Saxophone player and composer Linda Fredriksson is the winner of Ted Curson Award, a prize which is granted annually by Pori Jazz and presented to an artist having a prominent role in the programming of the festival. Drummer Okko Saastamoinen has been selected as the emerging talent of the year.
Linda Fredriksson is a well-known musician in the Finnish jazz scene after playing in several bands and collaborating with a vast number of musicians in jazz and beyond. The baritone and alto saxophonist is probably best known for her role in the band Mopo, the group which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s iconic moonwalk on Saturday, July 20th. The commissioned concert is titled simply “Mopo on the Moon”. Fredriksson is also performing at Pori Jazz 2019 with the groups Superposition! and Ricky-Tick Big Band & Julkinen Sana.
Drummer Okko Saastamoinen, 24, is one of the most interesting young jazz musicians to come out of the Finnish scene during the last couple of years. His main vehicle has been OK:KO, the group of young musicians which has received a lot of praise for its two studio albums. OK:KO is performing at Pori Jazz 2019 on Friday, July 19th.
Pori Jazz 2019 will kick off on Friday, July 12th. The gates of Jazz Park, the admission-free area of the festival, will open at 18.00.
The official Pori Jazz 2019 application for iOS and Android has been published. The app is a must for all Pori Jazz visitors for it guarantees an easy access to the full, up-to-date Festival programme, a site map with introductions of all services and vendors plus much more valuable information.
You can download the app on Apple App Store and Google Play.
Apple App Store: https://apps.apple.com/app/id891463013
Google Play: https://play.google.
The American superstar will perform at Pori Jazz on Friday, July 19th. Tickets will be available at Ticketmaster Finland on Friday, March 8th at 9 am.
Six times Grammy awarded Christina Aguilera has sold more than 43 million records worldwide. The concert at Pori Jazz will be her very first in Finland. Aguilera is considered as one of the most talented singers of her generation and is known for her numerous hits such as “Beautiful”, “Genie in a Bottle” and “Fighter”.
Recently it was announced that Aguilera will be starting a concert residence in Las Vegas in May. There will be a break during summer, as she will tour Europe for the first time in 13 years. Her concert at Pori Jazz is her only performance in Scandinavia.
Aguilera is known for her exceptional voice. When Rolling Stone listed the 100 best singers of all times in 2008, Aguilera was the only artist under the age of 30 on that list. In addition to her music career she’s known as an actor, leading role in Burlesque (2010) for instance. She has a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame and she was one of the original judges of the Voice USA.
Christina Aguilera’s most recent studio album Liberation was released last summer. In addition to the new material, the concert at Pori Jazz will feature some of the greatest hits of her 20-year career.
Tickets for the Pori Jazz main concert on July 19th will be available at Ticketmaster Finland on Friday, July 8th at 9 am.
Tickets for the Pori Jazz main concerts on July 18th, 19th and 20th are available for a special price starting from 73 Euros until March 31st when S-Etukortti card is presented upon purchase. Regular price is starting from 79 Euros.
All tickets except regular daily ones for July 19th are available at the moment. There’s for instance a 3-day-ticket to Kirjurinluoto Concert Park assuring entrance to all three main concert days. Daily Pori Jazz VIP and Pori Jazz Lounge tickets offer upgraded festival experiences.
The Pori Jazz main concerts feature artists such as Toto, Stray Cats, Melody Gardot and Angélique Kidjo. More artists are to be announced during forthcoming weeks.
The entire program of the annual Pori Jazz festival is now released. In addition to the main concerts at the Kirjurinluoto Concert Park, the festival will offer plenty of admission-free concerts on three stages at the Jazz Park
Most likely the most popular concert at the Jazz Park will be on Wednesday, July 17th, when everybody’s invited to celebrate the pre-party of the main concerts at the legendary Lokki Stage. Pori Jazz is proud to present Samuli Edelman & Orkestra Suora Lähetys and Alexi Tuomarila Trio featuring Kalevi Louhivuori. Unlike last summer, this concert will be the only admission-free concert at the Lokkilava, which will be one of the stages of the main concerts on July 18th, 19th and
New concert venue Poriljonki tent
This summer’s novelty at the Jazz Park is a big concert tent called Poriljonki. Poriljonki will offer concerts daily throughout the festival featuring among others prominent Finnish jazz ensembles Max Zenger Globus, Alder Ego and Marzi Nyman Trio as well as artists such as Maustetytöt, Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha and Iisa. During most days the celebrations at the Poriljonki tent will be highlighted by Kirjuri All Stars, which is the Poriljonki house band consisting of top-level musiciansand featuring different singers such as Osmo Ikonen and Jussu Pöyhönen. From Sunday, July 14th to Tuesday July 16th Late Night Jam Sessions hosted by trumpeter Mikko “Gunu” Karjalainen will be held at the Poriljonki
Kirjurin Kesäravintola restaurant is one of the venues at the Jazz Park. During the opening weekend of the festival Anssi Kela and Stig will perform at the restaurant and from Wednesday, July 17th to Saturday, July 20th artists – such as Gasellit, Mouhous, Sini Yasemin and Lyömättömät – attracting younger audiences will be featured.
