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UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra in a nutshell

  • UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra is the only professional orchestra in Finland specialized in jazz and new rhythm-oriented music. It is a Helsinki-based professional big band employing top musicians.
  • The big band of 16 musicians plays about 100 concerts every year in Finland and abroad.
  • The orchestra plays a diverse range of modern music that is on the pulse of the times. The programme consists from jazz to soul and classical music, mixing old and new in surprising way, from children to senior citizens. By commissioning and presenting as much new material as possible, UMO Helsinki encourages and supports Finnish jazz production.
  • Musicians in UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra are some of the best jazz musicians in Finland. There are over 100 musicians, composers, directors and artists working with UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra every year. The band also acts as a hands-on educational establishment for Finnish musicians in the fields of jazz and popular music.
  • UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra was founded in 1975 and celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2015.
  • In the past decades, UMO Helsinki has featured with dozens of artist from Dizzy Gillespie to Natalie Cole, Manhattan Transfer and Gregory Porter. Orchestra’s history (in Finnish, sorry!) is seen
  • UMO Helsinki is highly appreciated and one of the world’s leading big bands.
  • UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra has recorded about 60 albums and there are more than 3000 compositions in orchestra’s library.
  • The orchestra is administered by the UMO Foundation, which is owned but the city of Helsinki. It is funded by the Ministry of education and culture as well as the city of Helsinki.
  • UMO Helsinki is a member of Association of Finnish Symphony Orchestras, Finnish Jazz Federation, European Music Circle and European Jazz Network.

Yearly reports

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Promotion photos and logos

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UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra in August 2019
Photo by Jukka Rapo
UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra in August 2019
Photo by Jukka Rapo
UMO live
Photo by Heikki Kynsijärvi
UMO trumpets
Photo by Heikki Kynsijärvi
UMO live, Vesa Ojaniemi in bass
Photo by Heikki Kynsijärvi
Ed Partyka
Photo by Jazz Podium
Ed Partyka
Photo bu Jazz Podium
Ed Partyka
Photo by Peter Purgar
Guillermo Klein
Photo by unknown
UMO & Aili Ikonen: Blue Notes on Silver Screen - jazz in cinema
Photo by Tero Ahonen
Teppo Mäkynen & UMO at G Livelab
Photo by Tommi Tapola
Helena Juntunen
Photo by Heikki Saukkomaa
Jere Haakana (Plays Zappa)
Photo by Hannu Mattila
Maria Ylipää
Photo by Tero Ahonen
Seppo Kantonen
Photo by Maarit Kytöharju
Stefan Pasborg
Photo by Ditte Valente
Stefan Pasborg
Photo by Tuala Hjarno
Johanna Försti
Photo by unknown
David B. Whitley
Photo by Sebastian Grieb
Jarkko Martikainen
Photo by Olli Häkkinen
Pieni joulu-uudistus
Illustration: Jarkko Martikainen. Jarkko's photo: Olli Häkkinen
Paperi T
Photo by Osma Harvilahti


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