Kuva/ Photo: Maarit Kytöharju
Jorma Kalevi Louhivuori (b. 1984) was chosen as the Newcomer of the Year by Jyväskylä's oasis of jazz, Jazz Bar, at the age of only 16 years. Jazz Bar (today called Poppari) has always been an important arena for Louhivuori, a graduate of the jazz department of the Finnish Conservatory of Jyväskylä and currently a student of the jazz department of Sibelius Academy. Louhivuori and his quartet, Myöhä, hosted Jazz Bar's junior jam sessions for a considerable time, and they were one of the groups that featured on the Jazz Bar 10th anniversary album, released in 2002. Later, the group was renamed Big Blue, and in the present decade they have released two albums on Italian record label, Cam Jazz.
In spring 2005 Louhivuori toured Asia and Australia with his brother, drummer Olavi Louhivuori, joined by several local musicians on the bass. After their return to Finland, the brothers sought Antti Lötjönen to fill the vacancy of the bassist. The group that came to being was named SUN Trio, and it was not long after that they won the Young Nordic Jazz Comets competition in Reykjavik, Iceland in 2006. In the very same competition Louhivuori was chosen as the Best Soloist. In November 2012 he won the UMO Jazz Orchestra's Talent Contest, organised that year for the first time.
While Louhivuori can be seen to lean on the lyrical tradition of Nordic jazz in both his playing and composition styles, the versatile trumpeter is also a keen explorer of different genres. Louhivuori has been an important presence on the folk-jazz artist Yona’s recordings and in several afrobeat, reggae and hip hop projects. Some examples include the hot Ricky-Tick Big Band, led by guitarist-composer Valtteri Pöyhönen, and a recently formed supergroup, The Northern Governors, who have even been dubbed as the ambassadors of rhythm.
ed. Annamari Innanen 31.5.2014