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Orchestra

UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra is the only professional orchestra in Finland specialised in jazz and new rhythm-oriented music. The big band of 16 musicians plays about 80 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. 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 the orchestra every year. The band also acts as a hands-on educational establishment for Finnish musicians in the fields of jazz and popular music. More information and photos for press here.

Teemu Paasonen

2. trumpet

Member of UMO since 1988

Teemu Mattsson

1. trumpet, section leader

Member of UMO since 2005

Mikko Pettinen

3. trumpet

Member of UMO since 1998

Tero Saarti

4. trumpet

Member of UMO since 1993

Pekka Laukkanen

2. trombone

Member of UMO since 1993

Kasperi Sarikoski

1. trombone, section leader
Member of UMO since 2019

Mikko Mustonen

3. trombone

Member of UMO since 1993

Olli Ojajärvi

2. tenor saxophone

Member of UMO since 2000

Manuel Dunkel

2. tenor saxophone

Member of UMO since 1994

Max Zenger

2. alto saxophone

Member of UMO since 2023

Jouni Järvelä

1. alto saxophone, section leader

Member of UMO since 1995

Mikko Mäkinen

Baritone saxophone

Member of UMO since 1994

Markus Ketola

Drums

Member of UMO since 1993

Kirmo Lintinen

Keyboards

Member of UMO since 1988

Ed Partyka

Artistic Director and Chief Conductor 2020-2021

Tromboist, composer and arranger