Atle Nymo plays saxophone and clarinet and lives in Oslo.


He started playing clarinet when he was 11 in the local marching band in Valnesfjord.

15 years old, he added the tenor saxophone, received some lessons from Henning Gravrok and joined Bodø Big Band. They had projects with among others Django Bates, Mike Westbrook, Helge Albin and Jon Balke- all very inspiring!

He then continued with studies- a jazz bachelor from the NTNU jazz department in Trondheim 1997- 2001, and a master degree in improvisation at The Academy of Music in Oslo 2007- 09.


The last decade or so, Atle has made a strong mark on the Norwegian jazzscene with his energetic and joyful playing. After moving to Oslo in 2001 working as a freelance musician, he was awarded ”Young Nordic Jazz Comet” with the band Motif, and has since collaborated and worked in lots of different bands and projects- some of the most recent ones are I.P.A, Motif and Ensemble Denada.


Atle can be heard in about 40 records, and has toured in Europe, Asia, North America and Australia.


Apart from occasional work with Atle Nymo Quartet and Atle Nymo/Frode Nymo Quintet- other bands, people and projects where he has contributed over the years are Trondheim Jazzorchestra (in projects with Chick Corea, Pat Metheny and Terje Rypdal), Saxwaffe, Bugge Wesseltoft, Jan Erik Vold, Palle Danielsson, John Taylor, Jason Moran, Jarle Bernhoft, Juxtaposed, Kåre Nymark Band, Espen Rud, Kompen Kvintett, Kaizers Orchestra, Roger Johansen group, Mats Eilertsen, Egil Kapstad, Roger Kellaway, Vigleik Storaas, Per Oddvar Johansen and Hilde Louise Asbjørnsen among others.


In 2013 he started working at the Academy of Music in Oslo as an associate professor.