The Jazz Park will feature almost 50 admission-free concerts during the festival. There’s no age-limit to the Jazz Park, but due to alcohol licensing at Poriljonki tent and Kirjurin Kesäravintola restaurant those venues will have an age limit of 18 years starting at 9pm.
15th Pori Jazz Kids Festival
In addition to the concerts at the Kirjurinluoto Island, traditional Cafe Jazz by the Kokemäenjoki River will once again feature festival events. Pori Jazz and Rakastajat Theatre Company host Cafe Jazz in collaboration. On Friday, July 12th and Saturday, July 13th Pori Jazz will offer admission-free jazz concerts, during July 14th, 15th and 16th Rakastajat Theatre Company will be presenting their own program and from Wednesday, July 17th to Saturday, July 20th Pori Jazz will feature jam sessions hosted by trumpeter Mikko “Gunu” Karjalainen. Tickets for these jam sessions are available and speedy purchase is recommended as the seats are limited and coveted!
Pori Jazz Kids Festival offering various events for the entire family is held between Monday, July 15th and Wednesday, July 17th. Pori Jazz Kids is celebrating it’s 15th festival and this summer the admission-free concerts include among others Pikku Kakkonen’s Seikkailukone, Mimmit and Finnish-Swedish band FlipFlop as a part of the Folktinget Presents concert series. Bianca Morales who produced Pori Jazz Kids for several years will be featured with her ensemble Biancan MusiikkiKekkerit. Pori
Jazz Kids will be held at the Poriljonki tent on July 15th and 16th and at the Lokkilava on July 17th.n
Map of the festival area. Click the image for a larger version.
World famous rockabilly band Stray Cats will tour in Europe next summer, and the group will be performing at Pori Jazz on Thursday, July 18th. Other new additions to the festival program include Melody Gardot, Snarky Puppy, and José James. Festival tickets are available for a special price until December 31st.
Stray Cats was founded in Long Island, New York back in 1979, but the band made its international breakthrough in the early 80s after relocating to London. Their hit roster includes “Runaway Boys”, “Rock This Town” and “Stray Cat Strut” just to mention a few. Finnish fans have always been very devoted to singer-guitarist Brian Setzer, bassist Lee Rocker and drummer Slim Jim Phantom who managed to create a proper mass hysteria in Finland. Stray Cats got its first gold record here in 1981. The band broke up in 1984.
It’s been some ten years since their last concert, but now Stray Cats has reunited to celebrate its four decades in music business both by working in the studio and touring. First reunion concerts happened in the US last spring, and Europe's turn will come next summer. It’s been over 25 years since their last album release, but Stray Cat promises that their upcoming album will offer first-class rockabilly with some fresh influences thrown in.
American singer Melody Gardot will also perform at Pori Jazz on Thursday, July 18th. This stunning and charismatic American singer combining elements of jazz, blues, chanson and Americana, made her international breakthrough some ten years ago and has since been charming audiences worldwide. Her debut in Finland was at Pori Jazz 2010. Last February, she released her Live in Europe album – a fine example of the unique atmosphere the artist is able to create every time she takes the stage.
Snarky Puppy and José James to perform on Saturday, July 20th
American band Snarky Puppy is one of the biggest success stories in the jazz circles within the past five years. Lead by bassist-composer Michael League, the collective consists of over 30 musicians of which the performing touring party is usually 8-12 persons. Their modern touch of fusion jazz has impressed both audiences and critics. They’ve gathered a vast and enthusiastic fan base on YouTube and other social mediums. Snarky Puppy has performed at Pori Jazz back in 2014 and 2016. They’re releasing a new album in spring, so one can expect both old and new music at their concert next July.
