We Jazz 2019
Helsinki, Tampere & Tallinn 1–8 Dec
artistic director: Matti Nives
executive director: Katariina Uusitupa
producer: Maija Luoma
press coordinator: Roope Pokki
technical producer: Teemu Markkula
production assistant: Hanna Kokkonen
catering producer: Maiju Talvisto
logistics: Raul Silvennoinen
supporters: Eckerö Line, Finnish Institute in Estonia, Flame Jazz, GLO Hotel Art, Helsinki Design Week, Olvi, Radio Helsinki, Rumba, RR Gems, Telepart, Unifilm Oy, Visit Helsinki
partners: Alfred Kordelin Foundation, Arts promotion centre Finland, City of Helsinki, Emilie och Rudolf Gesellius fond, MES Foundation, Nordisk Kulturfond: PULS, Thurings Stiftelse
3TM Presents “Lake”
Elliot Galvin (UK)
Hilde Marie Holsen (NO)
Jonah Parzen-Johnson (US)
Jukka Eskola Soul Trio
Koma Saxo (SE/DE/FI)
Maria Faust Machina (EE/DK)
Muriel Grossmann (AT)
Ronald Langestraat (NL)
Sami Linna Quartet (US/FI)
(secret gig 01)
(secret gig 02)
Simo Laihonen: Tribute to Milford Graves
Timo Lassy & Teppo Mäkynen
Terkel Nørgaard With Ralph Alessi (DK/US)
We Jazz DJs & friends
GLO Hotel Art Lounge Bar
G Livelab Helsinki
G Livelab Tampere
(secret venues 01 & 02)
Suvilahti (Tiivistämö & Mittarikorjaamo)
Sveta Baar (Tallinn)
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 2019 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.