Born: October 22, 1958
Norwegian pianoplayer and composer educated at the Jazzdepartment, Trondheim Conservatory and at NMH, composition. Hoff has played and collaborated with Alex Acuña, Mike Stern, Pat Metheny, Kenwood Dennard, Joanna McGregor, Lars Danielsson, Cæcilie Norby, Fathy Salama, Martin France, Chick Corea, Arild Andersen, Nils Petter Molvær a.o. In 1982 he was part of a national all star band performing Jan Garbareks composition for the FNJ, Norwegian Jazz Forum.
Hoff has released five CDs with his own Jan Gunnar Hoff Group that consists of leading Norwegian jazzperformers Audun Kleive (dr) and Bjørn Kjellemyr (bass). This band has toured all over Scandinavia and played major festivals in London, Molde, Bergen etc....
Awards- "Northern Lights"- prize 2006 as an important musician and composer from Northern Norway
- The Edvard Grieg Prize 2005 for his jazzmass "Meditatus"
- The Stubö- prize 1997 for his efforts in North-Norwegian Jazz
John Kelman, AAJ nov 2009
The new album is unforged, crystal clean Norwegian jazz. The pianist and composer Hoff becomes 50 this year. Magma is a worthy present for this day and of course for audiences that enjoy jazz-
Czékus Mihály, Hungary 2008
Hoff emerges as a keyboardist of considerable versatility and flair. Clearly a player and musical mind to watch. An intriguing and often rewarding album that is well worth checking out-
Richard Palmer, Jazz Journal nov 1998
Hoff has with his CD CROSSLANDS established himself as one of the
important artists within Nordic jazz. He shows his own distinct language in
both his pianoplaying and in his fine compositions-
Jazz Stage, Sweden 1998
The CD MOVING with Norwegian keyboardist Jan Gunnar Hoff has more
substance. This CD and his music is simply on top-
Jazz Special, Denmark 1995
With this CD (Moving) Jan Gunnar Hoff definitely takes a step into the
Premiere League of jazz. He is about to establish himself as one of the most
important musicians on the Norwegian Jazz Scene in the late Nineties -
JAZZNYTT, Norway 1995
An excellent album-
Boris Rabinowitch, Politiken (Copenhagen) Syklus 1993
Fly North!Losen Records
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Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
Professor at University of Kristiansand and Tromsoe, Norway.