Norwegian Trumpet player & Composer


“Few trumpeters in the past few years have knocked me out like Norway´s Thomas Johansson. Fiery and technically muscular, with a refreshingly holistic approach to improvised music, he can swing like mad or take it way out.”

- Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader


Some long overdue updates on the website is in motion!  A bit of layout design, updated tour lists etc.

What´s happening this week, is that Cortex is going to Serbia! We are playing two festivals, one in Grocka and one in Kraljevo. Gard Nilssen could unfortunately not go with us this time, as well as in Saalfelden, but we have found a very suitable substitute in the great Paal Nilssen-Love. 
We are looking forward seeing what Paal can add to our mix:)

Gard is back with us for the gig in Copenhagen on the 12th of july, and of course in time for our upcoming tour in USA this October!

Also looking forward meeting the great improvisers in Pan Scan Ensemble at Kongsberg Jazzfestival on the 7th of July, as well as traveling to Porto for Rodrigo Amado´s Northern Liberties with Gard Nilssen and Jon Rune Strøm on the 9th!

I will also be teaching at the legendary International Summer Jazz Camp in Southern Norway early august! I will be working a long side astonishing musicians as Audun Kleive, Petter Wettre, Jason Rebello, and more. It is a great honor to be a part of the Jazz Camp for the first time!

Last, but not least, my first solo recording has been sendt to print!! Lasse Marhaug did an amazing job with both sound and design, and i am really looking forward to getting it out there! Release will be mid october! On Tammtz Records of course:)


Upcoming Shows:

13.01.17: Cortex @ Hadeland Jazzforum
16.01.17: Cortex @ Pøkk!, Trondheim
09.02.17: Friends&Neighbors @ Storyville, Molde
18.02.17: All Included @ Just Music, Wiesbaden, Germany
10.03.17: Cortex @ ArtActs, St.Johann, Tirol
28.03.17: Friends&Neighbors @ Skiensjazzdraget
29.03.17: Friends&Neighbors @ Jazz ao Centro, Coimbra
30.03.17: Friends&Neighbors @ Hot Club, Lisboa
31.03.17: Friends&Neighbors @ Hot Club, Lisboa
01.04.17: Friends&Neighbors @ Portalegre Jazzfest
04.04.17: Large Unit @ Alliance Française, Addis Abeba
05.04.17: Large Unit @ Teferi Mekonen College, Addis Abeba
06.04.17: Large Unit @ Hager Fekir Theatre, Addis Abeba
07.04.17: Large Unit @ Fendika Azmaribet, Addis Abeba
26.04.17: SJO @ Urijazz, Tønsberg
27.04.17: SJO @ Drammen Jazzklubb
28.04.17: SJO @ Ælvespeilet, Porsgrunn
29.04.17: SJO @ Kilden Kulturhus, Kristiansand
26.05.17: Large Unit @ Nattjazz, Bergen
30.06.17: Cortex @ Grocka Garden Music Festival, Serbia
01.07.17: Cortex @ Jazzibar Festival, Kraljevo, Serbia
07.07.17: Pan Scan Ensemble @ Kongsberg Jazzfestival
09.07.17: Rodrigo Amado Northern Liberties @ Jazz no Parque, Porto
26.08.17: Cortex @ International Jazzfestival Saalfelden
22.09.17: Cortex @ Bimhuis, Amsterdam