Thank You for This Year!

The 53rd Pori Jazz Festival took place 13th - 22nd July 2018. Main concerts gathered 57,000 visitors in Kirjurinluoto Concert Park over the weekend.

The most popular day of the festival was Saturday 21st, starred by Alanis Morissette. Despite the unstable weather conditions, 21,000 fans showed up on the final Main concert day. Both Thursday 19th and Friday 20th attracted 18,000 festival-goers.

Several unforgettable moments were had with such stars as Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Vijay Iyer Sextet and the legendary Burt Bacharach. Other honorable mentions go to Jessie Ware, KNOWER, and Vintage Trouble for their powerful live performances.

The festival program extended from the ticketed Main Concerts to an extensive free program in the brand new Jazz Park where tens of artists and bands played for nine consecutive days.

Jazz Park was highly praised by visitors which came across in several comments and a public survey operated by Pori Jazz. The festival organisation already has plenty of ideas to further develop the free Jazz Park for next year’s festival. Not only was the audience happy to visit Jazz Park but the musicians also gave lots of positive feedback for this new free venue.

Pori Jazz Festival will take place for the 54th time in July 2019. Official dates will be released later this year.


Iro Haarla receives this year's Ted Curson Award

The receiver of this year’s Pori Jazz Ted Curson award is pianist, harpist and composer Iro Haarla. The New Talent award goes to bassist Kaisa Mäensivu.

Iro Haarla, 61, is a seasoned Jazz musician who became known in the late 1970s for working side by side with her fiancé, percussionist Edward Vesala. Later in her career she released several praised solo pieces and collaborated with the best Norwegian musicians. The Finnish Jazz Association awarded Haarla with the Yrjö prize in 2006

Ted Curson Award is awarded annually by Pori Jazz Festival to an exceptional artist. In addition to the Award, Pori Jazz funds one artistic project agreed with the artist.

This years New Talent award goes to bassist Kaisa Mäensivu, 28, who’s one of tomorrow’s great Finnish Jazz artists. Mäensivu who studied Jazz at Sibelius Academy did her student exchange in New York where she later moved. Mäensivu will be playing with her ensemble Kaisa’s Machine on Saturday 21st at this years Pori Jazz.


James Blunt, Katie Melua and other new confirmations

British star James Blunt includes Pori Jazz within his 2018 world tour. Other new additions include Katie Melua, Jess Glynne and Tower of Power.

 James Blunt is one of UK’s most successful artists. His concert at Pori Jazz on Friday, July 20th is a part of his The Afterlove world tour. He made his international breakthrough with his debut album Back to Bedlam and has since sold more than 30 million albums worldwide. His greatest hits include “You’re Beautiful”, “Bonfire Heart”, “Goodbye My Lover” and “1973”. James Blunt performed at Pori Jazz back in 2014 and made a lasting impression to his adoring audience. At the end of his concert, he even stage-dived from the Pori Jazz main stage – a stunt that's very rarely seen at Pori Jazz.
Georgian born Katie Melua is nowadays hailing from UK. She was only 19 years old when her debut album Call of the Search made it to the top of the British charts. Her later albums have been equally successful making her the best selling female artists in Europe at one point. She is known for her beautiful voice and folk-pop songs and has released seven albums that have sold more than 11 million copies. Katie Melua will play songs covering her entire career with her band performing on Saturday, July 21st.

Radio hits, soul and funk

British artist Jess Glynne got a stellar start to her career when she was featured on Clean Bandit’s international super hit "Rather Be". In 2015 Glynne became the second female artist in history managing to make it to the top of the British single lists with five songs. Her debut album I Cry When I Laugh managed to grace the British album charts for over 100 weeks. She’s currently working on her second album and is featured at Rudimental’s internationally acclaimed song “These Days”. Jess Glynne will perform at Pori Jazz on Friday, July 20th.

American soul and funk icon Tower of Power is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Over the years more than 60 musicians have played in Tower of Power and their level of artistic excellence has always been top notch. Emilio Castillo, David Garibaldi and Doc Kupka are the core of the band and at the moment their lead singer is Marcus Scott. It’s been quite awhile since Tower of Power last visited Pori Jazz, but the festival audience has constantly requested them. The long wait is finally over as the fans will be pampered with a party boosting performance on Friday, July 20th.


Carla Bley's Concert is Cancelled - New Addition to the Programme: Emma Salokoski & Ilmiliekki Quartet

American pianist Carla Bley has had to cancel all her programmed gigs for the summer including her appearance at Pori Jazz. Bley is experiencing some problems with her health and doctors have forbidden her from flying.

