Associations and foundations
Alandia Jazz rf
Alandia Jazz rf is an association that works on the area of Mariehamn, Åland. Alandia Jazz's one of the most important forms of activity is Alandia Jazz Festival that is organized annually in July.
Espoo Big Band ry is an association that was formed in Espoo in 1980 together with Espoo Big Band. The most important forms of activity of Espoo Big Band ry is to organize the concerts and recordings of Espoo Big Band and April Jazz Festival annually in April in Tapiola, Espoo. Espoo Big Band is a member of Jazz Finland.
The association of Finnish freelance musicians (Freelancemuusikot ry) is part of the Finnish Musicians Union. Freelancemuusikot ry has approximately 1.000 members. Through Musicians Union, it provides services and offers benefits for its members. Freelancemuusikot ry represents musicians who work professionally on freelance-basis. Membership is either full-time, part-time, student or pensioned, depending on member’s status. Main services consist of professional legal advisory and assistance, specialized in the field of music.
Harlem Jazz Club is a jazz club founded in Turku in 1961. The aim of the club is to promote jazzmusic in the area of Turku through organizing jam sessions and giving out scholarships to the young jazz musicians.
Jazz organisation operating in Heinola.
Helsingin saksofoniorkesterin kannatusyhdistys ry *
Helsingin saksofoniorkesterin kannatusyhdistys ry, formed in 2008, is an umbrella organization for different saxophone orchestras operating in Helsinki, such as Helsingin Saksofoniorkesteri (HSO), Big Band Gramofoni and Cuernos Rojos. Helsingin saksofoniorkesterin kannatusyhdisty is a member of Jazz Finland.
Helsinki Jazz Association was established officially in 1972. Helsinki Jazz Association organizes conserts together with different actors in the music field. Helsinki Jazz has organized jazz concerts on the Espa stage since the late-1970s to 2009. Nowadays the association organizes jaZZanti -concert series in the restaurant Laulumiehet and also other concerts together with different actors. Helsinki Jazz Association is a member organization of Jazz Finland.
Hämeenlinnan Soitannollinen Kerho, HSK, (The Music Club of Hämeenlinna) is the oldest rhythm music association formed in 1945. The association aims to promote rhythm music in Hämeenlinna. HSK has organised Linnajazz festival since 1991 and also manages the HSK Big Band. HSK is a member of Jazz Finland.
Intresseföreningen för Jazzmusik i Dalsbruk rf was formed in 1999 to continue the activity of Baltic Jazz Association. The board of the association works year-round for the festival.
Jaskan Kaverit ry *
Jaskan Kaverit try is a Rovaniemi-based association, organizing annually Korundijazz festival. It is a member organization of Jazz Finland.
Jazz 20 ry was founded in 1973 to organisize jam sessions and concerts in Oulu. The association also decided already in the beginning to help the jazz musicians of Oulu financially when possible. Today one of the most important forms of activity for the Jazz 20 Association is to organize the Elojazz Festival in Oulu annually every August. Jazz 20 is a member organization of Jazz Finland.
Jazzaimaa ry is an association that develops and promotes jazz, blues and rhythm music. To fulfill their aim, the association does international co-operation with different actors of jazz and rhythm music, works as a educator, publicist and publisher and organizes concerts, festivals, contests and parties. The most visible forms of activity of the association are the Jazzrytmit-magazine, Lady Summertime Jazz Singer Contest and Jazzrytmit Agency.
Jazz City Turku ry is a jazz association based in Turku, that combines Turku Jazz Festival, Turku Jazz Orchestra and Flame Jazz into one association. Association organizes annually over 70 concerts in Turku area. Jazz City Turku ry is a member organization of the Finnish Jazz Federation.
Founded in 2017, the Jazz Jkl ry organises versatile and high level Jazz Jkl Live concert series in Jyväskylä.
Jazzkerho-76, Joensuu Association, was founded in 1976. Thus the association has worked for over 30 years for jazzmusic in Joensuu and North Karelia. The aim of the association is to promote jazz music and work as a liaison between the jazz musicians and the jazz enthusiasts in the area of North Karelia. The most important form of activity of the association is to organize jazz concerts on the area and communicate about jazz music in North Karelia. Jazzkerho-76 is a member of Jazz Finland.
