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Jagúar was formed in the summer of 1998 by six guys interested in playing 70´s instrumental funk, soul & jazz. First lineup consisted of Daði Birgisson (keyboards), Ingi S. Skúlason (bass), Jón Indriðason (drums), Börkur H. Birgisson (guitar), Hrafn Ásgeirsson (tenor sax) and Birkir Mattíasson (trumpet).
In the beginning Jagúar played a lot of covers by James Brown, Kool and the Gang, Herbie Hancock and other 70´s funk masters. After a few months of live performances at local Reykjavík clubs Samúel Jón Samúelsson (trombone) joined along with drummer Sigfús Óttarsson (replacing Jón Indriðason) and the band started working on their first album with original instrumental material titled “Jagúar” which they released in November 1999. In January 2000, Birkir and Hrafn left the band. Kjartan Hákonarsson (trumpet) soon joined and tours around Iceland began in the summer of 2000. In the autumn of 2000 Jagúar was a part of the “1000 years since the Vikings found America” celebration in New York where the band played an open air concert at pier 17.

In the beginning of 2001 the band started working on their second album titled “Get The Funk Out” which was released in June 2001 along with the film “Jagúar, The Movie”, a B-movie spin off. The film was tragically destroyed when the building where Jagúar rehearsed and recorded was torn down to make space for a new financial district in Reykjavík. It was a great building with lots of great artists and bands working including Sigur Rós and Gus Gus. Money makes the world go round!


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  • sergsvist

    Super !!! The best Music Funk soul I love this Group!!! The very best of the world!!!

    21 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Sjunni88

    groove all night!

    7 May 2010 Reply
  • Smirnon

    i completely forgot about this band. neat shit

    29 Oct 2009 Reply
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  • nillusius

    such a cool band, I saw them live once in Ghent... would love to know where I can find some of their cd's

    28 Jul 2008 Reply

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