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Pekka Pylkkänen

Saxophonist/composer Pekka Pylkkänen has worked with many orchestras and groups during his career and has appeared either as a leader or as a sideman with for example Vince Mendoza, Odean Pope, Dave Liebman, Gene Jackson, Sal La Rocca, Jukkis Uotila, Eric Ineke, etc.

As a leader, he has performed in more than 50 countries (Finland, Denmark, Norway, USA, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Uruguay, Peru, Korea, China and Japan, France, Switzerland, Portugal, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa etc.) He has appeared as a leader/soloist in around 2000 concerts during the last 20 years, most of them outside Finland.

His appearances range from clubs to concert halls and major festivals, such as Hong Kong Jazz Festival, Beijing Jazz Festival, Trondheim Jazz Festival, National Arts Festival (South Africa), Lima Jazz, Providencia Festival de Jazz (Santiago, Chile), Yokohama Jazz Promenade, Yarasum Jazz Festival, Beijing Concert Hall, The Spring Hall (Seoul/Korea), Daegu Cultural Center/Korea, La Pavillion Blanco (Cordoba, Argentina), Beijing Music Festival, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, La Plaza Festival de Jazz (Havana, Cuba).

His first two CDs were released by Naxos Jazz, with a worldwide distribution. The third release, entitled 'Listen!' was released as CD on LUMINO RECORDS label and digitally through Blue Music Group, later also licensed to China on Starsing Records

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”The music on this CD is simply great, and I am very happy to see and hear that Pekka has grown into the musician that he is today. He’s created compositions with an elegant complexity that showcases his saxophone playing in a unique and personal way. “ Excerpt from liner notes for 'Listen!' by Bob Mintzer, December 2008

“Bro. Catching up and just listened to your CD 'Listen'. Your sound is KILLING!!! Great work!” Dave Liebman, July 2011

“ I would like to highly recommend Pekka Pylkkanen for your consideration. He is a world class improviser on the saxophone

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As an educator Pekka has worked 7 years as a principal lecturer at the Stadia Helsinki Polytechnic, Pop and Jazz Music Department. Before that, and also while teaching at the Stadia, he has worked as a clinician at Ingesunds Music College in Sweden, EMU Education Musical, Escuela De Musica Contemporanea and Collegium CEIM (all 3 in Argentina), Jazz Peru in Lima, Peru, Shanghai Conservatory, MIDI School Of Music and Contemporary Music Institute, Institute for Performing Arts (all 4 in China), PAN School of Music (Tokyo, Japan) among others. He has also taken part and worked as a teacher on IASJ Jazz Meetings on 2002 in Helsinki and on 2007 in Siena, Italy, as well as performed at the IAJE Conference in New yYork. He is a member of IAJE and ISIM.

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Challenge Records



Lumino Records



Naxos Jazz




Stan Getz
saxophone, tenor
Ray Brown
bass, acoustic
Gary Burton
Sam Yahel
organ, Hammond B3
Paul Wertico

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