Birger’s Ragtime Band is a relatively new traditional jazz constellation in Finland. The band was formed in spring 2011 by five jazz musicians that had played in different bands, in Finland and abroad since the early seventies. Their distinct love for the original New Orleans jazz tradition brought these friends together, forming a new band playing in the spirit of traditional New Orleans Jazz.
The band plays frequently in jazz clubs, restaurants, private parties, company parties for customers and in churches and of course at jazz festivals.
Even if most of the tunes that Birger's Ragtime Band plays belong to the traditional jazz repertoire, played by Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton and others, there are also some tunes from Finland on this album. This is nothing new. Also the early musicians in New Orleans used marches and popular songs playing them as jazz. This is also true for the revival musicians in the nineteen forties and later on. Among these, Bunk Johnson and George Lewis are the most famous. Also European musicians like Mr. Acker Bilk, Chris Barber, Dutch Swing College Band and Papa Bue's Viking Jazzband had several hits when they played well known tunes as jazz.