The 33rd Tampere Jazz Happening brings together a wide array of jazz genres

The 33rd annual Tampere Jazz Happening brings together a wide array of jazz genres, including musicians from metropolitan India to the desert Sahara and styles from smooth grooves to stormy free jazz. 

Between the 30th of October and 2nd of November, the stages of Old Customs House Hall, Klubi, and Telakka will see performances by some of the most interesting musicians in modern jazz. 

Tampere Jazz Happening 2014 will feature some of the most fascinating ensembles of the Finnish jazz scene. The dynamic trio Kallio Slaaki fills the stage with numerous percussion instruments. Elektro GT weaves electric elements into their rhythmic patterns. Teddy’s West Coasters takes their listeners for a ride through the sunny days of 1950s and 60s West Coast jazz, and Mikko Innanen 10+ teleports their audience from subdued moods to suddenly striking orchestral climaxes. 

On Friday evening at the festival, the Finnish Jazz Federation will announce the Yrjö Award, the most prestigious recognition in Finnish jazz music. 

International performers include guitarist Bill Frisell, dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson, ICP Orchestra, with its ten-musician lineup and special guest, pianist Uri Caine, tabla drum virtuoso Zakir Hussain, Elephant9Reine Fiske and many more.