Carla Bley and trio were scheduled for Saturday 21st July. This gap in the programme will be filled by a Finnish ensemble, Emma Salokoski & Ilmiliekki Quartet who will be playing brand new songs on Lokki Stage in Kirjurinluoto. Salokoski and her superb quartet Ilmiliekki will be releasing a new album this fall, which will comprise of songs composed to Fenno-Swedish poems. The album is follow-up to the praised "Vi sålde våra hemman" which was launched almost a decade ago. Ilmiliekki Quartet comprises of Verneri Pohjola (trumpet), Tuomo Prättälä (paino), Antti Lötjönen (basso) and Olavi Louhivuori (drums).

Pori Jazz apologises for the sudden change in the programme and wishes a quick recovery to Carla Bley. 


Musical legends Burt Bacharach and Mavis Staples join the programming

The line up of Thursday’s Main Concert on July 19th is being replenished with two US legends. Composer Burt Bacharach who is known for his numerous evergreens along with one of the most remarkable gospel andsSoul singers, Mavis Staples, will be performing in the Kirjurinluoto Concert Park. Concession tickets for owners of an S-Etukortti card are on sale until March 31st.

Burt Bacharach, the illustrious composer behind countless hits from the 1950s to this day is the mastermind behind such pop classics as The Look of Love, Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head, (They Long To Be) Close To You, Anyone Who Had a Heart, What the World Needs Now Is Love and I Say a Little Prayer. He is the winner of six Grammys and three Academy Awards for the best original music in a film. Bacharach has composed songs for Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield and The Carpenters on the course of his career spanning several decades. His go-to lyricist and collaborator, Hal David, passed away in 2012.

Bacharach’s compositions are easily recognisable due to his unconventional use of harmonies which derive from his background in jazz. In fact, several jazz musicians have sought inspiration in his works. For example, as early as in 1968, Stan Getz recorded an album full of music by Bacharach.

Bacharach, who will be celebrating his 90th birthday in May this year, is still actively touring the world with his immortal tunes. The living legend conducts his 11-piece orchestra – including three vocalists – from behind his grand piano. Even though he does not consider himself much of a singer, it is not rare that at some point he will be grabbing the microphone as well. Make sure that you’ll have tissues at hand since it is a known fact that Bacharach will be having an emotional impact on his crowds.

The lively interpreter of Gospel and Soul

Mavis Staples, 78, who is among the most significant gospel and soul singers of all time is also known as a civil rights activist in the United States. For over 50 years, she was part of her father Pop Staples’ family music group, The Staple Singers, who sold tens of millions of records and were also a major part of the soundtrack of the civil rights movement against racism.

Her deep and mysterious voice has fascinated several people for decades, including her ex-fiancé Bob Dylan. Staples released her first records already in the 1970s but her solo career has caught a second wind in the 2010s. She collaborated with Jeff Tweedy of the Wilco who played at last year’s Pori Jazz, and the albums ensued have been praised the public. Her latest album “If All I Was Was Black” came out last autumn.

Staples’ 2016 album “Living on a HIgh Note” featured arrangements from several artists, including Nick Cave. Incidentally, the main moncert on Thursday 19th July will see performances from both Mavis Staples and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.


The full festival programme is now out

The complete line-up for this July’s Pori Jazz Festival is out. In addition to the Main Concerts in Kirjurinluoto Concert Park, a vast number of interesting artists and ensembles will be performing on the course of ten days, and what’s even more exciting is that most of the concerts are free.

The majority of this year’s musical acts at Pori Jazz are free, as per usual. This year, the traditional Jazz Street will be replaced by a free Jazz Park which will be built in the lush and green Kirjurinluoto Park. Free concerts will be playing on three stages.

Pori Jazz will get a remarkable start over the opening weekend with performances from such names as Kasmir, Yona, Asa & Band, Karri Koira, Vuokko Hovatta Kolmisin, and Olli Ahvenlahti New Quartet. The largest of the three stages – the legendary Lokkilava stage – has free programmed musical acts from Friday 13th until Wednesday the 18th. During the Main Concerts, Lokkilava will be part of the Kirjurinluoto Concert Park which is a ticketed venue.

The other two stages in Jazz Park are Puistolava stage and Kirjuri Summer Restaurant, both of which will have free programmed musical acts on the main concert days as well. The festival wouldn’t be complete without the atmospheric Cafe Jazz located across the river from Jazz Park.

Finnish quality Jazz music will be in the focus in the free programme, represented by Aki Rissanen Trio, Gourmet, Mopo, Antti Lötjönen Quintet East, and Joonas Haavisto Trio to name a few artists. Other genres are featured heavily as well, some picks include PK Keränen and Valtteri Pöyhönen’s brand new duo, up-and-coming singer-songwriter Antti Autio, and Jukka Nuosiainen and band who recently released a new album.

