Initiated by impresario par excellence Rolf Bugge in year 2000, American guitar player Doug Raney was invited to join Ola and bass player Steinar Raknes to form a jazz trio. The group made the basis for Ola's first takes on composing, displayed on the album "Cats & Doug" (Hot Club Records, 2002).After a few experimental months as a quartet with standard rythm section, the trio found its current form in 2004 with drummer Håkon Mjåset Johansen and bass player Raknes. Erik Nylander took the drummers seat in 2005, completing the lineup to present date.
The same year, Bugge Wesseltoft approached the trio after a concert, inviting them to make their album debut at his label Jazzland Recordings. This resulted in the critically acclaimed "Night Driver" released in 2006, produced by Bugge Wesseltoft himself. Quoting norwegian critic Terje Mosnes of Dagbladet: "Ola Kvernberg delivers 45 minutes of «violin jazz» different from anything heard to the world."