Traditional Jazz-Espa concert series undergoes facelift just before 20th anniversary

The annual Jazz-Espa concert series and its sister events offer once again more than 20 top-notch jazz concerts this upcoming summer. This year, the beloved free shows of the Espa outdoor stage will be organised on 30 July – 4 August, with two concerts taking place every afternoon and one lunch concert at noon. This year will also see the novel Jazz-Espa opening and closing club nights, titled Summer Bay Jazz (Suvilahti Jazz) take over the restaurant ship Merikerho on 29 July and 5 August, respectively.  

Now organised by the Finnish Jazz Federation for the 19th time, the Jazz-Espa Festival will soon have delighted friends of jazz for two decades. Just before the anniversary year the event will undergo a few reforms. While its duration will be reduced by half – from two weeks to one – the quantity of the shows remains unchanged: the festival will deliver 17 artists, with styles ranging from experimental and contemporary to more traditional and familiar. In other words, we will still be in for a hefty and versatile jazz week.  

The Jazz-Espa concerts will take place on 30 July – 4 August on weekdays at 12:00, 16:00 and 17:30, and on Saturday 4 August at 12:00 and 14:00. The shows do not have an entry fee or age limit and the venue is wheelchair accessible. 

The concert series will be opened on 29 July at the restaurant ship Merikerho terrace with buoyant DJ sets and live shows from two bands. The closing party will be organised at the same venue one week later on 5 August, seeing DJs and three bands entertain the audience. The late night main act of the closing party will, however, be playing in the indoor club venue. Suvilahti Jazz events are free of charge and open to the whole family, while the late night concert of the closing night admits only those of age.  

Jazz Finland produces the Jazz-Espa and its joint events with the support of the Finnish Music Foundation, MES, and the City of Helsinki Cultural Office. The event will be organised in partnership with Restaurant Merikerho, Restaurant Kappeli, Pianoplan T:mi Ari Harenko, Pop & Jazz Conservatory and Savoy Theatre.  

Further info, photos and interview requests:
Jazz Finland, Producer-publicist Raisa Siivola,, tel. 044 205 6926



Sun 29.7.2018 Suvilahti Jazz, Restaurant ship Merikerho, Sörnäisten ranta
17:00 Kadi Vija Key Project
18:30 Teemu Viinikainen III
+ Summer Bay DJs

Mon 30.7.2018 Espa stage
12:00 Signe
16:00 Jere Haakana Varjosto
17:30 Jori Huhtala 3

Tue 31.7.2018 Espa stage
12:00 Sole Azul
16:00 Aapo Heinonen Quintet
17:30 Bikutsi

Wed 1.8.2018 Espa stage
12:00 Milo & Moses
16:00 Hutera
17:30 Tuomas J. Trio feat. Manuel Dunkel

Thu 2.8.2018 Espa stage
12:00 Syskofrenia
16:00 Kokko Quartet & Ilkka Arola
17:30 Pepa Päivinen & Good Romans

Fri 3.8.2018 Espa stage
12:00 Sonja Virtanen Quartet
16:00 Jean Erik
17:30 Haarla-Orma-Takamäki-Vesala

Sat 4.8.2018 Espa stage
12:00 Selma Savolainen Quartet
14:00 Lithium

Sun 5.8.2018 Suvilahti Jazz, Restaurant ship Merikerho, Sörnäisten ranta
18.00 Jaska Lukkarinen Trio feat. Sebastian Studnitzky (GER)
19.30 Viba
21.30 Mopo
+ Summer Bay DJs | | | |