Turku Jazz Orchestra

Jazz City Turku

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.

At SHIFT Business Festival 2017, the orchestra will play Quincy Jones, presenting his finest big band compositions and arrangements from 1956 until 1963.

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. 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.

The orchestra's first international co-operation was in the autumn of 2014, featuring Belgian composer and saxophonist Bert Joris.

Turku Jazz Orchestra 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.

The orchestra can be booked to play on various venues, as well as all sorts of private events. It masters a variety of Big Band music, ranging from timeless jazz classics to dance floor party hits.

Turku Jazz Orchestra takes part in The Jazz City Turku project, founded in 2016. Jazz City Turku creates a unique organization for jazz professionals whose aim is to develop Turku into an internationally renowned vibrant jazz city. The project was launched by the prestigious concert series, Flame Jazz, established in Turku in 2011. Besides Turku Jazz Orchestra and Flame Jazz, the co-operation project also includes the Turku Jazz Festival.

More information about Turku Jazz Orchestra: http://www.tjo.fi.

Furthermore, You are invited to take a look also at the Jazz City Turku Project and its other participants: