Atle Nymo plays saxophone and clarinet and lives in Rygge, outside of 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, Chrome Hill, Oslo Jazzensemble, Motif, and his trio- Atle Nymo Trio.


Atle has participated on 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.



Atle Nymo er utdannet fra jazzlinja i Trondheim og senere Norges Musikkhøgskole. Etter å ha flyttet til Oslo i 2001 som freelance-musiker, ble han tildelt prisen «Young Nordic Jazz Comet» med bandet Motif, og har siden jobbet i mange forskjellige band og prosjekter. Noen av de mest aktive er I.P.A, Motif , Atle Nymo Trio og Ensemble Denada. Atle kan høres på et 40-talls album, og har turnert i Europa, Asia, Nord-Amerika og Australia. Bortsett fra sporadisk arbeid med Atle Nymo kvartett og Atle Nymo / Frode Nymo kvintett, har han bidratt i prosjekter med Trondheim Jazzorkester (med Chick Corea, Pat Metheny og Terje Rypdal), Bugge Wesseltoft, Jan Erik Vold, Palle Danielsson, John Taylor, Jason Moran, Jarle Bernhoft, Juxtaposed, Espen Rud, Kompen Kvintett, Kaizers Orchestra, Egil Kapstad, Roger Kellaway og Hilde Louise Asbjørnsen blant andre. Fra 2013 har han også vært ansatt på Musikkhøgskolen i Oslo som førsteamanuensis.