We Jazz 2017
Helsinki 3–10 Dec


artistic director: Matti Nives
executive director: Katariina Uusitupa
producer: Sofia Kivelä
press officer:  Roope Pokki
technical producer: Eero Löyttyjärvi
production intern: Arttu Sauvola

partners: Finarte, Goethe-Institut Finnland, Grotto Editions, Helsinki Design Week, Kämp Collection Hotels, Laitilan Wirvoitusjuomatehdas, Music Finland, New Yorkin konsulaatti, Taideyliopiston Sibelius-Akatemian jazzin aineryhmä, Rumba, Unifilm, Web-veistämö, XJAZZ Berlin

supporters: The City of Helsinki, Koneen säätiö, Musiikin edistämissäätiö, Suomen kulttuurirahasto, Samuel Huberin taidesäätiö, Nordisk Kulturfonden: PULS, Taiteen edistämiskeskus, Thurings Stiftelse

tickets: Lippupiste

accreditation: GEST

event patron: M. A. Numminen

Anni Elif: Edith
August Rosenbaum (DK)
Binker And Moses (UK)
Black Motor
DJ Lander Lenaerts (BE)
Elifantree 10v
JAF Trio (FI/DK) *We Jazz Rising Star 2017*
Jaska Lukkarinen Trio
Jazz Bricks Live
Jazz kiinnostaa live
Jochen Rueckert Quartet (US)
Joonas Leppänen Alder Ego
Jukka Perko Tritone
Julia Hülsmann Trio (DE)
Timo Lassy & Teppo Mäkynen
M.A. Numminen
Maria Faust Sacrum Facere (EE/DK/SE/IT/US)
Maria Faust Solo (EE/DK)
Megalodon Collective (NO/SE)
Mikko Innasen Maakuntalaulu-uudistus 2017
Milo & Moses
Mopo: Mopocalypse
Olavi Louhivuori: Immediate Music I
Olli Ahvenlahti Quartet
The Necks (AU)
Verneri Pohjola Group
We Jazz DJs

Aleksanterin teatteri
Dubrovnik Lounge & Lobby
Elokuvateatteri Andorra
G Livelab
GLO Hotel Art
Good Life Coffee
Helsinki Contemporary
Hotel Fabian
Kahvila Sävy
Krog Roba
Lapinlahden Lähde
WHS Teatteri U:NI:ON

We Jazz is an event first established in 2013 to present a selection of the best contemporary 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 2017 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.