Jussi Fredriksson Trio released their new album “?” on 24 October via the Fredriksson Music label which operates as part of the Helsinki-based Jazz HUG collective. This is the first album recorded by the trio of Fredriksson (piano), Jori Huhtala (bass) and Mika Kallio (drums). The album features 7 fresh Fredriksson originals and the band will celebrate the release with their concerts on 24 October in Turku at Café Tiljan as part of the Flame Jazz club series and on 26 October in Helsinki at Malmitalo. >>Read more
2013 was pretty hectic and satisfying in many ways. I played nice gigs with groups like Jazz Wars, Fredator and my new trio. Past year was also rewarding working with Jazz Finland project and Flame Jazz concert series in Turku. In addition to these, I started doctoral studies at Sibelius Academy. First concert as part of the degree is going to take place in autumn 2014, and I planned to play the gig with my new trio featuring bassist Jori Huhtala and drummer Mika Kallio. Artistic PhD program is going to be an exciting musical and scientific journey and hopefully it will open my mind for new sounds. Thank you Koneen Säätiö for funding my studies! >>Read more
Joitain vuosia sitten tajutessani olevani jazzmuusikko, huomasin että ammattikuntani asiat voisivat olla paljon paremmin. Päätin tehdä tälle jotain, ja aloin laajentaa toimintaani jazzmuusikosta myös muille alueille. Olen tehnyt viime vuosina monenlaista liittyen jazzmusiikkiin ja sen ympärillä elävään kulttuuriin, ja eri osa-alueet jakautuvat mielessäni puun muotoon. >>Read more
Flame Jazz järjestää yhdessä Turun Musiikkijuhlien kanssa neljän konsertin jazzkokonaisuuden 14.-17.8 Linnateatterissa. Yhteistyö TMJ:n ja Flame Jazzin välillä käynnistyi jo viime vuonna, mutta tänä kesänä päästään toteuttamaan alkuperäinen ideani laajemmasta konserttikokonaisuudesta. >>Read more
I traveled to Cannes last week to take part in Midem festival as an exhibitor at the Finnish stand. It was interesting to experience how things work at the biggest happening for music industry in the world. Finns at Midem were very happy to have two ministers helping us out. Ministers Paavo Arhinmäki and Alex Stubb did a great job promoting Finnish music and taking part in discussions. It was nice to see that these guys were clearly interested in what we do. Thank you Music Finland for organizing this! >>Read more
Tuore jazzkollektiivi Helsinki Jazz Underground kerää samaan talliin joukon suomijazzin kiinnostavimpia toimijoita. Kollektiivin tehtävänä on luoda suomalaiselle huippujazzille yhteinen rintama, joka tullaan noteeraamaan vahvasti myös kansainvälisellä kentällä. Suomijazzia on vaivannut kautta historian toimijoiden hajanaisuus ja yhteisöllisyyden puute, ja Helsinki Jazz Undergroundin tavoitteena on omalta osaltaan korjata tätä ongelmaa.
Great to be here in one of the most vibrant jazz scenes of the world! The atmosphere in New York is very energizing, and I have found myself every night at jam sessions even after hanging out all day around the city.
You find great shows every night here. Yesterday I was very happy to meet Mr. Steve Gadd at Iridium Jazz Club. He is absolutely one of my biggest inspirations of all times! Also Christian McBride at Village Vanguard was amazing. He and drummer Carl Allen were such a hard swinging duo and the band was really tight. Also some of the young players at sessions are really great! >>Read more
Jussi Fredriksson Jazz Wars is finally out!
This project was very challenging for me, but I have to say now that it was worth it! I could not be happier for the result. Everybody did great job making this album, so thanks to Jukka, Joonatan, Marzi, Jori, Marzi, Jukkis, Matti, Svante and Pekka! Take a listen at Music -page and purchase at iTunes or record stores around Finland and Sweden.
Jazz Wars at Turku Music Festival was a great experience! We had a very nice audience in Logomo and playing felt very good after recording it a few weeks ago. I had brand new albums with me at the venue and people got their copies after the concert.
Flame Jazz organization will continue to co-operate with Turku Music Festival next year too and we´ll start planning this right away. It feels great to work with such an amazing music festival with long traditions!
Here is a nice review in Finnish:
I just got a brand new Jazz Wars album in my hands, and from the picture you can see how does that feel! We just had the last rehearsal with the band before Fridays gig at Turku Music Festival. The recording session was very useful for us to get all the details finished, and playing feels great at the moment!
Really looking forward to next weekend!