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Award-winning and distinguished saxophonist Jussi Kannaste (b. 1976) is known from such bands as Jaska Lukkarinen Trio, Tonight At Noon and Kannaste-Viinikainen-Riippa. In addition to active musicianship, Kannaste is the head of the jazz department and a saxophone lecturer at the esteemed Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. Kannaste has been awarded the Finnish Saxophone Society Josef Kaartinen prize in 2001 and the Sony Jazz Award in 2005.

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