Festival year 2009

Pori Jazz 2009 was historically significant in a number of ways. Jyrki Kangas who has been part of the organisation since 1966, was responsible for the festival programme for the last time. Tuomas Kallio was named as the new artistic director. Together with Tuomas, the following people will compile the festival programme in coming years; Markus Partanen, who will be responsible for international jazz artists as well as Teppo Mäkynen who will decide on Finnish jazz artists performing at the festival. The trio will work utilising Pori Jazz festival’s long traditions as well as creating fresh ones for the new decade.

As usually, the festival programme was published at the end of March and ticket sale began traditionally on the 1st of April. This year, April Fool’s Day wasn’t far from turning into a nightmare. The night before the tickets came on sale, the festival’s main attraction – Tom Jones, pulled out. It took several weeks to find a replacement for the Welsh Tiger. The agony finally ended on the first week of May, when the Brian Setzer Orchestra was fixed to perform at the Kirjurinluoto Arena on Saturday 18th of July. Other crowd-pullers for festival 2009 were Duffy, Erykah Badu, SMV aka Stanley Clarke & Marcus Miller & Victor Wooten, Raphael Saadiq, De La Soul, Roy Hargrove Big Band, Booker T. Jones as well as 136 other big names, rising stars and unknown greats of rhythm music.

A few new elements were introduced to the festival in 2009. The Jazz Street in the south bank of the river went through a facelift with new Central-European style wooden market stalls. Also an effort was made to improve the location of many of the services available. The mbar stage was launched as a new venue as well as a trendy restaurant at the end of the Jazz Street, that worked as an Internet café by day and as a hive of Finnish jazz and indie music by night.

Music lovers at the Kirjurinluoto Arena got to experience a historical weather phenomenon; not a drop of rain on any of the four concert days! In addition, the highest tent in Finland was set up at the Kirjurinluoto Arena – a 13 metres, three floors high VIP-tent.

During the festival, music played at 12 locations almost around the clock. There were plenty of choices for the festival folk from massive open-air concerts at the Kirjurinluoto Arena to small idyllic club gigs. Just to let all the “Jazz polices” know, two thirds of music at the festival was jazz and the rest other rhythm music. 144 groups, altogether 638 musicians performed at the festival. Out of the 160 concerts only 40 were chargeable events and the rest you could enjoy free of charge. Pori Jazz exceeded their ticket sale target in tough competition by selling 56 000 tickets. In addition, the free concerts pulled a crowd of altogether 98 000 listeners. All in all then, 154 000 people visited the festival in 2009. The attendance figure includes visitors to the Pori Jazz Kids festival, which celebrated its fifth anniversary with a record breaking crowd of 20 000. Again a big thank you for the success of the festival goes to all the volunteers. There were 450 people who volunteered for the Pori Jazz organisation itself and 650 others who helped, for example through their sports clubs. There were 400 members of the press present, of which a tenth came from outside of Finland. Pori region’s economy benefited from the festival approximately 15 million euros.

Drummer Jaska Lukkarinen (26) was chosen as artist of the year. Pori Jazz 2009 poster was designed by an American 3D-pop artist Charles Fazzino whose roots are in Finland.

