Festival year 2012

Planning for the Pori Jazz Festival 2012 (July 14 – 22) began in the fall of 2011 with the naming of a new artistic board. Board invitees included journalist and DJ, Mikkomatti Aro; musician and music journalist, Esa Kuloniemi; rapper and music producer, Karri “Paleface” Miettinen; Communications Manager of the Arts & Congress Centre Verkatehdas Oy, Janne Nieminen; as well as Vice President of Sibelius Academy and award winning jazz musician, Jari Perkiömäki. Markus Partanen (international and domestic jazz), Charles Gil (Ultra Music) and Bianca Morales (Pori Jazz Kids) continued as program producers.

Artist bookings were well underway by February, when Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter, Norah Jones was signed as Sunday’s headliner. Filling out the rest of the program proved more challenging, as the final program was not published until mid-April. Up-and-coming female artists formed the program’s core. In addition to Norah Jones, headliners included British newcomer Emeli Sandé, Janelle Monáe, Estelle, and Paloma Faith, who cancelled her gig just one week before her scheduled performance.

The year’s biggest challenge turned out to be nailing down a headliner for Saturday. Even by the end of June, Saturday’s program still listed the ominously familiar acronym, TBA (to be announced). We’ll let the details of the frantic search – with its fusillade of bids to a raft of big names — remain a festival organizational secret. But finally, on June 29th the Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat got the scoop that Paul Anka and his big jazz band would be performing at Pori Jazz on July 21st.

A notable addition to the 47th Pori Jazz Festival was the Cotton Salsa Factory, a Latin quarter built within the inner yard of Pori’s old cotton mill. The Cotton Salsa Factory hosted revelers for four nights of Cuban music, dance and food during the festival. And after a several-years hiatus, the Central Pori Church returned to the list of concert venues. In all, the venue map had 12 other stages playing music for nine days.

The program and its showcasing of rising female artists didn’t attract as large an audience as expected. Pori Jazz sold 48,000 tickets, about 2,000 fewer than budgeted. Also, the number of visitors didn’t meet expectations: instead of the targeted 150,000 visitors, Pori Jazz 2012 drew 140,000 visitors. Pori Jazz 2012 held a total of 126 concerts, of which 89 — or 71 percent — were free of charge. 812 individual artists formed 151 performance groups, out of which 110 were domestic.

The Pori Jazz Kids Festival, in its 8th year, once again broke a new attendance record: 29,500 visitors. The record audience got to enjoy beautiful weather and sunshine. On its final day, Pori Jazz Kids Festival was honored to host the most venerated couple of Finland: President Sauli Niinistö and his wife Jenni Haukio, who is originally from Pori.

In 2012, Pori Jazz produced four concerts in the new Helsinki Music Centre in Helsinki.

Katja Leppäkoski, long-serving Festival Director of the Pori Jazz Festival, was recruited to become the Managing Director of the Helsinki Music Centre in April, 2012. Leppäkoski simultaneously managed the Pori Jazz Festival on a part-time basis until the end of July. Juha Miikkulainen was hired as the new Managing Director of the Pori Jazz Festival, effective August 2012.

Jazz singer and composer Nina Mya (born 1989, maiden name Höynälä) from Tornio was named the Pori Jazz Artist of the Year. Graphic designer Jarmo Kovalainen designed the poster for the Pori Jazz Festival 2012.