The centenary of Estonian independence will be celebrated on Tuesday 17th July at Lokkilava stage with three Estonian Jazz ensembles. Music performed in Swedish will be heard during the familiar concerts sponsored by Folktinget. On Wednesday the 18th Swedish Jazz singer Amanda Ginsburg will do her Finnish debut performance and on Thursday the 19th Nossa Bossa will lead the people at Jazz Park to the wonderful world of Bossa Nova.

In addition to the Jazz Park’s programme, some of the gigs at Cafe Jazz are free. Some of the names of those playing at this intimate indoor venue are Jussi Lehtonen Band, Riitta Paakki Quartet, Martti Vesala Soundpost Quintet, and Husband.

The 14th Pori Jazz Kids Festival is a free music event for the whole family and it’ll take place Sunday 15th – Tuesday 17th July. Some of the performers are Pomppulinnan Kreivi, Höpinätötterö, and Raka Bananer who are part of the Folktinget presenterar concert series. Concerts and activities will take place on Lokkilava stage as well as the adjacent Puistolava stage.

The full programme is available at www.porijazz.fi. Some of the headline acts of the main concerts are Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Alanis Morissette, James Blunt, Katie Melua, and Aloe Blacc. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster Finland.


Alanis Morissette and other new names confirmed

Canadian superstar Alanis Morissette will perform at Pori Jazz on Saturday, July 21st. Other new additions to the festival program include Robert Glasper’s ensemble R+R=NOW, British artist Jessie Ware, American band Cigarettes After Sex and long-term jazz composer-pianist Carla Bley.

Singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette rose to international superstardom in 1995, when she released her third studio album Jagged Little Pill. The album became a worldwide success and the hit tracks including ”Ironic”, ”You Oughta Know” and ”Hand In My Pocket” were heard on radio and music video channels for quite some time. So far over 33 million copies of Jagged Little Pill have been sold and it is one of the worlds most sold albums ever.

Canadian Morissette has released eight studio albums and is also known as an actress. She has been featured in successful TV-series such as Weeds and Sex And The City as well as in the movie Dogma. Morissette has sold over 60 million albums and won seven Grammy awards. She’s active in social debate and is an advocate promoting women’s rights. At the moment Morissette is working on her latest album, which is set to be released during 2018.

Alanis Morissette has performed in Finland only once before.

Tickets for the Pori Jazz main concert on Saturday, July 21st will be available on Monday, February 19th at 9 am. Daily tickets for all Pori Jazz main concerts are available until March 31st for a special reduced price when S-Etukortti card is presented upon purchase. Reduced price tickets are starting from 72 Euros (incl. Ticketmaster’s service fee); regular tickets are starting from 78 Euros (incl. Ticketmaster’s service fee). Three-day tickets entitling entrance to all three main concerts are also available as well as daily premium quality VIP and Radio Aalto Lounge tickets.

New acts added to all main concerts

In addition to Alanis Morissette other new acts at Pori Jazz festival 2018 include super band R+R=NOW performing on Friday, July 20th. Keyboardist-producer Robert Glasper’s new band brings together some of the most sought after names of current jazz, including producer-saxophonist Terrace Martin, trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Ajuah, and multi-instrumentalist Taylor McFerrin.

Other additions to Saturday, July 21st include British singer Jessie Ware, who is nominated for female artist of the year at the BRIT Awards next week. Also performing on Saturday is iconic jazz pianist and composer Carla Bley (81 years old) with her trio.

Pori Jazz has previously announced that Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds will be performing on Thursday, July 19th. A new addition to the concert is Cigarettes After Sex, whose strong debut album made it to several best albums of the 2017 lists.

53rd Pori Jazz will be held from July 14th to 22nd. Festival program will be updated and new acts released during forthcoming weeks.


Schedule for main concerts completed

Schedule for the Pori Jazz main concerts is now complete and released on our website. New additions to the program include among others Vintage Trouble, Paper T and Jordan Rakei.

Pori Jazz main concerts are held at the Kirjurinluoto Concert Park between July 19th and 21st.

Previously announced acts on Saturday, July 21st include among others Alanis Morissette, Jessie Ware and Katie Melua. Latest additions are American vocalist Somi, British Hannah Williams & The Affirmations and Finnish jazz ensemble Kaisa’s Machine. All three stages at the Concert Park on Saturday feature only female artists or ensembles led by female artists.

New acts added to Friday, July 20th include British soul artist Jordan Rakei, American neo soul band Moonchild, Finnish Jarmo Saari Republic and British jazz band Ruby Rushton. Previously announced acts include James Blunt, Aloe Blacc and Jess Glynne.

New acts added to Thursday, July 19th include American soul rock band Vintage Trouble, Finnish rap artist Paper T and Seattle based American Hammond organ trio Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio. Previously announced acts include Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Mavis Staples and Burt Bacharach, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday.

Concert schedules are now available at Pori Jazz website. Concerts begin daily at 1:30 pm (gates open at 1 pm) and end around midnight. In addition to main concerts with access fee, Pori Jazz offers a vast amount of concerts with free admission. The program for these concerts will be released during forthcoming weeks.

