Festival year 2007

The 42nd Pori Jazz festival was held 14.-22.7.2007. The jazz street was opened a day earlier on Friday 13th and at the same time the very first tunes were heard on Radio Nova Stage. Altogether 537 artists travelled to Pori forming 159 performance groups. Out of these groups, 81 were from Finland and 79 from abroad. Two thirds of the festival featured jazz music and rest other rhythm music. As in previous years, there were 12 concert locations on both sides of the Kokemäki river.

Pori Jazz festival sold 58 000 tickets. The biggest crowd was at Thursday’s Kirjurinluoto Arena – 15 000 tickets were sold to the concert area. On Friday the sales reached 8 200, on Saturday 12 200 and Sunday attracted 2 500 paying customers. It is estimated that approximately 83 000 music lovers were present at the admission free concerts. Altogether 141 000 people visited Pori Jazz and that made us the second biggest summer festival in Finland in 2007.

Pori Jazz Managing Director Katja Leppäkoski thinks the result was good taking into consideration this year’s fierce competition from numerous stadium concerts. At the end of the day the 42nd Pori Jazz festival was a success artistically as well as financially.

In addition the third Pori Jazz Kids Festival brought 70 performers to over 70 events. The popularity of the Kids Festival continued to grow bringing the total of listeners to 15 000 – mainly kids with their parents and grandparents. Not even torrential rain could deter the kids from attending music workshops, acrobat performances, magic shows, rhythm circles nor from the main concert on the last day of the festival Wednesday 18.7.2007. Finland is celebrating its 90 years of independence this year and Wednesday’s concert was also a part of the official celebrations. All Pori Jazz Kids Festival events were once again free of charge.

Festival programme was very versatile and it was even described as “music lover’s dream”. Main crowd pullers were Paul Anka, Sly and the Family Stone, Steely Dan and Ziggy Marley. In addition to these names also LP42’s programme, Theatre and Ultra Music Nights’s experimental jazz offering received praise from the punters. Also the vibe at Pori Jazz jam sessions was worth experiencing.

Trumpet player Jukka Eskola was chosen as Pori Jazz artist of the year. Pori Jazz 2007 poster was designed by AD Vesa Siirilä from Helsinki. Developed from his original design were the “Jazz-Orcs” which were seen on t-shirts, web campaigns, TV as well as in other marketing materials.

Vuoden  festivaalijuliste


AK Jazz Collection
Al Foster
Ann Hampton Callaway
Antti Sarpila
Baile Funk!!
Banda Reggae do Papagaio
Bate Pakarão (Baile Funk)
Bianca Morales
Bianca Morales & Pori Jazz All Stars
Blood, Sweat & Tears
Bohemio Latino
Caipirinha feat. Sergio Bastos & Sami Saari
Caipirinha feat. Sergio Bastos & Thais Morell
Carling Family
Clube Brasil!!
Clube do Balanco
Das Kapital
David Reinhardt & Samson Schmitt
DJ Dave
DJ Jorge Rasta
DJ Magic Sam
DJ Make
DJ Rideon
DJ Sany Pitbull
DJ Tuomo "Elukka" Korkka
Earn Parks Jam Session
Eero Koivistoinen Music Society feat. Redrama
Elastic Jazz Group
Elephunk Arkestra
Elvis Costello with the Allen Toussaint Band & Horns feat. Steve Nieve
Emma Salokoski Ensemble
Enrico Granafei
Eta Carinae
Eternal Erection
Favela Funk!!
Funky Carioca!!
George Garanian
George Garanian Quintet
Gilberto Gil
Hard Bop Unity
Harvie S
Harvie S Jam Session
Honey B. & T-bones
Jari Hongisto & Roger Turner
Jari Perkiömäki Group
Jo Hope
Joey Morant
Joey Morant Show
Jouni Järvelä Feat
Jukka Eskola
Jukka Eskola & Jukka Perko
Jukka Eskola Quintet
Jukka Perko Viisikko
Jyrki Kangas
Jyrki Kangas Quartet
King Bream
Kurt Rosenwinkel & Jukka Eskola All Stars
Kurt Rosenwinkel Clinic
Kurt Rosenwinkel Group
Kurt Rosenwinkel Solo
Kurt Rosenwinkel Trio
Latvian - Finnish All Stars
Leo Holmgren & Pekka Sarmanto Duo feat. Monica Aspelund
Leonid Ptashka
Leonid Ptashka Quintet
Leonid Ptashka Trio
Lucia Recio & Denis Charolles & Veli Kujala
Marcel Loeffler Trio
Marcelo Saenz
Maris Briezkalns Quintet
Markus Holkko Quartet
Mathias Eick
Mette Juul
Mo' Lasses, New Orleans Women's Brass Band
Naked Run
Nat Newborn Big Time
Natalie Cole
Niko Ahvonen & Cortina Jets
Paul Anka
Pauliina Pohjolainen & Toivo Unt Trio
Phil Minton & Roger Turner
Phil Minton, Lucia Recio, Jari Hongisto
Pipoka Trio
Pori Blues Night
Pori Jazz All Stars
Pori Jazz Kids Festival
Pori Jazz World Stars
Ptashka Trio
Puolustusvoimien Varusmiessoittokunnan showband
Radio Nova presents: Jippu
Radio Nova Presents: Johanna Kurkela
Radio Nova presents: Sani
Reiska Laine
Reiska Laine Jam Session
Rio Baile Funk!!
Samson Schmitt Quartet
Scott Feiner & Pandeiro Jazz feat Mark Turner
Severi Pyysalo Duo
Severi Pyysalo Quartet
Simone Moreno
Sipho Kunene
Sly and The Family Stone
Spirit of Life Jam Session
Steely Dan
Stig Caldeborn
Stig Caldeborn All Star Big Band
Ted Curson
Ted Curson & The Clinic Quintet plays Monk and Mingus
Ted Curson Jam Session
The Bad Plus
The Boogaloo Brothers
The Brand New Heavies
The Johns, John Scofield & John Medeski
The Organ Traders
The Roots
Timo Lassy Band
Toivo Unt
Tomi Harrivaara Trio
Trio di Salerno feat. Pierpaolo Bisogno
Trio Taika-Tulishow
Ultra Accordion Finale:
Ultra House Band: Melosolex
Ultra Music: Mazalda
Undercover -07
Valtakunnallinen Pop&Jazz leiri 2007
Viktoria Tolstoy Quartet
Vitali Imereli
Vitali Imereli Trio
Von Hertzen Brothers
Wonder Girls
Zarkus Poussa
Zhenia Gimer
Ziggy Marley