Ten new artists added to the festival program

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.