Vuoden  festivaalijuliste


"Bailando en la Habana" by Solar Habanero fest. special guest star
"Lagrimas Negras" by Solar Habanero feat. special guest star
"Llego la Musica Cubana Timbal" by Solar Habanero feat. special guest star
Aaron Neville
AK Jazz Collection
Antti Sarpila Swing Band
Aura Flow
Auteur Jazz
Black Motor
Blue Stone
Bob Brozman
Boogie W Kings
British-Finnish Jazz Night
Conjunto Café
Cotton Salsa Factory Opening Party
Cuban Dancers & Latin DJ's
DJ Bunuel
DJ Lord Fatty
DJ Markus-Setä
DJ Mikkomatti Aro
Elito Revé Y Su Charangón
Emeli Sandé
Emma Salokoski & Ilmiliekki Quartet
Emma Salokoski Ensemble
Empyrean Emperors
Erja Lyytinen
Final Jam SessionFinal Jam Session hosted by Mikko Karjalainen
Francesco Bearzatti Tinissima quartet: Suite for Malcom X
Francesco Bearzatti Tinissima quartet: Suite for Tina Modotti
Friday Night Jam Session hosted by Mikko Karjalainen
GG Caravan
Guitars on Fire
Gustav Lundgren Plays Django Reinhardt
Hendrix Brass Finale
Hidden Orchestra
Honey B & The T-Bones
Honey B & The T-Bones with M.A. Numminen & Pedro Hietanen
Houseband warm-up: Jussi Fredriksson Trio
Houseband warm-up: Riitta Paakki Trio
Iiro Rantala
In the Year 66
Iro Haarla Quintet
Jam Session At Riverside - Festival All Stars
Jam Session: Antti Sarpila "From Satchmo to Bird"
Jam Session: Jari Perkiömäki "In the Spirit of Gary Bartz"
Jam Session: Nina Mya "Soul Time"
Jam Session: Panu Savolainen "The Great Finnish Songbook"
Jam Session: Special Guest Ted Curson
Jam Session: Verneri Pohjola plays Kenny Dorham
Jamaican Legends with Ernest Ranglin, Tyrone Downie and Sly & Robbie
Jamie N Commons
Janelle Monáe
Jo' Buddy & The Uplifters
Johan Ölander Quartet
Jonathan Gee Trio
Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
Jouni Hokkanen Band
Journal Intime Plays Jimi Hendrix
Jukka Perko: Avara
Jukkis Uotila Band
Jussi Lehtonen Quartet feat. Jesse Van Ruller
Jyrki Kangas Alumni
Karri Luhtala Trio
Kids Festival: Young Talent Showcase
King Star feat. Tokela
LED music by Led Zeppelin
Leszek Mozdzer
Los Dynamos
Manuel Dunkel United & Proton String Quartet
Marcia Lisboa
Maria Faust Group
Maverick Sabre
Micke & Lefty feat. Chef
Miles Smiles featuring Robben Ford, Rick Margitza, Darryl Jones, Omar Hakim and Wallace Roney
Nancy Universe & The Kitchen
Nat Newborn & The Lounge Lions
Nieminen & Litmanen
Nina Mya
Norah Jones
Olavi trio feat. J.Aaltonen
Olli Ahvenlahti "The Poet"
Olli Soikkeli Django Band
Olli Soikkeli String Band
Osmo Ikonen
Paolo Angeli & Takumi Fukushima
Paul Anka
Paul Simon Project
Pentti Lasanen Big Swing Orchestra
Pentti Lasanen Big Swing Orchestra feat. Annimaria Rinne
Pipoka & Sam Huber
Pori Big Band
Pori Big Band feat. Tapani Rinne
radio.string.quartet.vienna: Zawinul Report
Reiska Laine Birthday Concert Special
Riverside Quintet
Robert Randolph & the Family Band
Saara Soisalo
Sam Sparro
Sami Saari Band
Saturday Night Jam Session hosted by Mikko Karjalainen
Selim From New York
Severi Koivusalo Quartet
SiCi & the Boogie Brothers
Sofia Finnilä Quintet
Soil Senders
Ted Curson & Jari Perkiömäki
Ted Curson alumni
Ted Curson Play Along Jam Session
Ted Curson Sextet
The Bad Ass Brass Band
The Bad Plus & Joshua Redman
The Becca Langsford Band feat. Vince Lee
The Capital Beat
The Northern Governors
The Soultwisters
Timo Lassy Band
Tirri Bros
Tommi Taavila Group
Toni Porthen Funky AllStars
Tony Allen "Black Series" feat. Amp Fiddler
Tribute to Ella
Valtakunnallinen Popjazzleiri
Verneri Pohjola Quartet
Vibraltar feat. Sara Sayed & Ezekiel Ojo
Ville Vannemaa & Ted Curson Band
Vitali Band - Gypsy Guitr Choir
Wentus Blues Band
Önder Focan Guitar Band