Jukka Perko (Finland)

See also Finlandia Jazz Trio

June 2014 - Touring Australia and SE Asia


'Jukka Perko Avara Trio' led by the superb alto-saxophonist Jukka Perko, accompanied by two of Finland's finest guitarists, Teemu Viinikainen and Jarmo Saari.

Jukka Perko - www.jukkaperko.com - has made his mark previously on Australia in different ensemble formations at different music festivals, including Wangaratta Jazz Festival, and for years is regularly played on the national jazz and classical ABC radio programs. Jukka Perko's interpretations of Finnish hymns with soulful sincerity and simplicity have deeply touched European audiences for a whole decade and his albums have become landmarks.

Check the following YouTube clips from live concerts:

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Jukka Perko  
SYDNEY Tue 3 June, 7.30 pm: Paddington Uniting Church East Side Arts, 395 Oxford Street, Paddington, paddingtonuca.org.au/programs/eastside-arts/
booking: www.trybooking.com/ENXG and at the door
MELBOURNE Wed 4 June, 7.00 pm and 9.30 pm shows: Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Bennetts Lane Jazz Club
Information and booking: melbournejazz.com
BRISBANE Thu 5 June: Brisbane International Jazz Festival - www.brisbanejazzfestival.com.au, Queensland Multicultural Centre, 102 Main Street, Kangaroo Point
booking: qmc.org.au
CAIRNS Fri 6 June, 7.30 pm: Cairns Tanks Arts Centre Jazz Up North, 46 Collins Avenue, Edge Hill, www.tanksartscentre.com
booking: www.ticketlink.com.au/whats-on/popular-music/jukka-perko-avara-trio
DARWIN Sat 7 June, 7.30 pm: Darwin Entertainment Centre - Studio, 93 Mitchell Street
WOLLONGONG Mon 9 June, 7.30 pm: Wollongong City Gallery, Cnr Kembla and Burelli Streets, www.wollongongcitygallery.com
booking: www.trybooking.com/ENXH and at the door
CANBERRA Tue 10 June, 7.00 pm: Canberra Embassy of Finland, 12 Darwin Avenue, Yarralumla
booking: 02-62733800 or e-mail: ewa.walczuk@formin.fi

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Touring Canada, New Zealand, Australia in 2005

Jukka Perko's FINLANDIA TRIO (Finland)

Alto and Soprano Saxophonist Jukka Perko is one of Finland's and Europe's premier jazz artists, who first attracted attention in 1986, when as a teenager he made his debut at Finland's biggest jazz event, the Pori Jazz Festival. For 20 year since, he has worked as a professional jazz musician in a range of versatile projects crossing be-bop jazz, classical music and the Finnish tango. A master saxophonist and a fine collaborator and composer.

Severi Pyysalo also made his mark as a vibes player at the age of 16 at the Pori Jazz festival in 1984, when he was heard by Paquito D'Rivera and Sarah Vaughan. As a result, they invited him to sit in on their own sets and a minor legend was born. Two weeks later Pyysalo got his first gigs in the USA, including a stint at the Village Vanguard. Severi's development and amazing technique on the vibes as well as his beautifully melancholic compositional talents have made him one of the world's leading jazz players on the instrument, and with Jukka Perko in close companionship they have travelled the world.

Teemu Viinikainen studied at the prestigious Sibelius-Academy's jazz department in Helsinki where he finished his degree in 2004. In the last five years Teemu has played with almost every top jazz artist in Finland including many international visitors, and has become the country's busiest jazz guitarist.



Jukka Perko - alto/soprano sax
Severi Pyysalo - vibraphones
Teemu Viinikainen - guitar


October Nov 2002 touring Australia/Asia


'Hurmio' (means 'Ecstacy' in Finnish) plays interpretations of traditional Finnish music as well as original compositions by Jukka Perkko. The quartet with Jukka Perko on alto- and soprano sax, Manuel Dunkel on tenor sax, Lasse Lindgren on bass acoustic guitar and Teppo Makynen on drums, was the first Finnish jazz group to be released on Blue Note records in 2001.
Jukka Perko alto+soprano sax
Manuel Dunkel tenor sax
Lasse Lindgren bass guitar
Teppo Makynen drums

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22/23 OCT SEOUL Nordic Jazz Festival
26/27 OCT ADELAIDE Barter Card Glenelg Jazz Festival bk: Bass 131 246
28 OCT Mon Port Douglas The Clink Theatre Port Douglas - 8 pm tickets from: Hairshop Mossman, Adventure Centre Port Douglas, Fruggie's 4 Mile.
29 OCT Tue TownsvilleGerman-Australian Club cnr Casey/Aitken Sts. Aitkenvale 8.00pm enq/bk: Townsville Community Music Centre: 4721 1771
30 OCT Wed BrisbaneBrisbane Powerhouse Visy Theatre, Newfarm 8pm bk: 3358 8600
31 OCT Thu CanberraANU/School of Music/Nat Inst Arts/Big Band room, Peter Karmel Building, Childers Str, Acton - 8.30 pm bk 6125 5491
01 NOV Fri Canberra Embassy of Finland - Yarralumla 7.30 pm (special private concert)
02 NOV Sat Wollongong The Bridge Theatre Coniston 8pm bk: 4229 6144
03 NOV Sun Sydney The Side On Jazz Cafe 83 Parramatta Road,
Annandale 8.30 pm bk 9516 3077
4 NOV WANGARATTA Festival of Jazz bk: 1800 803 944
6/7 NOV SINGAPORE South Bridge Jazz Club
8 NOV SINGAPORE Dutch Club/Finnish Business Council
9/10 NOV BANGKOK EU Music Festival