Vuoden  festivaalijuliste


A Night with Motown: Jr Walkers Allstar Band
Aleksei Kanunnikov
Andy Declerck & Kari Antila Group
Antti Sarpila Swing Band
Asa ja JätkäJätkät
Axl Smith LIVE!
Bebob Is Here!
beige/harmaa VJ:t
Belle Who
Benny Goodman 100 Years Night:
Bianca Morales
Bianca Morales Band
Blue Stone
Booker T. Jones
Copenhagen Jazzy Ladies
Cornell Dupree and Soul Survivors feat. Ronnie Cuber
De La Soul
Dixie Night
DJ Tony Siren
DJ:t A. Myllykoski ja Oskar Mauritz
DJ:t A. Myllykoski ja Vesa Yli-Pelkonen
DJ:t Daddy Pales ja Matti Nives
DJ:t Hiihtopipo ja Kavallus
DJ:t Sampsa Vilhunen ja Hiihtopipo
Dokumentti "Timo Kiiskinen - Chet"
Duo Cueco & Villarroël
Eldar Djangirov Trio
Elokuva "Brasileirinho", ohjaaja Mika Kaurismäki
Elokuva "Sketches of North", ohjaaja Arto Tuohimaa
Erja Lyytinen
Erykah Badu
Free Tallinn Trio
Gavino Vincenzo Loche
George Garanian Big Band, feat. Youn Sun Nah
George Garanian Quintet
Gimer Speed Alumni
Guerilla VJ Unit. Vj:t amoamiamo/ xploitec
Gunhild Carling Big Band Show
Gunhild Carling Family Band
Harvie S
Harvie S Band
Harvie S Group
Hazmat Modine
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Indie Youtube Jukebox
Ipek Dinc
Iro Haarla Sextet
J. Karjalainen ja Veli-Matti Järvenpää, Paratiisin pojat
Jake Shimabukuro
Jam Session
Jam Session
Jaska Lukkarinen Trio
Jazzy Ladies:
Joëlle Léandre meets Free Tallinn Trio
Jonas Kullhammar Quartet
Juho Kahilainen
Jukka Eskola Quintet: A Tribute to Freddie Hubbard
Jyrki Kangas Ensemble
Ken Peplowski's Benny Goodman Contennial Celebration
Kim Clarke & MAGNETS! feat. Ingrid Jensen
Kristiina Wheeler
Latin Kaleidoscope DJ:t
Latin Kaleidoscope:
Lavatanssit - Electronic:
Lavatanssit - Jazz:
Leonid Ptashka Band
Leonid Ptashka Session
Lyhty All Stars
Maarit ja Sami Hurmerinta Band
Maja Ratkje solo
Marilyn Crispell & Joëlle Léandre
Matthew Bourne solo
mbar club night:
Mika Mylläri & Särkyneen toiveen katu: A Tribute to Lil Jörgen Petersen
Miss Saana & The Missionaries
MTV3 Goes Jazz:
Music On / TV OFF:
National RGB VJ:t
Nicola Conte Jazz Combo
Nömme Jazz Winners: Eyolf Dale & Tuuli Taul
Olli Ahvenlahti: The Poet
Pentti Lasanen & Big Swing Orchestra
Pop & Jazz Konservatorion Motown Band Par Avion
Pop & Jazzleiri
Pori Big Band
Pori Jazz European All Stars
Pori Jazz European All Stars (Raasepori)
Pori Jazz Kids Festival
Priscilla Ahn
Pthaska-Gimer Piano Wrestling
Radio Nova Presents:
Raphael Saadiq
Reiska Laine Jam Session
Reiska Laine Kvartetti
Reiska Laine Quartet
Reunion Big Band
Richard Galliano Quartet feat. Richard Bona, Gonzalo Rubalcaba & Clarence Penn
Roy Hargrove Big Band w/ Special Guest Roberta Gambarini
Russian Emotions:
Sami Pitkämön Orkesteri
Sami Saari
Sanna's Soul System
Sanni Orasmaa
Sanni Orasmaa Group
Sir Elwoodin Hiljaiset Värit
Solarium DJ:t
Somethin' Else DJ:t
Sophia Domancich & Simon Goubert
Spanish Harlem Orchestra
Spirit of Life Ensemble feat. Pauline Jean, Grace Kelly, Pernille Bevort
SpokFrevo Orquestra
Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller & Victor Wooten
Stefan Pasborg’s Odessa 5
Stefan Pasborg’s Odessa 5 feat. Kalevi Louhivuori
Still Black Still Proud - An African Tribute To James Brown cond. Pee Wee Ellis
Suomen Jazzliitto esittää: Suomi-Jazzin historiaa, osa 1
Suomen Jazzliitto esittää: Suomi-Jazzin historiaa, osa 2
Söndag Jazz:
Ted Curson All Stars Recording
Ted Curson Alumni
Ted Curson Jam Session
Ted Curson Quartet
The Brian Setzer Orchestra
The Payback:
The Soultwisters R&B Boogaloo Club
Timo Kiiskinen - Chet
Tineke Postma Quartet
Toivo Unt Trio
Trio Grande & Matthew Bourne
Tuomas Turunen meets Tuomas Turunen
TV Off DJ:t ja Fag You! DJ:t
Ultra Horns & Piano Grande Finale
Verneri Pohjola - Joonas Riippa Quartet: Christian Schwindt, For Relatives
Verneri Pohjola Aurora
Vitali Imereli
Vladimir Shafranov Trio feat. Hilkka Mäkitalo
Wonder Girls
Youn Sun Nah
Zhenia Gimer ja Mika Mylläri
Önder Focan
Önder Focan & Jaxsix