Antero "Antsu" Priha

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Antero "Antsu" Priha (b. 1965) played his way to the awareness of the jazz audience of Helsinki in the late-1980's through the Bullworkers jam sessions held in Kappelin kellari. He was also a familiar face in the big band scene by playing for a long time both in Upi Sorvali Big Bad Family and in Espoo Big Band. For the bigger audience he became familiar as the trumpetist of J. Karjalainen's Mustat lasit group but also from the afroband of Hasse Walli and the workshops of Edward Vesala. In 1989 Priha was accepted to the jazz department of Sibelius Academy where he graduated in the late-1990's.

The next step was naturally an own band and in 1995 Priha formed his own quintet called Breadmachine. The music of the band was groovy, and current as well, because the modern urban jazz started get popular in Finland that time. Besides Priha, Breadmachine was formed by saxophonist Rasmus Korsström, pianist Seppo Kantonen, bassist Ape Anttila and drummer Markku Ounaskari. Breadmachine gained quickly a wide, faithful audience, did a tour organized by the Jazz Federation and released their debut album in 1998. After the first album the band has released records regularly, the  last and fourth being Under the Greenwood Tree (PRCD/Rosebud 2007) which featured i.a. Emma Salokoski, Tuomari Nurmio and Ismo Alanko.

In the beginning of the 21st century Antsu Priha played, besides his own band, actively also in EBB and in the bigger version of Fat Beat Sound System, led by DJ Bunuel. The pace of Breadmachine slowly slowed down from it's busiest years but the band has performed for example on jazz festivals once in a while. Lately Priha has also composed songs for Markku Toikka and his 4-men Antero Priha orchestra that have been performed in theatres around Helsinki regularly.

Nowadays Antsu works in a French-Finnish Roast City Quintet, in a duo called Buddha souls together with singer-songwriter Timo Kiiskinen and in Afrojazz Quintet, which also acts as the house band of the Afrojazz club. Ylva, founded in 2014, combines yoik singing, jazz trumpet and electronics and is finishing up their new album in 2018.