José James will be celebrating soul legend Bill Withers’ career with his most recent project. James has been performing famous songs by Withers already for several years, but as the legend turned 80 years this year, James asked his blessing for a proper tribute project. After receiving it José James has been performing the undying hits of Bill Withers and the audiences have been quite ecstatic. The tribute album was released in fall by Blue Note. Instead of re-arranging the songs, José James has decided to honor the original versions and as his voice is somewhat similar to Withers’ he’s truly the right man to honor the living legend.
Tickets available for a special price until the end of 2018
Tickets for the Pori Jazz main concerts are available at Ticketmaster Finland. Previously announced artists include Toto (20.7.), Ville Valo & Agents (20.7.), Angélique Kidjo (19.7.) and J. Karjalainen (18.7.).
Traditional Free-of-Choice ticket entitles entrance to one of the main concerts on July 18th, 19th, and 20th. The price of the ticket is starting at 72 Euros (incl. Ticketmaster’s service fee). Free-of-Choice ticket is available only until December 31st, 2018.
Daily tickets to the main concerts entitling entrance on the specific date of the purchased ticket are available starting from 69 Euros (incl. Ticketmaster’s service fee) until December 31st, 2018.
Three-Day Ticket entitles entrance to all the main concerts and is available starting from 169 Euros (incl. Ticketmaster’s service fee) until December 31st, 2018.
For upgraded festival experience please check out our daily Pori Jazz VIP and Lounge tickets for the main concerts.
The schedules for Pori Jazz main concerts have been published. During the main concerts on July 18th, 19th and 20th Pori Jazz presents among others Christina Aguilera, Toto, Stray Cats, Melody Gardot and Snarky Puppy. There’s one change in the previously announced program as Linda My Han Oh replaces James Brandon Lewis Quintet.
James Brandon Lewis Quintet has cancelled their performance at Pori Jazz on Friday, July 19th and is replaced by bassist Linda May Han Oh with her quartet.
Born in Malaysia, Linda May Han Oh grew up in Australia and is now hailing from New York. She’s one of the most in-demand bassists in the international jazz scene. She's known for working with legendary guitarist Pat Metheny as well as collaborating with the likes of Dave Douglas, Joe Lovano and Vijay Iyer. Oh has performed in Finland before, but at Pori Jazz 2019, she will make her Finnish debut as the leader of her very own quartet.
Linda May Han Oh recently released an ambitious studio album called Aventure. Her quartet features saxophonist Greg Ward, guitarist Matthew Stevens and drummer Allan Mednard.
Two-day ticket available until the end of May
The entire concert schedule for Pori Jazz main concerts is now published on the festival's website. The gates open daily at 2pm and the first concerts start at 2:30pm. There are three stages in the Kirjurinluoto Concert Park and the concerts last until midnight.
Tickets for the festival are available at Ticketmaster Finland. Daily tickets are starting from 79 Euros (incl. Ticketmaster’s service fee). When purchased at the gate, the price is 85 Euros.
Due to great demand, there’s a special two-day ticket available until May 31st. The price for the ticket combining Friday, July 19th and Saturday, July 20th is starting from 149 Euros (incl. Ticketmaster’s service fee). There’s also a three-day ticket available until the beginning of the main concerts and the price is starting from 179 Euros (incl. Ticketmaster’s service fee).
For an upgraded festival experience, please check out Pori Jazz VIP and Lounge tickets. Only a very limited number of VIP tickets are available at the moment, so one should haste with purchase.
54th Pori Jazz will be held between July 12th and 20th. In addition to the main concerts, Pori Jazz will offer a wide range of admission-free concerts The program for these concerts will be released in the forthcoming weeks.
Renowned American band Toto will perform at Pori Jazz on Saturday, July 20th. Other acts of the 2019 festivals first artist announcement include Beninese world music star Angélique Kidjo and Finnish artists Ville Valo & Agents and J. Karjalainen. Tickets for the 54th Pori Jazz are available for a special price until December 31st at Ticketmaster Finland.
Toto is known for its several hits such as ”Africa”, ”Rosanna” and ”Hold the Line” and has released 17 studio albums over five decades. They’ve sold more than 40 million records worldwide.
Their Greatest Hits package titled 40 Trips Around the Sun including three brand new songs was released in February 2018. The album was followed by vast world tour featuring among others sold-out concerts at the Ziggo Dome (audience capacity 17 000) in Amsterdam and Royal Albert Hall in London.
Recently Toto has gained new fans from younger generations as their practically evergreen hit song “Africa” released back in 1982 has summed up to over 455 million listeners in Spotify. Next summer Toto will tour Europe for a month and the last concert will be at Pori Jazz on Saturday, July 20th.
