You can hear 21st Century Quintet with musicians from Lithuania, Latvia and Armenia at Trykkeriet on Thursday 11 May

Spotlight on: Europe

The world's jazz scene - in the middle of Trondheim

This week it's happening!


At this year's festival, we present a record number of musicians who have never played in Trondheim before - a total of seventeen artists - who come from far away from both Europe, the USA and Africa!

Among the visitors we find twelve artists from the bustling European jazz scene, which we are especially excited to show you, gathered in a series called Spotlight on: Europe.

Anya Magnussen has painted this year's anniversary motif that adorns the front page of the newspaper! Photo: BERRE Kommunikasjonsbyrå


Here you can read, among other things, an interview with Heidi Ruud Ellingsen from the theater performance Solveig: .. peer aspera ad astra, greetings from Nora B. Kulset - head of department at the Department of Music, NTNU - and from the Jazzfest staff, check out our festival itineraries or read about all the concerts at this year's festival and plan your own.



The Austrian percussionist and artist Katharina Ernst plays at Kjøpmannsgata Ung Kunst on Friday 12 May. Photo: Michael Breyer


Katharina Ernst - le temps
Sveinar Hoff - Floating Point

Steinar Bø Quartet

We have some real goodies to present now just before we enter the Easter season! The Austrian percussionist and artist Katharina Ernst is being noticed in art circles around the world with her mix of drums, visual art and movement, our own drum legend Sveinar Hoff, known from among others Cadillac, is back with brand new music, and NTNU Jazzlinja- students in the Steinar Bø Quartet are modernizing the term jazz with their completely unique and hard-swinging expression!

Kirsten Schultz from Visit Trondheim and mayor Rita Ottervik presented the award for Door Opener of the Year 2022 to Ernst Wiggo Sandbakk (in the middle). Photo: Trondheim municipality

Door opener of the year 2022!

Our enterprising and inspiring general manager Ernst Wiggo Sandbakk yesterday received the honorable award for his work with Jazzfest and the cultural metropolis of Trondheim.

"The honor is received on behalf of the entire Jazzfest." says Ernst Wiggo. "I would like to believe that project Joyn-In is one of the reasons why Jazzfest was appointed, where our motto is "everyone should participate, no one will be voted out". Trondheim municipality has contributed additional funds over a two-year period, which has given us the muscle to make some smart moves, where we have, among other things, engaged an audience developer, established a free family day and held outreach concerts out in the field - a strengthened cultural offer for people who have been through a tough time. I am proud of what Trondheim Jazz Festival has become, both locally, nationally and internationally, and I'm really looking forward to the 35th festival this May!"

Our wonderful volunteers during Jazzfest 2022. Photo: Arne Hauge

Would you like to volunteer at Jazzfest?

We invite former and new volunteers to join this year's anniversary festival! As always, Jazzfest is dependent on good helpers - the festival's outward face, who give artists and the public a nice welcome and a good concert experiences.

Tasks can be distribution, festival office, jazz shop, audience host, ticket control, artist host or transport.

As a volunteer you get: accreditation to all concerts during the festival, volunteer party, free festival t-shirt and memories for the rest of your life!

A warm welcome to the Jazzfest family!

See Iren Reppen in the concert "Terje Nilsen so" in Olavshallen Lille Sal on 18 April.

We celebrate the release of the program in Olavshallen on 18 April

This year's program release party is dedicated to a recent concert production which has been hugely successful since its premiere in February, and which is now making its way to victory across the country. 

Actor Iren Reppen has been a regular at several Norwegian theaters for a number of years. Now she is touring with yet another success: together with guitarist Håvar Langås Bendiksen and keyboardist Johannes Winther Farstad, she has formed a trio in honor of their common great hero: Terje Nilsen.

You can hear Squarepusher in Olavshallen on 10 May!


If you were at the concert with Shobaleader One in Verkstedhallen during Jazzfest 2017 - then you already know that Tom "Squarepusher" Jenkinson is something for himself.

"Has there ever been a better concert in Trondheim?" stated an audience member six years ago - and now Squarepusher is finally coming back to Jazzfest, for the first time with his solo project! Get ready for a real energy bomb - with fierce grooves that make you unable to stand still!

Great atmosphere around the newly signed agreement. From left: Heimdal Bolig's office manager Trude Trønsdal, Jazzfest's manager Ernst Wiggo Sandbakk and managing director of Hemdal Bolig AS Roar Munkhaugen. Photo: Jazzfest

Heimdal Bolig AS becomes a partner of Jazzfest

We are at full speed into jazz festival no. 35 and have happy news before the anniversary celebration: Heimdal Bolig AS has chosen Jazzfest as a partner in a newly signed agreement!

This is very good news for the festival, it gives recognition and new energy that inspires a lot. This gives us new hope in finding business partners who also think about cultural urban development. The cultural metropolis Trondheim has been strengthened!

"Heimdal Bolig is looking forward to the collaboration with Jazzfest! We are impressed by what the festival has achieved for both young people and adults in recent years. We look forward to the concerts and being part of the positive atmosphere that is created around Jazzfest. In addition It's great to contribute so that more people can experience pleasant culture in the world's best city!" says CEO of Hemdal Bolig AS Roar Munkhaugen

Jazzfest introduces the Joyn-In ticket!

Have you heard of the Joyn-In ticket?

If you are under 26, we offer extra affordable tickets to several of the year's biggest concert experiences!

First up is world star Louis Cole at HAVET on May 12, where, among others, the hip hop duo Juicy and elleville Y-Otis will create a fierce club atmosphere!

If you are between 18-26 years old, you get a ticket to this event for just NOK 350 (ordinary price NOK 650).