Finnish top jazz presents itself in enjoyable doses from Tuesday to Saturday evenings.

Preliminary 2022 programme. The possibility of changes reserved.

Wanha Veteraani Kadettikoulunkatu 7, 49400 Hamina

Tue 12th of July at 21.30


The most humane-sounding trumpet player, one of the most creative and original jazz
musicians in Europe, and his quartet will open Hamina Tattoo’s Bastion Jazz concert
series. Verneri Pohjola has attained several acclaimed jazz prizes in Finland, and he is
backed by a stack of successful albums that have received five stars all over Europe.

“This is a beautifully executed, and quietly surprise-packed set: Pohjola’s pristine sound and wide range lead resourceful improvisations from a fine band.” John Fordham of The Guardian about Verneri Pohjola ‘Bullhorn’

Verneri Pohjola – trumpet

Tuomo Prättälä – piano

Teppo Mäkynen – drums

Antti Lötjönen – bass


Wed 13th of July at 21.30


Singer and composer Nina Mya is a true bridge-builder between the American jazz
tradition of the 1950s and 1960s, African American gospel and modern jazz singing. Her
beautiful and pliant, acrobatic voice leaves no one cold. Her compositions have always
been there, they are classics from the moment of their conception.

Nina Mya – song

Kalevi Louhivuori- trumpet

Pope Puolitaival – saksofoni

Henri Mäntylä – keyboards

Verre Vartiainen – guitar

Jori Huhtala – bass

Jussi Lehtonen – drums


THUR 14th of July at 21.30 


A compilation of the best results of the comprehensive compositions of Severi Pyysalo and
Jukkis Uotila over the past 40 years or so has been put together for this evening. “I’m sure
there will also be some jazz standards,” says Severi. Great energy and intensity are surely
the best words to describe the whole gig. The rising star bassist Filemon von Numers will
also make his debut in Hamina in this line-up of champions.

Severi Pyysalo – vibrafoni

Jukkis Uotila – drums

Joonatan Rautio – saxophone

Filemon von Numers – bass

Jukkis Uotila
Severi Pyysalo


FRI 15th of July at 21.30


The young singer-pianist-composer Maja Mannila, who has already gained international
fame, is coming with her band to speed up our shift-over to the weekend. Her
compositions are an elegant mix of rhythm and blues, soul, jazz and gospel. There is a
guaranteed musical delight in store for you!

Maja Mannila – song

Severi Sorjonen – drums

Johannes Granroth – bass


SAT 16th of July at 21.30


Olli Soikkeli, who lives in New York and originally comes from North Karelia, has become
one of the most respected gypsy jazz guitarists in the world. He will arrive in Hamina with
Grammy-winning pianist Marian Petrescu and bassist Teemu Åkerblom. In-depth
interpretations and virtuosic speed come together in this show.

“Olli Soikkeli, is a riveting Finnish guitarist who combines astonishing dexterity and speed with pure soul in a way that places him among the worthiest current day successors to the legacy of the great Django.” –The Wall Street Journal

Olli Soikkeli – guitar

Marian Petrescu – piano

Joonas Tuuri – bass

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