On July 20th Pori Jazz will also feature one of the most interesting current Finnish collaborations as Ville Valo & Agents will perform at the festival. Ville Valo is internationally known as the lead singer of HIM and he’s joined forces with legendary band Agents whose guitarist Esa Pulliainen has arranged previously unreleased songs by Rauli “Badding” Somerjoki.
Angélique Kidjo interprets Talking Heads
On Friday, July 19th Pori Jazz will feature singer-songwriter, actor and activist Angélique Kidjo, who is indisputably one of the greatest world music stars. Her magnificent career began in the early 90’s and since then this triple Grammy winner has been known for mixing musical genres candidly. Her latest project Remain in Light is an interpretation of Talking Heads classic album bearing the bands name. Kidjo released a critically acclaimed album on Talking Heads last summer and it’s most likely to be found on the best albums of 2018 charts.
On Thursday, July 18th J. Karjalainen, one of Finland’s most popular contemporary singer-songwriter will perform at Pori Jazz. His brand new album Sä kuljetat mua featuring his beloved and unique sound was released in October 2018. Several hits – such as “Tule kesäyö”, “Tummansininen seuralainen” and “Sä kuljetat mua” - from the album can be heard on Finnish radio stations.
Tickets available for a special price until the end of 2018
Tickets for the Pori Jazz main concerts will be available on November 30th at 9 am at Ticketmaster Finland. Tickets are available for a special reduced price until December 31st.
Traditional Free-of-Choice ticket entitles entrance to one of the main concerts on July 18th, 19th and 20th. The price of the ticket is starting from 72 Euros (incl. Ticketmaster’s service fee). Free-of-Choice ticket is available only until December 31st 2018.
Daily tickets to the main concerts entitling entrance on the specific date of the purchased ticket are available starting from 69 Euros (incl. Ticketmaster’s service fee) until December 31st 2018. From January 1st 2019 the price will be starting from 79 Euros (incl. Ticketmaster’s service fee).
Three-Day Ticket entitles entrance to all the main concerts and is available starting from 169 Euros (incl. Ticketmaster’s service fee) until December 31st 2018. From January 1st 2019 the price will be starting from 179 Euros (incl. Ticketmaster’s service fee).
For upgraded festival experience please check out our daily Pori Jazz VIP and Lounge tickets for the main concerts.
The program for Pori Jazz main concerts is now complete with 17 new acts added to the lineup. The additions include several interesting international artists as well as three prominent Finnish ensembles: Ricky-Tick Big Band & Julkinen Sana, Pyhimys & Saimaa and Kingston Wall by JJylli, Kuoppis & WHB.
Pori Jazz main concerts are held at the Kirjurinluoto Concert Park on Thursday July 18th, Friday July 19th and Saturday July 20th. New additions to soul and funk genres include Betty Wright, Tank & The Bangas, Young Gun Silver Fox and Cymade. The international jazz scene is among others represented by American bands Idris Ackamoor and the Pyramids and James Brandon Lewis Quintet.
Finnish additions to the program include Pyhimys & Saimaa, Kingston Wall by JJylli, Kuoppis & VHB and Ricky-Tick Big Band & Julkinen Sana. Ricky-Tick Big Band’s brass section will also be featured with Timo Lassy, who is one of the brightest stars of the Finnish jazz scene. Other stellar jazz acts from Finland include Herd, OK:KO, Superposition! and Mopo who’s playing a special concert inspired by the first moon landing which happened 50 years ago in July. Other Finnish additions to the programming include Pekko Käppi & K:H:H:L, M and Ina Forsman.
Two-day ticket available for a limited time
Tickets for the Pori Jazz main concerts are available at Ticketmaster Finland. Daily tickets are starting from 79 Euros (incl. Ticketmaster’s service fee). When purchased at the gate, the price is 85 Euros.
Our popular Three-Day Ticket entitles entrance to all the three main concerts. It’s available starting from 179 Euros (incl. Ticketmaster’s service fee). Due to great demand, we’re introducing a Two-Day ticket for the main concerts on July 19th and 20th. The Two-Day Ticket will be available until May 31st only, and the price is starting from 149 Euros (incl. Ticketmaster’s service fee).
For upgraded festival experience, please check our Pori Jazz Lounge and VIP tickets. Lounge tickets are available for all main concert days, VIP is available for Thursday July 18th and Saturday July 20th as Friday July 19th is already fully booked.
