Festival year 2011

Pori Jazz festival turned 46 this year, making it the same age as it’s typical visitor. The festival reached it’s target in terms of ticket sales, by selling 57 000 tickets. When you add the 95 000 listeners that attended the free of charge concerts, you get a total of 150 000 visitors.

The number of concerts was altogether 117. Almost 70 % (78 concerts) were free of charge, with only 39 chargeable concerts. There were 11 concert venues, one less than in previous years as Otava Factory was unavailable during the festival. Kulttuuritehdas Kehräämö (Spinning Mill) in the old cotton factory was transformed into a blues club when Ultra Music Nights was moved under the wing of Pori Theatre’s small side, making the theatre the “jazz centre” for the entire festival. In the small clubs along the Jazz Street all different forms of jazz was played; from swing and bossa nova to student bands performing at the free of charge concerts.

Musical offering included such stars as Charles Lloyd New Quartet, Randy Weston African Rhythms Trio, Randy Brecker/Bill Evans Soulbop featuring Medeski & Martin & Wood, Jeff “Tain” Watts as well as Sing the Truth featuring Angelique Kidjo, Dianne Reeves & Lizz Wright. Names more familiar to the public at large included Sir Elton John, Tom Jones and Ricky Martin. Most memorable soul/R&B/hip hop names were Aloe Blacc, Mos Def and Lupe Fiasco. In addition Seasick Steve and Daniel Lanois Black Dub deserve special mentions for their amazing gigs.

Out of all the music, 2/3 was jazz with the remainder being other rhythm music, played by 132 performing groups in which performed 533 individual musicians. There was a lot of domestic music, as out of all the groups almost 70 % were from Finland.

Pori Jazz Kids Festival made a new visitor record by attracting 25 000 listeners. Almost 70 events included 24 actual concerts as well as a number of music and instrument building workshops, story telling and other interesting activities for children of all ages.

There were 450 volunteers recruited by the Pori Jazz organization as well as 600 people who worked voluntarily through various sport clubs and other societies. An estimated 350 members of the media visited the festival of which every tenth was from abroad.

This year’s festival poster was designed by graphic designer and illustrator Sanna Mander. Guitarist Olli Hirvonen was chosen as the artist of the year.

Pori Jazz was also involved in Turku2011 – European Capital of Culture by managing Loisto series of concerts, which included 16 concerts together with nine other festivals organized in Western Finland this year. In addition, Pori Jazz organized it’s own concert in Turku when it brought jazz to the banks of the river Aurajoki in the middle of June.

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AK Jazz-collection
Aki Rissanen Trio
Aki Rissanen Trio & Verneri Pohjola
Aloe Blacc
Antti Sarpila Swing Band
Ari Karema & Juho Nummelin Quartet
Atomic Boogie Band
Axl Smith
Bajo Cero
Barry Guy & Maya Homburger & Janne Tuomi
Black Diamond String Band
Black Dub feat. Daniel Lanois, Brian Blade & Trixie Whitley
Black Muriah
Blue Stone
Bluesbone - 10th Anniversary Special
Captain Marvel
Charles Bradley
Charles Lloyd New Quartet featuring Jason Moran, Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland
Conjunto Café
DJ Bunuel
DJ Didier
DJ Lord Fatty
DJ Matti Nives
DJ Pablo Cruz
DJ Uuge Kojola
Elton John
Emma Salokoski Voices
Felix Zenger
Final Jam Session Hosted by Mikko Karjalainen
Gregg Bufford Drum Special
Gunhild Carling Family Band
Hanne Pulli Space Machine
Heads & Tales
Heidi Viljanen Band
Hill Street Blues
Hip Quintet
Hoedown feat. Jukka Gustavson & Jonna Tervomaa
Honey B. & T-bones
Houseband warm-up
Irina Björklund
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Jam Session: Antti Sarpila - SWINGIN'
Jam Session: Henri Mäntylä Trio & Mikko Karjalainen
Jam Session: Jukkis Uotila PLAYS JUKKIS
Jam Session: Manuel Dunkel - MAINSTREAM JAZZ
Jam Session: Mikko Karjalainen Jam Night
Jam Session: Mikko Karjalainen Saturday Night Live
Jam Session: Petri 'Pope' Puolitaival PLAYS EDDIE HARRIS
Jam Session: Timo Lassy & Abdissa Assefa SOUL JAZZ
James Hunter
Jamiroquai Tribute
Jeff "Tain" Watts
Jing & Jangsters
Jo Stance
Jo' Buddy & Down Home King III
Joonatan Rautio Trio
Jukka Eskola Quintet
Jussi Paavola Paris Quintet
Kari Antila Group feat. Manuel Dunkel
Kerkko Koskinen Orchestra
Kisällit feat. King Bream
Kling's Swing
Laurent Dehors & Matthew Bourne "Love Songs" guests: Veli Kujala, David Chevalier
Le Bal De Tous Dehors
Marcia Lisboa
Marcia Lisboa feat. Samuli Mikkonen
Marian Petrescu Quintet feat. Evilena Protektore
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Matthew Bourne & Franck Vigroux
Mia Simanainen Quintet
Mighty Mighty Sextet
Mos Def with Robert Glasper Experiment
Ojos de Brujo
Old Time Jam Session
Olli Hirvonen Quartet
Olli Soikkeli
Omani Uni: Emma Salokoski & Maria Ylipää
Paleface & Räjähtävä Nyrkki
Pentti Lasanen Big Swing Orchestra
Pori Big Band
Randy Brecker / Bill Evans Soulbop featuring Medeski, Martin & Wood
Randy Weston African Rhythms Trio
Reiska Laine & Friends
Reiska Laine 65 yrs Birthday Jam Session
Reiska Laine Band
Ricky Martin
Robert Glasper Experiment
Robert Glasper Group featuring special guest Lupe Fiasco
Rock & Roll Sensation
Rocksteady feat. Laura V
Rocksteady feat. Veeti
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Seasick Steve
SiCi & The Boogie Brothers
Sing the Truth feat. Angelique Kidjo, Dianne Reeves & Lizz Wright
Sofi Hellborg
Space Jerusalem
Steinar Aadnekvam Quartet
Swinging Hard Bobbers
Ted Curson & Friends
Ted Curson Jam Session
Ted Curson Sextet
Teemu Viinikainen Trio
The Budos Band
The New Songs
The Rock Delusion
Timo Lassy Band & Sami Hedberg
Tom Jones
Tommi Taavila Group
Tous Dehors Big Band
Valtakunnallinen Popjazzleiri
Viitala Quartet
Ville Vannemaa Jam Session feat. Jekaterina Sarigina
Young Talent Showcase
Zigaboo Modeliste
Önder Focan Guitar Alumni