The 52nd Pori Jazz Festival was celebrated July 8th - 16th. Altogether 110 concerts - half of which were free - were played by 81 artists or bands.
The concerts with an admission fee gathered crowds of 60,000 people, and Jazz Street was visited a total of 346,000 times.
Pori Jazz would like to warmly thank all our patrons and partners! The next festival will take place July 14th - 22nd 2018.
Saxophonist Pauli Lyytinen has been elected to be awarded with the Ted Curson Award. The Aspiring Talent of the Year Award goes to saxophonist Max Zenger.
Pauli Lyytinen, 33, is known for being a unique artist. He has performed actively with bands such as Elifantree, Raoul Björkenheim eCsTaSy, and Mikko Innanen 10+. Lyytinen and his band, Pauli Lyytinen Magnetia Orkesteri will launch their debut album on July 14 at Pori Jazz.
Ted Curson Award is awarded every year by Pori Jazz to an artist of great importance. Pori Jazz does also grant monetary aid for the artists.
The Aspiring Talent of the year award goes to Max Zenger, 29, who is currently finishing his studies at the Jazz department of Sibelius Academy at the University of Arts Helsinki. Zenger will play as the lead of his own Maxxxtet orchestra, feature as a guest with Adele Sauros Quartet, Sointi Jazz Orchestra and Kaisa’s Machine.
The 52nd annual Pori Jazz Festival starts on this Saturday and goes on until Saturday next week. The Main Concerts take place on next Thursday, Friday and Saturday featuring Jamiroquai, Grace Jones, Brian Wilson presents Pet Sounds, Chaka Khan, Herbie Hancock and Erykah Badu.
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.
The official Pori Jazz 2017 application for iOS and Android has been published. The app is a must for all Pori Jazz visitors as 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.
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.
The final program for the Pori Jazz 2017 has been published. In addition to the main concerts at Kirjurinluoto Concert Park, a number of interesting musical acts and bands will play on the course of the nine days of the Festival.
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.
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.
American artist Fantastic Negrito received his first Grammy Award last Sunday. On Thursday, July 13th he will perform at Pori Jazz.
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.