We Jazz 2018
Helsinki 2–9 Dec


artistic director: Matti Nives
executive director: Katariina Uusitupa
producer: Arttu Sauvola
press officer:  Roope Pokki
technical producer: Eero Löyttyjärvi
marketing intern: Karoliina Virkkunen
production intern: Maija Luoma
production assistant: Jaakko Lampela
logistics: Alexander Katter
catering: Maiju Talvisto
sound engineer: Teemu Markkula

supporters: Eckerö Line, Embassy of Finland in Berlin, GLO Hotel Art, Goethe-Institut Finnland, Helsinki Design Week, Consulate General of Finland in New York, Olvi, Rumba, Sun Effects, Sibelius Academy jazz music department, Unifilm Oy, Visit Finland, Visit Helsinki

partners: Emilie och Rudolf Gesellius fond, City of Helsinki, Finnish Music Foundation, Nordisk Kulturfond: PULS, The Finnish Cultural Foundation, The Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Thurings Stiftelse

tickets: Lippupiste


Aki Rissanen Trio
Alder Ego
Anteloper (US)
Bowman Trio
Dalindèo celebrates Komeda
Enemy (UK/SE)
Ernie Hawks & The Soul Investigators
Ilmiliekki Quartet
Johanna Sulkunen Sonority (DK/FI)
Jonah Parzen-Johnson (US)
Juhani Aaltonen & Raoul Björkenheim
Kaukolampi We Jazz Catalogue Remix (01-10)
Kim Myhr: You | Me (NO/SE)
Koma Saxo (SE/DE/FI)
Logan Richardson Blues People (US)
Mopocalypse Festival
Moskus (NO)
Pelican Improvisations #1 & #2
Perussastamala *We Jazz Rising Star 2018*
Philipp Gropper’s Philm (DE)
Phronesis (DK/SE/UK)
Richard Andersson Nor (DK/IS)
(secret concert)
Timo Lassy Band
Verneri Pohjola & Mika Kallio Animal Image
We Jazz DJs

Andorra Movie Theatre
GLO Hotel Art
G Livelab
Helsinki Contemporary
Kahvila Sävy
Korjaamo Culture Factory
Pelican Self Storage Töölö
(secret venue)
Suvilahti (Kattilahalli / Tiivistämö / Mittarikorjaamo / Huilaamo)
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 2018 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.