Solveig Slettahjell

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Solveig Slettahjell
Solveig Slettahjell.jpg
Slettahjell at the Jazzfestival Neuwied
11 May 2006
Background information
Born (1971-04-02) 2 April 1971 (age 47)
Bærum, Akershus
Origin Norway
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Vocals
Labels Curling Legs, ACT, Universal
Associated acts Slow Motion Quintet, Slow Motion Orchestra, Morten Qvenild, Tord Gustavsen, Sjur Miljeteig, Jon Balke, Kvitretten

Solveig Slettahjell (born 2 April 1971 in Bærum, Norway)[1] is a Norwegian jazz singer, known for her soulful, seductive voice.[2]


Slettahjell had her record debut with the album Slow Motion Orchestra (2003), contains jazz standards like "All the Way" and "My Heart Belongs to Daddy". It was released after festival appearance at Nattjazz 2002. For her second album, Silver (2004), her band took the name "Slow Motion Quintet". In 2005, they released Pixiedust.[2]

After working with a commission for Vossajazz Festiva (2009), she released the music on the acclaimed album Tarpan Seasons (2010).[3] In 2012 she acclaimed performance at "Oslo Jazz Festival" 2012 with Gregory Porter.[4]

Slettahjell collaborated with Tord Gustavsen and Sjur Miljeteig releasing the albums Natt I Betlehem (2008) and Arven (2013) including with Nils Økland. In 2011 she released the album Antology with Morten Qvenild and in 2015 the album Trails Of Souls with Knut Reiersrud and the jazz ensemble In The Country.



As leader[edit]

Year Personnel Album Label Peak positions
2001 Solveig Slettahjell Slow Motion Orchestra Curling Legs  –
2004 Solveig Slettahjell Slow Motion Quintet Silver Curling Legs[6] 23
2005 Solveig Slettahjell Slow Motion Quintet Pixiedust Curling Legs[6] 25
2006 Solveig Slettahjell Slow Motion Quintet Good Rain Curling Legs (, ACT) 28
2007 Solveig Slettahjell Slow Motion Quintet Domestic Songs Curling Legs (, ACT) 30
2008 Solveig Slettahjell with Tord Gustavsen and Sjur Miljeteig Natt I Betlehem Kirkelig Kulturverksted 5
2009 Solveig Slettahjell Slow Motion Orchestra Tarpan Seasons Universal 5
2011 Solveig Slettahjell (with Morten Qvenild) Antologie Universal 6
2013 Solveig Slettahjell (with Tord Gustavsen, Sjur Miljeteig and Nils Økland) Arven Universal 5
2015 Solveig Slettahjell and Knut Reiersrud with In The Country Trails Of Souls ACT -

With others[edit]

  • 1998: Squid - Super (Forward)
  • 1999: Kvitretten - Everything Turns (Curling Legs)
  • 2002: Kvitretten - Kloden er en snurrebass som snurrer oss (Curling Legs)
  • 2002: Sigvart Dagsland - Underlig Frihet (Kirkelig Kulturverksted), as guest vocalist on one track
  • 2005: Jon Balke Batagraf - Statements (ECM)
  • 2006: Friko - The Journey to Mandoola (C+C)
  • 2014: Bugge Wesseltoft, Knut Reiersrud and In The Country - Norwegian Woods – Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic II (ACT)


  1. ^ "Solveig Slettahjell: Singer, Composer". Directory 
  2. ^ a b Christian Lysvåg (5 October 2007). "Solveig Slettahjell: 'Domestic Songs'". 
  3. ^ Christian Lysvåg (12 September 2009). "Solveig Slettahjell: Visitations". 
  4. ^ Terje Mosnes (17 August 2012). "Store stemmer, store smil: Solveig Slettahjell og Gregory Porter gjemte det beste til sist". 
  5. ^ "Solveig Slettahjell discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  6. ^ a b The album was subsequently licensed to the German ACT Company record label in 2006; cf. Silver at Discogs and Pixiedust at Discogs

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Recipient of the Jazz Spellemannprisen
Succeeded by
Hans Mathisen
Preceded by
Live Maria Roggen
Recipient of the Radka Toneff Memorial Award
Succeeded by
Arve Henriksen
Preceded by
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten
Recipient of the Kongsberg Jazz Award
Succeeded by
Håvard Wiik
Preceded by
No Jazz award
Recipient of the Jazz Gammleng-prisen
Succeeded by
Eldbjørg Raknes