Daily schedules for the main concerts will be announced during May. The gates to the Kirjurinluoto Concert Park open daily at 2pm and the first concerts begin at 2:30pm. In addition to the main concerts, Pori Jazz will offer a wide range of admission-free concerts.
54th Pori Jazz will be organised between July 12th and 20th.
The 54th Pori Jazz will be held between July 12th and 20th. The main concerts are on July 18th, 19th and 20th at the Kirjurinluoto Concert Park. In addition to the main concerts Pori Jazz 2019 offers a wide range of concerts without admission fee at the Jazz Park.
In summer 2018 some 59 000 people attended concerts with entrance fee and our non-chargeable events at the Jazz Park attracted some 285 000 visitors.
Further information on the 2018 festival will be released during the wintertime. Follow our news feed!
American jazz legends Archie Shepp and Ron Carter are performing at Pori Jazz in July this year. Other new additions to the festival program include ALMA, JD McPherson and Antibalas. Festival tickets are available for a special reduced price until the end of March.
Saxophonist Archie Shepp is undoubtedly a living legend of jazz. He began his career in the 50’s and rose to stardom while working with Cecil Taylor and John Coltrane. He first played in Finland back in 1962, but the tenor saxophonist hasn't performed at Pori Jazz before. Archie Shepp will debut in Pori together with his quartet on Thursday, July 18th.
On the same day Pori Jazz is proud to host yet another jazz legend as one of the greatest jazz bassists of all time, Ron Carter performs with his "Foursight" Quartet. Carter is best known for his work during 1963-68 when he played with Miles Davis's quartet recording immortal albums such as Seven Steps to Heaven, Miles Smiles and Nefertiti. During his long career, Carter has played over 2 200 studio recording sessions entitling him as the most recorded bassist in jazz history.
Both Archie Shepp (b. May 24th, 1937) and Ron Carter (b. May 4th, 1937) are celebrating their 82nd birthday in May.
ALMA debuts at Pori Jazz Festival
Another new addition to the festival program on Thursday, July 18th is JD McPherson, who plays 50’s rock and roll, rockabilly, rhythm and blues and soul with his band. McPherson’s third album Undivided Heart & Soul was released in 2018 and gained a lot of well-deserved attention.
New addition to the festival program on Friday, July 19th is ALMA, one of the most interesting Finnish pop artists at the moment. ALMA is releasing her debut album in spring, and in July, she will be doing her very first Pori Jazz performance. Pori Jazz is one of the few lucky Finnish festivals who’ve managed to book ALMA as she’s quite busy this summer touring abroad. She’s performing at Roskilde in Denmark and Sziget in Hungary just to mention some of her international appearances.
Also performing on Friday, July 19th are three current British artists: R&B and soul singer Mahalia alongside to Nubya Garcia and Alfa Mist who are among the hottest names in the current British jazz scene. Coming from the USA, the iconic afrobeat band Antibalas will debut in Finland at Pori Jazz on Friday, July 19th.
On Saturday, July 20th Pori Jazz is proud to present producer/multi-instrumentalis Louis Cole together with his big band as well as Ibibio Sound Machine. Louis Cole is also known as a member of KNOWER, the US band which became one of the big hits at last year's festival. London based band Ibibio Sound Machine blends traditional West African rhythms with British electronic music elements. They’re about to release their third studio album later this month.
Tickets available for reduced price with S-Etukortti card until March 31st
Tickets for the Pori Jazz main concerts are available for a special reduced price until March 31st when S-Etukortti card is presented upon purchase. Daily tickets are available starting from 73 Euros (incl. Ticketmaster’s service fee) with S-Etukortti card. Regular price is starting from 79 Euros (incl. Ticketmaster’s service fee).
All tickets are available at Ticketmaster Finland’s outlets nationwide and online. In addition to daily tickets there are also Three-day-tickets enabling access to all three main concerts starting from 179 Euros (incl. Ticketmaster’s service fee). For upgraded festival experience please check out our daily Pori Jazz VIP and Lounge tickets.
Pori Jazz main concerts are held on July 18th, 19th and 20th. Previously announced artists include among others Christina Aguilera, Toto, Stray Cats, Melody Gardot and Angélique Kidjo.
The official poster for the 2019 festival has been published. The poster is designed by illustrator Rami Niemi whose client roster includes among others Lexus, Google, Nike, The New York Times and Vanity Fair.
Pori Jazz has been held continuously since 1966 and the posters have always had a significant role building the festival identity and its visuals. During five decades a wide range of both nationally and internationally acclaimed graphic artists have designed the festival posters.