Jazzmuusikot is an association founded in 1997 that focuses especially on promoting the activity of Finnish professional jazzmusicians. The aim of the association is to work for the appreciation and knowledge of jazz music, to improve the general conditions of the empoyment of the jazz musicians, to assist the co-operation of jazz musicians in Finland and abroad and represent the members of the association in the questions concerning professional jazz musicians. The association organizes concerts and tours, works as a publicist and organizes meetings, gatherings and study trips for its members. In addition it gives education and publishes jazz literature. The association is a member Jazz Finland and it works especially as the voice of the musicians.
Founded in 2001, as an answer to the growing interest for Jazz, Jazzoo has become an important part of the music culture in the region of Pietarsaari. Jazzoo's aim is to give people of all ages and backgrounds a chance to enjoy live music. Jazzoo is a member of Jazz Finland.
Järvenpää's Blues and Jazz Diggers Association organizes the Puistoblues Festival. Besides the most significant blues event of Finland, the association organizes also smaller music events in the area of Middle Uusimaa. JBJD brings blues musicians to perform in Finland and supports thus the vitality of the genre in Finland. JBJD is a member of Jazz Finland.
For 30 years, Kaamosjazz Festival, organized in Tankavaara and Saariselkä, has been organized by the same organization. Kaamosjazz Association aims to develop and promote jazz in Lapland. Over the years, the Association has awarded grants, arranged courses and assisted young Lapland musicians.
Kerava Jazz Association is an active jazz association working on the area of Kerava. The most visible form of activity of the association is to organize the Keravajazz Festival annually in May.
Koko Jazz Iisalmi Kannatusyhdistys was founded in 2015 to support activity of the Koko Jazz Club in Iisalmi.
Koko Jazz Club is an active jazz club located in Helsinki. Koko Jazzin kannatusyhdistys ry was founded 2016, but the club started its activity already in 2010.
Korpo Sea Jazz is an organization that organizes the annual Korpo Sea Jazz Festival in the archipelago of Korppoo. Because the interest towards jazz music in the area of Korppoo had been growing in the beginning of 1990s, in 1994 the Korpo Sea Jazz Association was formed.
The aim of Kotka Jazz Association is to promote and maintain jazz music interest in Kotka by working as a publicist and an educator and by organizing concerts and jam sessions. The association organizes annually 8-12 different events for jazz music. Kotka Jazz ry is a member of Jazz Finland.
Author Pekka Kejonen has called Kuopio as the New Orleans of Finland and jazz and blues have clearly been an important part of the music life of the city since 1930s. Kuopio Jazz & Blues Association was formed in 1997 to maintain this musical heritage. The association is a member of Jazz Finland.
Kuopio Music Gear ry is a registered music association that strives to enliven especially the local jazz scene of Kuopio area. Its aim is to produce high-standard music events, to map the possibilities of bringing live music to previously unexplored locations and to employ Finnish professional and amateur musicians. The association also collaborates with other players and institutions and is a member of Jazz Finland.
Lappeenranta Jazz Club is a registered association working in the area of Lappeenranta and the neighbouring cities in the South Karelia whose aim is to promote jazz music and culture on the area of Lappeenranta. The association strives to offer performing opportunities for jazz musicians and to take care of the jam session tradition of the city. Lappeenranta Jazz Club Association is a member organization of the Finnish Jazz Federation.
Lapua Jazz ry
Lapua Jazz is an association that organizes jazz concerts and strives to promote jazz music on the area of Lapua and the neighbouring cities.
Mikkeli Jazz is an active jazz association working on the area of Mikkeli and whose most visible forms of acitivity are Otava Happy Jazz Club in Mikkeli and Otava, organized for 28 years with LC Otava, and the jazz tour MILJazz of the Defence Forces that the association organizes together with the Defence Forces. Mikkeli Jazz is a member organization of the Jazz Finland.
Mänttä-Vilppula Jazz & Blues ry
Mänttä-Vilppula Jazz & Blues association organizes Vilppulankoski Jazz Festival. Mänttä-Vilppula Jazz & Blues is a member organization of the Finnish Jazz Federation.
Nu Music Kuopio is an association formed in 2009 that strives for cheering up the music life of North Savo by bringing high-quality performers near to the listeners. The association aims for building a strong co-operation network with the other local actors.
Olavin Jazz is a jazz association working in Savonlinna that organizes concerts at Restaurant Wanha Kasino. Olavin Jazz is a member organization of the Finnish Jazz Federation.
Pori Jazz is the biggest jazz and pop festival in Finland. Festival is produced by Pori Jazz 66 ry -association, named after the first festival year 1966. Pori Jazz 66 ry is a member of Jazz Finland.
