Jarle finished his trumpet studies at the Conservatory of Music in Trondheim in 1980. As a freelance trumpet player he has played in innumerable theatre and musical productions, and has been a sought-after studio an session musician, playing everything from rock music to avant garde jazz. During his career, Jarle has been a member of several Norwegian jazz bands. He was, together with his twin brother Helge and tuba player Stein Erik, one of the founders of Norway´s most popular New Orleans styled jazz band: Ytre Suløens Jass-ensemble touring all over the world until 1991. Jarle is a highly respected teacher in jazz and music performance, and he has been leading the Jazz Department at the Conservatory of Music in Trondheim for many years.