Let’s Festival in summer 2022: Torino Jazz Festival, Lahti Organ Festival, Flow Festival, Helsinki Festival & Allas Sea Pool

UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra ha...
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UMO Helsinki with Nikki Iles & Mike Walker (UK)

Award winning British pianist,...
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Jazz Jam & Brew

Welcome to the jazz jam sessio...
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UMO Helsinki feat. Guillermo Klein: Tango ARG–FIN

UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra do...
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AUF: Avanti, UMO Helsinki & Fibo – Music Unlimited with Rajaton

AUF orchestras aka Avanti! Cha...
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Torino Jazz Festival: Jimi Tenor & UMO Helsinki – Terra Exotica

Jimi Tenor and the UMO Helsink...
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Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra & UMO Helsinki: May Day Matinee

Celebrating the May Day atmosp...
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Flow Festival: Jimi Tenor & UMO Helsinki – Terra Exotica

Jimi Tenor and UMO Helsinki Ja...
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Helsinki Festival: Ringa Manner & Valtteri Laurell Pöyhönen with UMO Helsinki

What do you get when you combi...
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UMO Helsinki goes blues with Erja Lyytinen

The Queen of Slide Guitar, sin...
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Linda Fredriksson & UMO Helsinki: Agatha 2 by Kerkko Koskinen

Kerkko Koskinen’s first ...
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Worker’s Music Jazz: UMO Helsinki feat. Vuokko Hovatta, Jesse Kaikuranta, Juha Viitala

Audience safety at the concer...
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Mikko Mäkinen

b. 1967

Sibelius Academy Jazz Department graduate Mikko Mäkinen strengthened UMO Jazz Orchestra’s saxophone section for the first time in 1993. His career in UMO began at the orchestra’s young soloist’s concert, and has continued since with temporary vacancies – the last one has continued since 2011. In addition to alto saxophone, tenor saxophone and baritone saxophone, Mäkinen plays also clarinets and flutes.

Mikko Mäkinen has played in Riku Niemi Orchestra, The Great Helsinki Swing Band and various groups lead by Pentti Lasanen to name a few. His playing has been enjoyed by audiences in the Finnish National Theatre, Helsinki City Theatre, TTT-Theatre in Tampere, Pori City Theatre, Lappeenranta City Theatre and Unga Teatern. In addition to working in orchestras, Mäkinen has shared his knowledge to young musicians in Lappeenranta Music Institute, Sibelius Academy and Helsinki Pop & Jazz Conservatory.