Turku Jazz Orchestra is a 17-member big band, founded in spring 2012, involving more than 30 professional musicians from Turku area. The wide resumé of Turku Jazz Orchestra includes both classic and contemporary jazz.
The orchestra has performed with many top artists from around the country, e.g. saxophonists Timo Lassy and Jukka Perko, pianist Iiro Rantala, vibraphonist Severi Pyysalo, singer/guitarist Sami Saari and singers Sami Pitkämö, Aili Ikonen and Johanna Försti. The orchestra’s first international co-operation was in the autumn of 2014, featuring Belgian composer and saxophonist Bert Joris.
In the year 2012, the orchestra placed second in the Finnish Big Band competition at Imatra Big Band Festival, which gave a convincing foretaste of the orchestra’s future. In fall 2013 arranger- composer Vellu Halkosalmi became the artistic leader and conductor of the orchestra.
Turku Jazz Orchestra also offers education for people of all ages interested in rhythm music. The orchestra´s education programme includes periodical Big Band workshops for amateurs and students, as well as courses in arrangement and composing.
Turku Jazz Orchestra can be booked to play on various venues, as well as all sorts of private events. The orchestra masters a variety of Big Band music, ranging from timeless jazz classics to dance floor party hits.
Jusu Heinonen, chairman
tel. +358 40 5621 956
Salla Karvonen, producer
tel. +358 40 558 0611