Yrjö Award Concert at the National Jazz Convention


As part of the National Jazz Convention, organised annually by Finnish Jazz Federation, Yrjö awards have been granted since 1967. The Yrjö award is the most esteemed jazz industry award, granted each year to a distinguished Finnish jazz musician. In 2023, a new award called the Taimi Award, directed towards young musicians, will be presented for the first time.

The recipient of the 2023 Yrjö award will be announced at Tampere’s Pakkahuone on Friday, the 3rd of November at 7.00 pm, as part of the Tampere Jazz Happening programme. After the ceremony, the Yrjö-winner will play a short concert with a surprise band. Tickets for the Yrjö Award Concert are not sold separately; the concert is part of the Pakkahuone´s program on Friday.

The physical Yrjö Award artwork will also be revealed on the stage at Pakkahuone. The award is a commissioned piece created for the respective musician, designed by a current and accomplished Finnish visual artist or artisan. This year, the award artwork was created by visual artist Jussi Goman.

The Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle’s Jazz Radio also gives out their own Varjo-Yrjö (“Shadow Yrjö”) award, granted for services to jazz culture. Additionally, the Jazz Federation occasionally honors individuals with the discretionary Andania Award for their long-standing and meritorious work in support of Finnish jazz.

Photo: Maarit Kytöharju