Django Collective Helsinki is a group of skilled professional musicians sharing the love for the passion and expression of Gypsy Jazz music. The Collective started out in 2011 and has been performing at jazz festivals, clubs and private occations frequently since then. They are specially popular for their welcoming and warm-hearted jam-concerts, which have become a phenomenon of sorts in Helsinki. It is the romantic, traditional and good-humored Gypsy Swing in the styles on Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli from the 30-50’s. The group is also merging the tradition with modern, more creative qualities of jazz expression with it’s own original compositions, bringing into being the possible future for this type of music in a fresh way. Some of the highlights in 2013 include performing the show-stopping slots in LinnaJazz Festival and Helsinki Festival. In 2014, the group delighted crowds in Kellokosken kesäsoitto- festival with a hilarious performance with Riku Niemi, among other occations. Django Collective Helsinki has worked among others with Antti Sarpila, Paulus Schäfer, Olli Soikkeli, Sami Saari, Raoul Björkenheim, Pentti Lahti and Riku Niemi.
Django Collective Helsinki have completed their anticipated debut. Friends of swing jazz and the Gypsy Jazz scene will be delighted to hear the album ”Do Standards”, which will be released on March 12, 2020. It features the band’s insightful and original arrangements of genre standards and more rarely heard works from the golden era of swing. Also, giving a surprising and appealing addition to the music, a string quartet is also featured. Distribution: Eclipse Music (physical) Z-Trading (digital).
For nearly ten years, Django Collective Helsinki have tirelessly been creating a new, open and positive culture of live music in their hometown. With live clubs featuring top-notch guests and warm-hearted open jams, the energetic jazz genre developed by guitarist Django Reinhardt has finally gained a foothold in the field of urban culture in Helsinki, Finland. Rooted and cheerful Gypsy Swing in the styles on Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli from the 30-50’s. When performing live, the group are also merging tradition with contemporary, creative qualities of jazz expression with their own original compositions, bringing into being the possible future for this type of music in a fresh way.
Founded in 2011, the band is made up of professional musicians cooked in many broths. The line-up includes violinist and arranger Laura Airola (Riku Niemi Orchestra) who’s played on hundreds of records, Finland’s top gypsy-guitar squad Tomi Kettunen, Aki Hauru and Kimmo Iltanen. On the bass, a player probably most highly acquainted in the country to the proper style of slapping jazzy gut-strings like the old masters, Tero Tuovinen.