we jazz 2016
helsinki 4. – 11.12.


artistic director: Matti Nives
executive director: Katariina Uusitupa
producers: Jori Hellstedt & Annika Mustonen
communications manager:  Roope Pokki
technical producer: Eero Löyttyjärvi
production interns: Sofia Kivelä & Susanna Perhomaa

partners: Club Mate, Embassy of the United States, Finarte, The Finnish Jazz Federation, Genelec, GEST, Goethe-Institut Finnland, Grotto Editions, Helsinki Design Week, Image, Laitilan Wirvoitusjuomatehdas, Radio Helsinki, Sibelius Academy jazz music department, Unifilm, Web-Veistämö, XJazz Berlin

supporters: Arts Promotion Centre Finland, City of Helsinki Cultural Office, The Finnish Music Foundation, Jenny ja Antti Wihurin Rahasto

tickets: Lippupiste

accreditation: GEST

event patron: M. A. Numminen

artists: Aki Rissanen Trio, Amok Amor, Anni Elif Egecioglu, Berlin X Helsinki, Ensemble, Buba Wii AA, Dalindèo, Harri Kuusijärvi, Huntsville, Iro Haarla Trio, Jazz kiinnostaa live, Jorma Tapio & Kaski, Jukka Eskola Soul Trio, Jukka Perko Avara, Katu Kaiku, Lucia Cadotsh ”Speak Low”, M. A. Numminen, Mark Turner Quartet, Markus Pesonen, Mikko Innanen 10+, Mikko Innanen & Simo Laihonen, Mikko Sarvanne Hip Company & Beibi P, Oddarrang, Pauli Lyytinen Magnetia Orkesteri, OK:KO (We Jazz Rising Star 2016), Otis Sandsjö & Friends, Ville Herrala, We Jazz DJs

We Jazz is an event first established in 2013 to present a selection of interesting jazz music. Both foreign and domestic artists spread around Helsinki to perform during this week of concerts.

The producers at We Jazz make an effort to continually discover new spaces for music and many of the venues change from year to year. The pairing of artists and venues is aimed at creating the best possible context for the music at hand. This is why many of the We Jazz venues are quite small.

Music is often at its best when experienced at short range and quality before quantity is what We Jazz wants to present. Every concert is a handpicked and thought-out piece of the bigger picture. We Jazz is often referred to as a festival and as Helsinki’s biggest annual jazz event, there’s no denying that We Jazz is exactly that.

The terms “installation” and “utopia” have also been used to describe the event right from the beginning. These words capture the essence of the event and gently direct the thought away from the conventional idea of a jazz festival. In addition to introducing the best possible music, We Jazz aims to challenge and renew the ways of presenting jazz.

The event takes place in December when there’s not much else going on. While the timing offers a break from Christmas shopping and some relief into the winter darkness, it also permits an annual glance back at the year of jazz. Many topical artists with fantastic 2016 releases are present in the lineup. We Jazz is a cross-section of the current music but also a collection of timeless jazz across the broad spectrum of styles.