Porvoo Jazz Festival ry is an annual three-day jazzfestival, based in Porvoo. The festival is organised usually in September with programme of jazz groups from Finland and abroad. The organisation also hosts a monthly Porvoo Jazz Club and manages the cultural space Vanha 123 in the historical WSOY building.
Rajatsi ry is an association formed in Raahe in 1984. The aim of the association is to promote and develop jazz music in the area of Raahe. Ratsi ry is a member organization of the Finnish Jazz Federation and the Europe Jazz Network. Since 1989 the organization has organized the Raahen Rantajatsit Festival, first together with the Cultural Office of the city of Raahe and after 1996 independently. Rajatsi organizes also concerts year-round.
Rauma's Jazz Association JazzR was formed in 2004 to produce marginal music events and concerts in Rauma. The main focus of the activity is in organizing the Café Sali's Jazz Jam Sessions and the annual Rauma Summer Jazz Festival.
Riverside Jazz is a cultural association formed in Tornio that organizes jazz concerts and offers live music experiences for the citizens. The association is also involved in organizing the annual Kalottjazz & Blues Festival. The association was formed in 1989 and the first concerts were organized in 1990.
Saijazz organizes "the most smallest jazz festival in the world" in Saija, North Finland. Saijazz is a member organization of the Finnish Jazz Federation.
Savitaipale Soi is a jazz and pop festival in a small village of Savitaipale, held for the last time in 2016.
Sointi Jazz Orchestra ry is an organisation, that maintains the Sointi Jazz Orchestra. The aim of the orchestra is to promote new big band music in Finland.
The aim of Suomen Perinnejazz ry (engl. The Traditional Jazz Association of Finland) is to promote the traditional jazz music, especially swing, in Finland and the preservation and promotion of the traditional jazz culture. The association produces and organizes concerts and other music events, trips, camps and happenings.
The focus of the activity of Tamjazz Association is to promote jazz music in Tampere. Tamjazz organizes jam sessions every month, usually in Kahvila Valo. TamJazz organizes also conserts together with the Cultural Office of the city of Tampere in i.a. Hällänäyttämö and Viikinsaari during the summer.
The festival family of Tampere music festival is formed by Tampere Biennale, Tampere Vocal Music Festival and Tampere Jazz Happening. As a part of the organization of the city's cultural office Tampere Music Festival has been in charge of the production of these three festivals since 1990. Tampere Jazz Happening is a member organization of the Finnish Jazz Federation.
Tatsi - The Rhythm Music Association of Seinäjoki - is a non-profit music association formed in Seinäjoki in 2004 that ifocuses on promoting jazz music in the area of Seinäjoki. The association has produced all kinds of different activities in the field of jazz, i.a. jam sessions, jazz workshops, student concerts and jazz concerts.
The Jazz Society of Pori organizes and maintains active jazz activity in Pori during the winter time. The Jazz Society of Pori association was founded in 2002 to secure the jam sessions organized in Pori. Antoher important form of activity is to educate the young musicians and to offer a place where they can play and practice in front of the live audience.
Oulu All Star Big Band is a professional big band based in Oulu since 2005. The big band is managed by Uleåborg Jazz Organisation ry.
Vaasa Jazz Club is an association working in the area of Vaasa that is focused on promoting and developing jazz music in Vaasa. The association organizes concerts and offers jam sessions and education events for the public. Vaasa Jazz Club is a member organization of the Finnish Jazz Federation.
Vapaat Äänet on agency, that has produced Finnish and French tours and concerts for over 20 years. The programme consists especially of improvised and avantgarde music. Vapaat Äänet is a member of Jazz Finland.
Viapori Jazz ry organizes annual jazzfestival in Suomenlinna, Helsinki. Festival is part of the Helsinki Festival. The artistic director of the festival is Jukka Perko. Viapori Jazz ry is a member of Jazz Finland.
Ylistaron Kaukolankylän Jazzkerho organizes annually the Kalliojärvi Jazz & Blues in Ylistaro. Ylistaron Kaukolankylän Jazzkerho is a member organization of the Finnish Jazz Federation.
Ylläs Soikoon is a jazz association working on the area of Äkäslompolo. Association's one of the most important forms of activity is to organize the annual Ylläs Jazz Blues Event in Ylläs every February. Ylläs Soikoon is a member organization of Jazz Finland.
Äänekoski Jazz is an active jazz association working on the area of Äänekoski. The most visible form of activity of the association is to organize the annual Keitelejazz Festival. The last Keitelejazz Festival was organized in 2019.