Jazzy time of year
We Jazz 2014 festival offers a cavalcade of top class jazz gigs at different venues in Helsinki between 8 and 13 December. On Monday 8 December, Alexander Theatre will host an opening concert for the second time. Besides the opening performance by M.A. Numminen, Jussi Fredriksson´s solo piano set and Teppo Mäkynen´s Serenity Ensemble, the highlight of the evening is American trumpetist Avishai Cohen´s Triveni trio with bassist Yoni Zelnik and drummer Nasheet Waits. The trio, one of the most interesting jazz acts in the USA today, will serve their take on minimalist modern jazz.
Other interesting We Jazz events next week are Kellohalli´s evening of three different jazz acts, Markus Pesonen Hendectet, Kannaste/Raghavan/Waits+ and Lassy & Kontrafouris on Tuesday 9 December, and Nils Wogram Root 70 with Strings and Antti Lötjönen 3X at Ääniwalli on Wednesday 10, not forgetting an after party at the barber shop with Jimi Tenor´s solo performance.
Image: Philippe Levy