The complete program for the main concerts is now released

The program for the Pori Jazz main concerts at Kirjurinluoto Concert Park is now completed. The final releases parade mainly Finnish musicians. Pori Jazz honours the remarkable careers of two Finnish icons, legendary rock musician Tuomari Nurmio and visionary jazz pianist Heikki Sarmanto. Both men are featured in special concerts.

Tuomari Nurmio is one of the most essential songwriters and notably influential character in Finnish popular music. His unique career is celebrated in Kirjurinluoto Concert Park on Thursday, July 13thwhen “Dumari” presents quite a unique concert with selection of classics from his career expanding over five decades. There will be both songs from his latest Dumarillumarei album as well as his undying evergreens such as “Valo yössä”, “Lasten mehuhetki”, “Tonnin stiflat” and “Punainen planeetta”. On stage he will perform with his band Dumari and Spuget with Blosarit as the special guest.  The line-up will change and vary from song to song and this will most definitely be a once in a lifetime experience.

Pianist Heikki Sarmanto is one of the greatest Finnish jazz legends alive. He performed at the very first Pori Jazz back in 1966. This summer Seppo Kantonen, master of a younger pianist generation, has – by request of Pori Jazz – gathered a special ensemble to celebrate the music of Sarmanto. Kantonen has selected and arranged some of Sarmanto’s most significant compositions and Kantonen and the master, Heikki Sarmanto himself, will play them at the concert. Alongside to them on the stage will be singer Anni Elif Egecioglu, guitarist Jarmo Saari, gambist Mikko Perkola and percussionist Mikko Hassinen. The unconventional instrumentation itself will enable the unique nuances within the compositions but in addition to it possibilities of electronic music will also be subtly made use of.

LoveProge concert will be reproduced at Pori

Finnish music is on spotlight at Pori Jazz this year as Finland celebrates its 100th year of independency. LoveProge concert was premiered at Helsinki Festival last year when bassist virtuoso Lauri Porra curated a concert featuring progressive rock released by Love Records in the 70’s.  The all-star line-up of the band included among others keyboardist Jukka Gustavson, saxophonist Pepa Päivinen and drummer Sami Kuoppamäki. This unique band performed the iconic songs from Wigwam, Tasavallan Presidentti and Pekka Streng just to mention a few bands featured in the repertoire. The concert is reproduced in Kirjurinluoto on Saturday, July 15th.

Previously announced Finnish acts at Pori Jazz include Verneri Pohjola Group, Pauli Lyytinen Magnetia Orkesteri and Olli Hirvonen New Helsinki among others. New additions to the program include the pride of contemporary Finnish rock Pimeys, singer-songwriter Joose Keskitalo and current bands Virta, Jaska Lukkarinen Trio, Trio Toffa and OK:KO.

Unfortunately American artist Gabriel Garzón-Montano has cancelled his performance at Pori Jazz on Friday, July 14th. Remarkably talented British soul artist Samm Henshaw will replace him. At the same concert there is also a slight line-up change within Yussef Kamaal due to which they will perform as Yussef Dayes presents Black Focus.

The concert schedule of the main concerts is now released and available at porijazz.fi and the tickets are available at Ticketmaster Finland. The festival program will soon be reinforced with wide selection of free concerts, Pori Jazz Kids Festival and Cafe Jazz program.


White Lies, José González and other new additions

Several new international artists have been added to the Pori Jazz festival program. White Lies, Canned Heat and Rhye among others will grace the stages at the Kirjurinluoto Concert Park.


Pop genius Brian Wilson to perform in Finland for the first time

Brian Wilson, known as the mastermind of The Beach Boys, is undoubtedly one of the most innovating and influential pop musicians of all times. He will perform at Pori Jazz 2017 on Thursday, July 13th and the concert will be his very first appearance in Finland featuring all the songs from The Beach Boys’ legendary Pet Sounds album in its  its exact running order and entirety followed by best of Brian Wilson and Beach Boys material.


Devendra Banhart and several other jazz all stars to perform at Pori Jazz

Doted artist Devendra Banhart will make his debut in Finland at Pori Jazz on Thursday July 13th. Several notable jazz musicians – both international and domestic stars – have been added to the festival program as well: Sun Ra Arkestra, The Bad Plus and Ambrose Akinmusire just to name a few. Daily tickets to Pori Jazz main concerts are on available for a special reduced price until March 31st, when S-Etukortti card is presented upon purchase.


Jamiroquai is coming

Hugely popular British band Jamiroquai makes its long-awaited return to Finland and performs at Pori Jazz on Friday, July 14th. Tickets are available starting from Monday, January 23rd at 9 am.


Soul Divas Chaka Khan and Erykah Badu to perform at Pori Jazz

American artists Chaka Khan and Erykah Badu are the latest additions to Pori Jazz festival program on Saturday, July 15th. The main concert also features Grace Jones, Michael Kiwanuka and Jethro Tull among others. The tickets are available for a special reduced price until March 31st when S-Etukortti card is presented upon purchase.


Herbie Hancock will return to Pori Jazz

One of the most legendary jazz musicians of all times, Herbie Hancock will perform at Pori Jazz with his electric band on Friday, July 14th. Festival tickets are available for a special Christmas price until December 31st.


Unique pop icon Grace Jones to perform at Pori Jazz

Iconic singer, model and actress Grace Jones performs at Pori Jazz this summer. The exceptionally charismatic and audacious Diva takes the stage at Kirjurinluoto Concert Park on Saturday, July 15th.


Wilco and The Cinematic Orchestra added to the program

Wilco, one of the most renowned alternative rock bands, The Cinematic Orchestra and Bill Frisell Trio are the latest additions to Pori Jazz 2017 festival program. The tickets for the concerts are on sale for special discount price until December 31st.


Recent Grammy winner Fantastic Negrito performs in Pori this summer

American artist Fantastic Negrito received his first Grammy Award last Sunday. On Thursday, July 13th he will perform at Pori Jazz.


Pori Jazz 2017 festival poster released

The official poster for the 2017 festival designed by Antti Grundstén and Hanna Anonen has been released.

Pori Jazz has been held continuously since 1966 and the posters have always had a significant role building the festival identity and visualism. During five decades a wide range of both nationally and internationally acclaimed graphic artists have designed the festival posters.

First program releases for the 2017 festival will be announced during the forthcoming weeks.