Festival year 1996

31st festival offered music from July 12th to July 21st. Growth in ticket sales was 3% with 71 500 tickets sold and altogether the festival attracted more than 120 000 people.

In a study conducted by Taloustutkimus Oy comparing Finnish music festivals Pori Jazz was rated as number one. Among other things the rating criteria included the images people had of music festivals and the special features of the festivals (including the repertoire and atmosphere).

On the 18 stages located at 13 venues there were 120 concerts of which 40 were free of charge. 708 musicians performed in Pori during the festival – there were 92 groups of which 35 were Finnish. 70% of music was rated as pure jazz and the rest as other rhythm music (blues, rock, pop, R&B, soul, ethno).The soul and blues artists were especially attractive.

Pori Jazz 66 Association chose Tapani Rinne as the artist of the year.

Vuoden  festivaalijuliste


Andy Summers - Larry Coryell - Trilok Gurtu
Anna-Mari Kähärä
Antti Sarpila All Stars
Bill Frisell Band
Bo Diddley & Debby Hastings Band
Bob Dylan
Carnegie Hall Jazz Band cond. by Jon Faddis
Charles Gayle Trio
Chico O´Farrill Latin Jazz Orchestra
Cool Sheiks
Crazy For You
Dawn Thomson
Dennis Jannah
Frank Amsallem
Gimer Quartet
Heidi Viljanen Band
Heikki Silvennoinen & The Rest
Herbie Hancock Quartet feat. Graig Handy
Honey B. & Blues'n' Roots
Horace Silver´s Septet "The Return Of Filthy McNasty"
Isaac Hayes
Jackie Terrason
Jam Session
Jann Parker
Jon Ballantyne
Jon Faddis All Stars
Judy Farrow
Julio Romero Orchestra
Junko Onishi Trio
Kibwe Talib Quartet
Kiss My Jazz
Kullaan valtakunnallinen Pop/Jazz-leiri
Lello Molinari Quartet
Leningrad Dixieland Band
Lenny White Present Tence
Little Richard
Manhattan Transfer´s "Tuxedo Junction" with UMO Jazz Orchestra
Marcus Miller & The Funk Night
Mark Isham Quintet
Matt Darriau´s Paradox Trio
McCoy Tyner Trio feat. Micheal Brecker
Myth Science
Oiling Boiling Ribs & Bones Band
Olli Ahvenlahti Trio
Orion Brass Band
Oscar D´Leon y Su Orquestra
Pasadena Roof Orchestra
Pekka Helin Soul For Sale
Perko Pyysalo Poppoo
Peter Delano Quartet
Pori Big Band
Pori Jax Six
Poriginal Quartet
Reiska Laine Quintet
RinneRadio Show
Rosenlew Brass Band
Senem Duyici Quartet
Son & Father Sarpila
Spirit of Life Ensemble
Ted Curson
The Blue Note All Stars
The Gospel Harmoneers
The JP´s
Trio Ganelin
Trio Töykeät
Vesa-Matti Loiri & Perko Pyysalo Poppoo
Vitali Samharadze Quartet
West Coast Quartet feat. Pauliina Kiuru
Önder Focan Quartet