Sid Hille Trio F#

Having settled in Finland in the 1990s, German-born pianist Sid Hille has established himself as a versatile composer and strong bandleader of several notable outfits, such as the jazz band Platypus Ensemble. Trio F# is Hille’s brand new, stellar group whose stage debut will take place, excitingly, in Pori. With Hille’s compositions providing a springboard for free improvisation, the group bears a slight stylistic resemblance to EST, the late pianist Esbjörn Svensson’s trio, while perhaps moving in somewhat more electric spheres.
Pori Jazz, Ultra Music Nights, Antinkatu 5 15.7. at 21:00

BRO on tour in October



As part of its 40th anniversary year, the UMO Jazz Orchestra will perform at Helsinki Festival’s Huvila Tent (19.8.2015) along with Hermeto Pascoal and his trusted friend, composer and bassist Itiberê Zwarg.
The Brazilian composer and multi-instrumentalist Hermeto Pascoal, who is sometimes referred to as a magician, lives and breathes music: he plays keyboards, the button accordion, melodica, saxophones, guitars, flutes and different folk instruments. Anything can be used as instruments, including dishes, toys and even the man’s own beard.

A live recording of UMO and sax legend Michael Brecker called “Live in Helsinki 1995″ is set for release this coming fall. A record release concert will be held on Friday 18th September at Savoy Theater in Helsinki. The concert will feature tenor saxophonist Manuel Dunkel.

Cuban-American clarinet player, saxophonist, composer and conductor Paquito D’Rivera visits UMO after 27 years! Multiple Grammy Awards winner will write an original piece for this concert, in memory of the late Esko Linnavalli, the founder of UMO Jazz Orchestra.  

Gregory Porter is without a doubt one of the hottest jazz vocalists around right now. In March 2015 he’ll join UMO on Helsinki Hall of Culture stage as the orchestra celebrates its 40th year.  

Drum intro to Lenny Pickett's Big Wiggle.

The legendary tenor saxophonist and composer Lenny Pickett (Tower of Power, Conductor of Saturday Night Live Show) recorded an album with Umo Jazz Orchestra. It was released 6th of July in U.S. I'm really happy to be part of this project and I think this CD is simply the best that Umo has ever made. 

“The way the musicians in UMO Jazz Orchestra enveloped my music was a lovely embrace of the concepts I had in my compositions. That was the payoff. They lent their expertise to my imagination. They had a fondness for all the different styles and genres of music and didn’t want to pigeonhole jazz. That made this all worth the effort”, Pickett defines.

My first solo album TILA will be released digitally in April. It will be available in iTunes, Spotify, Amazon etc. 

Rewired live@FlameJazz, Turku. (Lue arvostelu)

A great concert with Perico Sambeat, David Goméz & Alba Carmoná at Savoy Theatre, Helsinki. Check out the video! UMO & Perico Sambeat: Olhaíl -- luz del sur (Tanguillos)

Most prestigious Finnish Jazz Award to drummer Markus Ketola

Drummer, composer, Doctor of Music, Markus Ketola has been awarded the
45th annual Finnish Yrjö award by the Finnish Jazz Federation on
Saturday at the Finnish Jazz Festival in Joensuu. The Finnish
Broadcasting Company’s Varjo-Yrjö prize was given to the
Helsinki-based record shop Digelius Music for its long career and
influence on Finnish jazz consuming.

REWIRED: No Idling-album digital release in 28th of August. Check it out from iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Grooveshark etc.

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