Jon Eberson

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Jon Eberson
Birth name Jon Arild Eberson
Born (1953-01-06) 6 January 1953 (age 64)
Oslo, Norway
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar
Associated acts Jon Eberson Group
Ebersson/Zanussi/Lofthus Trio
Jazzpønk Ensemblet
Radka Toneff Quintet

Jon Arild Eberson (born 6 January 1953 in Oslo, Norway) is a Norwegian jazz guitarist and composer, son of jazz guitarist Leif Eberson (1925–1970), father of keyboardist Marte Maaland Eberson, and known from bands such as Moose Loose (1973–77), Radka Toneff Quintet (1975–80) and Blow Out (1977–78).


Eberson had his debut recording as guitarist on Ketil Bjørnstad's debut album Åpning (1972). In 1980 he formed the Jon Eberson Group, supported by vocalist and lyricist Sidsel Endresen. The group attracted great attention with releases such as Jive Talking (1981) that was awarded Spellemannprisen and City Visions (1984), but was split in 1986. The following year he released the Eberson Pigs and Poetry with Endresen, and he has continued to be noticed in a variety of contexts like the Jazzpunkensemblet.[1][2]

Eberson is a versatile guitarist working in the border line between jazz and rock. He released the album Dreams That Went Astray (2001), closely followed by the album Jazz for Men, along with bassist Carl Morten Iversen, and the album Mind the Gap, with bassist Bjørnar Andresen and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love. Eberson, who also is Associate Professor of guitar at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, was awarded the Norwegian Buddy Prize for 2001.[1][2]

In 2013 the great Norwegian guitar master celebrated his 60'th anniversary with a solid comeback at the Oslo Jazzfestival, presenting a firework of a band named Eberson Funk Ensamble including buckets of new compositions and a brilliant quintet across generations. The line up is constituted by the grand 58 years old drummer Pål Thowsen, bassist Sigurd Hole and saxophonist Kim-Erik Pedersen both Jazz graduates from the Norwegian Academy of Music where Eberson is a key educator, and last but not the least, his keyboardist daughter Marte Maaland Eberson, with a backgrounds including jazz studies at the Grieg Academy in Bergen.[3]


Early days[edit]

Started his career early 1970, with these projects:

Since 1980 he has been in charge of his own groups:

  • jazz quartett 1980-81
  • «Jon Eberson Group» with Sidsel Endresen 1980-90 (later «Jon Eberson/Sidsel Endresen Group»)
    • Jive talking 1980[4]
    • Jazzrock 1981
    • Polarities 1981-82
    • City visions 1983
    • Stories 1985
    • Pigs and poetry 1987

At the same time, he took part at

The turn of the millennium[edit]


  • Dreams That Went Astray (Jazzland Recordings), within Jon Eberson Group featuring Beate and Pål Strangefruit (Nyhus)
  • Jazz For Men (Curling Legs), duo with Carl Morten Iversen
  • Standards (Curling Legs), duo with Carl Morten Iversen
  • Mind The Gap (Curling Legs), trio with Bjørnar Andresen & Paal Nilssen-Love




  • Evening songs (Taurus Records), with Roger Johansen
  • Love Is Blind (Curling Legs), within «Metropolitan»



  • Born To Be Slow (NorCD), with Rob Waring and Carl Morten Iversen


  • Comfort Call (Shipwreckords ), with Hilde Marie Kjersem & Sigurd Hole


  • The Coarse Sand & The Names We Wrote (JEG Records), within Jon Eberson Group


  • El Doom & The Born Electric (Rune Grammofon), within «El Doom & The Born Electric»


  • Do The Dance (JEG Records), within Eberson Funk Ensemble


  1. ^ a b Halvorsen, Tore. "Jon Eberson Biography". Norsk Biografisk Leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2012-11-14. 
  2. ^ a b "Jon Eberson Biography". 
  3. ^ Wicklund, Errling (2013-08-20). "Ebers holder koken: 70-talls funken lever - det sørger gitarist Jon Eberson for!" (in Norwegian). NRK Jazz. Retrieved 2013-10-09. 
  4. ^ "Jon Eberson Group with Sidsel Endresen - Fantasy". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-10-09. 

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Preceded by
Sidsel Endresen
Recipient of the Buddyprisen
Succeeded by
Nils Petter Molvær