Published on 05 Nov 2018

Wide spectrum of jazz presented at Tampere Jazz Happening

The 37th annual Tampere Jazz Happening presented a wide and colourful spectrum of contemporary jazz in the Tullikamari Square during the weekend of All Hallow’s Day.

The diverse musical styles included experimental free jazz, beautiful melodies and swinging club music. The theme country of the opening concert was Austria, and altogether there were performers from 18 countries. The festival was once again acknowledged for its broad programming and the warm atmosphere of the Tullikamari milieu.

During the four-day event, 25 ensembles appeared on the stages of Pakkahuone, Klubi and Telakka in Tampere. Finnish jazz musicians had a big role in this year’s festival. Besides the concerts at Telakka, Olavi Louhivuori performed at Pakkahuone with his new project “The Net of Indra” and Markku Ounaskari played drums in Trygve Seim’s “Helsinki Songs”. Domestic jazz was also heard at Klubi, where Timo Lassy & Ricky-Tick Big Band charmed the audience on Saturday night.

Finnish performers attracted a lot of attention among international promoters, resulting in several concert invitations abroad.

This year the prestigious Finnish jazz prize, the Yrjö Award, was given to drummer Jussi Lehtonen. The Jazz Finland board describes Lehtonen as a hard-working and ambitious professional:

– As a musician and composer, he is daring, resolute and very diligent. Lehtonen’s expertise and understanding of jazz is something exceptional in the Finnish, if not even international, scene.

According to preliminary estimates, the festival packed 97% of the venues to capacity, and the visitor count rose to 5000.

The next Tampere Jazz Happening will be held October 31 - November 3, 2019.