Tuomo Prättälä, known as a versatile musician, has been chosen as the recipient of the Pori Jazz Ted Curson Award. Trumpeter Tomi Nikku will be awarded as the rising talent of the year. Both award-winning musicians will perform at next week's Pori Jazz soi taas event, which will take place on July 15-17.
Despite the long and eventful corona spring, Porvoo Jazz Festival will be held again this year. The venue will be the festival's own home stage, Vanha 123, and the pop-up club 123 Kellari, which can be found downstairs. The festival's cooperation with Porvoo Art Hall continues, where you can enjoy music while admiring the exhibition of Kristin Wiking & Nina Wager. In addition to domestic jazz professionals, the festival will also get the long-awaited international color for the festival.
Odysseus Festival, produced by We Jazz, will take place for the first time on July 24 and 25 on the island of Lonna. In the two-day event will feature i.a. Timo Lassy, Y-OTIS, Lucia Cadotsch Speak Low and Eero Koivistoinen Quartet. The event's programme is complemented by the mystical band Oiro Pena. The Hailu Mergia tour, on the other hand, is postponed due to travel restrictions.
Jazz guitarist and composer Mathias “The Doctor” Sandberg will go on tour with his trio in July.
The annual Jazz-Espa concert series takes place at the Espa open air stage on July 26–31, 2021. The event is hosted by Jazz Finland, with the health and safety of all the attendees as the number one priority.
One of the most internationally known Finnish jazz artists of the moment, pianist Aki Rissanen will release his new solo album Divided Horizon digitally on Friday 25 June. The physical edition of the record will go on sale on September 3rd. In addition to the grand piano, the album features the Omniwerk keyboard player, of which there is only one in the world.
KEMUT – Sustainable music industry toolkit project aims to address the climate crisis "for the live industry, by the live industry". Are you a live music professional – musician, producer, manager, promotor, entrepreneur etc. – in Finland, or do you work in an organization that promotes live music? Help the project take its first step and participate in a survey about the climate impact of the live industry! The survey (in Finnish only!) is open until August 10.
The new We Jazz gigs will take place on Saturday afternoons and present live jazz music in changing venues around the city of Helsinki. The series will be opened by JAF Trio in Vallila's Allotment Garden on 19 June.
Hietalahti Soi Music Festival brings well-known artists close to the people in Hietalahti. The one-day music festival focuses on classical and jazz and combines the two into an enchanting weave.
Saimaa Jazz Festival, which will be held for the first time, will bring a total of five ensembles to the Savonlinnan Kulttuurikellari to give concerts on July 9-11, 2021. Saturday's concert day culminates in a jam session open to the public, hosted by saxophonist Teemu Takanen.