Jazzup! brings concerts to schools and clubs


Finnish Jazz Federation develops the sustainability of touring concepts. During fall 2022, we study the emissions of seven differently produced tours, and collect data about their impacts and user experiences. The fourth of the pilot tours takes the innovative Jazzup! project to perform in fifteen school concerts and five club concerts during one week!

Jazzup! is a project by four seasoned jazz professionals and Konserttikeskus (”Concert center”) who organize school and elderly home concert tours around Finland. The collaboration has spawned a repertoire that draws inspiration from the nature, and resonates with all ages from kids to seniors.

Pianist Riitta Paakki, saxophonist Max Zenger, drummer Mikko Hassinen and bassist Antti Ahoniemi have created a blend of ear-hugging music that is appreciated on this tour by the school children during days, and the grown-ups during nights. The co-operative tour by the Jazz Federation and Konserttikeskus requires stamina from the band: during the tour leg of six days, the quartet sets onstage a wild 20 times!

The tour is a part of The Finnish Jazz Federation’s Carbon-Neutral Tour Model project in 2022–2023. On this tour, the quartet also maps the carbon footprint of touring as a part of the climate charting of the Finnish live music business.


Max Zenger – saxophone, woodwinds
Riitta Paakki – piano
Mikko Hassinen – drums
Antti Ahoniemi – double bass

Jazzup (UUSI)

Partner: Konserttikeskus ry.


Club concert dates:

Mon 3.10. at 7.00 pm Imatra, Kulttuuritalo Virta, Karelia Hall / Imatra City
Tue 4.10. at 8.00 pm Lappeenranta, Ravintola Lamppu / Lappeenranta Jazz Club ry
Wed 5.10. at 7.00 pm Savonlinna, Kulttuurikellari / Olavin Jazz ry.
Thu 6.10. at xx.00 Mikkeli, Bar Dom
Fri 7.10. at xx.00 Espoo, TBA / April Jazz Club

Decorative logo for the campaign to measure the climate impact of Finnish live music. There's a pink circle, with the text 'Live music heart climate' inside.


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