Norwegian Trumpet player & Composer




Thomas was born and raised in Skien, Telemark. With a bachelor degree from the University of Stavanger, and Masters from The Norwegian Academy of Music, he is a part of the strong young Norweigan jazz elite. He has done extensive touring in Scandinavia, Europe, Japan and USA, with both his own projects and as a sideman in several other bands.

His main project is Cortex, which is a quartet consisting of Thomas, Kristoffer Alberts, Ola Høyer and Gard Nilssen. Cortex is a Norwegian band which plays enerergetic jazz of the finest brand. With over one hundred live perfomances and four highly acclaimed albums, they position themselves as one of the strongest additions to the Norwegian jazz scene.
He is also a part of several distinctive bands and projects, including his own record label Tammtz Records which was established April 2016. 
Scroll down on "Projects" from the menu to check out the various projects.

Thomas currently lives in Skien, working as a freelance trumpet player and 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


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
07.07.17: Pan Scan Ensemble @ Kongsberg Jazzfestival