao, Kenwood Dennard, Mathias Eick, Tore Brunborg, Lars Danielsson, Anders
Jormin, Marilyn Mazur, Arve Henriksen, Jan Akkerman and many more. Hoff has released 20
albums and composed 250 works for different settings. In 2013 his “Hoff Ensemble” was
nominated for US Grammy Awards with the album Quiet winter night. In 2014 he received
the prestigious Buddy-prize, the highest distinction in Norwegian jazz and was appointed
Steinway & Sons Artist. Jan Gunnar Hoff has performed in Los Angeles, New York, London,
Zagreb, Milano, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Kiev, Istanbul, Havana, Riga and other major cities.
He also works as a professor at the Arctic University of Tromsø and at UiA, Kristiansand.
Recent album releases (2018): Barxeta II - with Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Per
Mathisen; Polarity – trio with Jormin, Kleive and Jan Gunnar Hoff Group feat Mike Stern.
AUDUN KLEIVE (drums) has a reputation within the jazz community that can best be
described as true royalty. His musicianship as a drummer and percussionist is highly
respected among his peers, has gained him an established reputation as a vital force in
Norwegian and international jazz, and he is a source of inspiration for an entire younger
generation of jazz musicians. His artistry is reflected as a participant in well over 100-plus
recordings, he has provided the rhythmic foundations for such varied musicians as Terje
Rypdal, Jon Balke, Charles Lloyd, and Marilyn Mazur. Voted by the Norwegian Jazz
Musician’s Union in 1989 as Jazz Musician of The Year, he has continued to be a highly
valued artist in constant demand for other projects or as a featured performer. In 2017 he
received the Norwegian Buddy- award.
PER MATHISEN (acoustic and electric bass) is a Norwegian jazz musician and composer,
known from collaborations with great jazz musicians like Terri Lyne Carrington, Geri
Allen, Gary Thomas, Bill Bruford, Alex Acuña, Gary Husband, Ralph Peterson, Nguyen
Le and Terje Rypdal. Mathisen has released as many as 15 CD’s in his own name and
performed in more than 35 countries world wide. Per Mathisen is often referred to as
Norway’s answer to Jaco Pastorius on electric bass and Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen on
acoustic upright bass. Mathisen is touring extensively with his own trio with Gary Husband
and Ulf Wakenius and has his base in Norway and Vienna.