The Finnish Jazz Federation warmly welcomes you to the 17th Jazz-Espa Festival. The two-week concert series sees twenty Finnish jazz acts entertain music-lovers this summer on the Espa Stage in the Esplanadi Park. All Jazz-Espa concerts are accessible, free of charge and open to all ages. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Finnish Jazz Federation, Jazz-Espa dresses up to a Jazz Federation's colours and turns up the volume by presenting as many as three large orchestras this year. The crown jewel of these big-band-sized ensembles is of course UMO Jazz Orchestra.
On Sunday, August 7th, the jazz carnival will culminate to the traditional one-day festival, Jazzjatkot (jazz afterparty). Instead of the Lasipalatsi Square, the 'jatkot' is now to be organised at Allas Sea Pool, just off the Market Square. The setting may change but the philosophy remains: like before, Jazzjatkot welcomes the whole family to enjoy the coolest jazzy music and leisurely picnic vibes. At jatkot we get to enjoy trumpeter Jukka Eskola's new Soul Trio and rough jazzpunk riders Mopo with their new collabo with singer-songwriter Ville Leinonen on the terrace stage of Allas. When the sea breeze begins to get cooler in the evening, We Jazz DJs will take the party indoors to the club. The headliner of the afterparty is jazz & soul diva Nina Mya, leading her own sextet of top Finnish musicians.
Jazzjatkot is also the aftermath for We Jazz afternoon in Lonna island just outside the city, a 10-minute ferry ride away. We Jazz X Lonna is a live radio show, DJ-set and live jazz paradise happening every summer Sunday from noon to 6pm.
Jazz-Espa, July 25 – Aug 6, 2016
Espa Stage, Esplanadi Park
Concerts start at 4:00PM and 5:30PM every weekday (on Mondays at 4:00PM only). Saturday concerts are held at 3:00PM. Jazz-Espa is organised by the Finnish Jazz Federation ry and supported by the City of Helsinki Cultural Office.
5.30pm Jukka Eskola Soul Trio
7.30pm Mopo & Ville Leinonen
9.15pm Nina Mya NB! New showtime!
We Jazz DJs Matti Nives & Eero Löyttyjärvi
Jazzjatkot is co-produced by the Finnish Jazz Federation and the Helsinki Allas Ltd. The event is supported by the City of Helsinki.
WE JAZZ X LONNA
Every Sunday at 12-6pm
Live Jazz kiinnostaa radio show at 12-2pm
Bands at 3pm, Sun, August 7: Aili Ikonen
+ We Jazz DJs
Tickets 18/12 €, family discount 35 €, season pass 99 / 69 €
Pre-sale at Tiketti