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Jukkis Uotila

Born Aug.23, 1960
Helsinki, Finland
Drummer, pianist, composer
Professor of Jazz music

-his subtle but explosive drumming and
versatile musicianship that has enabled him
to produce three CD’s featuring his
compositional talents: INTROSPECTION
(Polydor/Fnac), AVENIDA (Stunt) and
JUKKIS UOTILA BAND LIVE (Stunt) and in addition the co-led FAST COMPANY
with Jerry Bergonzi on Blue Jackel label, and HUNTERS AND GATHERERS with
Dave Liebman on DoubleTime Records. Along with his compositions, his subtle
pianism can be heard on MENINAS (Spice of Life) His writing for Big band can
be heard on Jukkis Uotila & The Stockholm Jazz Orchestra (KSJAZZ).
-his performances as a leader of his own small groups that have included such
luminous sidemen as Randy Brecker, Bob Mintzer, John Scofield, Mike Stern,
Bob Berg, Wayne Krantz, Dave Liebman, Anders Jormin, Jim Beard, Jerry Bergonzi,
Joey Calderazzo, Lars Danielsson, Tim Hagans, Dick Oatts and others.
-the wide stylistic adaptability and international free-lance work
with such varied names as :
Toots Thielemans, Randy Brecker, Eliane Elias, Mike Stern, Joe Henderson,
McCoy Tyner, Benny Goodman, Chet Baker, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Lovano,
Jack McDuff, Gil Evans, Maria Schneider, Billy Cobham and Joey Calderazzo.
- his vast big band playing experience -- long associations with the Stockholm
Jazz Orchestra (since 1992) and the UMO orchestra of Finland that Jukkis also
often conducted. Numerous visits with other fine orchestras such as the WDR big
band, Norrbotten big band, the NDR big band, Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin big
band, the SWR big band, the Bohuslän big band and the Swedish Radio jazz group.
-being the “internationally most respected Finnish jazz artist ever”, as Cultural
minister Paavo Arhinmäki said in his speech when he awarded Jukkis with Finland’s
prestigious State Prize for Music in 2011.
-his work in Europe in small groups with Tim Hagans, Caecilie Norby,
Bob Rockwell, Tommy Smith, Thomas Clausen, Doug Raney, Bireli Lagrene,
Tomas Franck, Kenny Wheeler, the Doky Brothers, Nils Landgren, etc.
-his work as a sideman on numerous recordings with Bob Rockwell, Chet Baker,
Toots Thielemans, Tim Hagans, the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, Ulf Wakenius,
Doug Raney, Joe Bonner, Ulf Adåker, and the Norrbotten big band to name a few.
-his piano playing that is on equal level with his drumming. Jukkis has performed as
a pianist with Billy Cobham, Stockholm Jazz Orchestra and Randy Brecker, who
marvelled: “Was I thrown in for a loop! I thought it was Herbie back there playing!”
-his pioneering pedagogic career---in 1986 jukkis was appointed the head of the
Jazz department at the Sibelius-Academy in Finland. “Guided by his strong vision
and aided by his international contacts, the man singlehandedly raised the academy
into one of the best institutes of jazz education in Europe” (Finnish Jazz 2002).
In 1994 he became the first ever Professor of Jazz music in the Nordic countries.
- his clinics for Pearl drums / Paiste Cymbals / Vic Firth Sticks as well as his
informative clinics on improvisation for all instrumentalists. Using both piano and
drums, Jukkis covers a wide spectrum of subjects essential for today’s jazz