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Tønsberg, Oslo, Norway (1994 – present)

Jaga Jazzist is an experimental band from Tønsberg, Norway, that rose to prominence when the BBC named their first official album, A Livingroom Hush (Smalltown Supersound/Ninja Tune), the best jazz album of 2002. The core of the band are brothers and main songwriters Lars Horntveth and Martin Horntveth. Martin formed Jaga Jazzist together with Ivar Christian Johansen in 1994 while they still were in their teens. Johansen later left the group to start other projects like Ravi (hip hop). The Horntveth brothers are also prominent figures of the Norwegian pop act The National Bank, besides solo projects.

The band feature trumpets, trombone, electric guitar, bass, tuba, bass clarinets, Fender Rhodes, vibraphone and a rack of electronics, as well as strong melodies and rhythms. Talk Talk, Soft Machine, John Coltrane, Don Cherry, Aphex Twin, Stereolab, Squarepusher and Tortoise are frequently mentioned as sources of inspiration. Jaga Jazzist is widely considered to be one of the premier acts of the so-called movement of Scandinavia.

Free tracks can be downloaded at their offical website,


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  • indexadora

    Foi incrível!!!!

    18 Aug 3:17am Reply
  • pedro26paulo

    They gonna play in Brazil tomorrow and on sunday. I can go to neither ='(

    15 Aug 2:57am Reply
  • Claidheambmor

    I used to think One-Armed Bandit was a bit boring until I saw them perform tracks from it live at The Barbican, London. Now I love it. As much as I adore What We Must, The Stix and A Livingroom Hush, they all have a tendency to become a bit muddled near the end. One-Armed Bandit is no exception, though songs like Dance! Music! Drama! and Toccata mean so much more to me having seen them live. Truly, Jaga Jazzist are an exceptional musical force. Can't wait to see them again on the 25th October (2013).

    29 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Jamesismynamo

    I literally came here to say that One-Armed Bandit is my least favorite album of theirs, it's kind of long and boring, I'd rather listen to The Stix or What We Must

    13 Aug 2013 Reply
  • dr_bun

    best album?? I think mine is one-armed bandit....

    10 Jul 2013 Reply
  • TrueMithrandir

    new live album is outstanding, now eagerly awaiting a new studio album!

    7 Jun 2013 Reply
  • livingwithope

    To truly understand and appreciate Jaga, they must be seen live! Truly an unforgettable and unparalleled experience :D

    31 May 2013 Reply
  • Apsolutnost

    live with britten sinfonia <3

    17 May 2013 Reply
  • Hann_with_Gun

    Listen Ninja Tune from the Black Sea

    15 May 2013 Reply
  • hailkomputer

    New live album is mind-blowing.

    7 May 2013 Reply
  • Ketzaakata

    Watch out Live at Tokyo Festival - a great show

    24 Apr 2013 Reply
  • aka1forty

    Шикарные ребята!

    23 Feb 2013 Reply
  • brukarnamn

    finally new release coming. even a live album. really, go see for yourself:

    20 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Neue_regel_

    One-armed Bandit = nice.

    25 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Sc0t

    My god I love this band.

    9 Nov 2012 Reply
  • dardar227

    Absolutely one of the most refreshing and talented groups to come out in a long time. They're my go to band as their music always is in sync with how I'm feeling or want to feel. Back in the day ECM label had Jazz's most talented artists and Jaga would have been a perfect fit. I'm still amazed, no matter how many times I listen to their music just how great they are. There's just no one out there that comes close to their music. "What We Must" is a pure 100% masterpiece!

    14 Sep 2012 Reply
  • allbadendsall

    I always forget how good this band is.

    16 Aug 2012 Reply
  • FlyMeToTheSun

    Totally slept on One-Armed Bandit (listened to it once and it didn't do anything for me, meant to listen to it a few more times but it was lost in the shuffle) but I'm glad that I decided to come back to it. It's wonderful in unexpected ways.

    4 Jul 2012 Reply
  • nikita_II

    I like it!

    8 Jun 2012 Reply
  • janniz

    If you like Toccata, check out Toccata - Grasscut Remix, it's amazing! Bananfluer Overalt EP

    1 Jun 2012 Reply
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