53rd Pori Jazz will be held between July 13th and 22nd. Tickets for the main concerts are available at Ticketmaster Finland.


Vijay Iyer Sextet and other acts announced for Pori Jazz 2018

Vijay Iyer Sextet released one of the most revered jazz albums this year and will perform in Pori Jazz next summer. Seven other acts have also been added to the festival program. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster Finland for a special discounted Christmas price until the end of the year.

Vijay Iyer may well be one of the most important jazz musicians at the moment. He’s received several awards and prizes for his critically acclaimed albums and played memorable concerts one after another. In 2015 Vijay Iyer performed at Pori Jazz with his trio and next July he will bring his renowned sextet, whose “Far From Over” album is widely considered to be the jazz album of 2017.

Pori Jazz main concerts will be held on July 19th, 20th and 21st next year. Other new acts include American Internet phenomenon KNOWER and Hurray for the Riff Raff, British GoGo Penquin and trumpeter Yazz Ahmed alongside her septet and Finnish talents Aili Ikonen, 3TM and Litku Klemetti. Pori Jazz has previously announced the performance of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds on Thursday, July 19th. Several other acts will be announced during forthcoming months.

Tickets available for a special price until December 31st!

Tickets for Pori Jazz 2018 are available at Ticketmaster Finland. The free-of-choice ticket to Kirjurinluoto (entitling entrance on one of the main concert days) is on sale starting from 69 Euros (incl. Ticketmaster’s service fee). Three-day ticket to all main concerts is also on sale starting from 169 Euros (incl. Ticketmaster’s service fee). Both prices are valid until December 31st. For premium festival experience please check our VIP and Radio Aalto Lounge tickets.


Nine artists added to Pori Jazz main concerts

Nine artists have been added to Pori Jazz main concerts. Latest additions include American artist Aloe Blacc who was featured on recently deceased Swedish producer Avicii’s greatest hit ”Wake Me Up”. Other additions include Terje Rypdal Conspiracy and Teosto Awarded Joona Toivanen Trio.

Aloe Blacc last performed at Pori Jazz in 2011 when he wasn’t yet the household name he is nowadays. In 2013 he rose to international stardom when his co-operation single “Wake Me Up” with recently deceased Swedish dj Avicii suddenly hit the top of the charts in several countries. Aloe Blacc’s soulful voice was one of the key factors within the hit song and he also co-wrote the song. He’s released three studio albums of which the latest Lift Your Spirit (2013) was nominated for Grammy Award for Best R&B Album.

Aloe Blacc will perform at Pori Jazz on Friday, July 20th. Other additions to Friday’s program are British band Jungle and Teosto Awarded Finnish Joona Toivanen Trio.

On Thursday, July 19th Pori Jazz will host Terje Rypdal, one of Norway’s most prominent jazz musicians, who will perform in Pori after several years. The renowned guitarist will present his new band Conspiracy featuring Danish trumpeter Palle Mikkelborg. Other additions to Thursday’s program include Americana, country and folk influenced British newcomer Jade Bird and rarely seen but highly coveted Finnish jazz ensemble Mikko Innanen 10+.

Finnish pop sensation Vesta will perform at Pori Jazz on Saturday, July 21st. Her debut album Lohtulauseita has gained rave reviews. Other new additions include British singer Zara McFarlane and Finnish jazz icon Iro Haarla who will present her brand new quartet at the festival.

Previously announced Pori Jazz 2018 artists include Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Alanis Morissette, James Blunt, Katie Melua and Burt Bacharach. New acts performing at the main concerts will be released during forthcoming weeks.

53rd Pori Jazz will be held in July. The tickets are available at Ticketmaster.


Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds to perform at Pori Jazz

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds are arriving in Finland after several years to perform at Pori Jazz on Thursday, July 19th. One of the most prestigious rock bands of our times is touring major European cities at the moment performing at large arenas and concert halls.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds were formed in 1983. The Australian band has sold more than five million albums worldwide and influenced the music of countless other bands and artists. Though singer-songwriter Nick Cave is the undisputed leading figure, the band is tight-knit and has sounded unique ever since their debut album From Her To Eternity (1984). Renowned charismatic rock icon Nick Cave is also known as an author, screenwriter and actor.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds released their 16th album Skeleton Tree in September 2016. The recording process of the album was heartbreakingly tragic as Nick Cave’s 15-year-old son died accidentally whilst it. The documentary One More Time With Feeling featuring the creative process behind the album is at least as impressive as the album itself.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have toured major European cities this fall receiving rave reviews. It doesn’t come as a surprise as Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have always been known for their uniquely captivating and heady concerts. During the tour they’ve visited every other Nordic country except Finland where they last performed back in 2013.