Jukkis plays Jukkis at Cafe Jazz at this year's Pori Jazz festival! Come see us!

The Jukkis Uotila Band finally toured Finland this spring! We played in Savonlinna, Lappeenranta, Kuopio, Joensuu, Hämeenlinna, Pietarsaari, Turku, Akaa and Tammisaari. An extra added bonus was the gig at Kokoteatteri in Helsinki on the 21st of April. The band was the same except for one new face, Juho Kivivuori, who now played bass with me.

As for concerts of my own music, the gig at the Kalliojärvi Jazz & Blues festival (Aug 9th, 2008) brings up nice memories. With me I had the usual suspects; Joonatan Rautio-tenor sax, Jussi Lehtonen-drums, Mongo Aaltonen-percussion and that time subbing on bass, Ville Herrala. Did music from my piano-CD "Meninas" with some more recent compositions added. Had great fun and got to play for a surprisingly large audience, more than 600 people!...The same group played at the opening of a new monthly jazzclub on September 4th, 2008 at Restaurant Pääposti (the big Post office building) in Helsinki...Look for the local advertising for further gigs...

In the recent years Iíve been juggling two constellations that both feature me as a pianist. I started out in 2001 by playing with drummer Jussi Lehtonen, electric bassist Timo Hirvonen, guitarist Teemu Viinikainen and most often Marc Bernstein on sax. To play music from my Meninas CD, I put together another more acoustic group: Joonatan Rautio-tenor sax, Christian Spering or Martin Sjöstedt-bass, Jussi Lehtonen-drums and Abdissa Assefa or Mongo Aaltonen-percussion. Both these groups are available for bookings at:

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