BIOGRAPHY

Jori Huhtala (born in 1984) is a Finnish bass player. Originally brought up in Jyväskylä in central Finland Jori became interested in jazz music in early age. He began his studies at his hometown and later on moved to Helsinki to study at the Sibelius Academy’s Jazz Music Department, where he graduated with a Master’s degree in 2014.

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Mainly focusing on jazz music, he performs and records with a numerous top artists in Finland, e.g. Eero Koivistoinen, Raoul Björkenheim, Jussi Fredriksson, Pope Puolitaival and Sid Hille. His long-standing bands include the groups Kvalda and Big Blue, both of which have received international acclaim for their original sound. He has also collaborated with many of the leading jazz artists of the world, such as David Liebman, Billy Hart, Tim Hagans, Tim Ries, Jukkis Uotila and Severi Pyysalo.

 

Huhtala is an active composer and he has written music for many of the groups he performs with. Currently Jori is focusing on his new group formed around his producer studio project TALAMBO. His previous album with the group Jori Huhtala 3 was nominated for the Emma Awards Best Jazz Album category in 2018. Huhtala made his debut release as a band leader in 2015 with his quintet Jori Huhtala 5.