Finlandia Jazz Trio (Finland)

See also Jukka Perko Trio

Canada, New Zealand, Australia July/August 2005


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

See also Jukka Perko Trio

Jukka Perko Trio website


July 26 Canada: Toronto
July 30 - August 1 New Zealand: Christchurch Arts Festival
August 3 New Zealand: Christchurch Cathedral
August 5 Melbourne: Federation Hall, Victorian College of the Arts
August 6 Brisbane: Powerhouse Theatre
August 7 Cairns: MusiCairns at The Tanks Arts Centre
August 10 Canberra: Embassy of Finland,