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News -page consists of current topics and interesting articles about jazz in Finland. 


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Kalevi Louhivuori Quintet on Jazz Finland Tour

Trumpeter Kalevi Louhivuori leads his quintet to the first Jazz Finland tour of the season. The tour begins on September 20 in Savonlinna, and finishes in Turku on Saturday the 30th. Later in the fall also Raoul Björkenheim Triad goes on tour under the Jazz Finland umbrella. Jazz Finland also supports Timo Lassy Band's 10-year anniversary tour. 


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Want to tour Finland next year? Apply now!

Jazz Finland produces two tours and supports two co-produced tours in the fall of 2018. Apply to perform across the country with this electronic form. The application deadline is October 2, 2017. You can also offer your band to next summer's Jazz-Espa line-up with the same form. The Board of the Finnish Jazz Federation will complete the selection process in November.


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Flame Jazz Messengers deliver the Turku experience

Drummer-pianist-producer Jussi Fredriksson's (b. 1980) and legendary vibesman Severi Pyysalo (b. 1967) lead their sextet on its way to spread the gospel of Turku-jazz around the country. Flame Jazz Messengers tour Finland, throwing six concerts both on land and at sea.


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Suomalaiset jazzsävellykset vihdoin julki nuottikirjoina

Viapori Jazzissa lauantaina konsertoiva pianisti Seppo Kantonen on koonnut suomalaisten jazzsäveltäjien teoksia kattavasti yksiin kansiin. Ensimmäinen osa neljän teoksen sarjasta julkistetaan ennen pianistin Piae Cantiones 2.0 -konserttia Suomenlinnassa.


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Jazz-Espa and Jazzjatkot break audience records again

The eighteenth edition of the annual Jazz-Espa concert series and its final-day festival Jazzjatkot drew over 4,000 people to the Espa stage and restaurant Kappeli during the two-week period from Monday, July 24th to Saturday, August 5th. The free open air concerts portrayed altogether 22 topical, Finnish jazz acts.


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Free open air concerts from under the jazz umbrella

Ami Vuorinen, the Executive Director of Jazz Finland, opened the 18th edition of the annual Jazz-Espa concert series yesterday, July 24th, in the heart of Helsinki, Esplanadi Park. In his opening words Vuorinen described the festival as an umbrella for Finnish jazz in all its forms and shapes. 


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The July Edition of Summer Jazz Club features globetrotting young Finnish jazz stars

Tuesday 25 July sees two hot young groups give their best at Jyväskylä’s legendary jazz venue, Poppari, the home of Summer Jazz Club concert series. Aurora Hentunen Quartet and OK:KO, the stars of the July edition, comprise up-and-coming Finnish jazz musicians who have directed their gaze to the international scene at an early stage of their careers. Now, these two constellations will present international flavours from the metropoles of the big world for the Jyväskylä audience.



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We Jazz Presents Rising Jazz Stars on Lonna Island

The summery jazz concert series curated by We Jazz presents four young acts on the coastal island Lonna this July. JAF Trio, Maxxxtet and Bowman Trio play live on three July Wednesdays respectively and the stage will be warmed up by the We Jazz DJ collective. 


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Flame Jazz stands up for the Baltic Sea in July

Saxophonist Mikko Innanen, the Flame Jazz Artist of 2017, blows his horn for the conservation of the Baltic Sea, floating amid the eider statues by artist Reima Nurmikko on Turku’s Aura River on 20 - 22 July. The same weekend will see PLOP, composed of Innanen, bassist Ville Herrala and drummer Joonas Riippa, take the stage at the nearby Bar Ö.